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How can you help? Wish list from local nonprofit organizations, April 5

How can you help? Wish list from local nonprofit organizations, April 5

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Cops 'N Kids book giveaway

Julia Witherspoon, center, the founder of Cops ‘N Kids reading program, reads a book to Taniyah Griffin, 9, on Dec. 20 during the 12th annual Cops ‘N Kids holiday book giveaway at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St.

Below is a wish list of items and volunteer opportunities from nonprofit organizations in Racine County. They were provided by local nonprofit organizations.

Other nonprofit organizations in Racine County who would like to have their wish lists published here may email them to Features Editor Ann Walter at: Please include contact information and information about where to donate or volunteer. Updated lists should also be sent to Ann Walter at  New lists and updated lists should be sent the Monday prior to the requested publication date.

These organizations offer their thanks to all who have made donations so far.

A partial list will be published in the Family, Life & Travel section every week. The full list appears below:

Bethany Apartments

The mission of Bethany Apartments is to provide Transitional Housing to women and children who have suffered from domestic abuse.
Bethany Apartments provides safe, decent affordable housing and opportunities for survivors of domestic abuse to regain their self-esteem, pursue educational opportunities, employment and a new beginning. Bethany Apartments is sponsored by the Racine Dominicans and the Wheaton Franciscans.
Items on our wish list:

  • Ziploc bags
  • Bleach
  • Toilet paper
  • Dish detergent
  • White copier/printer paper
  • Lysol cleaning products, including aerosol spray
  • Aluminum foil
  • Single-portion snacks
  • Juice boxes
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Twin-sized sheet sets
  • Twin-sized blankets

Please call 262-633-9446 or email for information on dropping off donations.

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library needs donations of the following:

  • Books, fiction and nonfiction for children and adults
  • Videotapes
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • LPs 
  • Magazines

We do not accept encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest condensed books. 

Proceeds from the sale of the donated books fund library programs not covered by the annual budget. Books may be dropped off at the front desk of the library. 

Contact the library with any questions or call Hazel Dickfoss at 262-886-9133.

The Volunteer Center of Racine County

  • Coffee (regular or decaffeinated)
  • Individual packets of healthy snacks 
  • Subscription to The Journal Times
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Masking tape 
  • Work gloves (any size)
  • Reams of white or bright copier Ppper (8.5-by-11)
  • Paper towels
  • Bottles of drinking water
  • Miracle-Gro plant food
  • Postage stamps
  • Boxes of easy-peel white labels (Must be Avery, Laser #5960)
  • $5 gift cards for youth appreciation (McDonald's, Barnes & Noble, Burger King, gas cards)
  • Batteries (AA and AAA)
  • Garbage bags (Tall Kitchen Bags 13 Gallon)
  • Vacuum bags (Eureka #57802B)
  • Disinfecting wipes (Clorox)
  • Dirt shovels
  • Garden rakes
  • 5-gallon water jugs
  • 5-gallon beverage jugs
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Gardening gloves (children and adult sizes)
  • Reusable water bottles

To donate items, drop them off at the Volunteer Center, 6216 Washington Ave., Suite G, Racine, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday or call 262-886-9612 for more information.

Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus

  • Baby wipes
  • Dish soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dog toys
  • Dog treats
  • Cat treats

Donations may be dropped off at the Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus, 2706 Chicory Road, Racine, Monday through Friday noon to 8 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you have any questions regarding items, programs or volunteer opportunities (we are currently looking for foster volunteers!), please contact us at 262-554-6699 or, or check out

River Bend Nature Center

  • Volunteers
  • Grants for kid programs
  • Sponsors for school field trips
  • Copy paper
  • Postage stamps
  • Laminator
  • Sponge mops
  • Floor mops
  • Hot pads, dish towels
  • Cloth napkins
  • Pots, pans and serving trays
  • Forks, knives, spoons
  • Clear Rubbermaid totes with lids
  • Paper towels
  • Hand loppers
  • Tractor
  • Canoes & paddles
  • Cross-country ski equipment
  • Fishing nets

Donations may be dropped off at the River Bend Nature Center located at 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions regarding items, programs or volunteer opportunities please feel free to call us at 262-639-1515 or email

Human Capital Development Corp.

Human Capital Development Corp. Inc.’s mission is to provide individuals the opportunity to achieve personal goals of employment and independence at a family-sustaining wage in the building and construction skilled trades. 

We are in need of:

  • Heavy-duty shredder

To make a donation, contact Human Capital Development Corp. Inc./First Choice Pre-Apprenticeship Training, at 262-633-3285 or drop off donations at the Training Center, 1437 Marquette St., Racine, from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays). If you have any questions regarding items and/or programs available, call the above number.

Health Care Network Inc.

To make a donation, contact Barb Tylenda at 262-632-2400 or drop off donations to the Health Care Network office at 904 State St., Racine.

Office supplies

  • Copy paper (8 ½-by-11) white and all colors
  • Post-It Notes (all sizes, all colors)
  • Correction tape
  • Small paper clips
  • Ink pens (black, blue, red, green)

Household goods

  • Bathroom tissue
  • Facial tissue
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap — liquid
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Pleated sandwich bags (not zippered bags)

Health products

  • Antifungal cream/ointment
  • Aspirin — low dose (baby aspirin 81 mg)
  • Cough syrup — sugar-free
  • Neosporin ointment
  • Neosporin cream
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Preparation-H cream
  • Saline nasal spray

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

ReStore takes donations of the items listed below from contractors, lumber yards and individuals and sells those items to the general public, with proceeds going directly to the local Habitat for Humanity housing fund.

Donations wanted:

  • Working major appliances 
  • Cabinets and vanities 
  • Good condition furniture 
  • Tools 
  • Solid doors 
  • Framed thermo windows 
  • Lighting 
  • Most home-building materials

For donation information, please call or visit Habitat ReStore at 2302 DeKoven Ave., Racine, during store hours, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 262-898-2929 for more information.

Racine Zoo

  • Gift cards to Hobby Lobby
  • Gift cards to JoAnn Fabrics
  • Gift cards to Michaels
  • Metal cart with wheels
  • Laminating machine
  • Laminating sheets
  • Fireproof file cabinet
  • Dry erase board
  • Dry erase markers
  • Cork board
  • Office chairs
  • Scissors
  • Staplers
  • Long, durable raincoats
  • Full-length lockers
  • Stainless steel, industrial wire shelving with or without casters
  • Barn and house box fans
  • Large and small portable animal scales
  • Multi-tools (Leathermen, etc.)
  • Paper shredder
  • Small humidifiers
  • Step stools
  • Industrial power washer
  • Medium and large heavy-duty garbage cans with lids
  • Hudson hand-held sprayers and hose sprayers
  • Office garbage cans
  • Fork attachment for Uni-loader
  • John Deere Gator with automatic bed, tilt bed or similar cart with cab top
  • Street sweeper brushes
  • Farm and ranch hoses
  • Heavy-duty contractor hoses without lead
  • Fire hose nozzle to fit contract hoses
  • Fire hose nozzle to fit ¾-inch hose
  • Push brooms
  • Security camera
  • Freezer
  • Vacuum cleaner

Items may be dropped off the Zoo office, 200 Goold St. Call 262-636-9189 for more information.

HOPES Center

  • Toilet paper, facial tissue, paper towel
  • Copy paper
  • Card stock
  • Post-It notes
  • File folders
  • Stamps
  • Cereal bars
  • Tube socks
  • Tooth brushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Shampoo
  • Body soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream and disposable razors
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Newspaper subscription for reception area
  • Gift cards — ($5) for Pick 'n Save, Walgreens McDonald’s, Subway

HOPES Center is a Racine Dominican ministry providing counseling, case management and healing arts to the homeless of Racine. Volunteers are always needed and welcome. Donations can be dropped off at 521 Sixth Street in Racine. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Sr. Rita via email at or by calling 262-898-2940 For more information visit

The Arc of Racine

The Arc of Racine is an organization that provides advocacy, support and education to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. All donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Volunteers to help with fundraising events
  • Gift cards to use as door prizes 
  • Cash donations 
  • Used cars, boats for our Car Donation Program (cars will be towed from your location if needed)

To donate please call our office at 262-634-6303 or email us at

Transitional Living Center

The mission of the Transitional Living Center is to provide temporary and timely assistance to those people in need of shelter and living essentials who are willing to accept personal responsibility and the empowerment that goes along with it.

TLC "helps the homeless help themselves". TLC can always use:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • New or gently used bath towels, washcloths, and sheets
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener sheets
  • New pillows
  • Gas cards
  • Toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste
  • Hair brushes
  • Slippers all sizes adults and children
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Layette items
  • Monetary donations
  • $125 will provide housing for 15-20 persons per night
  • Volunteers to drive guests to appointments etc.
  • Computer paper
  • High-quality paper for resumes and letters.

Donations may be dropped off at or sent to Transitional Living Center, 482 S. Pine St., Burlington, WI 53105. For more information, email or call 262-767-1478.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine & Kenosha Counties

Needed: Volunteers high school age and older, men and women to mentor boys and girls who would benefit from one-to-one mentoring provided by a caring and responsible adult.

Those interested in volunteering may contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 2302 DeKoven Ave., Racine, WI 53403, by phone 262-637-7625, or online

Royal Family KIDS — Racine Camp

Royal Family KIDS—Racine Camp is one of an international network of camps, Royal Family KIDS, Inc. ( In cooperation with Racine County Human Service Foster Care Program, we take children from ages 7 to 11 who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned to a residential camp for five days each summer. Our goal is to provide positive memories to these children in a safe, fun, secure environment. We are an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that funds the camp through money we raise, as well as, gifts in kind.

Royal Family KIDS—Racine Camp is in need of the following items for our 2015 camp:

  • 12-inch baby dolls for the cradles the campers make
  • Number 2 pine wood for woodworking projects
  • Gift cards for Menards or Home Depot to buy wood for wood projects
  • Birthday presents — new Barbie dolls, Lego sets, remote-control cars, baseballs, baseball gloves, games, sunglasses
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, bug spray, sunscreen
  • New or gently used children’s clothing in sizes 6 to 16
  • Modest children’s swimming suits.
  • Water balloons
  • Pogo sticks
  • Large squeeze bottles of Tempra paints
  • Decorative duct tape to use to make crafts
  • Gifts of $25 which will give a camper a Playback (an MP3 player preloaded with camp songs and stories)
  • Birthday party decorations for our Everybody’s Birthday Party event

Contact Fred or Chris Oertel, directors at 262-639-0480; 262-930-3418 or e-mail Our website is


Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization Inc. is a homeless shelter serving up to 120 people each day. Currently we are in immediate need of the following items:
  • Cleaning Supplies: Window, bathroom/kitchen cleaner (with bleach), dish soap
  • Paper Products: Tissues, paper towel, brown lunch bags, Ziploc bags: sandwich, ½ gallon and 1 gallon
  • Towels, large bath and wash cloths, kitchen towels, dishcloths and aprons.
  • Deodorant, plastic razors/gel, shampoo/conditioner
For our housing programs:
  • Sturdy dressers, twin bed frames, gently used pots/pans/dishes/silverware, sofas, chairs, coffee tables and kitchen tables/chairs for housing programs. Because of allergies, no furniture from homes where pets live. Call AJ Jelks with delivery information — 262-633-3235, ext. 233 (for furniture & large items).
  • Scotch tape for tape dispensers, Forever stamps, Bic pens, hand sanitizer, copier paper, staplers
  • Cleaning kits: pail, mop, broom, small vacuum, cleaners/Windex for housing programs.
  • Adult’s and children’s over-the-counter cold medicine and pain reliever
  • Gift cards to local food stores for use to purchase: basic food needs, spices and items used on a regular basis. (Pick’n Save, GFS, Piggly Wiggly)
Currently we are not accepting any more clothing. Due to a over-abundance of items, we are reassessing our needs for clothing. We might put out a call for special items relating to clothing, but those items would be the only items we would accept.

Thank you for your understanding and your past donations.
Items NOT ACCEPTED: Leftovers from a rummage sale; old/heavily used shoes & boots; electronics; stuffed animals or toys (take to Toys for Tots); car seats; bhooks; soiled/ripped clothing.

Contact Brenda Thomas at 262-633-3235, ext. 142. Visit us at for current donation and volunteer information. Drop off donations at 2000 DeKoven Ave. anytime.

Shepherds Ministries

Shepherds Ministries has been serving people with intellectual disabilities since 1964. Shepherds offers residential and vocational opportunities and Shepherds College provides post-secondary opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Any donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Shepherds’ Findley Center, which is located on Highway 11 across the street from Dairy Queen in Union Grove.

For a tour of our campus, or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy DeBurgh at or 262-878-5620, ext. 2304.

Wish list items:

  • Outdoor grill
  • Electric can openers
  • Dustpans that can be used while standing
  • Wii games — rated E
  • Waffle-makers
  • Kitchen Aid mixers
  • Silverware
  • Four matching bar stools
  • Bath towels
  • Wash/face cloths
  • Cleaning rags
  • Picnic tables — sturdy, outdoor type, new
  • Bulk wood chips — clean
  • Bulk landscape stone — 1-inch, clean
  • Gift cards — Menards, Farm & Fleet, fast food restaurants, department stores, and $5 gift cards for Dairy Queen or McDonald's.

Becker Shoop Center

The Becker Shoop Center, a Lincoln Lutheran of Racine skilled nursing center, is in need of the following items:The Becker Shoop Center, a Lincoln Lutheran of Racine skilled nursing center, is in need of the following items:

  • Prizes for bingo: costume jewelry, stationary/stamps, knick knacks for rooms, large-print crossword/word search puzzles, pens/pencils, bread machine mixes, cake/brownie mixes, fleece socks, ceramic coffee cups, ceramic tea cups, large print decks of cards, regular decks of cards, hand-held games (poker, solitaire, yahtzee),
  • Arts and crafts supplies: paint, markers, glue sticks, colored pencils
  • Parakeet food
  • Journal Times subscription
  • Current magazines only

Items may be dropped off at: Becker Shoop Center, 6101 16th St., Racine or contact Natalie Rockowat 262-898-2772 to make arrangements for pickup or to find out more about volunteering.

Tex Reynolds' Toys for Tots

  • Repairable toys for children 12 and younger (these are much-needed)
  • Games, power cords, adaptors for new and old games systems such as Xbox, Sega, Playstation, Nintendo and Game Boy
  • Bikes up to 26 inches
  • Cars and trucks for boys ages 3-8
  • Games for children up to age 12
  • Hats and scarves (handmade or store-bought)
  • Batteries (AA and 9-volt)
  • Yarn (four-ply)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Books for children 12 and younger
  • Dolls, any size and Barbies; clothes and accessories for both
  • Lace trim for doll clothes
  • Puzzles (up to 750 pieces)
  • Ribbon (small-size widths)
  • Elastic (narrow widths)
  • Velcro (narrow widths)
  • Hair items for girls younger than 12
  • Costume jewelry
  • Old purses (small and medium sizes)
  • Vanity items (travel size)
Contact Toys for Tots 262-633-1379 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8 to 11:30 a.m. for more information. Toys for Tots is located at 800 Center St., the same hours. Toys and supplies also can be dropped off at any fire station east of the interstate, Kortendick's Hardware and Wells Fargo Bank on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Racine Theatre Guild

  • Gift cards in any amounts to: Best Buy, grocery stores, Home Depot, Office Depot or OfficeMax, Menards, Sam's Club
  • Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. 

Call Beth or Doug at 262-633-1250 or stop by 2519 Northwestern Ave. from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays. For further information on RTG, visit


The following is a wish list of items for RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled), a nonprofit agency which provides individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop physical, social, emotional, vocational and leisure skills that can be applied across home, school, work and community settings.
We are dedicated to promoting health and wellness among our clientele and are a long standing Partner Provider of United Way of Racine County.

Adult Camp — Cooking Class
  • Food chopper
  • Woks (2)
  • Electric skillet
  • Parchment paper (ongoing need)
  • Commercial-size jelly roll pans (6)
  • Insulated or nonstick baking sheets (6)
  • Cake pans (6)
  • Cooling racks and/or pot holders
  • Flour sack dish towel
  • Ninja Bullets for blending (2)

Contact us at 262-633-0291 to make arrangements for delivery of wish list items, or to learn more about ways in which you can support RADD programs and participants. Visit our website at to see all that RADD has to offer. RADD is also found on Facebook. RADD is located at 3131 Taylor Ave., Building No. 4, Racine, WI 53405.

Racine Public Library

The mission of the Racine Public Library is to enhance our community’s quality of life by providing information, ideas and creative works.

  • Adult scissors
  • Legos
  • Lego table
  • Duct tape (any color)
  • Water colors
  • Water color paper
  • Sewing kits
  • Yarn (any color)
  • Knitting needles
  • Acrylic paint
  • Canvas panels (8x10)
  • Acrylic paint brush sets
  • Paint Trays
  • Hammers
  • Nails
  • Plywood
  • Raspberry pi computer
  • Duplo Legos
  • Kitchen play set
  • Toy toolbox
  • Toy workbench
  • Thomas trains
  • Thomas train table
  • 3-D printer

The Racine Public Library is located at 75 Seventh St., Racine, WI 53403. For more information, contact Darcy Mohr at 262-636-9247 or

Harmony Club

A program of Lincoln Lutheran, Harmony Club is a unique social program that offers caregivers up to six hours of free time.

Volunteers are the heart of this program. If interested in volunteering, call 262-898-2742.

Items may be dropped off at Lincoln Lutheran of Racine, 2000 Dominic Drive, second floor.

Items we could use:

  • Craft supplies
  • 63- to 500-piece puzzles
  • Easy-to-store bingo prizes
  • Planting supplies
  • Paper products 
  • Plates, cups, bowls, napkins, plastic forks, spoons, knives, moist wipes and hot plates

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

  • Volunteer Girl Scout Troop leaders
  • Short-term program volunteers
  • Group adviser for fourth- and fifth-graders, and sixth- and 12th-graders leadership groups
  • Professional photographer to capture Girl Scouts events

To volunteer, contact Tracy Wayson at 1-800-565-GIRL (4475) or via email at:

Small World Montessori School

  • Child-sized wheelbarrows
  • Child-sized gardening tools
  • Trays
  • Quality wooden toys
  • Child-sized wooden furniture
  • Interesting cultural or historical items

Donations may be dropped off at the school or mailed to the school at 1008 High St., Racine, WI 53402. Call the school at 262-632-6797 to make other arrangements or for more information.

Alpha Center

An unplanned pregnancy can raise many unanswered questions.  We can help by providing information to enable our clients to make an informed decision about their pregnancies. 

Our purpose is to serve women by offering emotional and practical support. When needed, we provide referrals to the community for medical help, financial assistance, professional counseling and support systems.  All our services are free and confidential.

  • Postage stamps (Forever)
  • Monetary donations 
  • Computer ink (HP 74)
  • Receiving blankets
  • Baby onesies (size 0-3 months)
  • Baby sweaters, caps, booties
  • Handmade baby items
  • Infant gowns

To make a donation or have questions about our organization, contact Joyce Nelsen at 262-639-7134 or via email at

Life’s Transitions Inc.

Life Transition Inc.’s mission is to enable disabled and disadvantaged individuals to find meaningful employment within the community while maximizing their abilities and/or fostering healthy lifestyles.

The individuals we serve come from varying walks of life, including disabled and disadvantaged individuals on public assistance, people recovering from alcohol, drug, other addictions and ex-offenders.

This year we wanted to give some families in the community Christmas baskets but did not have enough for the children’s gifts.

Gifts are needed for boys ages 3-6 and 11-12, girls ages 3-6 and 12-13. Clothing sizes are unavoidable so small toys or books are wanted for these children.

They can be dropped off at Life’s Transitions Inc. at 1220 Mound Ave., Suite 301, until Tuesday, Dec 23.

Safe Haven


Twin-size mattress covers, twin size fitted sheets, pillows, laundry Soap, dish soap, scrubbing pads, brooms, mops, floor cleaner, tall white kitchen bags, black garbage bags, energy-saving light bulbs, backpacks, spiral notebooks, pens, folders, gift cards to fast food restaurants and retail stores, alarm clocks, AA, AAA, C, D batteries, weight scale, toilet paper, paper towel, pads/tampons, shaving cream, perfume, cologne, women/men’s shavers, full-size shampoo and conditioners, deodorant, and combs and brushes, T-shirts, socks, underwear, sports bras, flashlights, lip balm, Lysol, toothpaste, toothbrushes, styling hair products, hand sanitizer and hand soap.

Youth shelter:

  • Journal notebooks, Wii games (age appropriate 10-17), school supplies
  • Silverware
  • Volunteer Registered Nurses to complete health assessments

Contact Pamala Handrow at 262-637-9559, ext. 7100, to set up an appointment or email

A&S Unlimited Solutions

A&S Unlimited Solutions is committed to providing quality social service programs that will encourage, motivate and create positive change within the challenging lives of children and young adults.

  • Strollers
  • Mini refrigerators (2)
  • Play pens
  • Sleeping bags
  • First aid kits
  • Computer
  • Xerox machine
  • Laminating machine
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Bookshelves
  • Table and chairs
  • Cots
  • Desks
  • Construction paper
  • Cribs
  • Blankets
  • Board games
  • Microwave
  • Eating utensils
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Art Supplies
  • Outside playground equipment
  • Storage bin
  • File folders
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes

Donations may be dropped off at 2711 19th St., Racine. For more information, contact Dianne Howard at 262-636-2002 or

Racine Arts Council — LINK

Since 1997 the Racine Arts Council has been offering the Lonely Instruments Need Kids program (LINK) to support the young people of our community and school music programs throughout Racine County by providing musical instruments to elementary and middle school children who are financially unable to purchase or rent an instrument of their own.

We seek donations of slightly used musical instruments in good playing condition.

Cash donations are also needed for instrument repairs. Flutes, violins, saxophones, violas, clarinets and baritones are especially needed.

To donate, call The Racine Arts Council office at 262-635-0261 or email us at

Racine County Food Bank

"Super Six" most-needed food items:

  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna fish
  • Beef stew
  • Canned meats
  • Canned pasta with meat

Also needed:

  • Gift cards for gasoline

Donations can be dropped off at 2000 DeKoven Ave., Unit 2, Racine from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. It is best to call ahead at 262-632-2307. In addition, the Food Bank also maintains a collection barrels at all of the Pick ‘n Save and Piggly Wiggly locations East of I-94.

Care Net Family Resource Center

Cleaning supplies:

  • Tall kitchen trash bags
  • Large black trash bags

Office supplies:

  • White copier paper
  • Colored copier paper
  • Stamps
  • Plain business envelopes
  • Address labels
  • Paper clips (large and small)

Client Services needs:

  • Diapers (sizes 3,4,5,6)
  • Baby wipes
  • Suction bulbs
  • Thermometers
  • Pacifiers
  • Sippee cups
  • Nail clippers
  • Baby bottles
  • Teething rings
  • Caps and nipples
  • Bottle brushes
  • Baby spoons
  • Nursing pads
  • Receiving blankets
  • Formula
  • Baby clothing
  • Socks
  • Bibs
  • Diaper rash cream/ointment
  • Teething medicine
  • Baby bath wash
  • Baby shampoo
  • Towels  
  • Wash cloths
  • Crib sheets
  • New cribs without drop side
  • Strollers, bouncy seats,
  • Lap pads
  • Bassinets
  • Pack ‘N Play
  • Swings


  • Three portable professional display boards

If you’d like to make a donation, please call the Care Net Family Resource Center first, at 262-658-2555, to make arrangements. You may also contact Care Net via email at:

DeKoven Center

Gift cards to:

  • Menards
  • Sam's Club
  • Office supply store
  • Grocery stores

Also: Forever stamps, riding snowblower, skid steer, passenger van, golf cart.

Items can be dropped off Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact Donna Jorgenson, campus administrator, at 262-633-6401 or for more information.

Dress for Success Racine

The mission of Dress for Success Racine is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Job-ready women come to Dress for Success Racine by referral from a range of nonprofit or job placement agencies. Each client receives one suit for her interview or job fair and additional clothing when she becomes employed. Every woman deserves a success story.

What we need:

  • Monetary donations
  • Gently used seasonal interview suits
  • Purses in neutral tones
  • Belts in neutral tones
  • Shoes — closed toe
  • Jewelry racks and boxes
  • Lint brushes/rollers
  • Packages of panty hose (new)
  • Dress or trouser socks
  • Makeup (new)
  • Square & round clothing sizers
  • Retail shoe rack
  • New or used clothing racks & fixtures
  • Clear plastic storage containers-all sizes
  • Three-way mirror
  • Table fans and stand-up fans
  • Office supplies
  • Step stool
  • Laminating machine and supplies
  • “Forever” postage stamps
  • Tote bags (with handles)
  • Personal Shopper volunteers
  • General volunteers

Donations are accepted by appointment at 5540 Durand Ave., Suite B-296, Racine. Call 262-898-5530 to make a donation appointment or for more information. More information is also available at

Racine County Opportunity Center
Racine County Opportunity Center, 4214 Sheridan Road, is a nonprofit organization that includes the Community Placement Program and the Nestling Place Day Care under one roof.
The Community Placement Program is staffed by trained personnel who specialize in job development and training disabled persons in community based sites. The Community Placement Program was established in 1980.
The Nestling Place provides amply qualified staffs who direct a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The Nestling Place was established in 1990 to provide a much needed additional source of high-quality early childhood education/daycare within the community

  • James Stanfield Job Training Library (set of instructional DVDs)
  • Spray bottles
  • Mops
  • Brooms
  • Cleaning products
  • Vacuums
  • Cleaning product caddies
  • High dusters
  • Coffee table books
  • Toilet brushes
  • New computers
  • New printers
  • Black slip-resistant shoe covers (various sizes)
  • Unisex black work pants (various sizes)
  • Grabbers (used to pick up trash)
  • Employers who are interested in working with the agency to provide employment opportunities for adults with disabilities

To make a donation, contact Jamie Dieter-Pias, assistant supervisor to Job Development, at 262-554-8662.
The Nestling Place Day Care

  • Large blankets
  • Baby blankets
  • Batteries AA or AAA
  • Board books
  • Shaving cream
  • New sand
  • Hot Wheels
  • Toys for children ages 6 and older
  • Wipes

To make a donation, contact Michelle Beeglem director, at 262-515-1531. Please call before visiting.

Racine Family YMCA

The Racine Family YMCA is a non-profit agency committed to strengthening communities through Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. In order for the Racine Y to provide local children opportunities to learn and grow through academic, athletic and socially responsible activities. We are looking for donations of the following items:

  • Colored construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Legos 
  • Colored pencils
  • Toys
  • Gently used or new preschool age books
  • Board games (preschool and elementary)
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Journals
  • Pocket folders
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Cooler

Donations may be dropped off at 725 Lake Ave., Racine. For more information, contact Lynda Knudtson at

Thread by Thread

Thread by Thread is a clothing ministry located at Bethania Lutheran Church that serves residents of Racine who are in need of good clean clothing for their families. We are open the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 6–7:30 p.m. The clothing is free of charge and we ask only that you take what you need and need what you take. Bethania Lutheran Church is located at 4120 Wright Ave. We are asking for assistance with the following items:

  • Desperately in need of clean, gently used children’s clothing, newborn through size 16/18
  • Men’s clothing and shoes
  • Blankets, towels, sheet sets
  • Children’s coats and boots
  • Adult coats and boots
  • Brown paper grocery bags
  • Copy paper

Donations may be dropped off at Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Ave. on Wednesdays when we are open or anytime in the donation box located in the parking lot in back of the church.
For additional information call 262-632-7267.

Chestnut Club

The Chestnut Club is a Lincoln Lutheran Adult Day Service program dedicated to serving the greater Burlington community. The Chestnut Club provides seniors with the opportunity to socialize with their peers in a safe, home-like setting.

The Chestnut Club is a Lincoln Lutheran Adult Day Service program dedicated to serving the greater Burlington community. The Chestnut Club provides seniors with the opportunity to socialize with their peers in a safe, home-like setting. 

The club is seeking community partners willing to commit to providing one care package during the year. 

Care package contents include:

  • Eight boxes facial tissue 
  • Four containers disposable personal wipes
  • One 300-count package of napkins 
  • One 30-count 13-gallon of kitchen garbage bags
  • One bottle of dish soap 
  • Two large cans of decaf coffee
  • One bottle of hand sanitizer 
  • One bottle of Lysol all-purpose cleaner
  • One bottle of toilet bowl cleaner 

Miscellaneous bingo prizes, including gently used knickknacks, travel-size packages of facial tissue, lip balm, gently worn jewelry (no pierced earrings), etc.

If your group would like to gather a Care Package to donate to the Chestnut Club, please call Colleen Lois at 262-661-4740. For more information, visit

Other items on the Chestnut Club's wish list:

  • Piano tuning
  • Large dry erase board for the wall
  • Bingo cage and balls
  • CD/tape player 
  • Bowling game with large pins for floor set up.
  • Exercise CDs for seniors
  • Ladder ball game
  • Giant laminated crossword puzzles for seniors
  • Horseshoe game
  • Dart ball game
  • Ring toss
  • Horse racing game
  • Musical instruments
  • Classic movies, musicals, Westerns on DVD
  • Art Linkletter "Kids Say the Darndest Things" DVD
  • Wood craft projects for men
  • Karaoke CDs
  • Massagers for sensory room
  • Blinds for window and door of sensory room
  • Sound and Scent machines for sensory room
  • Sensory lotions and creams
  • Fingernail polishes

Donations may be dropped off or sent to Chestnut Club, 165 W. Chestnut St., Burlington, WI 53105. For more information, call 262-661-4740 or visit

Racine Raiders Football Club

  • Gift cards in any amount to: Home Depot, Menards or Walmart.
  • Gas-powered or electric motorized vehicle or golf cart.
  • Old Racine football photographs, equipment or game films from any year between 1890s-1950s.
  • Building to house our new Football Museum located close to Horlick Athletic Field or Downtown Racine.
  • An office construction trailer in any shape to be used at Horlick Field.
  • Any old Racine Raider or Gladiator memorabilia to be used at our museum.

The Racine Raiders Football Club is a nonprofit/tax-exempt club made up of all volunteers. We are always looking for good people who want to join our group of volunteers. Email or call 262-880-3334 and leave a message for more information or to arrange a drop-off of a donation. Gift cards may be mailed to Racine Raiders Football Club, 3806 Douglas Ave., Racine, WI 53402.

Hospice Alliance

Hospice Alliance provides palliative and hospice care in private homes, assisted living and nursing homes, and in our 24/7 care facilities located in Racine and Pleasant Prairie. As a nonprofit community hospice, we provide care for all people, regardless of ability to pay. Hospice Alliance is the only hospice provider in SE Wisconsin to earn the national Hospice Honors award for quality care.

  • Men’s small, medium, large and extra-large PJ tops. Boxer-style PJ bottoms
  • Women’s small, medium, large and extra-large night gowns
  • Travel size: hand/body lotions, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant
  • Gift cards (Pick ‘n Save, Target, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Walmart)
  • Mixes (Bisquick, muffins, cookies, bread and pancake)
  • Puzzle roll
  • Shark steam mop
  • Slow cooker, 2-quart
  • 12-foot step ladder (for painting and repairs)
  • Electric keyboard (for holiday caroling and memorial services)
  • Volunteers are always needed and welcome

Please drop off donations at the Hospice Alliance Hospice House, 6101 16th St. (Becker Shoop Campus), in Racine. To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Andrea Scheuermann at 262-652-4400 or For more information about Hospice Alliance, visit

Eco-Justice Center

Rooted in hope, the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center is dedicated to environmental education and care of Earth in a context of community, contemplation, creativity and cultivation.

Items on the center's wish list include:

  • White copy paper
  • Sharpie markers
  • Scissors
  • Clipboards
  • Duct tape
  • Empty glue stick tubes
  • Magnet strips
  • Broken/old crayons
  • "Forever" postage stamps
  • Wild bird feed
  • Pruning shears
  • Pine chip animal bedding
  • Empty gallon or half-gallon plastic jugs
  • Canning jar lids (new or used)
  • Yogurt containers (stackable)
  • Marbles

Donations may be dropped off at the center at 7133 Michna Road, Caledonia, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. You may call 262-681-8527 to confirm that the center can use the items you’d like to donate. Larger items may be picked up, if needed. For more information, call director Janet Weyker at 262-681-8527 or email

St. Vincent De Paul Society

Help us to help others.

We continue to need donations of household goods, clothing and furniture

Donated items may be dropped off at 926 LaSalle St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays only (until further notice).

If you'd like to donate furniture, call St. Vincent de Paul at 262-633-6467 to arrange for pickup.

Seno K/RLT Conservancy

Seno K/RLT Conservancy is dedicated to natural resource education and preservation. Below is our wish list:

  • New members
  • Habitat Healers Group
  • Phenology Group
  • The time and talents of people for all manner of cool things
  • Binoculars — new or gently used
  • Hip waders for kids and adults
  • Art supplies
  • Gift cards for hardware stores, grocery stores, Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics, Office Max, Best Buy
  • GPS units — new or gently used
  • Indoor/outdoor rugs 4 by 6 feet
  • Canoes/kayaks
  • Telescopes — new or gently used
  • Leopold benches
  • Funds are always greatly appreciated

Seno K/RLT Conservancy is located at 3606 Dyer Lake Road (Highway P), Burlington, WI 53105. Call us at 262-539-3222 or email to arrange for donation drop-off at Seno. Visit our Facebook page at Seno K/RLT Conservancy and our website at Better yet — come out for a walk on our trails. We are open dawn to dusk all year long.

Racine Urban Garden Network

The Racine Urban Garden Network (RUGN) is a volunteer-run organization focused on increasing access to healthy food and building community stewardship in the city of Racine. RUGN accomplishes these goals by creating community gardens on previously barren city lots. RUGN provides participants with garden plots, tools, soil and water, educational opportunities, and events for social networking and interaction for a donation of $20. If you would like to join RUGN in achieving this mission, we are requesting the following:

  • Gift cards for DP Wigley, Milaeger's, Home Depot or any other gardening/hardware store
  • Wheelbarrows
  • 300-gallon or larger portable water tanks
  • Outdoor furniture, i.e., tables, chairs, picnic tables, etc.
  • Gardening books or other education materials
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Perennial plants
  • Volunteers (needed most of all!)

To make a donation or if you would like to volunteer, contact Sasha Broadstone at 262-676-2209 or email Thank you in advance.

Lincoln Lutheran Affordable Apartment Communities

  • Easy chair for reading
  • Four lamps
  • Two small kitchen/dinette tables with at least two chairs
  • A desk and a chair
  • Bedding for a twin-size bed — comforter, sheets and pillow; dinosaur motif

Call Director JoAnn Adame at 262-898-2729 for more information about making a donation.

Love and Charity Mission

Items needed now:

  • Hams
  • Musical instruments (besides drums and guitars)
  • Two microphones with stands
  • Amplifiers
  • Music speakers
  • Tables and matching chairs for the dining room

Help is needed to give Love and Charity a fresh new look. Let’s come together and help 75-year-old Louise Hunter give the shelter a facelift. There is plumbing, electrical and remodeling work to be done on the inside, in the areas including the sanctuary, the rooms for the homeless men, women and families, the bathrooms, kitchen and the dining room. Eventually the outside of the building will need a facelift, also. 

Donations for building materials are needed, along with your skill and expertise for those who wish to volunteer.

Materials needed:

  • Carpet and vinyl
  • Ceramic tile — for the bathrooms
  • Wood/lumber for subfloors, if needed
  • Paint — white
  • Drywall and drywall screws
  • Fixtures such as faucets, sinks, toilets — new or used
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Doors

Items always needed at Love and Charity Mission:

  • Baby items
  • Pampers
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Bleach detergent

Donations may be dropped off at 1031 Douglas Ave., Racine. Call 262-634-7059 for more information.

Burlington Senior Center

The Burlington Senior Center (BSC) is a Tri-County activity center. BSC provides opportunities to play cards, Bunco, Dominoes, 50+ sports, Meals on Wheels, Harmony Club, jam session, trips, educational programs, parties and more.

  • Anyone who would like to start a new activity at BSC.
  • Cleaning Supplies (Lysol)
  • Scrubbing pads
  • Pinochle cards
  • Playing Cards
  • Party supplies, plates, napkins and utensils
  • Ceramic cups
  • Ground decaf coffee
  • Lots of toilet paper
  • Standard copier paper and toner
  • Colored printer paper
  • Dish washing soap
  • Big black garbage bags
  • Forever stamps
  • RICHTER Marketplace receipts
  • Used inkjet cartridges
  • Used cell phones
  • Used iPads and iPods
  • Used tablets
  • 50+ Softball players. Call Kathy @ 763-3441
  • 50+ Bowlers. Call Ruth 262-210-7488

 For more information, call BSC at 262-763-2854. Donated items may be dropped off at BSC at 201 N. Main St., Burlington.

HOPE Safehouse

HOPE Safehouse is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dog and cat shelter in Racine. Mission: “Working together to help homeless and abused animals.” Our name HOPE stands for “Help for Orphaned Pets through Education.” Our primary goal is to educate the public on the importance of spay/neutering their pets and proper care habits to decrease the number of abandoned and abused animals. 

In 2005, HOPE rescued 327 animals from the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, provided them with emergency medical care, shelter and placed them into loving homes with the help of animal lovers in our community. HOPE continues to provide education to the public and food, shelter and medical care to animals in need.  

Pet supplies:

  • Cat litter, “World’s Best” brand
  • TidyCat clay or TidyCat scoopable litter
  • Canned “pate’”cat food — Any national brand is fine (no generic or store brand)
  • Dry cat food — Any national brand is fine (no generic or store brand)
  • Nylon leashes for large dogs (50 pounds or heavier)
  • Kongs or Nylabones for large dogs

Office supplies:

  • 2-pocket folders
  • Forever postage stamps
  • Copy paper (letter size)
  • AA batteries
  • Paper towels
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Febreze or Glade fabric spray
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets
  • Clorox wipes
  • Duct tape
  • Used/new three-line phone system

Donations may be dropped off at the HOPE office, 1911 Taylor Ave. (shares office with Speed Textile) Monday through Friday, noon-6 p.m. For more information, call 262-634-4571.

Those interested in volunteering or fostering can apply on our website: or may email

Housing Resources Inc.

Housing Resources Inc. is a HUD-approved agency that provides training for first-time home buyers as well as post-purchase foreclosure-prevention counseling and assistance.


  • Legal-size filing cabinets, two-drawer or four-drawer

If you would like to make a donation, contact Mark Schultz, program manager, at 262-636-8271, or at Housing Resources Inc., 1442 N. Memorial Drive, Racine.

Love, Inc.

  • Good, used cars
  • Food for food pantry
  • Funds for food pantry
  • Gas cards
  • Christmas adopt a family
  • Mentors for Starfish/Big Brother/Big Sister program
  • Volunteers 
  • Forklift
  • Drivers 
  • Good used furniture for our store

For more information, contact Bill Schoessling at Love, Inc., 480 S. Pine St., Burlington, WI 53105 or call 262- 763-6226.

Salvation Army

Items for distribution through the Social Service Program:

  • Regular baby formula (not soy) — desperately needed
  • Disposable diapers (all sizes) — desperately needed
  • Baby wipes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Toothpaste
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper

These items can be brought to the Salvation Army office, 1901 Washington Ave., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Autism Solution Pieces

Our mission and goal is to empower parents and individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autism Solution Pieces is a volunteer-based organization whose purpose is to raise hope and awareness by providing support and peer group meetings, educational conferences, fundraising events, and community outings for Autistic individuals.

We are committed to providing current information on ASD causes, prevention, and treatments so parents and individuals can use these resources to build knowledge best suited for their families.

Our wish list includes:


  • Help planning local events
  • Event helpers
  • Brochure and flier designers
  • Printing services 

Items A.S.P. could use for events

  • Printer paper (white and colored)
  • Envelopes
  • Forever stamps
  • Large clear storage bins
  • Gift cards for fundraiser events
  • Gas cards 
  • Gift baskets for raffles
  • Items for gift baskets
  • Craft items

Items for special needs families (new or used)

  • Therapy balls
  • Weighted blankets or smaller weighted lap pads
  • Sensory toys
  • Swings
  • Body socks
  • Weights 
  • Bean bags
  • Spin boards 
  • Scooter boards
  • iPad
  • iPod Touch
  • Tablets
  • Computers/games 
  • Board games/toys

To make a donation please contact Cindy Schultz 262-639-3041 or email

For more information, visit A.S.P. website:

Racine Youth Sports

Racine Youth Sports is a nonprofit organization, with our money coming from player registration. We are also a partner provider of the United Way Racine County.

RYS manages and operates Haban Sports Complex in Sturtevant. We service more than 3,000 youth in baseball, football, volleyball and Judo. Our mission is to provide quality, structured youth sports programs that will teach sports fundamentals, good sportsmanship, character, discipline, competitiveness and teamwork in a positive, caring, safe environment.

RYS believes that sports unite diverse backgrounds, such as: social, racial, gender and economics. In RYS, every child has the opportunity to participate regardless of their athletic or financial ability.

Wish list:

  • Topsoil
  • Fertilizer
  • Field spray paint
  • Golf cart
  • Tractor lawnmower
  • Gas leaf blower
  • Wood chips
  • Hand soap for dispensers
  • Crushed stone
  • Irrigation system
  • Football scoreboard
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies 

To make a donation, contact TJ Hearn at 262-886-0797 or

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program

  • A portable puppet stage
  • Volunteer puppeteers for the Kindergarten SCANMAN Puppet Show.

Contact Karen Fetherston at 262-619-1633 if you can donate items, would like to volunteer or, have any questions about the program.

Sexual Assault Services

  • Volunteer advocates to answer our 24-hour crisis line and respond to hospitals in Burlington and Racine
  • Gift cards from Target, Office Depot or other discount stores
  • Fun-size/individually wrapped candy

Contact Katy Adler 262-619-1634 if you would like to volunteer, donate items to SAS, or have questions about the program. Any donated items for SCAN or SAS can be dropped off at our office at 1220 Mound Ave, Suite 304, Racine, WI 53404.

Caledonia Historical Society

The Caledonia Historical Society is in need of five women's mannequin heads and five female wigs; and two men's mannequin heads and two male hair pieces. Also needed are some 1900 women's dresses, hats and shoes, and men's railroad clothing.
For more information on making a donation, call president Leroy Schmidt at 262-752-0062 email him at, or stop by the depot in Linwood Park weekdays before 4 p.m.

Racine Friendship Clubhouse

We are a nonprofit organization that integrates adults with mental illness into the economic and social community. A Clubhouse is a community intentionally organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse, people are given the opportunities to rejoin the world of friendships, family, important work, employment, education and to access the services and supports they may individually need.

  • Volunteers: We would welcome volunteers to work with members sharing skills such as a favorite hobby, computer skills or gardening tips.
  • Items we could use: "Forever" postage stamps, liquid hand soap, coffee, coffee creamer, small paper plates, disposable gloves, Post-it notes, copier paper, small Bingo prizes.

We are located at 2000 17th St. in Racine. For more information, call 262-636-9393 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and ask for Lynelle or Chris.

Family Service of Racine

Family Service of Racine
Family Service of Racine is a nonprofit agency that provides counseling and mental wellness services to the Racine community. For more information about our services and to find out how you can help, please visit our website at or call us at 262-634-2391. We are located at 420 Seventh St., Downtown Racine and love visitors!

  • Laptop computers (2008 or newer)
  • Refrigerator
  • End tables
  • Office furniture
  • Gently used couches and love seats

Donations can be dropped off at our office at 420 Seventh St., Racine. Please call 262-634-2391, so we can arrange a time to welcome you!

Careers Industries

Careers Industries enriches the lives of people with disabilities through work, care and community. We also help local organizations and businesses meet their business and staffing needs.

  • Hand mixer
  • Games: Simon, Yahtzee, Uno, Bingo, Phase 10
  • Quart jars
  • Laminator
  • Hand lotion (large-size bottles with pumps)
  • Medium and large-size men's underwear
  • Medium and large-size women’s underwear
  • Large and extra-large men’s athletic shorts
  • Large-size sweatpants
  • Five manual wheelchairs
  • Rolling cart
  • Gift cards to Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics
  • Gift cards to Dollar Tree
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Canvas for paintings (any size)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Watercolor paints
  • Acrylic paint paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Glue sticks
  • Boxes of Kleenex
  • Plastic coffee cans with handles
  • Paint shirts, preferably long sleeves

Items can be delivered to Careers Industries, 4811 Washington Ave., Racine, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 262-752-4100 for more information.

Hospitality Center

The Hospitality Center provides Racine’s largest meal program and offers hospitality without agenda.

The Hospitality Center is volunteer-driven and provides a safe place for all to “drop in” for friendship, rest and food.

The Hospitality Center is open at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Racine on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 2  p.m. A community meal is also held on the last Thursday of the month from 5-6  p.m. All are welcome!

Center needs:
  • Ground coffee
  • Powdered coffee creamer
  • Sugar
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Plastic forks, spoons, knives
  • Styrofoam coffee cups
  • Coats (men and women) — especially large sizes
  • Winter hats
  • Gloves
  • New socks
  • Sundries/toiletries
  • Plastic grocery bags
Donations may be dropped off at the Hospitality Center at 614 Main St.(corner of Seventh and Main) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please contact Kevin Stewart at 414-405-5619 or for further information.

Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network

The Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network fosters the Root-Pike and adjacent watersheds to protect and enhance the integrity of water, air and land resources. Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain the ecosystem in the watersheds through the funding and facilitation of a regional network of locally initiated projects.

Wish list:

  • HP toner cartridges: 304A in all 4 colors for HP Color LaserJet CP 2025
  • Reams of copy paper or neutral cardstock
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Small, resealable sandwich-size plastic bags
  • Binder dividers with tabs
  • Office Depot gift cards
  • Jimmy John’s gift cards (to provide light suppers for public meetings)
  • Pick ‘n Save/Piggly Wiggly gift cards (for purchase of beverages or snacks for events)
  • Ground coffee
  • Small paper plates
  • Pens
  • DVD-R discs
  • CD-R discs
  • CD jewel cases
  • Printable CD labels
  • Cash donations
  • Postage stamps
  • AA batteries
  • Adhesive Velcro

Donations may be dropped off at our office at 800 Center St., Room 118 Racine, WI 53403. Before donating, please call or email Allison Thielen at 262-898-2055 or

Lakeside Curative Services
  • New men’s and women’s underwear, all sizes
  • Medium, and larger sized, sweatpants
  • Bath and body care products
  • Bus tokens
  • Ceramic/terra cotta flower pots
  • Garden tools, gloves, aprons
  • Cultural CD’s
  • Sound machine
  • Adult, wide-seat wheelchair
  • Gasoline gift cards
  • Gift cards for craft supply stores
  • Gift cards for grocery stores
  • $5 gift certificates for participant incentives (i.e. McDonald’s, Burger King, Barnes and Noble).
  • Outdoor swing
  • Picnic tables
  • Thumb drives
  • Toaster
  • Raffle prizes for fundraisers

Please contact Angeline Markiewicz or Mary Beth Popchock at 262-598-0098 for more information.

Cops ’N Kids Reading Center

It is the mission of the Cops ’N Kids Reading Center to enable and empower all children to strive toward the fundamental successes in life through recognition of the importance of reading.

The Cops ’N Kids Reading Center is in need of:

  • Volunteer grant researcher
  • Kleenex
  • 3-ring binders, 1½ to 2 inches
  • No. 2 pencils (yellow is fine)
  • Watercolor paints (Prange or Crayola)
  • Kids' scissors (Fiskars, round-tip or pointed)
  • Tutors — Those interested should contact the Tutor Coordinator Cynthy McCrory at 262-497-4751 or email her at
  • New and gently used children’s books
  • Paper towels
  • Copy paper
  • Electric pencil sharpener
  • Cash donations to help fund field trips

To make a donation or volunteer, contact the Reading Center at 262-632-1606 or drop off donations at the Reading Center Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m. at 800 Villa St., Racine.

George Bray Neighborhood Center

The George Bray Neighborhood Center, 924 Center St., Racine, is in need of:

  • Football, baseball, soccer, tennis equipment
  • Someone to coordinate a cultural arts program
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Folding chairs and tables
  • Industrial-sized, construction-sized garbage bags
  • Spackling compound
  • Lawn rakes
  • Cross-cut saw
  • Painter masking tape
  • Detail sander
  • Sandpaper
  • 4- to 5-foot extension pole
  • Solent mineral spirits paint thinner
  • String trimmer and edger
  • Paint drop cloths
  • Paint rollers, covers and trays
  • Paint brushes: water and oil-based
  • Volunteers
  • Paint the entrance and weight room

Donations can be dropped off at the Bray Center, 924 Center St., Racine. Call the center at 262-770-4906 for more information.

Racine Literacy Council

The Racine Literacy Council Adult Tutoring Program provides tutoring to adults who want to learn English, improve basic literacy skills, including math, or work toward getting a GED.

The RLC offers small group instruction for citizenship, driver's license testing, conversation classes and computer-assisted learning. Volunteers from the community are trained as tutors to work with adults in the program. Tutors meet with the students for two hours a week, with day, evening and Saturday hours available.

The Racine Literacy Council, a United Way Partner Provider, is located at 734 Lake Ave., with tutoring opportunities in western Racine County as well. Phone: 262-632-9495; Web: Thank you for wish list contributions from the past and future.

Wish list:

  • Volunteer tutors (16 years old or older) The next tutor training registration is Feb. 9-12; next training date is Feb. 21. Lunch is provided.
  • Three 3-by-4-foot American flags for new citizens
  • Copy paper (box or ream)
  • English dictionaries
  • Spanish/English dictionaries
  • Coffee and coffee supplies

Contact the Racine Literacy Council for more information.

Focus on Community

Focus is a nonprofit substance abuse prevention agency. Our mission is to prevent substance abuse by providing education, building positive values and promoting healthy lifestyle choices for the Racine youth, families and the community.

Donations may be dropped off or mailed to Focus, 1220 Mound Ave., Suite 307, Racine, WI 53404.

For more information call Gina at 262-632-6200.

On June 4, Focus will host its annual Meadowbrook Country Club Golf Outing. The following items are requested to help make this fundraising effort successful:

  • Golfers
  • Gift cards to use as raffle prizes
  • Cash donations
  •  Volunteers to help with the fundraising event

Peace Learning Circles

Peace Learning Circles is a nonprofit, educational organization. Our mission is to promote a culture of peace through education to youth and communities. PLC teaches safe, non-violent ways to deal with conflicts and differences. We focus on respect, values, teamwork, inclusion, unity, compassion and how to be a peacemaker and peace mentor in homes, schools and communities.

  • Volunteer facilitators for fourth- and fifth-grade Peacemakers Workshops
  • Members for our Board of Directors
  • Committee members, including: Fund Development, Finance, Marketing, Circles of Peace 2014
  • Compassionate Community committee members and volunteers
  • Gift cards to: Sam's Club/Walmart, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Hobby Lobby
  • Cash donations for school and community programs
  • Website designer
  • Volunteer to provide updates to PLC website
  • Volunteers to paint Peace Sticks
  • Volunteers to assemble Peace Pebble Bags
  • Volunteers to assemble workshop and program supplies
  • Office space
  • Large space to hold the Peacemakers Workshops from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays.

Cash donations are also very much needed and appreciated. You can make a tax-deductible donation by using PayPal on our website,, or by sending your donation to Peace Learning Circles, 430 West Point Lane, Racine, WI 53402. If you have any questions regarding donations, item requests, programs or volunteer opportunities, contact us at 262-939-1285 or email

Senior Companion Program Inc.

A ministry of the Racine Dominicans, the Senior Companion Program is a nonprofit organization whose mission seeks to enhance the quality of life for older adults through socialization, friendship and sharing of information. Volunteers have provided companionship with compassion to the Racine community and surrounding Wisconsin communities since 1978. Volunteers visit lonely or isolated older adults in their homes, in nursing homes or in supportive living facilities.

  • Grocery gift cards
  • Pharmacy gift cards
  • Kleenex
  • Personal care products
  • Forever stamps
  • Cash donations
  • Large-print word search books
  • Large-print books
  • Large-print crossword puzzle books

Donations may be dropped off at Senior Companion Program Inc., 521 Sixth St., Racine, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call 262-898-1941 for more information.

Women's Resource Center

Making A Shelter A Home:

  • Lamps
  • End tables
  • Bedside tables
  • Area rugs
  • Indoor plants
  • Overstuffed chairs
  • Couches in good repair
  • Seasonal holiday decorations

Therapeutic Aids To Healing:

  • Rhythm items (drums, tambourines, etc)
  • Self-help books and DVDs
  • Meditational music on CD
  • Yoga mats
  • Barnes and Noble gift cards
  • Hobby Lobby or Michael’s gift cards
  • Sheepish Gift Cards (Main Street holistic store)
  • Art and craft supplies
  • CD Player
Gift cards:

Because of our work with victims who remain in the community, gift cards are always helpful to aid their transition to a single-income family. Gift cards can be purchased at: area grocery stores; area pharmacies; Home Depot or Menards; gas stations OR consider tickets for family fun outings like the movies or bowling.

Children’s items:
  • Culturally diverse dolls, books and puppets
  • Art supplies
  • School supplies
  • Board games
  • Puzzle books for all ages
  • Yard games and outdoor play equipment
Remember! Our kids range in age from infant to 18 — all need fun downtime!

Household Items:
  • Cleaning supplies of all kinds
  • Paper products
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking spices
  • Plastic wrap
  • Storage bags and containers
  • Laundry detergent and softener
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Buckets, mops, brooms and dustpans
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Toilet brushes
  • Scrub brushes
  • Dusting wands
Personal Products:
  • Culturally diverse hair products
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine products
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Diapers and wipes

Office Items:

  • Computers (3 years old or newer)
  • Flat Screen Monitors
  • Copy/Fax/ Scanner
  • Reams of paper
  • Office chairs

For more information, including a street address at which to drop off donations, Katy Stephan Cothell at or 262-633-3233.

Loose Ends Sewing and Stitching Group

Loose Ends Sewing and Stitching Group meets weekly (Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Waterford Public Library to sew for our local recovering veterans and organizations in need of stitched items such as walker totes. New stitchers are always welcome.

We are a non-profit group and survive on donations. We are in need of....

  • Eonated material
  • Thread
  • Yarn
  • Batting
  • Flannel
  • Cotton
  • Gently used flannel shirts or other clothing

Drop off items at the Waterford Public Library, 101 N River St. in Waterford, or send email to

Faith, Hope, & Love

Faith, Hope, & Love is a nonprofit program through Living Light Christian Church which provides duffel bags for children in crisis situations. The duffel bags are filled with various items that provide personal care and comfort items.

  • Fleece blankets
  • Stuffed animals
  • Books — board books, picture books, coloring books and paperback kids’ books (nothing scary — they have enough fears to deal with)
  • Journals
  • Shampoo/conditioner — travel size
  • Lotion — travel size
  • Combs/brushes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Tubes of toothpaste
  • Flashlights — small LED with batteries
  • Diapers
  • Gas cards

Donations may be dropped off at to Living Light Community Center, 740 College Ave., Racine, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call Mark and Heather Lojeski at 262-902-0556 or visit the website:

Dress for Success Racine

The mission of Dress for Success Racine is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Job-ready women come to Dress for Success Racine by referral from a range of nonprofit or job placement agencies. Each client receives one suit for her interview or job fair and additional clothing when she becomes employed. Every woman deserves a success story.

What we need:

  • Monetary donations
  • Gently used interview suits
  • Purses in neutral tones
  • Shoes — closed toe
  • Jewelry racks and boxes
  • Lint brushes/rollers
  • Packages of panty hose (new)
  • Dress or trouser socks
  • Makeup (new)
  • Square and round clothing sizers
  • Retail shoe rack
  • New or used clothing racks and fixtures
  • Clear plastic storage containers — all sizes
  • Three-way mirror
  • Table fans and stand-up fans
  • Office supplies
  • Step stool
  • Laminating machine and supplies
  • "Forever" postage stamps
  • Personal shopper volunteers
  • General volunteers

Donations are accepted by appointment at 5540 Durand Ave., Suite B-296, Racine. Call 262-898-5530 to make a donation appointment or for more information. More information is also available at

Family Literacy of Racine Inc.

The mission of Family Literacy of Racine is “Investing in Family and Community: Read, Lead, Learn, Succeed.” We provide literacy services/educational services to parents and their children from ages birth to age 15, focusing on helping kids be successful in school and life. Wish list:

  • Copy paper
  • School supplies — pencils, pens, glue erasers, etc
  • Journals of any type for girls
  • “Composition” notebooks
  • Magnifying glasses—100
  • 50 hammers
  • Hand saws/blades
  • Sports equipment: footballs, soccer balls, etc
  • Stamping supplies — ink pads, stamps
  • Board games
  • Gas cards
  • Food cards
  • Diapers (sizes 1-5)
  • Baby wipes
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • 30-gallon trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates (9-inch)
  • Word search books
  • Kleenex
  • Dry board cleaner

Donors may contact Family Literacy of Racine Inc. Executive Diretor Donna Lyons at 262-898-3968 or at

Meals on Wheels

Make your day by making a senior smile.

Meals on Wheels, a program of Lincoln Lutheran and Racine County Human Services Department, has a need for volunteer drivers.

If you have 1½ hours to spare once a week or when needed, you could help us make sure no senior goes hungry.

A smile, driver’s license, insurance and a reliable car is all that is needed. A gas stipend is offered.

To learn more, contact the Meals on Wheels office at 262-637-0727 or 1-877-637-0327.

The Racine Symphony Orchestra

  • Reams of white and bright-colored paper (8.5-by-11)
  • Forever stamps
  • Gift cards from Office Depot or OfficeMax

Items may be dropped off at the Racine Symphony Orchestra office at 800 Center St. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 262-636-9285 for additional information.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Racine County

  • Bottled water
  • Gas cards for Sam's Club or any office supply store
  • Snacks for Teen Talk support group
  • Books of DVDs on the topic of mental health, to be used in our library
  • Coffee, creamer and filters
  • Stamps
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Gas cards

NAMI-Racine is located at 2300 DeKoven Ave. For more information, visit or call 262-637-0582.

New Day Drum and Bugle Corps

  • Two 15-passenger vans to transport our children to and from performances and practices.
  • New horns 
  • Drum heads 
  • Bass drum sticks
  • Cash donations to purchase these items
  • Money to purchase new uniforms (about $10,000)
  • More members to march in parades with the corps

A new permanent home if someone would like to make a donation of a building and some property that are in decent condition

Contact Renee Heider at or 262-412-6314 to make arrangements to make any donations.

The John XXIII Educational Center

The Educational Center, a new ministry of St. Patrick's Parish, offers programs for middle school and high school students in an effort to prepare them for success in high school so that they can graduate with various career choices and with the leadership skills necessary to become leaders in the Racine community.

Supervised study hall, individual mentoring and tutoring sessions are offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and from 7-8:30 p.m. The new Educational Center is open to children of all religious affiliations and racial backgrounds. A minimal cost of $25 per semester is requested to help defray the cost of supplies and materials.

Items that would be greatly appreciated include:

  • White copier/printer paper
  • Magic and permanent markers
  • Manual and electric pencil sharpeners
  • Colored copy paper: blue, yellow, green, pink, light green
  • Spiral-bound notebooks and Post-It notes
  • Healthy snacks

Donations may be dropped off at 1101 Douglas Ave. For more information, call 262-898-7250.

Racine Vocational Ministry Inc.

Racine Vocational Ministry Inc. assists unemployed and under-employed individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. RVM also provides employers with quality ready-to-work employees. For more information about RVM, visit:

Our current needs include:

  • Two-pocket folders
  • File folders
  • Styrofoam cups
  • Post-it notes
  • Colored copier paper (green, blue, other colors)
  • Matching set of bookshelves
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Printer/photocopier paper
  • Cleaning supplies (shop broom, dust pan, industrial mop, bucket)
  • Committee members for the board, including marketing, human resources, resource development and finance.

To donate items, contact Racine Vocational Ministry, 214 Seventh St., Racine, at 262-633-8660 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for more information.

Lincoln Village

Lincoln Village is a long-term care and skilled rehab community.

Wish list:

  • Stuffed animals
  • Boxes of Kleenex
  • Bags of candy (chocolates, Lifesavers, etc)
  • Sugar-free candy
  • Jewelry (necklaces)
  • Nail polish
  • Bingo prizes
  • Word search books
  • Crossword puzzle books
  • Landscaping trees
  • Shrubs
  • Perennial plants and flowers
  • Craft supplies
  • Paints for crafts, paint brushes
  • Beads for jewelry making
  • Kitchen-Aid standup mixer for baking
  • Cookie sheets
  • Electronic labeler
  • Electronic heavy-duty stapler
  • Plastic Ziploc baggies
  • Holiday decorations (fall, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, etc.)
  • Strands of white Christmas lights

Donations can be dropped off at 1700 CA Becker Drive, Racine.


SMILES is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs through a partnership with horses. The horse is a powerful motivator and participants receive a host of physical and emotional benefits while riding and communicating with their four-legged friends. Virtually anybody can experience positive gains, regardless of age, disability, or current situation, as they are empowered by this large but gentle animal.

Volunteers, 13 years and older, are needed for so many aspects of the program:

  • Grooming and tacking the horses before classes begin
  • Leading and/or side walking with the horse and student
  • Cleaning stalls and barn area
  • Feeding and unloading hay

No experience is necessary and training is provided.

Not sure about helping in the barn? How about:

  • Fundraising - special events
  • Advertising - marketing
  • Photography
  • Office help
  • Cleaning
  • Yard work

For further information, call Katie, the volunteer coordinator, at 262-882-3470 or email her at volunteer@smiles.Nu

Below is SMILES' wish list:

Horse/barn supplies

  • Soft lead rope
  • Wintec wide tree 14
  • Stable forks and barn brooms
  • Box stall fans
  • Shavings and hay
  • English and Western reins
  • Brushes and clippers
  • Small youth saddles
  • Dressage girths
  • Draft-size fly masks
  • Joint mobility supplement
  • Small skid steer
  • Limestone
  • Saddle soap
  • Barn floor sealant
  • Pyranha fly spray
  • Bleacher ground preparation

Office supplies

  • Copy paper and envelopes
  • Metal halide bulbs
  • Avery 5160 labels
  • Forever stamps
  • Printing services
  • Colored hanging folders
  • Flat-screen monitors
  • Newer laptop computer

Fundraising supplies and misc.

  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Paper bowls
  • Paper towels and Kleenex
  • Paper cups and coffee stirrers
  • Anti-bacterial hand soap
  • Large trash bags
  • Febreze
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Gift cards

Donations are appreciated for the following:

  • General operating
  • Scholarships for those in financial need
  • Facility improvements
  • Sponsor a horse
  • Equipment needs
  • Endowment fund to secure the future of smiles

Engrave a brick in our patio with your message:

  • Memorialize loved ones
  • Honor a veteran
  • Acknowledge special dates and happenings
  • Permanently display your business or company name

For questions, visit the SMILES website at or call SMILES at 262-882-3470.

Donations can be dropped off at N2666 County Road K, Darien.


NAMASTE EQUINE RESCUE is a non-profit equine (horse and donkey) rescue located in Yorkville.  The mission of the Namaste Equine Rescue is to procure equines seized by law enforcement, primarily serving the state of Wisconsin, to rehabilitate them mentally and physically and re-home them in a safe, forever environment.

Wish list:

  • Gift cards for Farm & Fleet (to be used for feed and barn items when needed)
  • Hay
  • Monetary donations for equipment, repairs
  • Monetary donations for vet and farrier care
  • Corporate Sponsors
  • Foster homes
  • Volunteers for fundraising and grand writing
  • Fence posts
  • Fence or round pen panels
  • Gates
  • Wood for repairs of fencing and shelters
  • Run in shelters
  • Limestone
  • Tractor
  • Skid loader

For more information, call 262-492-0767, email or go to


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