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In-Kind Critical Needs List

The YWCA Kalamazoo provides personal care, daily living, and food products for our clients, those in need of our services both on-site and off-site. Our in-kind needs change on a regular basis. Due to our limited storage space, if you are interested in donating an item not listed please call ahead so that we may assess the need for that item. We distribute donations based on program need. All excess goods may be distributed to other charities as needed.

Donations can be dropped off at 353 E. Michigan Avenue, during our regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm. 

For questions or more information, please contact our Development Team at (269) 345-5595 or kswikoski@ywcakalamazoo.org.

Top Ten Needed Items

The following is a list of the most critical donations needed to support our programs.

  1. Diapers/Unscented Baby Wipes (sizes 1 – 5)
  2. African American Hair Care Products (new and unopened)
  3. Similac Formula (new/unopened, iron fortified, ready to feed—no powder) or Baby Food (new/unopened, all ages and varieties)
  4. Kitchen Items (new or gently used skillets, cups, silverware, etc.)
  5. Towels (new or gently used dish, hand, bath)
  6. New Women’s Underwear and Bra’s (all sizes)
  7. New Boys and Girls Underwear (ages 2—5 years)
  8. Feminine Hygiene Products (sanitary napkins/tampons, all varieties)
  9. Facial Tissues
  10. Adhesive Bandages/Thermometers

The YWCA Kalamazoo is unable to accept used stuffed animals and opened/used food or personal items (shampoo, body wash, lotion, etc.)

Needed Clothing Items

The YWCA Kalamazoo is accepting new and gently used clothing items. We only accept new and unused donations of underwear, socks, and bras. The YWCA Kalamazoo does not accept violent, racist, and/or sexist items. Due to our limited resources, we only accepted clean, washed clothing.

Children’s Clothing (all sizes and genders):

  1. New Underwear & Socks
  2. New or Clean & Gently Used Pajamas
  3. T-Shirts
  4. Sweat Pants
  5. Sweat Shirts

Teenager’s Clothing (all sizes and genders):

  1. New Underwear & Socks
  2. New or Clean & Gently Used Pajamas
  3. T- Shirts
  4. Sweat Pants
  5. Sweat Shirts

Women’s Clothing (all sizes):

  1. New Underwear, Bras, & Socks
  2. New or Gently Used Pajamas
  3. Career Wear
  4. Sweat Pants
  5. Sweat Shirts
Needed Food Items

The following is a list of perishable/non-perishable food items needed by our programs. The YWCA Kalamazoo is unable to accept opened/used food items.

  1. Cereal
  2. Granola Bars, Cereal Bars
  3. Crackers
  4. 100% Fruit Juice (cans or frozen)
  5. Canned Chicken, Other Meats
  6. Canned or Fresh Veggies and Fruit
  7. Pasta Sauce
  8. Salad Dressing (all varieties)
  9. Cooking Oil (vegetable, canola, etc.)
  10. Sugar
  11. Baby Food
Needed Household Items

The YWCA Kalamazoo is unable to accept opened/used personal items (shampoo, body wash, lotion, soap etc.). We ask that all items on this list are donated new and unopened.

  1. Garbage Bags (all sizes)
  2. Laundry Soap, Fabric Softener, Bleach
  3. Dishwasher Detergent (powder only)
  4. Anti-Bacterial/Disinfecting Hand Soap
  5. Disposable plates, spoons, bowls, cups
  6. Batteries (all sizes)
  7. Metal Tableware- forks, spoons, butter knives
  8. Dish Sets- plates, bowls, cups, etc.
  9. Cookware- pots, pans, casserole, etc.
  10. Coffee Makers
  11. New Pillows
  12. Sheet Sets (twin, full)
  13. Crib Sheets
  14. Towels (dish, hand, bath)
  15. New Shower Curtains (plastic)
  16. Vacuums (new & used, working)
  17. Plungers, Mops, Brooms, Dustpans
  18. Cookbooks (fast recipes with few ingredients)
  19. Flash Drives
  20. Gardening Tools
  21. Bus Tokens, Passes
  22. Gas Cards
  23. Cash/Gift Cards (to purchase needed items)
  24. DVDs
  25. Wii Games
  26. Old cell phones and working ipads & iPods (they are sent to environmentally conscious recycling centers that reimburse the YWCA Kalamazoo).
Needed Hygiene Products

The following is a list of personal items needed by our female and male clients. The YWCA Kalamazoo is unable to accept opened/used personal items (shampoo, body wash, lotion, etc.)

  1. African-American Hair Products (call for suggested items)
  2. Deodorant
  3. Feminine Hygiene Products
  4. Shampoo, Conditioner (for all hair types)
  5. Soap, Body Wash
  6. Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Floss
  7. Chapstick/Lip Balm
  8. Hair Brushes, Wide-Tooth Combs, Picks
  9. Hair Ties, Scrunchies
  10. Kleenex, Paper Towel, Toilet Paper
  11. Unopened Perfume, Cologne, Body Spray
  12. Unopened Make-up (for all skin tones)
  13. Sunscreen

 

Needed Toys

The YWCA Kalamazoo is accepting clean and gently used toys. Unfortunately, due to bed bugs we are unable to accept used stuffed animals. The YWCA Kalamazoo doesn’t accept violent, racist, and/or sexist items.

  1. Culturally Diverse Toys & Dolls (especially African American & Latina)
  2. Learning Toys (Ages 0-5)
  3. MP3 Players
  4. Activities for Teenagers (Puzzles, Board Games etc.)
  5. DVD’s (age appropriate, the YWCA Kalamazoo doesn’t accept violent, racist, and/or sexist items)
  6. Construction Paper, Poster Board
  7. Non-Toxic Paint
  8. Markers, Colored Pencils, Crayons
  9. Individual Gift Items and Gift Sets
Unaccepted Items

Unfortunately, due to limited space and resources the YWCA Kalamazoo is unable to accept all donations. We appreciate your generosity but we are unable to accept:

  1. Upholstered Furniture (couches, chairs, etc.)
  2. Used Mattresses
  3. Used Underwear, Socks, and Bras
  4. Unwashed Clothing
  5. VHS Tapes
  6. Used Shoes
  7. Used Stuffed Animals
  8. Used/Open Food
  9. Used/Open Personal Items (lotion, soaps, etc.)