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 Cleaning Drive 

 April 1 - May 15 

Spring into Action! Spring is a time for projects, plans, and new beginnings. Like all of us, the clients at HOW could use a fresh start this season too. And you can help with a donation to the Spring Cleaning Supply Drive!

From April 1 through May 15 we are accepting household cleaning item donations. Donations of full-size, unused products will be distributed to the nearly 500 households HOW serves.


The following items are needed:

  • Dish soap

  • Multi-purpose cleaner

  • Bleach

  • Laundry detergent

  • Disinfectant wipes

  • Sponges

  • Empty spray bottles

The majority of our clients have experienced chronic homelessness. The housing HOW provides offers them stability and a chance to rebuild. Your cleaning supply donations will meet a basic need for the individuals and families we serve – keeping their homes clean. 

You can get started now by:

  1. Making a donation through Amazon: Shop online at Amazon to have donations sent directly to HOW.

  2. Drop off donations at one of our participating locations: Gather your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to make a group donation of spring cleaning items. These items can be dropped off at the locations listed at the bottom of the page!

You can also host your own mini drive!

Want to maximize your giving? Host your own collection of cleaning supplies from your friends and family! Here’s how: 

  1.  Tell people! 

    • Let your community know you are collecting cleaning supplies for HOW! Let your family, friends and coworkers know that they can help you reach your goal by donating cleaning supplies to your drive. Share HOW’s posts about the drive on social media or come up with your own post using the Drives Image downloads, be sure to tag HOW in your posts and use our hashtag, #HOWspringcleaningdrive.  

    • Be sure to remind people what items are most needed!  

  2. Make a collection plan!  

    • Make sure to let people know how they can get supplies to you (or HOW) some ways that people have collected in the past:  

      • A bin on their front porch for easy drop off 

      • A box in a work staffroom to collect from co-workers.  

      • An amazon wish list, where people can ship directly to your house.  

      • Pick a day to drive around and collect items from friends and family. 

      • Inform people about HOW collection days and sites so they can drop them off directly at HOW 

      • If you are putting out a bin, be sure to print off the HOW posters and put them on the side so everyone knows it’s a collection for HOW. 

  3. Drop off items to HOW!  

    • You can drop off the items you collected at the HOW office or the drop off locations on May 15 from 11am - 2pm. Be sure to check back to the website as drop off locations are being added weekly!  

    • Don’t Forget to show us what you have collected on social media by tagging us in any posts and photos!  

The 2021 Spring Cleaning Drive donation drop off event is May 15 from 11am - 2pm. There will be representatives from HOW ready to collect your items at the locations listed below.


You can also drop off donations during working hours 9am - 5pm at the following locations. 

North Side

HOW North

1607 W. Howard St.  3rd Flr.

Chicago, IL 60626

South Side



Questions? Email us or call 773.465.5770 x 257 with any questions or to learn more about making a donation or setting up a donation collection location.

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