WISH LIST

It takes more than four walls and a roof to make a house into a home. Many HOW clients arrive in housing with few or no personal belongings, due to an extended period of residence in shelters, insecure housing, or on the street. Donations of new or gently used items can make a huge difference for families in need as they move into HOW supportive housing and work towards a better life for themselves and their children.

HOW is unable to offer pickup services for donated items.

 

Donations may be dropped off to the HOW offices by appointment between 10am-4pm, Monday through Thursday. To schedule an appointment, please fill out this form. For large collections of items, scheduling outside of operating hours may be available on a case-by-case basis.

 

HOW does not cover shipping costs but donations may be mailed to:

 

HOW

Attn: Community Engagement Manager

1607 W Howard St. Third Floor

Chicago, IL 60626

 

Four times a year, HOW hosts donation drives to collect items needed from our high priority list. Donors can find donation boxes across Chicagoland inside partner establishments or use our designated online link to purchase and ship items directly to HOW. Holiday Wish is the exception; donors are assigned HOW clients.

Donation Drive Schedule:

February: Personal Care Drive

April: Spring Cleaning Drive

July: Back 2 School Drive

November-December: Holiday Wish Drive

High-Priority Needs

Bras (all sizes)

Grocery gift cards

Preloaded Ventra Cards

Cups/Glasses/Mugs

Tupperware

Baby Food

Diapers (all sizes)

Towels

Cooking utensils

Dish soap

Floor cleaner

Stove cleaner

Disinfectant wipes

Mops

Brooms

Lotion

Deodorant

Shaving cream

Multi-purpose cleaner

Bleach

Laundry detergent

Paper Towels

Menstrual Tampons/Pads

Hair Care for Black women

Plates/Bowls

Silverware

Baby wipes

Pots/Pans

Paper towels

Toilet paper

Razors

Bed linen

Toilet Paper

Shampoo

Conditioner

Body Soap

Toothbrushes

Toothpaste

Floss

Utility buckets

Sponges

Empty spray Bottles

Accepted on a Case-by-Case Basis

Baby walker

Booster seats

Changing tables

Backpacks

School supplies

Calculators

Breast pumps

Coffee makers

Toasters

Children’s toys

Books

Batteries

Crock pots

George Foreman grills

Rice cookers

Furniture

Small appliances

Outdoor furniture

Lamps

Microwaves

Radio

Luggage

Holiday Decorations

Event tickets

New baby bottles

Pacifiers

Alarm clocks

Seasonal clothing*

Tools

Picture frames

Sports Equipment

Books

TVs

Wearable Clothing*

Electronics

Office furniture

All clothing donations

must be clean and free of pet hair, have working zippers and/or buttons, and be without holes or stains.

Not Accepted

Antiques

Mirrors

Building materials

Bicycle equipment

Medication

VCRs

Breast Pump

Pillows

DVDs

CDs

Used DVD players

Sewing machines

Footboards

Cribs

Bicycles

Large furniture

Large Appliances

Fabric Furniture

Mattresses

Box Springs

Headboards

Medical Equipment

Gas powered tools/equipment

Exercise equipment

Musical Instruments

Pet Supplies

Used kids toys

Rugs/Carpet

Baby seats

Strollers

Used personal care items

Used cleaning supplies

Box televisions

Window treatments/Curtains

Used stuffed animals or fabric toys

Perishable/Expired/Open Food

Furniture donations may be directed to our furniture bank partners - see below for information.

HOW has limited storage and distribution capabilities for donations. If you have a large donation of new or used furniture, donations can be made to the Chicago Furniture Bank, a HOW partner. Chicago Furniture Bank helps HOW clients get a personalized furniture package for the HOW apartment. 

 

If you live in the Chicago suburbs, Sharing Connections accepts furniture donations. At Sharing Connections, HOW clients pay a minimal fee to receive furnishings for their entire home. Sharing Connections is located at 5111 Chase Avenue in Downers Grove, IL. Please call (630) 971-0565 to make an appointment for drop off or pickup within their service area.

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@2017

Housing Opportunities for Women

1607 W Howard St.

Third Floor

Chicago, IL 60626

773-465-5770

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