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442 S. San Pedro St.,
Los Angeles, CA, 90013
(213) 680-0600
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Making a difference with your donated goods!

DWC welcomes your high-quality, gently used items and in keeping with our mission of treating all women with respect and dignity, we ask that all donations are clean and, if used, in good condition. All donations will benefit the women of DWC and will directly help support our services and programs.

DWC accepts donations at 442 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, during the Day Center's hours: weekdays from 6 am to 4 pm and weekends from 8 am to 2 pm. Come by to drop off donations, or contact us if you have any questions at donategoods@dwcweb.org or (213) 680-0600. We regret that we are unable to pick up donations.  Click here for directions.

Below are the items currently most needed at the Center:

Meals
- Produce (fruit & salad greens especially)
- Dried beans
- Whole grains
- Dairy (milk, eggs, cheese, sour cream, butter)
- Silverware

Residence
- Bus tokens, bus passes
- Storage bins (3 ft x 2 ft or smaller)
- Liquid Detergent
- Housekeeping Cleaning Spray
- Pots and pans

MADE by DWC
- Unique household containers (vases, mugs, teacups, etc.)
- Vintage and contemporary women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and household accents in new and gently-loved condition.

Day Center
- Underwear & Bras (all sizes)
- Plus-sized clothing
- Overnight sanitary napkins
- Regular/super tampons
- Shoes sized 9-11 and larger

Enrichment
- Transportation (50-60 passenger busses for outings)
- $5 & $10 Gift cards (Amazon, CVS, Subway, Rite Aid, 99C Store, K-mart, Starbucks, Michael’s)
- Art supplies (specifically paint canvasses - all sizes)
- $25 new gifts (clock radio, cookware set, towel set, etc.)

 Wishlist for the Center

Please click for more information about any “wish-list” category items:

Clothing  & Accessories
Thank you so much for your donation but please note that we do not have laundry facilities, so clothing and linens must be laundered, folded and in good condition!

  • T-Shirts

  • Rain slickers/ponchos

  • Gloves

  • Shoes - especially larger sizes

  • New Socks

  • New underwear & bras

  • Tote bags

  • Rolling Luggage

Food
If you would like to donate groceries to the Center’s food bank, you can order at VONS.com, and the store will deliver the order directly to us! In fact, the Downtown Women’s Center receives a donation each time someone clicks on this Vons logo to place a grocery order. So, if you shop for groceries online – whether it’s for yourself or for donation to DWC – please help DWC’s fundraising efforts and access VONS by clicking here.

You can also continue to drop donations off directly at the Day Center. The Downtown Women's Center will utilize all canned and boxed food. However, our policy does not allow us to distribute dented canned food, or food on which the dates have expired. Canned food is used for emergency and holiday distribution in our community, as well as for daily breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack food preparation at the Center.

Pantry Items

  • Whole grains (brown rice, rolled oats/oatmeal, barley, bulgur wheat, millet, quinoa, corn masa, corn polenta, corn grits

  • Whole grain cereals (with less than 8g of sugar/serving)

  • Whole grain crackers (or partially whole grain)

  • Nuts

  • Dried fruit

  • Jam/jelly/preserves

  • Applesauce (jars or snack packs)

  • Bottled water and juice

  • Salsa

  • Specialty vegetables, jarred (sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes)

  • Canned/aseptic fish-sardines, salmon, tuna

  • Canned beans (all varieties, but especially black and garbanzo)

  • Aseptic milk

  • Honey

Perishable Items

  • Whole grain bread

  • Fresh produce (large quantity of one type is more useful than mixed varieties but either is helpful!)

  • Fresh fish, poultry, and meat

  • Cheese

  • Frozen

  • Vegetables

  • Fish, poultry, and meat
     

Household & Furniture

  • Dish Rags/ Sponges

  • Brita filters

  • Towels-new

  • Dish Soap

  • Batteries-all sizes

  •  Paper plates & silverware (plates, napkins, cups)

  •  Silverware

  • Emergency preparedness kits

  • Toilet Paper

  • Bottled Water

  • Emergency flashlight

  • Walkie Talkies

  • Battery operated Radio

  • Small electronics (small kitchen appliances, DVD players, home entertainment equipment, etc. in good working order)

  • Portable Fans

  •  Full-size sheets for Residents - new only

  • Twin-size sheets for Day Center beds - used or new

  •  Blankets-new

  • Comfy chairs of moderate size

  • A small couch

  • Bedside tables or small coffee tables

  • Lamps

  • Flat screen TV

Medical & Personal

  • Toothbrushes/ Travel-size toothpaste

  • Tampons

  • Adult incontinence products

  • Maxi-pads

  • Deodorant

  • Pregnancy Tests

  • Female Condoms

  • Band-Aids

  • Advil/Tylenol/Aspirin (in sealed packages)

  • Non- Drowsy Cold medicine: Dayquil (or generic) capsules and cough syrup (in sealed packages)

  • Sunscreen

  • Hair brushes

Birthday Gifts

Volunteer members of the DWC Birthday Guild celebrate every woman's birthday with a gift from DWC! Re-gifting is encouraged but we generally give gifts in the $40-$50 range. Here are some ideas:
 

  • Bath robes –new

  • Boom Boxes and Personal Stereos

  • Clock radios (or other clocks)

  • Gift cards to local businesses (Rite Aid, Starbucks, Subway, Ralphs)

  • Jewelry /Jewelry Boxes

  • Birthday-themed plates/napkins/cups for 50 Streamers or other birthday decorations

Seasonal Items
Visit our Holiday page to see what is needed

 

Educational & Art Materials

  • Puzzle books

  • Novels

  • Magazine subscriptions

  • Cardstock Paper

  • Career, resume and job preparation books

  •  Abobe software

  • MS Suite software

  • Picture frames - all sizes

  • Canvases

  • General art materials

Office Supplies & Equipment

  • Rolls of stamps

  • Color Laser Printer - New only

  • Toners (please call us for appropriate type)

  • Reams of paper (white or colored)

  • White Board Markers (Dry Erase)

  •  Pens and pencils

  • In-box trays

  • Folders and binders

  • Labels

  • Staplers and hole-punchers

  • Paper clips and rubber bands

  • Combo copy/printer/fax/scanner

  • Podium

  • Projection screen / Flat screen monitors

  • Desktop computers-  (required: 2GB of RAM, 120 GB of HD, Windows XP or Vista OS, preferred)

  • Flat screen monitors 16"" and larger

  • Video Camera

  • Digital Camera

Activities & Cultural Events
Tickets to events that are not normally available to persons living in poverty are always welcome. This may include tickets to the movies, theatre, or bowling, for example, as well as restaurant gift certificates. Outings/fieldtrips allow an opportunity for the women to socialize and decrease isolation. Groups can range from 6-50 women.

  • Tickets to the movies, theatre, etc,

  • Restaurant gift certificates

  • Sports/games

  • Bus passes

Event Auction Items
DWC's Annual Gala and Fundraising Auction is held annually and 100% of proceeds raised through our live auction, silent auction, and raffle support our direct services and programs for homeless women on Skid Row. Auction donations are accepted February through September each year. Auction donors are acknowledged in our Gala program distributed to approximately 400 guests!

  • Restaurant gift certificates

  • Sports tickets and memorabilia (new only)

  • Spa Certificates for massages, body treatments, salon services

  • Tickets to California museums, attractions, events, and shows

  • Hotel stays nationwide/Airplane tickets

  • Luxury items
     

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