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In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations provide our guests with the tangible items they need everyday that many of us take for granted. If you would like to donate items or services to the YWCA, please first check our ‘high need’ items to ensure our women and families have the items they need.

There have been changes to our donation intake policy during the province-wide lockdown starting December 26th, 2020.

While our emergency shelters are in lockdown, we are only able to accept the following items for donation:

  • Food, including fresh and non-perishable food items
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hand sanitizers

These items will be accepted between 10am – 6pm at our St. Catharines Emergency Shelter (183 King St.) and our Niagara Falls Emergency Shelter (6135 Culp St.)

If you are donating non-food items, please contact the advocate on duty to coordinate a time to donate the item. Items can be dropped off at the front door and the advocate will collect the items.

St. Catharines Advocate: 905-329-4609                           Niagara Falls Advocate: 905-329-3934

If you are donating food items, please contact the kitchen staff on duty at your preferred drop-off location to coordinate a time to donate the item. Items can be dropped off with kitchen staff at the kitchen door (the side door with the kitchen sign on the door). At this time, we are unable to accept leftovers or homemade goods.

St. Catharines Kitchen: 289-273-4325                           Niagara Falls Kitchen: 289-273-0699

If you are interested in donating other items on our High Needs Items list, we kindly ask that you hang onto your donations until the province-wide lockdown has ended. We will be accepting all donations again at that time. Thank you for your understanding!

Food Donations

Cans
All non-perishable food items are gratefully accepted,
however we’re running short on a few things:

  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce
  • Beans, Lentils, Rice
  • Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meat, Fish
  • Children’s Lunch Snacks
  • Jams, Peanut Butter
  • Juice boxes
  • Salad Dressing, Ketchup
  • Coffee, Tea
  • Flour
  • Sugar

For more information, please contact our friendly kitchen staff: (289) 273-4325 or contact our Program Manager Maj-Britt!

High Need Items

As a functioning 24/hour a day, 7 days a week Emergency Homeless Shelter we have a great need for toiletries and other personal items. Quite often, women come through our door with nothing but the clothes on their back. Below is a list of items that we can always make good use of in our shelters. Please consider donating items from the list below:

  • Toiletries
    • Shampoo and hair products (please consider donating hair products for Black women’s hair)
    • Deodorant
    • Razors
    • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Bedding  (twin to queen sized)
  • Scarves, hats, gloves, socks
  • Gift Cards (movie passes, Tim Horton’s, Pen Centre, etc.)

NOTE: Due to limited storage space in our emergency shelters, we are unable to accepted used clothing. Please consider donating your used clothing to Community Care or Evergreen Thrift Store.

To make a donation, please contact our Fundraising and Donor Relations Coordinator Arienne at 289-271-1329!