How to Help At-Risk Youth During Covid-19 | Donate Goods & Volunteer

Last updated: February 23, 2021, at 4:53 p.m. PT

Originally published: April 8, 2020, at 4:09 p.m. PT

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As part of our community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re providing nightly shelter to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. Many people have asked what they can do to help support our work. We’ve provided a list of various items currently needed to serve the vulnerable young people we see everyday.

Items to Donate for Youth in Housing Programs

A one-month supply of basic household supplies like:

  • Trash bags
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Antibacterial cleaning products
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Compostable food serving supplies (spoons, knives, forks, bowls, plates, etc.)

A one-month supply of basic hygiene items like:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Hand and bar soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry detergent
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Basic shaving items
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper

Food supplies like:

  • Rice and pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Granola or cereal bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Packaged dinners
  • Gift cards for fresh food purchases

Other household items like:

  • Twin-size sheet set
  • Twin-size comforters
  • Pillows
  • Flatware sets
  • Dinnerware sets
  • Cooking utensil sets
  • Kitchen towels

For shelter programs, they could use donations of:

  • Underwear, all sizes / genders
  • Shirts, all sizes / genders
  • Shorts or Sweatpants, all sizes / genders
  • Gift cards - food, retail, phone, etc.
  • Laundry detergent
  • Other various gift cards
  • Ride share gift cards (Uber/Lyft)
  • Grocery gift cards for fresh food items
  • Amazon gift cards

How to Donate Goods for Housing Programs

Make or Provide a Meal

Support the youth and young adults living in our shelters and transitional living homes by either cooking or purchasing a meal. If you plan to prepare a meal on your own, please have a valid food worker card (requires a short online course, followed by a quiz and a $10 fee). If this places a financial burden on you and your family, please let us know and we will gladly cover this cost for you.

Want to do even more? Make a donation to the Social Impact Center.

Questions? For drop off locations, serving meals and additional information please email 

As a 501(c)3 organization, your in-kind gift may be tax deductible, up to the fair market value of the items at the time they are donated. Our tax ID number is 91-0482710.