Wish Lists

Your big heart can make a big impact in your own neighborhood.

The gift of giving is a priceless feeling.  Especially when it fills some of the community's greatest needs.  The impact of your donation is limitless. Whether it’s a fresh, new towel, a pack of razors, a nice stroller, or a soft, down jacket, your gift can mean the world to an individual searching for hope.

Do you want to help? Here’s where you can begin. Read the Donation Drive How-To Guide below or download our printable version here. It contains easy steps to a successful campaign for collecting items from friends, neighbors, coworkers, fellow church-goers and more.

Thank you for giving back. Because of you, others thrive.

  • General

    Donate personal care items, household items, new clothing or cleaning supplies.

  • Veteran's Care

    Give our heroes in need hygiene kits, household items, cleaning supplies and new clothing.   

  • Welcome Home Kits

    Help families, individuals and veterans make their new house feel like a home by donating new housewares.

  • Food Pantry

    Help provide struggling veterans and families food and household items. 

  • Residential Reentry

    Help those involved in the justice system return home and become productive members of the community.

  • Brighten a Birthday

    Help brighten a child's birthday in your community by donating birthday party supplies.

Hold Your Own Donation Drive

Whether it’s your company, club, family, school, camp or place of worship, you can assist others in your community in need of support by organizing a donation drive among your friends and coworkers. Providing simple things such as basic necessities to those less fortunate can wrap them in self-confidence and help them thrive.  Download your printable version here.

Are you ready? Let’s change lives!

Here’s a quick guide to help you get started on a successful campaign:

1. Let us know you are conducting a drive! We will help you coordinate and reach your goals.
In Indiana, reach out to ellie.benjamin@voaohin.org. In Ohio, reach out to giving@voago.org

    2. Decide when you will begin and end your drive.
    Don’t forget to set deadlines. People respond to time limits. Create a sense of urgency and get those donations in.

    3. Communicate! Post flyers, supply lists and/or links to coordinating online wish lists to get people informed and excited. Hang on walls, send in emails, place in newsletters, post on social media, ask colleagues and mention in meetings. 

    4. Encourage your vendors, partners, coworkers, friends, and family to participate.
    • Collect donation items
    • Hold 50/50 raffles to collect money to buy needed items per our supply lists
    • Offer employees “dress down” option in trade for donations
    • Encourage friendly competition to see which teams or groups can collect the most items
    • Get creative!

    5. Set up collection boxes in well-trafficked areas with clearly-marked messaging about the drive. Make sure those near the boxes are well informed of the drive so they may answer any questions the boxes may cause to arise.

    Send us some photos! (Be sure to get permission from those in the photo.) We can post on social media! Or post social media yourself and tag us so we can repost the fun.

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    We can help you plan your drive!

    Reach out today and we'll help you get started.