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Every winter, people reach out to the Coalition for the Homeless to offer donations and support for people experiencing homelessness during our coldest months. And while we frequently refer Louisvillians back to partner agencies, this year, we wanted to provide a more helpful guide.

The truth is that these organizations—nonprofits, grassroots outreach groups, and others who serve people living on the streets and in shelters—often have very specific needs for the people they serve. They know which specific supplies they need, and how much space they have to store things, and when they will need volunteers. So we put together this list, with the goal of guiding Louisvillians eager to help the people in our community in the ways that are most critical this winter.

In addition to these volunteer opportunities and items needed, you can also help us to advocate for people living in poverty and experiencing homelessness. To get on our email list with these opportunities, click here.

The Coalition’s Single Point of Entry office also needs these items (new only please) which can be dropped off at 1300 S. Fourth St #250 during regular business hours:

Hand and food warmers
Fire extinguishers 

To make a gift to the Coalition, click here.

If you are a partner of the Coalition for the Homeless and would like to be added to this list, please email your information to Melissa Raley at mraley@louhomeless.org.

Boys and Girls Haven


Items Needed: Winter coats, clothes, and shoes for our foster youth (all genders, ages 18-21)

Contact info for donating items: Alan Gomez agomez@boyshaven.org or esanchez@boyshaven.org,  502-819-3391

Contact info for volunteering: Alan Gomez – agomez@boyshaven.org

Coalition Supporting Young Adults

Items Needed: soap, socks, coats, feminine hygiene products, disinfectant wipes, deodorant

Contact info for donating items:
Darryl Young, Jr. at dyoung@csyalouisville.org or 502-290-6121 ext 471

Volunteer opportunities: Helping organize donation inventory

Contact info for volunteering: Darryl Young, Jr. at dyoung@csyalouisville.org or 502-290-6121 ext 471

Feed Louisville

Feed Louisville was founded at the beginning of the pandemic by Chef Rhona Kamar of Prana and Ramsi’s Cafe on the World and Donny Greene, a seasoned outreach volunteer who has been working in solidarity with people experiencing homelessness in our community for years.

For current needs, see https://www.feedlouisville.org/volunteer.html.

Family Scholar House


Items Needed: pantry items (non-perishable food and snacks), laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, feminine hygiene products, diapers (all sizes but mainly 3, 4, 5, 3t-4t), school supplies

Contact info for donating items: Madison Wolf: MWolf@FamilyScholarHouse.org

Volunteer opportunities: virtual career opportunities (career conversations, resume review); sorting and organizing Linda’s closet (professional clothing closet); hosting a donation drive; writing encouragement cards to our scholars

Contact info for volunteering:
Madison Wolf: MWolf@FamilyScholarHouse.org

Home of the Innocents

Items Needed: Kitchen Supplies – pots, pans, and cooking utensils

Contact info for donating items: Joe Hamilton: jhamilton@homeoftheinnocents.org, (502) 596-1323

Volunteer opportunities: We can always use more volunteers for our Life Skills classes

Contact info for volunteering:
Joe Hamilton, jhamilton@homeoftheinnocents.org, (502) 596-1323

House of Ruth

House of Ruth Horizontal Logo

Items Needed: New hats and gloves for adults. New socks and underwear for adults. All sizes. Rain ponchos. Travel size umbrellas.

Contact info for donating items: Lara Hurt, lhurt@houseofruth.net

NuLease Medical Solutions/NuLease Outreach

Items Needed: blankets, sleeping bags, tarps, tents, flashlights, batteries, hand/feet warmers, thermal socks, sterno, propane, gloves, solar-powered battery packs, snack packs, hygiene products, baby wipes, foot powder, backpacks

Contact info for donating items: Tiny Herron, tiny.herron@nulease.com, 502-338-1025

Volunteer opportunities: Holiday meal prep

Contact info for volunteering: Tiny Herron, tiny.herron@nulease.com, 502-338-1025

Phoenix Health Center of Family Health Centers

Items Needed: Toiletries, sleeping bags, backpacks, socks, ponchos, gloves, winter hats/beanies, sweatshirts / sweatpants (new), underwear (new), blankets

Contact info for donating items: Andy Patterson, apatterson@fhclouisville.org, 502-569-1670

Volunteer opportunities: NA

Contact info for volunteering:

Re:Center Ministries

Items Needed: Winter hats, gloves, socks (men’s and women’s), underwear (men’s and women’s), blankets, coats, hygiene products

Contact info for donating items: Becca Miller, becca@recenterministries.org, 502.584.6543 ext. 101

Volunteer opportunities: donation drives, meal prep/donation

Contact info for volunteering: Becca Miller, becca@recenterministries.org, 502.584.6543 ext. 101

Rhonda’s Another Chance

Items Needed: toiletries, all cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, masks

Contact info for donating items:
Mona Page, rhondahouse710@att.net

Volunteer opportunities: Check website for time-specific volunteer opportunities: www.rhondasanotherchance.org

Contact info for volunteering:
 Mona Page, rhondahouse710@att.net

Salvation Army


Items Needed: coats for men and women (particularly XL, 2x, 3x, 4x),  hoodies or sweatshirts, new underwear (men’s and women’s)

Contact info for donating items: debra.bellis@uss.salvationarmy.org, 671-4926

Volunteer opportunities: serving in the kitchen, helping with Angel Tree, Red Kettle bell ringing

Contact info for volunteering: jeremy.warf@uss.salvationarmy.org, 671-4920

Seven Counties Services

Seven Counties Services

Items Needed: men’s/women’s socks, men’s/women’s rubber boots, tarps, tents

Contact info for donating items: Andrea Keith, akeith@sevencounties.org, 502-802-4257

Contact info for volunteering: Andrea Keith, akeith@sevencounties.org, 502-802-4257

Society of St. Vincent de Paul


Items Needed: Twin/Single size air mattress, blankets, pillows, twin sized sheets, toiletries, hoodies, tennis shoes (size 10 and larger), towels, socks, men’s underwear (new), gloves for all ages, hats for all ages but especially men’s winter hats, cleaning supplies

Contact info for donating items: Rich Flaherty – rflaherty@svdplou.org

Volunteer opportunities: Serving Lunch (Noon) or Dinner (5pm) at the Open Hand Kitchen, Tutoring (M-T 4:00 – 6:00), Food Pantry (Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 – 12:00)

Contact info for volunteering: Donna Young – dyoung@svdplou.org

S.O.U.L. Clinic of Kentuckiana

Items Needed: TARC Passes, toiletries, laundry detergent, back packs, hand sanitizer, prepackaged snacks, socks.

Contact info for donating items: dustin.cox@soulclinicofkentuckiana.org

Volunteer opportunities: multiple opportunities available at: https://www.soulclinicofkentuckiana.org/volunteer

Contact info for volunteering:

St. John Center for Homeless Men


Items Needed: new white crew men’s socks, new hats and gloves, new men’s underwear

Contact info for donating items:
Jim Fulkerson, jfulkerson@stjohncenter.org, 502-398-3505

Volunteer opportunities: Two-hour weekly or bi-weekly volunteers shifts in the shelter

Contact info for volunteering: Shannon Frey, sfrey@stjohncenter.org, 502-901-5851

Sweet Evening Breeze

Items Needed: Clothing, toiletries, socks, jackets,

Contact info for donating items:
Glenn Martin / glenn.martin@sweeteveningbreeze.org / 502-690-4003

Contact info for volunteering: Glenn Martin / glenn.martin@sweeteveningbreeze.org / 502-690-4003

Uniting Partners for Women and Children (UP)


Items Needed: backpacks, small fleece blankets (easy to transport), hoodies, leggings

Contact info for donating items:
Ana Paliza-Brown, ana@uplouisville.org, 502.384.0001

Volunteer opportunities: in shelter assisting with mail, phones, and supporting staff with supplies and individual needs

Contact info for volunteering:
Ana Paliza-Brown, ana@uplouisville.org, 502.384.0001

Volunteers of America Mid-States


Items Needed: coats (all sizes) twin bedding, towels, pillows, diapers, wipes, laundry pods,

Contact info for donating items:
 Tamara Reif – tamarar@voamid.org

Volunteer opportunities:
 wrapping at Christmas time

Contact info for volunteering:
 Tamara Reif – tamarar@voamid.org



Items Needed: Adult-sized Hats, Socks, Gloves, NEW underwear (men’s and women’s), gift cards to Target, Kroger or Walgreens ($5 or $10 increments preferred)

Contact info for donating items: Kim Johnson / Kim.Johnson@WellspringKY.org / 502.753.1453

Volunteer opportunities: Assembling gifts for distribution or outdoor landscaping

Contact info for volunteering: Kim Johnson / Kim.Johnson@WellspringKY.org / 502.753.1453

YMCA Safe Place Services


Items Needed: new or gently used winter clothing for young men and women (age 18 to 24)

Contact info for donating items:

Volunteer opportunities: Serve as a mentor and positive role model for young people with incarcerated parents.

Contact info for volunteering:
 Brittany Leon – ynowvolunteers@ymcalouisville.org – 502.635.4393

YouthBuild Louisville

Items Needed: Personal care kits, gloves, hats, blankets (new), new shelves for supply storage

Contact info for donating items:
 Amber Love, alove@yblky.org, (502) 290-6121

Volunteer opportunities: Organizing donations, developing furniture storage

Contact info for volunteering: Evie Schuster, volunteer@yblky.org, (502) 290-6121

Zora’s Cradle

Items Needed: infant formula, cleaning supplies, masks, breast pumps, printer paper

Contact info for donating items:
Shemika Whiteside, shemika.whiteside@zorascradle.org, 502-830-9460

Volunteer opportunities: We would love volunteers that can assist with organizing our milk bank (i.e. tracking inventory, labeling items)

Contact info for volunteering:
Shemika Whiteside, shemika.whiteside@zorascradle.org, 502-830-9460