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Community Wish List 2010

Lend a hand to these central Illinois organizations this holiday season.


Animal Protective League (APL)
1001 Taintor Road  
(217) 544-7387

The Animal Protective League (APL) is a private, not-for-profit animal welfare organization, funded by donations. It operates an animal shelter, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and maintains numerous programs that benefit members of the community. APL services individuals and other animal welfare groups and animal control facilities within a 90-mile radius of Springfield.

Wish list:

  • Monetary donations to spay/neuter and medical
  • Canned cat food, baby food—meats only
  • Laundry detergent
  • Spray bottles
  • Small food dishes
  • All sizes of litter pans
  • Q-tips
  • Sharpies, pens, Index cards (3x5), manilla folders, White Out
  • copy paper, letter or legal size
  • Staples and staplers
  • Paper towels
  • Small dog collars
  • Bleach
  • Leashes
  • Wash rags

Catholic Charities
120 South 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

Serving the community since 1925, Catholic Charities provides foster care, intact family service programs and adoption services while also operating numerous other community service programs.  Additional programs include the St. John’s Breadline, Holy Family Food Pantry, Crisis Advocacy, St. Clare’s Health Clinic and MedAssist Program.

Wish list:

  • Large 12x12 kid friendly carpet for our visiting room utilized by the foster care program
  • Upright Freezer for the Holy Family Food Pantry
  • 4 - 6’ or 8’ folding tables for the Holy Family Food Pantry
  • Toys and food donations for the Christmas Holiday program
  • Industrial toaster for the Breadline
  • Microwave (Breadline)
  • Vacuum Cleaner (bag less) Breadline
  • Coffee for the Breadline
  • #10 cans (vegetables and fruit) for the Breadline
  • Industrial can opener (Breadline)
  • Scanner for St. Clare’s Health Clinic
  • Adult and Children’s tooth brushes - St. Clare’s Health Clinic
  • Floss – St. Clare’s Health Clinic
  • Toothpaste – sample size – St. Clare’s Health Clinic
  • Christmas gifts for our foster kids Christmas Party
  • Bunn Commercial 12 cup Coffee Brewer – Pour Over
  • 3 - Bunn 64 oz Easy Pour Decanter – Orange Handle
  • Carpet cleaner

Central Illinois Community Blood Center (CICBC)
1134 S. Seventh St, (217) 753-1530

Central Illinois Community Blood Center (CICBC) is the provider of life-saving blood for 12 hospitals throughout central Illinois. A division of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), CICBC and MVRBC collect 165,000 units of blood annually and serve a total of 75 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Wish list:

  • We need more healthy individuals commit to donating blood regularly.  
  • Facts about donating blood:   
  • It takes approximately one hour.
  • Most donors can contribute every two months –  an annual commitment is for 6 hours a year.
  • Must be 17 years of age (or 16 years old with parental permission)
  • Appointments to donate can be made by phone or online.  
  • Corporate blood drives are welcome; blood mobile unit at your facility.

Grace Lutheran Food Pantry
714 E. Capitol Ave

The Holiday food Basket Project is a ministry of Grace Lutheran Church.  Three times a year we provide food baskets to local schools to help families who tend to “fall through the cracks.”  In addition, families from the Lutheran Children and Family Services Foster program receive Food Baskets at Christmas. While each basket provides the ingredients for the holiday dinner, extra items are included to assist school age children who will not receive breakfast or lunch during the school break.  

Staffed only with volunteers, this ministry served 613 Adults and 785 children in 2009. Food or cash donations are welcome.  Drop off items at 714 E. Capitol Ave between 8:30-4:30.

Wish list:

  • Ham
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Canned Sweet Potatoes
  • Gravy Mix – Jar
  • Stuffing
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Jello
  • Cake Mix
  • Canned Frosting
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly            
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Pork and Beans
  • Chili – Canned    
  • Canned Cranberry Sauce    

Extras for Holiday School Breaks (Items children can prepare by themselves)

  • Cereal
  • Granola Bars
  • Spaghettios        
  • Fruit Cups
  • Instant Macaroni & Cheese

Haitian Development Fund
4043 Guilford Drive, Springfield, IL 62711-8040

Founded in 2002, the Haitian Development Fund operates a medical clinic and elementary school in inner city Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Its medical clinic treats 14,000 patients each year and its school educates 45 co-ed students.

Wish list:

  • Funds to cover shipping costs
  • Unopened over-the-counter drugs
  • New or used walking canes
  • People to sponsor a student @ $25/month x 12 months
  • Postage stamps
  • New/used (in good working order) laptop computer

Helping Hands Of Springfield
200 S. 11th Street Springfield, IL

Helping Hands of Springfield is a non-profit organization whose mission is “. . . to shelter the homeless, provide support, promote independence and work with others in the prevention of homelessness in the community.” Helping Hands provides its clients with the basic necessities as well as rehabilitative programs to help those who are able to move out of poverty and homelessness to lives of independence, self-respect and hope.

Wish list:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Kleenex
  • Styrofoam cups
  • Napkins
  • Coffee
  • Creamer
  • Sugar
  • Disposable utensils
  • Deodorant (Individual use size or spray type)
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Hand Lotion
  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrushes

Inner City Mission
720 N. 7th Street - 217-525-3940

Inner City Mission was established in 1984 to serve homeless women, children, and families in the capital area.  The mission provides a residential housing program that allows individuals to move from a place of chaos to joy and peace.  Currently serving 35 homeless people, the mission is forced to turn away people in need daily due to lack of space.  ICM is exploring options to remodel/update the facility.  

Wish list:

  • New roof for shelter facility
  • New roof for administrative facility
  • One-time or ongoing financial support
  • Gift Cards to buy supplies
  • Canned goods

Little Angels Child Care Center
101 East Allen, Springfield Il 62704

Little Angels Child Care Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide quality care to children ages preschool to five years old and ensure all children are prepared for Kindergarten.  Little Angels has been in operation since 1995 serving low-income families with teen parents, working parents or parents pursuing higher education and training.

Wish list:

  • Pampers
  • Wipes
  • Similac baby formula
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Tennis shoes
  • Sweat shirts
  • Sweat pants
  • Coats

MERCY Communities Child Care Center
Donation Locations:
M.E.R.C.Y. House 1111 So. 19th Street, Springfield IL 62703 - 744-1126
M.E.R.C.Y. Communities Furniture Store, 1650 Wabash 62704 - 787-7488  

Since 1999 M.E.R.C.Y. Communities has been providing housing and supportive services to foster the independence of homeless and at-risk families with dependent children.

Wish list:

  • Mentors to guide, support and encourage our families
  • Church, business or civic groups to “Adopt an Apartment” , i.e. to furnish a designated apartment each time a new family moves into it
  • Groups to provide snacks and supplies for family holiday parties & family dinners
  • Tutors – computer literacy, academic subjects, GED prep
  • Respite childcare providers Monday or Thursday evening 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Volunteers to transport participants for special events, to doctor appointments, etc.
  • Volunteers to assist with fundraisers or special events
  • Church, business or civic groups to assist with seasonal yard and building work
  • Used cars for program participants
  • Used furniture and household goods
  • Volunteers to help with sales, furniture staging, special projects  at MERCY Communities Furniture Store
  • Help stocking our “incentive store” with product not available for purchase with food stamps, to include:

Household/ Cleaning Supplies /Paper Products/Personnel Hygiene    

  • Laundry Supplies: *Detergent, Fabric Softener, Bleach                      
  • Cleaning Supplies: Swiffer’s, Brooms/Dustpans, Dishwashing Soap, 409, Lysol, Oven Cleaner
  • Paper Products: Toilet Paper/Kleenex/Paper Towels
  • Kitchen Linens: Dish towels, Washcloths, Potholders
  • Kitchen Utensils:  silverware, dishes,*pots/pans/*drinking glasses
  • Small Appliances: microwaves, coffee pots, toaster, vacuums
  • Trash cans/Tall kitchen trash bags
  • Bath Linens: Towel Sets, Shower Curtains, Rugs, Bowl Brushes
  • Bed Linens: Mattress Pads, *New Pillows, Comforter, Sheets
  • Personal Hygiene: Shampoo, Conditioner Deodorant, Combs/Hairbrushes, Hand & Bath Soap & •Lotion, Toothpaste/Toothbrushes

Baby/Children Supplies”

  • Crib & Toddler beds and linens
  • Disposable Diapers & Pull-ups (all sizes)
  • Diaper Rash Ointments/Diaper Wipes
  • Baby wash, shampoo, lotion
  • Baby wash cloths/towels
  • Crib sheets/mattress pads/ blankets
  • Sippy cups
  • High Chairs, Swings, Mobiles, Stimulating activity equipment
  • Children’s Activity Items: crayons, washable paints, markers, craft idea books, board games, DVD’s, toys appropriate for infancy through age 18

items low in inventory

Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery
1011 N. 7th St., 525-6800
Donate accepted M-F 8am-4pm

Started in 1989 with a mission to prevent child abuse and neglect, the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery provides free emergency, temporary care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for children from birth through age 6, who may be at risk of abuse or neglect or whose parents are experiencing some type of crisis.  In addition to crises care, the nursery offers continuing support to families, in-home visits, crisis counseling, parenting classes, and referrals to other agencies.

Wish list:

  • Size 4 and 5 Diapers
  • Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Copy Paper
  • Tempera Paint
  • Kitchen Trash Bags
  • Liquid Dishwasher Detergent
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toilet Paper
  • Light Bulbs
  • DVD Player
  • VCR Player
  • Liquid Lysol
  • Juicy Juice
  • Gift Cards to Supply Stores
  • Volunteers!

Phoenix Center
109 E. Lawrence Avenue, Springfield IL

The Phoenix Center has been a part of the Springfield community since 2001.  Initially the Center was formed as a meeting place for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning) youth and young adults. Over the years the programming has expanded to include free HIV testing, prevention education, and outreach – supportive transitional housing for homeless men and women who are HIV , individual and group counseling for those who are HIV , and the Center is Central Illinois’ LGBTQ community center, where the youth and young adult groups are still meeting as well as other groups, classes, and events.

Wish list:

  • HIV Housing Clients                    
  • Youth Group    
  • Personal hygiene products for men and women    
  • Board games / video games
  • Laundry soap                        
  • Snacks
  • Bath & kitchen towels                    
  • Art supplies
  • Paper towels & toilet paper                
  • Leaders for art projects
  • Disposable razors
  • Videos & books for residents                
  • Basic, inexpensive dvd players for residents        
  • Non perishable food items                 
  • Copier paper
  • Silverware (forks, knives, spoons)            
  • Stamps
  • Mini fridges (for medication)                
  • Yard waste bags & stickers
  • Toys (3-5 year olds)
  • Gloves & hats
  • Volunteers to help with painting client rooms & yard work

Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault
3 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 206, Springfield, IL  62701

Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault was founded in 1975.  They are funded through state and federal funding, United Way, and grants. Their mission is three fold: to support and advocate for men, women, children and families who are affected by rape and child sexual assault; to offer compassion and ensure justice for victims; and to reduce the prevalence of sexual assault in our communities. The Vision of PCASA is to create, through leadership and action, a community that is free of sexual violence.

Wish list:

  • Journals
  • Angels or inspirational stones/trinket items that clients can hold in their hand while testifying in court
  • Personal care services- massage, haircut, manicures, yoga, etc
  • Gift Cards- coffee shop, restaurants, book stores, gas, Build A Bear, etc.
  • Clothing for Survivors to wear home from the E.R: *Specifically— New non-logo adult and youth shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants, and shorts in neutral colors (grey, black, tan, white) in all sizes. New flip flops (sandals) in all sizes.  New women’s, girls, and boys underwear in neutral colors (grey, black, tan, white) in all sizes.
  • In-Kind Printing- for newsletters, special events and community trainings.
  • Sponsors for 2011 Walk a Mile In Her Shoes event scheduled for April 16, 2011.
  • Financial support for the “Hug Away The Hurt” children’s project in partnership with Build-A-Bear.
  • Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Committee Members- This committee plans and implements the organization’s annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes fundraising and awareness event in April.
  • Raffle Items- gift certificates, electronic items, gift baskets, etc.
  • Bus Tokens/Passes and Taxi Vouchers
  • Crisis Accommodations- Hotel gift certificates and/or vouchers to provide a short term safe place for victims of sexual assault.

Project Returns
2600 S. 5th St. Springfield, Illinois 62702
Donate 9am-1pm M-F

Project Return’s mission is to help incarcerated mothers reintegrate into the Springfield community by matching each returning mother with a team of trained, supportive and supported volunteers for one year.  We also educate the public about the barriers these women face as they seek to make a successful re-entry into the community.  We help the mother with both immediate challenges (complying with the conditions of parole, reconnecting with family and resuming parental responsibilities, etc.) and more long-term problems (finding permanent housing, finding employment and child care, working on recovery from addictions, etc.).

Project Return was initiated in 2003 by Luther Memorial Lutheran Church with  support from three other Springfield-area Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregations.  Generous funding assistance has come from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Wheat Ridge Ministries, Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Women of the ELCA, Sangamon County Community Foundation,  and many Springfield church congregations, to name a few of our supporters.  Project Return was incorporated in 2005 and matched its first partnership team with a retuning mother in 2006.  She graduated in 2007.

Volunteers and those with questions can call 788.8002 for information.

Wish list:

  • Volunteers
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Household cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries (not travel size)

Rutledge Youth Foundation
534 West Miller Street
931 North Rutledge Street
(217) 525-7757

Rutledge Youth Foundation was founded in 1952 as a Boy’s Farm. Their mission is to assist abused and neglected youth in becoming productive, independent members of society. We serve approximately 250 abused/neglected youth and their families annually. Programs include foster care, group home, independent living, home based wraparound, stabilization, and achieving academic success services.

Wish list:

  • Charcoal Grill
  • Grill tools
  • Microwave
  • Electric griddle
  • Pots/Skillets/Pans/Roasters
  • Silverware
  • Kitchen towels/pot holders
  • Kitchenware
  • Board games
  • Video game system and games
  • DVD player
  • DVDs
  • Bicycles
  • Sheets and bedding
  • Personal hygiene supplies

Salvation Army
530 N. 6th St.
Springfield, Illinois 62702

The Salvation Army started in Springfield in 1886 and will have served Sangamon County for 125 years next year.  We have a homeless shelter, food pantry, free health clinic, youth groups, senior fellowship, social workers on staff and more.  We provide housing, meals, clothes, jobs and counseling.  We provide this to these men at no cost.  We assist people with a ‘hand up’ instead of a hand out.  

Wish list:

  • Canned goods for our food pantry
  • Hand soap, shampoo, deodorant toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes for our shelter residents
  • Coats of all sizes
  • Volunteers to provide a nightly mean for our shelter residents (i.e.: groups that could feed 50 people)
  • Job opportunities for our shelter residents
  • Office supplies
  • Volunteers to ring bells to help us raise needed funds for daily operation
  • Cash donations
  • Snow blower
  • Pick-up truck

Sojourn Shelter & Services
1800 Westchester Boulevard
217-726-5200 (24-hour hotline)
217-726-5100 (office)

Sojourn Shelter and Services, Inc. was founded in 1975 to provide a safe place to help victims of domestic violence.  Sojourn currently provides 24-hour emergency shelter and hotline services, court advocacy, prevention and education, volunteer opportunities and operates Sojourn Westside Fashions. Each year Sojourn assists approximately 1600 victims of domestic violence and their children.

Wish list:

  • pillows, blankets, twin sheet sets
  • wash rags, towels
  • laundry supplies, paper products, cleaning supplies
  • diapers, wipes, infant/children’s medicine,
  • cold medicine, cough drops, pain relievers, thermometers,
  • bus tokens, pre-paid phone cards
  • hats/gloves, umbrellas,
  • alarm clocks
  • food items
  • cash donations
  • donations of gently used clothing to the Sojourn Westside Fashions

Special Olympics
413 E. Adams Springfield, IL 62705


Special Olympics Illinois Area 17 provides training and competition events for intellectually disabled athletes in Sangamon, Menard, Morgan and Macoupin counties. Their oath is “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Volunteers are needed to help make this happen.

Wish list:
We have six large-scale athletic events and two major fundraisers in 2011 and there are 1,001 jobs that need to be done at all of them. You don’t need to know anything about sports, but you DO need a cheerful and encouraging attitude.

United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln
101 N. 16th St.

UCP was founded in 1957and affiliated with United Cerebral Palsy, a national organization in 1968.  The mission of UCP is to provide innovative strategies to connect people with disabilities to their communities.  Of those currently served, 40% have cerebral palsy and 60% have other developmental disabilities.

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