In-Kind Donations & Wish List

"Our clients don’t always ask for help so having items on hand to offer makes a world of difference." - Theresa

About Our Wish List

Below is a frequently updated list of our most needed items. This list is constantly changing as our needs change, so please check back here frequently before planning any large donations.

If you are interested in running a charitable drive with your friends, family, workgroup, church, etc., please let us know! This allows us to be prepared for an influx of donations, and have the appropriate staffing to assist you.

Annual Donation Drives

  • Operation Backpack

    Operation Backpack is an annual drive to collect school supplies and backpacks for the children served by VOA Illinois. Help us send 1,000 children back to school with the essentials by donating brand new backpacks and school supplies.

  • Holiday Wishes

    Each year we, at Volunteers of America of Illinois, host Holiday Wishes, a program that provides gifts during the holidays to the children that we serve in our foster care program and children of the Veterans we serve. Help us make the holiday season magical by signing up to sponsor a wish.

We are now able to accept gently used donations by appointment only. Click the button to sign up for your donation drop time off

Below is a list of donations that are most needed by the people we serve:

*Items are only accepted if new, due to sanitary and safety reasons. 

Child Welfare services:

  • Unopened cans or bottles of formula
  • Diapers 
  • Wipes
  • Bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Baby rattles
  • Diaper changing mat

Veterans:

  • Personal care items: shampoo, soap, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, razors
  • Gift cards to purchase clothing for job interviews
  • Gift cards to area grocery stores 
  • Socks, undershirts, thermals
  • Gloves, hats, scarves

Elderly and Adults with disabilities:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Liquid fabric softener

 For a full list of items please click here. 

Drop-Off Locations

Please bring all in-kind donations to the drop-off center at which you made an appointment. Appointments are available at 

  • VOA Illinois Headquarters, located at 47 W Polk Suite Suite 250, Chicago
  • Hope Manor I, located at 3053 W Franklin Blvd, Chicago

Drop off's are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 - 4:00pm with an appointment or reach out to development@voail.org to schedule a time that works for you.

Amazon Wish List Registry

Alternatively, we have set up an Amazon Wish List Registry, you can access that HERE. If you make a purchase from this list, you can check out with your Amazon account as normal, and the items will be shipped directly to us automatically. We will keep this list updated with the most-needed items at any given time.

Tax Information

In-kind donations may be eligible for a tax deduction - please consult your tax specialist for further details. We will provide a receipt of your donation to be used for this purpose. VOA Illinois' Federal Tax ID number is 94-3008720

Charitable Drives

We ask that you let us know about any charitable drives that you are intending on running. This allows us to be prepared for an influx of donations, and have the appropriate staffing to assist you.

In-kind Donation Disclaimer

We are unable to accept the following: used underwear, clothing in poor condition (dirty, torn, tattered, or otherwise damaged), large and small appliances, computers, furniture, mattresses, pillows, construction materials, flammable materials, electronics - including televisions or small appliances - or any other material over 75 pounds. We are also unable to accept baby items including clothing, toys, furniture (walkers, swings, or play yards), car seats, or other baby equipment unless specifically requested. Though we are unable to take these types of donations, there are other local organizations that may be able to provide them to their clients.

For the health and safety of our clients we only accept canned and packaged food in original packaging. All food must be in good condition with original food label intact, and not past the expiration date.

Please direct questions about in-kind donations to Bridget Hickey, Director of Resource Development and Communications
Phone: 3125642434
Fax: 312-564-2301
bhickey@voail.org