In-kind donations

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

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 500 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.

You can help.

Because of the generosity of our donors, the people we serve are able to receive necessary goods for every day life.

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


  • 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. 

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