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 over 1,000 children back to school with the essentials by donating brand new backpacks and school supplies.

  • Holiday Wishes

    Holiday wishes is our holiday drive that provides holiday gifts to the Veteran families we serve, the youth in our foster care program, and the families in our Rapid Rehousing program. Help us make the holiday season magical by signing up to sponsor a child.

You can help.

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

  • Amazon Wish List

    We have set up an Amazon Wish List Registry. 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.

    When shopping on Amazon, be sure to use AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice -- including VOA Illinois!

    Amazon Wish List

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

  • Infant Needs:

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

  • Hygiene Needs

    • Shampoo*
    • Conditioner*
    • Liquid body wash*
    • Lotion
    • Band-Aids
    • Floss
    • Mouthwash
    • Razors
    • Shaving Cream
    • Q-Tips
    • Deodorant
    • Combs and Brushes
    • Toilet Paper
    • Bath Towels
    • Wash Cloths
    • Feminine Products

  • Gift Card Needs:

    $5, $10, $15, $20, etc. gift cards to the following:

    • Fast and affordable food (where no tipping is required)
    • Movie Theatres
    • Grocery stores (for miscellaneous items and prescription co-pays)
    • Walmart (for miscellaneous items and prescription co-pays)
    • Target (for miscellaneous items and prescription co-pays)
    • Trader Joe's
    • Visa/American Express pre-paid cards
    • Aquarium, sporting events, or other recreational activities

  • Transportation Needs

    • Ventra cards
    • CTA passes
    • Divvy subscriptions
    • Metra cards
    • Gas gift cards

  • Clothing Needs

    • New Men's & Women's Underwear
    • Athletic/Walking Shoes (adult sizes)
    • Casual Shoes (men's & women's - all sizes)
    • Long & Short-Sleeved T-Shirts (men’s & women’s – adult sizes)
    • Athletic Shorts (basketball style)
    • Casual & Denim Pants (men’s & women’s – adult sizes)
    • Hoodies & Sweatpants (men’s & women’s – adult sizes)
    • Men's & Women's Belts

  • Misc. Needs

    • Non-perishable food items** especially ones that are light and easy to carry, i.e. tuna pouches, noodles, etc.
    • Blankets*
    • Mops
    • Brooms
    • Swiffers
    • Dish Sets
    • Silverware
    • Coffee pots
    • Laundry Detergent
    • Laundry Soap
    • Tide Pods
    • Headphones
    • Ear Plugs
    • Key Chains
    • Pillows
    • Twin Size Linens

    * Indicates high need item

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 36-2723047.

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). 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 the original food label intact, and not past the expiration date.

Please direct questions about in-kind donations to our development team at
Phone: 3125642332