You can help us provide shelter, stability and prevention.

Use the form below to make a general donation to Willis Dady

Want to donate through PayPal? Click here


helps a client purchase an ID and open the door to housing and job applications

covers the cost of a one-on-one session of case management through our programs

 provides 5 nights of emergency shelter

covers the deposit to get an individual or family into housing

provides a week of transportation for a  client staying at  our shelter to stable employment at Frontier Co-op

Every dollar makes an impact at Willis Dady.








a month of case management at our supportive housing units for one individual 

provides educational training for our clients to enter a high-demand job

*these are equivalent estimates of costs that Willis Dady experiences daily. Donations to Willis Dady are tax-deductible and are utilized in our general fund to meet specific needs unless otherwise specified.


Current Campaigns

Check out our current campaigns and make a gift towards any of these efforts using the links below!

Hops for Housing 2021

Purchase a $35 or $50 ticket in our Hops for Housing fundraiser! This year you can redeem 12 pints on-your-own throughout Eastern Iowa OR come redeem your pints with us at our brewery Nights! Head on over to or to our events page for all the details about the events this summer.

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Willis Dady's 9th Annual Run & Ride!

Join us on October 23rd for our 5k, 10k, and new Kids-Ride-A-Thon events! We're so excited to be back and creating a fun for the whole family event for our community. Registration for the run is $30, and sign your kids up to ride for only $5 and help them become a changemaker for Willis Dady! Learn more today and register at

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Employer Matching

Your gift could be doubled through an employer matching gift.

Contact your human resources department to learn more about your company's matching gift program today!

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Does your employer match gifts made to local nonprofits? 

Below are a just a few of the many local and national companies that match donations made by their employees. Don't see your employer? Contact your HR department to see if your donation is eligible for a company match!


Alliant Energy



Bank of America

Bank of the West


Collins Aerospace


General Mills


H&R Block

Home Depot



International Paper

John Deere


Office Depot




Ruffalo Noel Levitz



State Farm




Toys R Us

US Bank


Wells Fargo


and more!

Endowment Fund

We have two Endowment Funds at the Greater Cedar Rapids community Foundation:

  • Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Fund

  • Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Friends Fund

To learn more about the endowments, to discuss the Endow Iowa Tax Credit, or to make a donation to the endowment, please contact the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation at (319) 366-2862.

The Welborn Society

Would you like to support our community well into the future?

Perhaps you, a family member, or a friend has experienced homelessness. Maybe you're a Veteran who wants to provide lasting support for future Veterans. Maybe your heart longs for ending homelessness and supporting those in need. Whatever drives your passion for helping those experiencing homelessness, estate planning is a wonderful way to help ensure we continue to provide our services will into the future.

Whether you're interested in naming Willis Dady in your will or bequest, setting up a Charitable Remainder trust or Charitable Gift annuity, or giving a gift of life insurance or appreciated stock, we'd love to talk with you about planned giving options. Please contact Emily at to learn more about planned giving to Willis Dady.

Goods Donations

Current Needs

In addition to monetary donations, donating goods is a great way to support our clients and programs!

Please call ahead or inquire below before bringing a donation to the shelter in order to ensure we have the space and current need for your donation.

To download our Wishlist in a pdf format for sharing, click here!

Don't have anything to donate from our needs list? Have no fear! Our Amazon Wishlist is full of items that can be shipped straight to Wilis Dady, saving you time and money. 

Click the button below to open our Amazon wishlist today!

Shop Online & Give Back to Willis Dady!


Do you use Amazon to shop online? Next time, start at, and when you select us as your designated charity, 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to Willis Dady! So far, we've received over $200 simply because shoppers started at rather than It's the same products, prices, and reliability you expect from Amazon and it supports us at the same time!

How to use Amazon Smile in the Amazon App!

1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Willis Dady Homeless Services" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Giving Assistant

The next time you shop online at a site other than Amazon, consider starting at By starting at Giving Assistant and then following links to your favorite online stores, you can earn cash back to keep or donate to the non-profit of your choice, including Willis Dady. You can learn more about Giving Assistant here.


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Want your gift to make the most impact?

Make a financial gift to Willis Dady Homeless Services.

25% of our operational costs are covered from private donations.

General, operational contributions from individuals, churches, groups, and businesses make up the second largest segment of our annual income. Unless designated otherwise, all donations we receive go towards operations, which includes client needs (e.g. food, hygiene items, cleaning items, etc.), client transportation (bus tickets), building utilities, building maintenance, administrative costs, staff salaries, and other operational expenses.


Donate Online

Mail or Delivery 

Donate online via PayPal or Givebutter in the for at the top of the page.

Send or hand deliver cash, check, or money order. 

Make checks payable to Willis Dady Homeless Services.

Willis Dady Homeless Services

1247 4th Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403