purchases an ID for a client to apply for housing
pays for 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.
Check out our current campaigns and make a gift towards any of these efforts using the forms below!
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!
Bank of America
Bank of the West
Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Toys R Us
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.
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 smile.amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com rather than amazon.com. 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
The next time you shop online at a site other than Amazon, consider starting at GivingAssistant.org. 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.
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