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Financial Support

Operational Support

23% of operations come 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.

To make an operational gift, you can:

Mail or Delivery 

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

Mail or Delivery 

Donate online via PayPal.

Endowment

We Have Two Endowment Funds at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Click/tap on each endowment below to learn its details. 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.

Employer Matching

Did you know your employer might match your donation and make your contribution go further?

Below are a just a few of the many local and national companies that match donations made by their employees. Please contact your HR department to see if your donation is eligible for a company match and/or if your employer is not listed but you'd like to see if they match donations.

Aegon/TransAmerica

Alliant Energy

AT&T

Autozone

Bank of America

Bank of the West

Cargill

Collins Aerospace

GAP

General Mills

Graybar

H&R Block

Home Depot

ING

Ingredion

International Paper

John Deere

Monsanto

Office Depot

Pfizer

Pioneer

Prudential

Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Sprint

Starbucks

State Farm

Thrivent

Toyota

Travelers

Toys R Us

US Bank

Walmart

Wells Fargo

Whirlpool

and more!

Sponsorships

We have two fundraising events each year that need corporate sponsorships.

Each spring and fall we hold fundraising events to help meet our annual budget. Corporate sponsorships are a large source of the income from these events. In exchange for monetary support, sponsors receive promotion on event materials, recognition at the event(s), and other "perks" depending on the sponsor level.

View this year's sponsorship form here to learn more, and contact services@willisdady.org if you have any additional questions.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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 it is an item we currently need as there are some items we cannot accept and the below list of needs might need to be updated.

Emergency Shelter Needs:


Paper Plates

To help prevent the spread of infection during the coronavirus outbreak, we are switching to paper plates for the time being in shelter. 

Hand Soap
Hand Sanitizer 
Dish Soap
Disinfectant Wipes
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Kleenex
Sweat pants
Elastic wait shorts
Tshirts
Sweatshirts
Socks
New Underwear

Outreach Needs:

Portable Protein Sources
Water
Rain ponchos
Backpacks

Clothing, Food, and Large Items

Clothing

Due to limited storage space, we generally cannot accept clothing items. We instead refer clients to local clothing closets and also recommend potential donors contact these clothing closets. Olivet Neighborhood Mission, St. Vincent de Paul, and Harambee House are all places we refer our clients that accept donations of clothing.

During fall and winter months we accept winter coats, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, and other cold weather-related clothing items.

Food

Our biggest food need is weekend meals. At this time we are only able to accept food items that are individually packaged. This can include sandwiches in individual bags if the people preparing them are not sick and wear gloves. If you would like to prepare and serve a meal, please contact the shelter at 319-362-7555.

Large Items

Please contact Central Furniture Rescue to donate all large/household items. They are a local non-profit that stores donations until a client is housed. They then provide these items to clients with a case manager referral.

 
 

Goods Donations

Other Donations

Planned Giving

Would you like to support our clients 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 our director to learn more about planned giving to Willis Dady.

Online Shopping

AmazonSmile

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 $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!

Giving Assistant

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.

 
 
 
 

Donation Inquiry

To inquire about current donation needs or to ask about donating a specific item, please use the form below or call us. Thank you!

Goods Donations 12-22-2016