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.
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.
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.
Bank of America
Bank of the West
Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Toys R Us
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 if you have any additional questions.
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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.
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Clothing, Food, and Large Items
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.