November 27, 2013

Holiday Wish List 2013: Charities in need of assistance

Eagle Valley Raptor Center, 927 N. 343rd St. W., Cheney, 67025, 316-393-0710, Mission: EVRC provides food, shelter and vet care for injured and orphaned Kansas birds of prey, including bald and golden eagles. Needs: Cash for food and vet care; 1-by-12-by-10 #2 white pine boards; bags of Colorado River rock; new weed trimmer.

Animal services

Eagle Valley Raptor Center , 927 N. 343rd St. W., Cheney, 67025, 316-393-0710, Mission: EVRC provides food, shelter and vet care for injured and orphaned Kansas birds of prey, including bald and golden eagles. Needs: Cash for food and vet care; 1-by-12-by-10 #2 white pine boards; bags of Colorado River rock; new weed trimmer.

Friends of Felines, Kansas , 1700 Park Place, Wichita, 67203, 316-778-0869, Mission: Support caregivers, gain recognition of the beneficial role that they perform, implement the trap-neuter-return (TNR) method of population control and promote the adoption of long-term, caretaker-based solutions regarding free-roaming community cats. Needs: Cash; gift cards (Walmart, PetSmart, Petco, Tractor Supply Company); kitten and cat food (Meow Mix, Purina Cat Chow); volunteers; office supply gift cards; relocation sites (barns or outbuildings needing rodent control); caregivers for colonies that may need relocation.

Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary , 9025 N. Broadway, Valley Center, 67147, 316-519-4129, Mission: We are a nonprofit organization that rescues horses, ponies, mules and donkeys that have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or are headed for slaughter. Needs: Cash; senior feed; alfalfa pellets; salt and mineral blocks; stall shavings; wormer; volunteers to do some morning feeding.

Basic needs

Bread of Life Wichita , 1301 E. Galena, Wichita, 67216, 316-689-6866, Mission: The mission of Bread of Life is to fight hunger and want in Wichita and the surrounding areas by providing food and clothing to those in need, and helping our community to become stronger, one person at a time. Needs: High protein food like peanut butter; canned meat (chicken and tuna); Helper meals; pasta; men's socks; men's, women's and children's shoes.

Dear Neighbor Ministries , 1329 S. Bluffview, Wichita, 67218, 316-684-5120, Mission: We work to transform the lives of poor, neglected and abused of the community by providing services and resources to help them become self-sufficient. Needs: Peanut butter for food pantry; bus passes; socks and scarves; grocery gift cards; financial contributions.

God's Food Pantry , 1209 N. Indiana St., Wichita, 67214, 316-263-6780, Mission: Provides groceries twice per month to 550 to 650 families in the Wichita area. Needs: Cereal/Pop-Tarts; canned fruits/vegetables; one-pound packages of rice, beans, pasta, boxed macaroni and cheese; 16-ounce jars of peanut butter.

Kansas Food Bank Warehouse, 1919 E. Douglas, Wichita, 67211, 316-265-3663, Mission: To provide comprehensive and compassionate HungerCare whenever and wherever it is needed to safeguard the health, well-being and productivity of food-insecure Kansans. Needs: Newer or gently used, low-mileage van or SUV to use for staff travel within our 85-county service area visiting agencies, delivering food boxes and for SNAP outreach. Ideally we need two: one for Wichita and one for our Southwest Branch in Independence.

United Methodist Open Door , P.O. Box 2756, Wichita, Kansas, 67201, 316-265-9371, Mission: Provide food, clothing and shelter to those in need. Needs: Good quality push mower; leaf blower; chain saw; small air compressor; hygiene items; cleaning supplies; bed linens and blankets; laundry soap.

Children’s services

Child Start , 1002 S. Oliver, Wichita, 67218, 316-682-1853, Mission: Child Start provides early childhood development services that prepare children for lifelong success. Needs: Hats and mittens for infants, toddlers and preschoolers; toiletry items for adults; new children's books; diapers; cash.

Genesis Foundation for Fitness & Tennis , 1551 N. Rock, Wichita, 67206, 316-634-3112, Mission: To provide underprivileged kids, regardless of background and means, the opportunity to participate in recreational and/or competition fitness activities. Needs: Cash; gift cards to athletic stores; tennis racquet string; fitness/sports related items.

Gerard House , 3144 N. Hood, Wichita, 67204, 316-832-0777, Mission: Home for pregnant teens. Needs: Diapers (sizes 3, 4 and 5); Similac Advance (blue can); Walmart gift cards; Kwik Shop gas cards; laundry detergent.

Girls on the Run of Sedgwick County , 8518 W. Brookview, Wichita, 67205. 316-461-4516, Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. Needs: Gift cards to purchase healthy snacks for program participants; iPad; new running shoes for girls (youth and women’s sizes); white copy paper; large plastic containers.

House of Hope Wichita , 1650 S. Georgetown, Wichita, 67219, 316-737-4673, Mission: Restore passion, love, honor and respect to the home. Needs: Bibles for teens; boxes of printer paper; games for teens; volunteers to prepare monthly newsletter; office supplies (pens, note pads, etc).

Kansas Children's Service League, 1365 N. Custer, P.O. Box 517, Wichita, 67201, 877-530-5275, Mission: Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) is committed to providing quality services to children and families. Needs: Gift cards (restaurants, retail stores, activities); personal hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, etc.); diapers (newborn to size 6) and baby wipes; clothing; toys and games (infants through teens); bed linens and towels; cleaning supplies; kitchen table and chairs; infant and toddler car seats; arts and crafts supplies; non-perishable food items; cash.

Rainbows United , 3223 N. Oliver, Wichita, 67220, 316-267-5437, Mission: Rainbows United enhances the lives of children with special needs and their families by bringing together community resources and providing customized services. Needs: Diapers (preemie through adult); noise-canceling headphones; lightweight graduation robes in all colors; balls (soccer, basketball, football, kickball); Dr. Brown baby bottles.

Wichita Children's Home , 810 N. Holyoke, Wichita, 316-684-6581, Mission: The Wichita Children's Home offers the only emergency, temporary residential shelter for children in our community. Needs: Diapers (sizes 4 and 5), Similac Advance Formula; snack foods (Cheez-Its, Goldfish crackers, pretzels); microwaveable meals; underwear (sizes toddler through adult); sweat shirts, sweat pants and hooded sweatshirts in dark colors (adult sizes).

Community services

American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter , 1900 E. Douglas, Wichita, 67214, 316-219-4010, Mission: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Needs: Fax machine; black bookshelves; microwave for break room; sound system for auditorium; laundry detergent.

The Arc of Butler County , P.O. Box 1391, El Dorado, 67042, 316-706-1135, Mission: Where people can find resources, answers and hope by sharing the passion for those with developmental and related disabilities. Needs: Brother MFC-736ON The Entrepreneur all-in-one laser printer (or if someone has something larger to donate, that would be appreciated); cheerleading uniforms; baseball caps; coaches shirts; stopwatches for track; softball equipment; cash donations for travel expenses to state basketball tournament; postage; coaches/volunteers for cheerleading, swimming, track and field, powerlifting.

The Arc of Sedgwick County , 2919 W. Second, Wichita, 67203, 316-943-1191. Mission: Provides services and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities ages 5 through adulthood. Needs: Cash; volunteers for special events, program activities and weekend trips; hams and turkeys for holiday baskets for needy families; winter hats, gloves and scarves; adult mentors for new Cornerstone program.

Assistance League of Wichita , 2431 E. Douglas, Wichita, 67211, 316-687-6107, Mission: Assistance League of Wichita is a volunteer nonprofit organization whose philanthropic programs provide services to the community. Needs: Cash to support our philanthropic programs: Operation School Bell, scholarships, Sexual Assault Victim Support and Bear Hugs; donations for resale at our Assistance League Thrift Shop (gently used women's and men's clothing, housewares, linens, jewelry, toys, etc.); volunteers.

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Wichita , 437 N. Topeka, Wichita, 67202-2413, 316-264-8344, Mission: Inspired by God's love, Catholic Charities alleviates poverty and builds strong families. Needs: Food; new white linens and twin sheets; new toiletries; small appliances; $10 gift cards.

Disabled American Veterans , 926 N. Mosley, Wichita, 67214, 316-262-6500, Mission: Assist veterans in time of need. Needs: Nonperishable food; men's/women's clothing; gift cards for fuel; gift cards to Wal-mart and Dillons; coats (extra large sizes).

Down Syndrome Society of Wichita , 9415 E. Harry, Suite 706, Wichita, 67207-5084, 316-651-0114, Mission: Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing them with support, resources and activities. Needs: 50-inch flat screen TV to double as a projector; DVD or Blu-ray player; small dorm-size refrigerator; two desktop computers with monitors, keyboards, mouse, etc.; stereo system.

Envision , 610 N. Main St., Wichita, 67203, 316-440-1500, Mission: Our mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. Needs: Child-sized wooden table; child-sized chairs; music and karaoke CDs; art supplies; sewing machines.

Episcopal Wichita Area Refugee Ministry , 401 N. Emporia, Wichita, 67202, 316-977-9276, Mission: Episcopal Wichita Area Refugee Ministry works with refugees — worldwide victims of persecution, injustice and war — to establish self-sufficient lives of freedom and opportunity for themselves and their families in Kansas. Needs: Warehouse storage space; moving services for in-kind donations (or box truck donation); volunteers for the office, English as Second Language, and refugee mentors; 12- to 15-passenger van; computers with website service support.

KETCH (Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped) , 1006 E. Waterman, Wichita, 67211, 316-383-8700, Mission: The mission for KETCH is to promote independence for persons with disabilities through innovative learning experiences that support the individuals' choice for working, living and playing in their community. Needs: Cash; kitchen supplies (pots and pans, utensils, storage containers, dish towels, etc.); recreational board games; gift cards (movie, restaurant, recreational activities); volunteers to help with event planning.

Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas , 555 N. Woodlawn, Suite 3105, Wichita, 67208, 316-685-1821, Mission: The Mission of the Mental Health Association is to empower and assist youth, families and adults in our community to achieve optimal mental health and wellness through education, advocacy, and service. Needs: Toilet paper; adults and children’s coats (all sizes); toiletries; food for holiday meals; blankets (twin or stadium throws).

Never Alone Crisis Ministry , 4930 E. Lincoln, Wichita, 67218, 316-682-0207. Mission: Never Alone's mission is to serve, support and educate people who have been traumatized by a violent act. Needs: Gift certificates; gloves; socks; coats; sweaters (adult and children); food vouchers; toiletry; monetary donations.

Partners for Wichita , 925 N. Waco, Wichita, 67203, 316-263-1389, Mission: Partners for Wichita seeks to unite and strengthen community efforts by creating partnerships among neighbors, congregations, organizations and businesses. Needs: Volunteer to help with light bookkeeping with accounts payable experience; Christmas lights for a community event that will be held on 21st street in December; youth groups, congregations or volunteers to participate in “Bags of Blessings” in which we will collect hygiene items for families in need; gallon-sized Ziploc bags for our Bags of Blessings program.

The Salvation Army , 350 N. Market, Wichita, 67202, 316-263-2769, Mission: Meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Needs: Bell ringers; Mission of Hope volunteers; Angel Tree.

Starkey , 4500 W. Maple, Wichita, 67209, 316-942-4221, Mission: Starkey nurtures development and promotes independence of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Needs: Ten microwave-safe divided plates with lids; Wal-mart and Hobby Lobby gift cards; adult-sized soccer balls, kick balls, basketballs and footballs; six sets of pots and pans; 12 sets of kitchen towels and cloths.

StepStone , 1329 S. Bluffview, Wichita, 67218, 316-265-1611, Mission: Provide housing and support services to survivors of domestic violence after they leave shelter. Needs: Gift cards for children; gently used infant seats; car seats; Pack ‘n Play; diapers; new children’s books; feminine hygiene products.

United Way of the Plains Volunteer Center , 245 N. Water, Wichita, 67202, 316-267-1321, Mission: To improve lives by identifying community needs and mobilizing resources to meet those needs. Needs: Volunteers.

Wichita Independent Neighborhoods , 2755 E. 19th St. North, #6, Wichita, 67214, 316-260-8000, Mission: Building neighborhoods one at a time for better quality-of-life issues. Needs: Garden toolshed; chipper shredder; gently-used garden tools; outdoor bathroom.

Woman to Woman , 938 N. Belmont, Wichita, 67208, 316-807-3172. Mission: We are a re-entry ministry for women returning home from prison in Wichita. Needs: We assist our sisters with housing, clothing, computer skills, employment, healing and life skills. Transportation; laptop; printer; household items; cash.

YWCA Wichita-Women's Crisis Center , P.O. Box 1740, Wichita, 67201, 316-267-7233, Mission: To eliminate domestic violence in our community by supporting survivors through shelter, education and advocacy. Needs: Nonperishable food items; gas cards ($10); toys for children served in shelter and outreach; gifts for women/mothers served in shelter and outreach; gift cards for department/discount stores for older children/teens.


Journey to Recovery , 1402 Ohio, Augusta, 670140, 316-239-6137. Mission: We provide peer support, mentoring, recreation and social opportunities for those with mental illness. Needs: Twelve-passenger van with wheelchair lift; $4,000 to help with operational costs; small pool table; Foosball table; dart board.

Kidzcope , 9415 E. Harry, Wichita, 67207, 316-263-3335, Mission: Kidzcope provides the opportunity for children, teens and their families to learn lifelong coping skills after the death of a loved one through peer group support. Needs: Paper products (plates, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.); nonperishable snack foods (crackers, popcorn, granola bars, etc.); office supplies (stamps, copy paper, etc.); gift cards (Wal-mart, Michaels, etc.); bottled water.

Miracles, Inc. , 1250 N. Market, Wichita, 67214, 316-264-5900, Mission: Miracles, Inc. provides services to prevent and treat substance abuse and fight poverty, thus creating positive change for individuals, families and the community. Needs: Blankets/comforters; pillows; kitchen utensils and cookwear; towels; wash rags; hygeine products; nonperishable food items.

Parents of Murdered Children , 604 N. Main, Suite 200, Wichita, 67203, 316-265-1600, (click on “Chapters” tab). Mission: POMC makes the difference through ongoing emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness. Needs: Ten-gallon trash bags and masking tape; copy paper and card stock; paper clips and rubber bands; office supplies; volunteers for Bingo sessions.

Sarah's Hope Foundation , 3202 W. 13th St. N., Suite 6, Wichita, 67203, 316-209-5029, Mission: Our mission is to promote as truth the value and dignity of every human life from conception until natural death through education in the mass media. Needs: Current computer laptop; cash.


Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County , 412 S. Main, Suite 212, Wichita, 67202, 316-973-5110, Mission: The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Needs: Individual snacks; alarm clocks; bus passes; lice kits; volunteers.

ESOL Program of St. Paul's Lutheran Church , 925 N. Waco, Wichita, 67203, 316-263-0810. Mission: Helping adults learn English so they may participate fully in our community. Needs: Volunteer teachers; financial support.

KANSEL , 2212 E. Central Ave., Wichita, 67214, 316-263-9620, Mission: KANSEL provides adult education and workforce preparedness through GED preparation and testing. We also teach English language skills to non-native speakers through our English for Speakers of Other Languages program. Needs: Copier paper; pencils; dry erase markers; lined notebook paper; laminator and sheets.

Family services

Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Kansas , 1820 E. Douglas, Wichita, 67214, 316-267-7333, Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers. Needs: Laptop computer; LED projector; TV; Ipod shuffles; gift cards.

Families Together , 3033 W. Second, Room 122, Wichita, 67203, 316-945-7747, Mission: To educate, encourage, and empower families who have children with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Laptop and projector; event volunteer coordinator; phone headsets.

Pregnancy Resource Center , 1040 N. West St., Wichita, 67203, 316-945-9400, Mission: Assist families in crisis with pregnancy and sexual health. Needs: Onesies (girl, 0-3 months); boy and girl 12-, 18-, 24-month sleepers (no blanket sleepers); baby lotion and baby wash; diaper rash cream; disposable diapers (sizes 3 and 4).

Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita , 1110 N. Emporia, Wichita, 67214, 316-269-4182, Mission: RMHC Wichita provides and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Needs: Monetary support; gift cards; food items; volunteers; toiletries.

TFI Family Services , P.O. Box 780086, Wichita, 67278, 316-684-5300, Mission: Devoted to the strength of family. Needs: Loving foster parents; cash; Love Bags (backpacks with pajamas, toothbrush/paste, shampoo and conditioner); gift cards for clothing for children newborn to 18; toys for children newborn to 7.

Health care

GraceMed Health Clinic , 1122 N. Topeka, 67214, 316-866-2069, Mission: Provide accessible, high-quality health care. Needs: Components for our oral health care kits (toothbrushes, small tubes of toothpaste, floss).

Guadalupe Clinic , 940 S. St. Francis, Wichita, 67211, 316-264-8974, Mission: Provide access to health care for those in need. Needs: Bus passes; gas and medicine cards; groceries: canned soups; tuna; cereal; peanut butter; jelly; toiletries; small bottles of medical supplies.

Holiday giving

Derby Operation Holiday , 431 S. Woodlawn, Derby, 67037, 316-788-1507, Mission: Support families in need residing within USD 260 school district. Needs: Cash; non-perishable food items; toys (infant to age 14); volunteers (Dec. 12-16).

Haysville Community Outreach , 414 N. Lamar, Haysville, 67060, 316-524-6450. Mission: Supply Thanksgiving and Christmas food and toys to qualified residents of USD 261. Needs: Cash; toys; volunteers; food.

Inter-Faith Ministries , 829 N. Market, Wichita, 67214, 316-264-9303, Mission: The mission is to engage people of all faiths to honor our Creator by serving each other, providing shelter, housing, food and other basic needs. Needs: Canned food for Operation Holiday; peanut butter; boxes of cereal; new blankets; pickup.

Share the Season , 301 N. Main, Suite 100, Wichita, 67202, 316-264-4880, Mission: Joint project of Wichita Community Foundation, Salvation Army and The Wichita Eagle to help people with unexpected needs during the holiday season. Needs: Cash.

Homeless services

Baptist Homeless Ministries , 417 S. Hydraulic, Wichita, 67211, 316-204-9517, Mission: Feed and clothe people. Needs: Sleeping bags; backpacks; hats; gloves; coats; long underwear; socks; cash.

Center of Hope , 400 N. Emporia, Wichita, 67202, 316-267-3999, Mission: Homeless prevention. Needs: Contributions for rent assistance; diapers; gift certificates (Dillons, Walmart, Target, etc.); toilet paper; personal hygiene products.

Homeless Shelter , 209 E. Broadway, Newton, 67114, 316-283-7711, Mission: To show the love of Jesus to those who are in need of secure, temporary shelter and a hand up by providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support. Needs: Cash for general operations; office supplies; new sweats, socks, and underwear in men's, women's and children's sizes; new reception desk; new computers.

Union Rescue Mission , 2800 N. Hillside, Wichita, 67219, 316-687-4673, Mission: We are a Christian ministry that operates a 24/7 Emergency Overnight Shelter for homeless men, a 12-month residential recovery program and a community outreach program that distributes free food, formula and diapers. Needs: Non-perishable food; heavy men's gloves; shampoo; deodorant; new men's underwear.

Wichita Public Schools Homeless Program , 201 N. Water, Wichita, 67202, 316-973-4670, Mission: Assist homeless families with overcoming obstacles and barriers so that their children have an equal access to education. Needs: Hygiene products; winter coats and clothes (all sizes); snack items; blankets; volunteers.

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