2023 Spring and Summer List of Program Needs

Catholic Charities has Opportunities for Everyone

If you or your organization are looking for a way to help others in the community, Catholic Charities has put together a list with many ways you can make a difference. From small donations to full-time volunteers, there is something everyone can do on this list!

  • To find out more about volunteering, donation needs, and collection drives, contact Emily Klisares at eklisares@catholiccharitiesdm.org or 515-237-5078
  • Learn more about volunteering HERE
  • To Contribute:
    • Click HERE to make a contribution online.
    • Contact Bobbi Smith bsmith@catholiccharitiesdm.org or 515-237-5064.
    • Mail checks to Catholic Charities, 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309.

Domestic Violence Shelter (Council Bluffs)

Contact:  Sapana Sharma 712-256-2059 or ssharma@catholiccharitiesdm.org

Donations Needed:

  • Coffee
  • Coffee creamer
  • Bath towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap
    Trash bags- 13 gallon
    Black leggings – all sizes (plus as well)
    T-shirts – all sizes (plus as well)
    Diapers (only sizes 1 and 2)
  • Pajama Sets (various sizes)
  • Sweat sets (various sizes)

Food Pantry

Contact: Tom Leto 515-262-7290 or tleto@catholiccharitiesdm.org

Donations Needed:

  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers (size 4 or larger)
  • Bars of soap
  • Tooth paste
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Other personal care and toiletry items
  • Deodorant
  • Paper plates

Emergency Family Shelter

Contact: Randy Jansen 515-282-1235 or rjansen@catholiccharitiesdm.org

Donations Needed:

  • Meal Providers (contact eklisares@catholiccharitiesdm.org for list of open dates and details)
  • Bus passes
  • Protein Snacks
  • Non scented laundry powder
  • Dishwasher pods
  • Dishwasher drying agent
  • 13 gallon scented garbage bags
  • 3-4 gallon trash can liners
  • Twin XL bedding sets
  • Twin XL mattress pads
  • Pack ‘N play sheets
  • Crib sheets
  • Pillows
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Hand soap refill bottles
  • Baby wipes
  • Men and women’s razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Conditioner
  • Tin foil
  • Coffee creamer
  • Dryer sheets

Refugee Services

To Donate Items:  donations@catholiccharitiesdm.org

To Volunteer:  volunteer@catholiccharitiesdm.org

Donations Needed:

  • Shower rods, curtains and rings
  • Mops
  • Toilet brush
  • Cooking Pots and pans
  • New Lamps
  • New Light bulbs
  • Twin size bed sheets
  • Dish soap
  • Brooms
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • New Vacuum cleaners
  • New Rice cookers
  • Backpacks
  • Twin size comforters and blankets
  • Laundry baskets
  • Laundry detergent
  • Can openers
  • Knives or knife sets

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