The past few years have tested our capacity for hope. In 2005 we were broken-hearted over a string of devastating natural disasters. This past year, we've increasingly been grieving over losses from the complications of war. Recently I read something that gave me a moment's relief: "If your heart is to be broken, let it be broken open." Yes, and when it is open, it is more open to give.
Only a few stories of need make the front pages of newspapers or the news at six, but our community is full of people who would welcome an open heart, along with a donation.
The Wish List makes that easy by doing the footwork for you. Take a few minutes to look over the eclectic mix of organizations that offer services for survival and spirit within our community. Does your own story link you to one of these organizations, or would it serve you just as well to select one by closing your eyes and letting your finger land on the page? Either way, make a decision to give.
The selection is wide this year, from the requests of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County (who would love some balls, dolls and games, and could use socks, mittens and hats) to the Center for Patient Partnerships (cab vouchers and bus passes are welcome, but also humorous books and DVDs really help the patients). And of course the shelters and community centers need just about everything. (It's a good idea to call before you drop off your items, especially when donating technical equipment, to check for specific needs.)
For a few weeks each year, enthusiasm for giving is unmatched. Many of us feel the urge to be generous, but also feel the stress brought on by shopping and the press of holiday events. But not to worry with the Wish List. Many of the items that these agencies want are very inexpensive. You can't go wrong with this year's menu, because everything is heart-healthy.
ABC for Health
152 W. Johnson St., Suite 206. 261-6939.
Public-interest law firm that helps families and children connect to health care coverage and services.
Web design services
Graphic design volunteer
Newer PC computers and LCD monitors
Pro bono legal assistance
Physician or Nurse medical record review consultations
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
300 Femrite Dr., Monona. 221-3038.
Hands-on nature programs in Monona and Black Earth for young children, their teachers and families.
Automatic letter folder
Two extra-large coolers
Binoculars (small, lightweight)
Calculators (student set of 15 basic)
Digital camera (high-resolution)
Coffee server, thermos (pour or pump style)
Overhead projector and screen
Presentation binding machine (Ibico, or GBC ProClick or CombBind)
Water filter/purifier (portable/camping)
Wrought-iron log holder and tools
Antique kerosene lamp with glass chimney
Snowshoes (youth and adult sizes)
Laminator (large, poster-size)
Pudgy pie makers (pie irons)
Dissolved Oxygen Hach test kits
Hach pH test kits
Kelwin soil moisture/pH meters
Laptop computers (call for specifics)
Alliance for Animals
P.O. Box 1632, 53701. 257-6333.
Animal-protection group providing education about the humane treatment of animals.
Portable DVD player for tabling (7-9 inch)
Digital video camera
Printing services for educational literature
Heavy-duty paper shredder
517 N. Segoe Rd., Suite 301. 232-3400 or 800-272-3900.
Helps people affected by Alzheimer's disease through information, education, support and advocacy.
Heavy-duty telescoping tripod easel
Small desktop printing calculator
Platform cart with folding handle
Angel's Wish Inc.
161 Horizon Dr. Suite 106, Verona. 848-4174.
Dedicated to reducing animal overpopulation, re-homing companion animals and raising awareness of animal welfare issues.
Pet supplies (kitty litter, Frontline or Revolution flea preventative, canned and good quality dry cat food-ProPlan, Royal Canin, Iams, Nutro, etc.)
Kitten Milk Replacement
Ink cartridges (HP78 and HP15)
White and color copy paper
Plastic sheet protectors
Batteries (AA, 9 volt)
Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues)
Heavy duty garbage bags (33-gallon)
Used ink or laser cartridges
Used cell phones
Raffle ticket tumbler
ARC Outpatient Services
1409 Emil St., Suite 100. 283-6426.
Provides women and children with treatment programs, including individual and group therapy, to reduce the likelihood of continued substance abuse, neglect and out-of-home placement of children.
Projector for PowerPoint presentations
Boom box (CD player)
White noise makers (10)
Digital camera and printer
Craft supplies, rickrack
Markers, good pens and paint brushes
DVDs (uplifting messages)
Artwork or framed pictures
Locking supply cabinet
Dry erase board with easel
Atwood Community Center
2425 Atwood Ave. 241-1574.
Strengthening lives in the Atwood neighborhood.
Nonperishable food items
Personal care items
Sponsors for children's holiday gift program
Entertainers for senior or youth programs
Fax/Copier, copy paper
Childrens swimsuits (ages 3-12)
Childrens boots and winter gear
Early reader books
Flash cards, games, and educational toys
Electric pencil sharpener
Dry erase boards, chalk boards
Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
2001 Taft Street. 257-2606
Serves youth from ages 7-18, living in some of our communities' most challenged neighborhoods. Over 50 programs are led by professionals in safe and structured environments in two locations.
Girls jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches)
Balls of all types
Barbie and other dolls
Gift certificates to stores or fast food
Socks, mittens, hats
Body lotions and soap
Cologne for teen boys
Watches for teen boys
Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation
P.O. Box 5070, 53705. 821-1140.
Helps women heal emotionally and physically from breast cancer; offers creative wellness retreats for women living with breast cancer.
Good quality, portable CD player
The Center for Patient Partnerships
975 Bascom Mall, Suite 4311.
Provides free patient advocacy services to individuals with life-threatening or serious chronic illnesses and their loved ones. Offers resources to explore and consider treatment options, identify resources, grapple with employment-related concerns, and confront the costs of treatment.
Vouchers for cab rides or bus tickets to medical appointments (Madison Taxi or Badger Cab Co.)
Gas vouchers or plane ticket vouchers
Madison Metro bus tickets
XX Gift cards for groceries, coffee shops, MGE or Alliant, pharmacies (Community Pharmacy/Walgreens), videos
Hotel room certificates
Book store gift cards or books on illness, healing and grieving Blank greeting cards
Color printer/scanner and ink cartridges
Webcam (to enable advocates to Skype with long-distance clients)
Expanding wallet file folders
Silk screening and printing services
$30 catering gift certificates
Professional writing/editing services
Humor/comedy books or DVDs
Children's Service Society of Wisconsin
2800 Royal Ave., Suite 310. 221-3511, ext. 221.
Building and enhancing a nurturing environment for Wisconsin children.
Bus passes/cab vouchers for interviews and house hunting
Colonial Club Senior Activity Center
301 Blankenheim Lane, Sun Prairie. 837-4611, ext. 129.
Provides services and activities that respond to the growing and changing needs of older adults.
Gift cards (groceries, pharmacies and discount stores)
Personal care items
Card table and chairs
Five-drawer file cabinet
White copy paper
2007 monthly planners
New decks of cards
New birthday cards
Seasonal centerpieces (12)
Door prizes (small miscellaneous gifts)
New space heaters
Common Wealth Development, Inc.
1501 Williamson St. 256-3527, ext. 13.
Youth and affordable housing programs. Provides employment and financial education, job placements, and mentoring to teens.
Dry erase board, easel for presentations
Gift cards (groceries, Menards or Home Depot)
Flatbed scanner for Windows XP (with a USB connection)
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc.
1717 N. Stoughton Road. 246-4730, ext. 224.
Develops economic and social skills of individuals, families and communities to reduce poverty in Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha counties. Provides emergency services as well as developing long-term solutions.
Nonperishable food items
Gift cards (groceries, home stores--Menards and Farm & Fleet, restaurants, gas, books)
Movie or recreational passes
Personal care items (infant through adult)
Underwear for men and women (also pantyhose and knee highs)
Household items for homeless/near homeless families, including cleaning supplies and house wares
Air compressor and portable generator
Durable hand trucks, dollys
Warehouse hand carts
Refrigerator/freezer shelf thermometers
Digital, hand-held thermometer
Step ladders (6 and 8 foot)
Natural gas shop heater
Community Living Connections, Inc.
6515 Watts Road, Suite 100. 661-7937.
Provides residential services to approximately 150 adults with developmental disabilities who live throughout Dane County.
Art and craft supplies (markers, construction paper, water color and tempera paint)
New winter scarves, hats and mittens
Shovels and sidewalk salt
Home tool kits
First aid kits
Paper products (Kleenex, paper towels, toilet paper)
Disposable dinnerware (paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils)
Personal care products and bubble bath
Kitchen, garbage and lawn/leaf bags
Cleaning supplies, dish soap
Gift cards (gas, food, movies, groceries, book stores, discount stores)
Puzzles, games, hand-held games
Word search, coloring and dot-to-dot books
Magazines (new or used)
Kitchen cookware and utensils
Community Shares of Wisconsin
612 W. Main St., Suite 303. 256-1066.
Raises funds for nonprofit community organizations working to build social and economic equity and a healthy environment.
Name badge trade show tray for 100 plastic name badges
Plastic floor mat for office chair with no carpet-gripping pips (for cement floor)
Free-standing or table-top model magazine display rack for lobby (12-24 magazine)
Room divider/partition screen (simple design, trifold, home-decor style, not cubicle siding)
Portable flip chart stand
306 N. Brooks St. 257-7489.
An arts, activities and wellness center run for and by people with mental health issues and their allies.
Colorful "artistic" old calendars for collages
Jewelry making supplies
Mosaic making supplies
Frames of all sizes with glass
Paint and brushes
Volunteer licensed massage therapist
Dane County Juvenile Shelter Home
219-7381 or 246-3278.
Provides temporary housing for youth (male/female, ages 10-17) during involvement with Dane County Juvenile Court System.
T-shirts, underwear, socks (white)
Pajamas for girls
Big screen television
Outdoor activity items, indoor games
Backpacks and school supplies
Colored pencils, art/craft items and kits
Three modern, wood office desks & chairs
New comforters (twin size)
First aid supplies
Personal hygiene kits
Chain basketball nets
Washing machine, electric clothes dryer
Pots and pans
New or gently used refrigerator (commercial grade)
Dean Foundation BSP-Free Clinic (Benevolent Specialist Project)
2711 Allen Blvd. Middleton. 827-2308.
Sponsors consultations by volunteer professionals to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of uninsured, low-income patients referred to the clinic by a primary physician.
Rolls of paper for exam tables
Latex-free gloves (all sizes)
Color and black cartridges for fax and copiers
Knee and elbow sleeves (all sizes)
Cock-up wrist splints (both hands)
Padded mailing envelopes
Tape recorders for transcription
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
P.O. Box 1761, 53701-1761. 251-1237.
Peer support, legal advocacy, crisis response and shelter for Dane County survivors of domestic violence and their children.
Projector for PowerPoint (new or less than five years)
DVD player (new or less than five years)
New flat-screen computer monitors
New toddler beds, Pack and Play infant portable cribs
New twin-sized pillows, comforters and sheets
New bath towels
Madison Metro Bus passes
Gift cards (gas, grocery stores, discount stores, pharmacies)
634 W. Main St., Suite 104.
Assists adults with developmental disabilities at home and in the community.
Plastic mats (floor protection)
Kitchen faucet water filters
Free and clear laundry detergent
Recycled paper products (Green Forest TP, etc.)
Microwave/coffee maker cart
Storage unit rental
Special event catering
East Madison Community Center
8 Straubel Ct. 249-0861.
A neighborhood-based organization that provides educational, developmental, recreational, vocational, basic resource, and facility use program services for preschoolers, youth, adults, families, senior citizens and community groups on Madison's east side.
TV/DVD combo set
Computers (desk and laptop)
Clothing and household items
Art and craft supplies
Books, videos, CDs, cassettes
Multicultural toys, games and art projects
Personal care items
Metal shelving (sturdy)
Infant/toddler items (disposable diapers, pull-ups, clothing)
Infant furniture in good repair
Movie and theatre tickets
Exchange Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
2120 Fordem Avenue, Suite 200.
Please call 241-3434 for drop-off location.
Parenting support programs to prevent child abuse and neglect, and strengthen families in Dane County.
Diapers (infants to size 6 pull-ups) and wipes
Gift cards (gas, groceries, restaurants and other stores)
Calendars and day planners
Office supplies (copy paper, folders, flexible binders, Post-It notes)
Safety items for homes (door/cupboard latches, outlet covers, etc.)
Camcorder and tripod
Family Connections of Wisconsin, Inc.
Christenson and Allex, LLC,
3000 Cahill Main, Suite 220, Fitchburg. 608-279-5797.
Support family relationships affected by incarceration by organizing regular monthly visits between imprisoned parents and their children. Offer literacy program for the women's institutions and their children/grandchildren.
Books (new or good condition picture books through chapter books; paperbacks preferred; multicultural)
New size C batteries
New 60-minute cassette tapes
Padded mailing envelopes (8.5" x 11" and larger)
Call 241-5150 for drop-off location.
Works with parents to strengthen families, providing parent education, support and resources (including free drop-in parenting discussion groups and childcare).
BRIO trains, engines, and accessories for BRIO table
MAC computer games for children
New board games for children
Children's drawing and art supplies
Book holder stand
100% Juice (individual serving boxes)
Gift cards (Borders, Target, Copps, Shopko, Barnes & Noble, Cub Foods, Wal-Mart)
Plastic dining ware (utensils, paper cups, plates and bowls)
Paper towels and napkins
American Sign language materials (books, videos, rubber stamps, etc.)
Medium-size plastic/Rubbermaid containers
Friends of Troy Gardens
3601 Memorial Drive. 240-0409.
Offers 340 community garden plots that serve a mixed-income community in a unique urban development that also includes affordable housing and sustainable agriculture. Educational programs focusing on gardening, nutrition, and environmental leadership serve over 500 youth.
Bicycle trailer (i.e. a Burley) for carting plants and tools
Apple cider press
Grinder (for apple cider making)
Garden tools (shovels, rakes, hoes, pitch forks)
Two newer computers
Office supplies (office paper, envelopes, printer cartridges)
Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools
301 S. Bedford St., Suite 1. 661-4141.
Fosters student-led groups to promote safe schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; promotes public education through conferences and leadership training.
Newspaper subscriptions (Capital Times or Wisconsin State Journal)
Drum for Hewlett Packard LazerJet 8100N printer
Flip chart pads and portable easels
Habitat for Humanity of Dane County LC
P.O. Box 258148, 53725. 255-1549, ext.104.
Works to eliminate substandard housing and replace it with simple, decent and affordable homes.
Hancock Center for Movement Arts and Therapies Inc.
16 N. Hancock St. 251-0908.
Dance and movement therapy to develop healthy self-image, communication skills and emotional stability.
Two-drawer filing cabinet
Pads of drawing or construction paper, notepads
New washable markers
Gift cards for new waiting room toys
Subscriptions to children's magazines
(serving all of Dane and parts of Walworth and Jefferson counties)
The Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center
5395 E. Cheryl Parkway. 276-4660.
Physical, emotional and spiritual care for terminally ill patients and their families including bereavement services and support for caregivers.
New teddy bears
Book with CDs: Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying
Book: Final Gifts (Callanan/Kelley)
Toys and art supplies for children
Lap and bed blankets
Small and large supply transport carts
Taxi Cab vouchers (Madison Taxi or Badger Cab)
Audio books on tape and CDs (inspirational/spiritual)
Small hand-held tape recorders and blank audiotapes
Gift carsds (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Amazon.com, Borders, Frugal Muse Books, music and video)
Hospital Puzzle and Play Set
Body parts casting kit
Positioning/comfort pillows (cylindrical sponge-like pillows)
Wheelchair pillows (Home Health United)
Art supplies for older adults (yarn, knitting needles, paint-by-number sets)
The Game of Life board game
Birdseed for patient patios (general mix)
Size #11 or #9 knitting needles and Lion brand yarn (three skeins/color)
Imagine a Child's Capacity, Inc.
14 Ellis Potter Court, Suite 200.
Dedicated to supporting children with diverse needs and the adults in their lives. Supported by occupational therapists, physical and speech therapists, educators, social workers and parents in their homes, in daycares and at schools, and in our clinic.
Computers (2005 or newer)
Gift cards (toy stores, Target)
Independent Living, Inc.
815 Forward Dr. 274-7900.
Provides supportive services, home health care and housing for older adults and people with disabilities in Dane County.
Locking picture hangers
Locking medicine cart
Two office copiers
Two desk chairs with wheels
Business-grade paper shredder
Newer laser jet printers
Laptop computer with DVD drive
Standard or portable DVD players
Printing services for quarterly newsletter
Large-print board games or playing cards
Locking four-drawer file cabinets
Insulated cover, potting soil and bulbs for greenhouse
Bookshelves (6 foot or less)
Jail Library Group
UW School of Library & Information Studies
600 N. Park Street.
Visit http://slisweb.lis.wisc.edu/~jail/ for donation drop-off locations
Provides reading materials to the residents of correctional facilities in Dane County; volunteer group since 1992.
New or gently-used books and magazines, especially new popular fiction in English and Spanish
Padded envelopes (sizes 5 to 7) and personal cassette players for Kids Connection reading program
Kennedy Heights Community Center
199 Kennedy Heights. 244-0767.
Develops and presents social, educational, recreational and cultural programs including preschool and after-school programs, community food pantry, adult outreach program and youth programming.
Merriam Webster Children's Dictionary (2002 or newer)
Merriam Webster Dictionary (2000 or newer)
Color inkjet printer
Children's Atlas (Rand McNally or National Geographic)
New white t-shirts
Non-perishable food items
Paper products (tissues, toilet paper, paper towels)
New socks and underwear (all children sizes)
Small paint brushes
Craft paper (tissue, construction, writing, origami, copy etc.)
Coffee maker (30-cup)
Coffee maker or hot water dispenser (10-15 cup)
Annual subscription to Asian Wisconzine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights
Yarn for knitting projects
Play Station (two games rated "E for Everyone")
Youth sports equipment (basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, jump ropes, etc.)
15 passenger van (in good to great condition)
Volunteers to work with elementary school age children after school
Madison Area Literacy Council
1118 S. Park St. 244-3911.
Tutoring, ESL classes and other literacy programs for adults.
Digital video camera
Office-quality paper shredder
Digital camera with at least 5X zoom (must use AA batteries)
Laptop computer with a CD burner (at least Pentium III)
Passenger van (2000 or newer)
English and English/Spanish dictionaries
Adobe "Creative Suite" software
Software for digitizing videotapes for DVD
DVD burning hardware
Adding machine with large digital readout and printer
Outdoor iron or wooden bench
Up-to-date Rosetta Stone software package
Madison Senior Center
330 W. Mifflin St. 267-2344.
Promotes successful aging for older adults throughout the greater Madison area by involving them in their community as learners, teachers and volunteers.
Entertainer for December 25 holiday meal
New LCD projector
New bigscreen TV
Small holiday centerpieces (20) for December 25 holiday meal
Ground coffee (decaf and regular)
Marc South Center
901 Post Rd.
Serves persons with developmentally disabilities in a day program to enhance skills.
March of Dimes, Capital Wisconsin Division
5315 Wall St., Suite 140. 243-7764.
Improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Colored paper (8 1/2 x 11)
Masonic Learning Center for Children
301 Wisconsin Ave. 252-4922.
Provides reading program for children (ages 7-17) who have been diagnosed with dyslexia or reading learning disabilities.
Clorox disinfecting wipes
White paper towels
Whiteboard markers (red, blue, black, green)
Whiteboard erasers and cleaner
Red ballpoint pens
Black erasable ballpoint pens
Electronic pencil sharpener
Perforated ruled pads of paper
Avery clean edge business cards
Monona Grove Holiday Giving Project
School-community program providing needy children with holiday food, gifts and clothes (Items needed by Dec. 8).
Gift cards (groceries)
New children's toys and clothing
Nehemiah Community Development Corp.
655 W. Badger Rd. 257-2453, ext. 223.
Summer and after-school academic programs, youth enrichment programs and family development services for African American and bi-racial youths and families.
Gift cards (movie theaters, movie rentals, groceries, restaurants, book stores, etc.)
Turkeys and/or hams
MS XP Professional (several)
Office space heater
Digital video camera
Van maintenance gift certificates (tires, tune-ups, oil change, diagnostic services)
Program T-shirts and imprinting services
Overnight hotel stay (four rooms)
12 workstations (preferably the same model with Dual 1.5+ GHz processor; no monitors or keyboards needed)
One 10/100 24-48 port switch and one 4-port KVM switch
12 licenses for Windows XP Professional
Two server-class systems
Neighborhood Law Project
2300 S. Park St., Suite #3. 260-8221.
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. www.law.wisc.edu/eji/
Provides free legal services to low-income Dane County residents in the areas of housing (Section 8 vouchers, evictions, etc.), public benefits (W-2, Food Stamps, etc.) and workers' rights.
Gift cards (groceries, restaurants, discount stores, movie theaters, bowling alleys)
Spanish-speaking volunteers to interpret or translate 1-4 hours/week
Children's books and toys
On the Borderline
Sutter Photographers. 2222 Pleasant View Rd., Middleton.
After school photography program teaches basic photography skills to build self-esteem for girls in middle school.
Digital photographic paper (Epson Glossy, 8 x 10)
B & W TMAX 400, 24-exposure film
Securedigital MMC card, 64M or 132 M
Orion Family Services, Inc.
6333 Odana Rd. 270-2511.
Supports abused and neglected children and delinquent youth in Dane, Columbia, Green, Iowa, Sauk and Richland Counties. Provides group and foster home care, critical outreach, and family therapy services to families in their own homes.
Books for teens
Recreational equipment of various types
Boys and girls personal care and cosmetic products
Curling, straightening irons
Towels and washcloths
Sheets for twin beds, blankets, mattress pads
600 Williamson St., Suite P1. 255-8582.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center for Madison and south central Wisconsin; provides education, referrals and advocacy for the LGBT community.
Macintosh computer (G4 or higher)
Flat screen monitors
Color TV with DVD input
Projector for PowerPoint presentations
Ladder (8-10 foot)
Vacuum cleaner (in good condition)
Paper products (cups, plates, napkins, tissues)
Parental Stress Center, Inc.
2120 Fordem Ave., Ste. 110, 241-4888.
email@example.com. www.parentalstresscenter.org. Links family services in Dane County to help prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and promote healing of those affected by abuse through therapy and support groups and a Parent Stressline.
100% Juice (no cranberry or grapefruit)
Gift Cards (groceries, Walgreens)
MAC computer games for preschool & school-age children
BRIO trains, engines and accessories
Board and card games for school-age children
Multiple copies of the books Our Bodies Ourselves, 2005 Edition and Changing Bodies Changing Minds
Ropes course experiences, yoga classes or writing workshops
100 thank you cards and envelopes
100 birthday cards and envelopes
Laptop computer (Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz or better or AMD Athlon 1600+ or better, minimum 256MB memory, minimum 20GB hard drive)
Digital video camera
Partners in Foster Care Inc.
2706 Badger Lane. 274-9111.
Provides social, cultural and educational activities and resources to children living in foster care; also support to their families.
Clothing (boys and girls sweat shirts, jogging suits, pajamas)
Personal care items
Dolls and doll clothing
Remote-control cars and trucks
Towels (bath and kitchen)
Jewelry for teens/young girls
CD Walkman and CDs
306 N. Brooks St. 257-2534.
Provides shelter, housing, support services and community for the homeless.
Men's winter clothing (wool socks, gloves, etc.)
Personal care items
Men's white socks and underwear
New printer, scanner, and copier
New laptop computers
Electric hole punch
Twin- and full-size beds and bed frames
Cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, etc.)
Power tools (all types)
Gift cards (groceries)
Christmas wreaths, wrapping paper and ribbon
Christmas tree for Safe Haven
Homemade holiday treats, turkeys and hams
Port St. Vincent de Paul Men's Shelter
221 S. Baldwin St. 257-2036.
A 24-hour/day staffed shelter that provides housing, meals, and clothing for men.
Food donations of any kind (especially cereal, eggs, milk, peanut butter, and canned goods)
Bed linens (fitted single-sheet sets, pillows and cases, plastic zippered mattress covers)
Men's clothes, including white cotton socks
Winter clothes (thermal underwear, gloves, caps, scarves and coats)
Shower shoes for men (flip-flops)
Personal care items for men
Powdered laundry soap
Paper towels and napkins
Preschools of Hope Project
517 N. Segoe Rd., Suite 211. 441-1508.
Promotes early literacy and math development among children from low-income families by providing literacy and math volunteers and resources for non-profit preschools and agencies; also provides books and educational materials for home use.
Quality books for young children (contact us for a list of preferred authors)
Bilingual and multilcultural books
1966 S. Stoughton Rd. 246-3737.
Improving the quality and affordability of housing for low- to moderate-income residents of Dane and Green counties.
New paint supplies and interior paint (brushes, pans, rollers, roller trays with liners, scrapers, drop cloths, painter's masking tape, primer)
Extension poles for painting high ceilings
Gift cards (building supply or hardware stores)
Cloth work gloves
Window air conditioning units
Sponge mops (10) and sponges
Tubes of paintable caulk (clear, white)
Roller screens (for five-gallon painting buckets)
Galvanized screws (2 Âœ inch)
831 E. Washington Ave. 255-7356.
Prevention and treatment programs for families dealing with child abuse and neglect.
Birthday cards for children and adults
Gift cards (movies, pizzas, haircuts)
Good laptop computer
Good working audiotape recorders
Children's toy musical instruments, including guitars
Clerical services (copying, filing)
Indoor basketball hoop
Laminating for children's art work, children's art framed
Large art-size portfolios
New covers for large floor pillows
Portable CD player
Professional portable display/education board
Meals for children and parents participating in parent groups
Sand for indoor sand trays and sand tray toys
Stand-up training easels and easel pads (two)
Web site services
Bookshelf for children's library
Rape Crisis Center
128 E. Olin Ave., Suite 202. 251-5126.
Provides crisis intervention, support, counseling, therapy, advocacy and other services for survivors of sexual violence, their families and friends.
Art supplies (markers, color variety packs of sharpies, colored modeling clay, glue sticks, stickers, colored construction paper, colored pencils)
Grocery store gift cards
Book store/Amazon.com gift cards
Moving services to pick up donated furniture
2120 Fordem Ave., Suite 180. 244-5730.
Provides 24-hour respite and crisis child care for families experiencing high levels of stress; also short-term counselng and community referrals.
Diapers and pull-ups (all sizes)
Formula (all kinds)
New children's underwear, socks (all sizes)
New or gently used T-shirts, pajamas, sweats (all sizes)
Batteries (AA and C)
New towels and washcloths (dish and bath)
Art supplies (markers, tempra paint, glitter glue, other)
Art smocks (all sizes)
Beads and jewlery making supplies (all sizes)
Any art activity appropriate for children (preschool-teen)
Non-violent games for Nintendo 64/Playstation
Non-violent children's DVDs (G or PG rated only)
Rodney Scheel House
2815 Hauk St. 243-1830.
Apartment community providing low-cost housing for income-eligible people disabled by HIV/AIDS.
Towels and linens
Toothpaste and brushes
Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center
836 E. Main St. 661-9787.
Provides child advocacy services for child abuse victims and their families; a safe place for victims to speak.
Children's DVDs (rated G or PG)
Gift cards (small denominations)
Craft supplies for kids (construction paper, pipe cleaners, etc.)
Pre-packaged kids' snacks
St. Mark's PromiseKids After School Program
605 Spruce St. 256-8463.
Provides food pantry and children's after school program.
Colored paper for copying
Glass for making mosaics
Wooden knitting needles
Rubber scrappers with wooden handles (kitchen use)
Kitchen mixer (family size)
Old blender (for making paper)
Stainless steel warming trays (commercial kitchen size)
Stackable washer and dryer
Flute and recorder
St. Marys Adult Day Health Center
2440 Atwood Ave. 249-4450.
Day program to address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of adults seeking on-going assistance to maintain or increase their functional abilities and independence in the community.
Karaoke machine and/or accompanying "old standards" or Big Band CDs
CDs and DVDs (comedies, musicals and travel)
Cardigan sweaters (XXL/washable or front-opening sweatshirts)
Lawn dice game
"Cold" glue guns
Trivia and reminiscing books (call for specifics)
Fresh fruit (apples, oranges, etc.)
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
1309 Culmen St., 257-0919, ext. 301.
Dane County's largest food pantry.
Personal care items
Diapers (especially large)
Non-perishable food items (in non-breakable containers)
Items especially needed are canned meats and tuna, peanut butter, grape jelly, cooking oil, canned soups, canned fruits, cereals, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti sauce, Spaghettios, Bisquick/pancake mix, breakfast foods, rice, instant potatoes, ketchup
South Madison Health and Family Center-Harambee
2202 S. Park Street. 261-9138.
A multi-agency collaboration in Dane County that provides community-based, culturally sensitive, and coordinated health and educational services to serve, promote, and support the health and well-being of families and individuals.
Baby food and formula
Diapers (sizes 1-4)
Special Olympics, Wisconsin South Central
608-221-2900 or 800-679-6751.
Provides sports training and competition for people with developmental disabilities, ages 8 and older.
New baseball caps
White copier paper
T. J.'s Support Brokerage Firm, Inc.
1329 Glacier Hill Drive #3. 241-0915.
Advocating for, and supporting, adults with disabilities in communities around Dane County. Life-skill training for disadvantaged or low-income individuals.
TV (27 inch or larger)
Children movies and DVDs
Educational and fun toys
Three Gaits, Inc.
3741 Hwy. 138, Stoughton. 877-9086.
Therapeutic horse riding program for kids, youths and adults with disabilities and special needs.
New laser printer
Wet and dry cat food
Purina Equine Senior
Gift certificates for Mounds or PetsMart
New office chairs
Gift cards (office supplies)
New postage meter
48" fluorescent bulbs
Stamps and envelopes
Blank horse-themed notecards
Liquid hand soap
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County
1502 Greenway Cross. 273-4434.
Provides local services to over 700 children and adults with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, epilepsy, brain injury or delays in speech, mobility or development.
Portable TV with combo DVD/VCR
Child development materials for parents (What to Expect in the Toddler Years and Happiest Baby on the Block DVD)
Pull-ups and swim diapers (largest sizes)
Rubbermaid storage bins (any size)
Art supplies, Play-Doh, bubbles
Batteries (all sizes)
Koosh balls or similar
Colored paper and cardstock
Ziplock plastic bags (one and two gallon)
Disposable cameras with flashes
Bilingual DVDs and videos (English/Spanish)
Sturdy ride-on and push toys
Wooden puzzles with knobs (shapes, animals, big/small)
Volunteer Braillists and Tapists
517 North Segoe Road, #200. 233-0222.
Resource for braille materials for the Madison School District; community free braille lending library; resource for braille information in the community.
Laptop computers (four, new or less than four years)
West Madison Senior Coalition
517 N. Segoe Rd., Ste. 309. 238-7368. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.westmadisonseniorcoalition.org.
Provides programs and services that promote independence and wellness.
Tracfone cell phone and minutes
Reacher-grabber device (with claw mechanism to grab items)
Monthly or weekly pill boxes
Folding grocery carts
Gift cards for cleaning service (Independent Living or Home Instead)
Presentation dry erase easel
Gifts for older adults
Holiday candy/nuts gift packs
Gift cards (clothing)
Personal care items
Transit Solution vouchers
Gift cards (Sentry at Hilldale, Copps on University Ave.)
Robes and slippers, scarves, hats and mittens
Flashlights and batteries
Tickets to holiday programs or plays
Vouchers from SHARE Food Program
Wexford Ridge Neighborhood Center
7011 Flower Lane Apt. 833-4979.
Promotes community among neighborhood residents on the west side and provides services that improve their educational, cultural, social and physical well being; also food pantry.
Magazines (Latina, Black Enterprise, Cricket, Jet, Family Fun, Youth today, American Girl, etc.)
Multicultural Books (elementary and middle school)
Inspirational and positive posters with frames
Artificial plants (four)
Board games (ages 6+)
Toys for boys and girls (age 1-16)
6.1 megapixel digital camera
Dry erase board and markers
Gift certificates (phone cards, movie passes, bus tickets, postage stamps, etc.)
Floor lamps (six)
Personal care items (diapers, lotion, deodorant, etc.)
Coats (male/female, 15-adult)
Pots and pans
Volunteers to assist in organization and distribution of Giving Tree items.
Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center
953 Jenifer Street. 257-4576.
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community center with programs for all ages, including after school care, community assistance (The Second Chance program), Senior nutrition and recreation, SOAR (students organized around responsibility), teen employment, youth recreation, food pantry and community meals.
Two or three new or used 7-15 passenger vans
Two or three 8-foot tables
Volunteer to maintain Web site
Wisconsin Academy of Graduate Service Dogs (WAGS)
1338 Dewey Ct. 250-9247.
Trains service dogs to assist people with physical disabilities. Provides services to WAGS clients including assessment, placement of WAGS service dogs, customized training and follow-up.
Digital camera (6 megapixel)
Light-weight wheel chairs
Recent version of Filemaker Pro
Gently used minivan
New/gently used Petmate pet porter crates
Natural Balance dog food rolls
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth
2909 Landmark Place. 271-1617, ext.27.
Nurtures Wisconsin's most academically talented students by providing and encouraging programs that support, motivate and challenge them.
LCD projector (hook into computer)
HP 57 and 56 print cartridges
Four-drawer file cabinet
Card stock parchment paper
Heavy-duty paper cutter
Heavy-duty 3-hole punch
Wisconsin Council of the Blind
754 Williamson St. 255-1166 or 800-783-5213.
Helps blind or visually impaired people maintain independence, dignity and quality of life through computer training, rehabilitation, low-vision therapy, low-cost assistive devices, free white canes and scholarships.
Site license (10 seats) for JAWS screen reader software
Site license (10 seats) for ZoomText screen magnification software
Design services for logo
Gift cards (gas and office supply)
Conference call services
New computers (four for technology lab)
Flat panel computer monitors (six 19" screens)
Wisconsin United for Furry Friends, Inc.
PO Box 5152, 53705. 442-5544.
Raises community awareness regarding the link between family violence and pet abuse through advocacy and education; support to human and animal victims of domestic abuse.
Gift cards for copying services
Sponsors for family violence/animal cruelty seminar at UW Veterinary School
Sponsors for newsletters and brochures
Women In Transition
2842 Moland St. 244-2046.
Provides residential and social services for adult women who experience a severe and persistent mental illness.
New (or gently used) sofa or couch, twin mattresses
New set of pots and pans (no Teflon)
Gift cards for personal items
Art and craft supplies
Working copier with toner supplies
New twin sheet sets, blankets
Personal care items
101 E. Mifflin. 257-1436.
Provides emergency shelter for homeless women and families, safe affordable housing for women, employment and training, racial justice and teen empowerment programs.
Bus tickets or 10-ride passes
Gift cards (groceries), phone cards
Disposable diapers and pull-ups (sizes 3-5) and wipes
Food items (canned foods, cereal and cereal bars, juice boxes, goldfish crackers, meals in a can or box)
Personal care items
Pots, pans and cookware
Paperware (cups, plates, etc.)
Alarm clocks and Fans
Dishcloths and towels, bath towels and washcloths
Single bed sheets and pillow cases
Mops, brooms and dustpans
Laundry soap (powdered)
Stackable storage bins
Stamps and note cards
New convertible car seat
New DVD/VCR player and Children's movies
Multicultural baby dolls
New toys and batteries for presents
Plastic filing boxes, hanging files, calculators
United Way Volunteer Center distributes Holiday Wish Books that provide information on area non-profit needs during the holidays. They are available by phoning 246-4380 or by e-mailing email@example.com.