How to help those who help the most: 2018 Holiday Wish List

FLINT, Michigan — It could be as simple as gifting some paper for the copy machine or perhaps some coloring books. Maybe its finding a new useful home for some of those construction materials you aren't using anymore or the extra filing cabinet in the corner. 

Help can come in all forms for area nonprofits.

As is tradition, the United Way of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties surveyed local nonprofits to ask what they are hoping for this holiday season. The 2018 Holiday Holiday Wish List is made up of only non-monetary needs for those organizations that are rising up to meet community needs.

There are a few big wishes on the list like a refrigerator, furniture and a digital camera. Mostly, though, you'll find the basics: Cleaning supplies. Pens and Pencils. Shampoo. Hats and mittens.

When these necessities are donated, it allows nonprofits to spend more of their limited resources on meeting client needs. 

Below is a list of nonprofits in Flint and Genesee County, a description of what they do, contact information, and how you can help. Additional information on how to help organizations in neighboring Shiawassee County also is available at the United Way's website

Active Boys in Christ

Youth Development Center, teaching trade skills and character-building skills to youth ages 7-17 years. 

• Contact: Derrick Watkins, activeboysinchrist@gmail.com, 810.348.8907
• Student needs: coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Organization needs: 5 storage containers, 4 basketballs, writing notepaper, 1 case copy-paper, 10 pack pencils, 10 pack color pencils, office supplies, 10 clip boards and 5 boxes dry erase markers.

American Red Cross-East Central Bay Chapter

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. 

• Contact: Amy Meister, amy.meister@redcross.org, 810.893.6647
• Needs: For Fire Preparedness Education and Home Fire Response: iPads, 15" drill bags, gift cards. For Service to the Armed Forces Program:  travel coffee mug with handle, small head battery-powered toothbrush, word find books, scarf & gloves, $5/$10 fast food gift cards, $5/$10 Walmart or Meijer gift cards, winter hats/skull caps, crossword books, men’s socks and blank cards with stamps.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County

Provide mentorship to youth in Flint and Genesee County through our Community-Based and School/Site-Based Mentoring programs. We serve approximately 500 youth annually in one-to-one mentoring relationships. The agency currently has School-Based Mentoring programs at 8 school buildings throughout Flint Community Schools and Genesee Intermediate School District. 

• Contact: Lisa Humphrey, lhumphrey@bbbsflint.org, 810.235.0617
• Needs: Smart TV, craft supplies, pipe cleaners, pompoms, googly eyes, stickers, craft paper, glue sticks, craft sticks, scotch tape, hot glue gun sticks, string, markers, pens/pencils, highlighter, poster board, board games, cards (Uno, Skip-Bo), ping-pong net, paddles, balls, basketball and footballs, snacks, gummies, chips, granola bars, juice boxes, incentives/prizes for youth, (2) chess boards/sets, (2) checker sets and a small speaker with microphone.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint

The Boys & Girls Clubs offer after-school and summer programs for youth ages 7 to 17, focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character in Flint and Genesee County. The mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The organization serves approximately 2,000 youth annually.

• Contact: Amber Miller, amiller@bgclubflint.org, 810.249.3413
• Needs: Board games, crayons, markers, colored pencils, construction paper, flash drives, tissues, chap stick, hand sanitizer, new books, pens, sports equipment, personal hygiene products, plastic storage bags, backpacks, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, coats, bean bag chairs and new clothing.

Building Strong Women

Building Strong Women Inc. was created with a primary purpose of assisting recovering women/homeless women within the Genesee County & surrounding areas to become independent, stronger and wiser with encouragement from each other as well as social media and general information. Our mission is to help the women in the Genesee County area with their recovery of substance, domestic violence, homelessness and for whatever reason for being homeless. 

• Contact: Pearl Skelton, buildingstrongwomen@yahoo.com, 810.234.7933
• Needs: 12 Blankets, 12 sheet sets, 12 pillows, office supplies, bleach, washing powder, toiletries, movie projector, printer, personal needs for 12 ladies, socks and underwear.

Carriage Town Ministries

We are a homeless shelter meeting the needs of those who become homeless and offering services, including meals to those in need. 

• Contact: Cindy Johns, cjohns@carriagetown.org, 810-223-8787 ext.29
• Needs: Underwear for men, women, children; winter coats especially sizes XL and larger for men & women; toiletries (full size); copy paper; granola bars & other snack foods; twin-size waterproof mattress covers; blue twin size blankets; 100 small pocket-organizer calendars. 

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee & Genesee Counties 

The mission of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties is the work of the Catholic Church, to share the love of Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Programs and Services include Center for Hope, Counseling, Substance Abuse Education, Foster Care and Adoption, 3 Soup Kitchens, Community Closets with Clothing/Personal Needs/Laundry and Shower Facilities, Warming Center, Prevention Services and Training, Parent and Youth Counseling, Nutrition Classes and ongoing Water Distribution and Food Giveaways.

• Contact: Rae at Center for Hope, Genesee County, 810.406.4246, Joan Clarke, jclarke@ccsgc.org
• Needs: Gardening tools (rakes, shovels, brooms, industrial mops and brooms, weed whackers, edgers, lawn mowers snow blower, gardening tools), noise dampening ceiling tiles, blinds and curtains, picnic benches/tables, heavy duty garbage cans, pre-lit Christmas Tree, mini refrigerator/freezer, household items (dishes, towels, blankets, linens), clothing and suitcases for foster and adoptive children, teddy bears and "comfort" toys for children in transition, mentors and volunteers! 

Center for Higher Educational Achievement (CHEA) 

CHEA provides remedial reading and math and GED education services for adults age 25 and older. In addition, we have a low/moderate income rental housing program and a community engagement radio and TV show.  

• Contact: Dr. Marsay Wells-Strozier, Ed.D., centerforhigher@yahoo.com, 810-553-2140 
• Needs: 5 TN760 toner cartridges for Brother MFC-62710 DW, 4 CG217A toner cartridges for HP LaserJet Pro M102W, 6 HP61 black ink cartridges for HP Deskjet 1000 Printer, 6 HP61 color ink cartridges for HP Deskjet 1000 Printer, 3 boxes of 1/3 cut tab file folders, 2 boxes of 1/3 cut tab file folders-Pink, 4 boxes of 1/3 cut tab file folders-Burgundy, 10 boxes of Kleenex Tissues, 3 boxes of commercial roll toilet paper, 25 rolls of paper towel, 10 large black three-ring binders, 5 large white three-ring binders, 3 boxes of white 9x12 catalog envelopes, 2 boxes of 10x13 clasp envelopes, 5 boxes of 13-gallon white kitchen garbage bags, 8 rolls or boxes of 4-gallon garbage bags, 5 boxes of 56 ounce antibacterial soap, 3 packages Easy Peel (printable) Labels, 3 boxes of contractor garbage bags.

Child Care Network

Child Care Network reduces barriers so that families can experience high quality childcare. We do this by providing childcare scholarships, helping families find and understand high quality care and supporting childcare providers through the Great Start to Quality rating system and providing free resources and consultations. 

• Contact: Karla Mancini, kmancini@childcarenetwork.org, 810.407.7285
• Needs: fire extinguishers, smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors, child safe outlet covers, child safe cabinet/drawer locks, hats for children, mittens for children, pack-n-plays, children's books, first aid kits.

Church Without Walls Ministries

We offer food giveaways, youth services and programs, food pantry, tutoring, community expos and events, and transportation services. 

• Contact: Tenesa Thompson, cwow.office@gmail.com, 810-238-7000
• Needs: Water (Flint Residents), 100 blankets, 100 folding chairs and 10 tables for our Community Center, 5 cases copy paper, 4 2019 desk calendars, 2 laptops/computers and a copier/scanner/printer for our Community Resource Room, 2 rolls of stamps, 10 dozen No. 2 pencils, 10 dozen black ink pens, 1 box (500 count) No. 10 security envelopes, 3 boxes of Avery 5160 clear address labels, gas cards, 20 movie and food gift cards (rewards for academic achievement and families in community involvement), grocery vouchers or food baskets for seniors and families in need.

Clingman Foundation

The Clingman Foundation program is where all stakeholders take responsibility for student/family development. Our purpose is to help students mature educationally, physically, emotionally, and socially while instilling core values such as integrity, loyalty, and excellence into the families we help. Our goals are reached through mentoring and building positive learning relationships. We encourage students to challenge themselves through hard work. Our program exists to works closely with the Flint community to foster hope in the lives of students and families. 

• Contact: Diona Clingman, 810.447.5830
• Needs: 1 printer, 1 fax machine, 1 video game, 1 camera, 5 athletic jump ropes, 3 basketballs, 3 footballs, 25 pair socks and 25 winter hats. 

Clio Center for the Arts

Art classes for adults and children, including people with disabilities and seniors. Art shows by local artists as well as from across the state or country. 

• Contact: Janice Warner, cliocenterforthearts@gmail.com, 810.547.7087
• Needs: 1 laptop, office supplies (printer paper, office chair, mailing postcards, 9 X 12, 16 X 20 & 10 X 10 Canvases), 4 grossing pliers, 4 running pliers, 4 pistol grip glass Cutters, 4 Weller temperature-controlled 100-watt soldering irons, India ink & pens, adult & child size aprons, totes, canvas bags to paint, plastic table cover and large plastic cups (20oz).

Communities First Inc. 

Communities First Inc. provides housing and supportive services to the homeless and disabled, arts and culture outreach, environmental education and economic development.

• Contact: Essence Wilson, info@communitiesfirstinc.org, 810.422.5358
• Needs: Vacuum cleaners, gas cards, Home Depot gift cards, 2013 or newer passenger van, cargo van, a pickup truck, HP 950/951 ink, copy paper, board games, puzzles, copy machine, craft items in good condition, leaf rakes, pointed shovels, flat shovels, wheel barrow and two collapsible wagons. 

Crim Fitness Foundation - Community Education Initiative

This unique strategy incorporates over 70 partners within the community to offer a variety of health, social and educational services as part of an effort to increase student attendance, graduation rates, and third-grade reading levels as well as improve neighborhoods.

Brownell Elementary 
• Contact: Marlando Wade, 6302 Oxley Drive, Flint. 810-767-6446
• Needs: Socks, underwear, coats, gloves, hats, and uniforms for students age 4-8.

Durant-Tuuri-Mott 
• Contact: Chris Collins, 1518 University Avenue, Flint
• Needs: Uniform pants and shirts for students (youth sizes), boys and girls’ underwear, belts and personal hygiene items including toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant. 

Potter Elementary 
• Contact: Jesse McGraw, 2500 N. Averill Avenue, Flint
• Needs: Coats, gloves, hats, school supplies, children books, children’s holiday movies, holiday decorations, large area rugs 50 to 72 inches, Halloween decorations, 6-foot folding tables, plastic folding chairs, office supplies, arts & craft supplies, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, AA and AAA batteries, board games, puzzles, single wrapped snacks, juice, bottled water and carpet cleaner.

International Academy of Flint 
• Contact: Jonique Donald, 2820 S. Saginaw St., Flint 
• Needs: AED Heart Defibrillator Machine; 150 coats for students; 250 packs of socks for students; 250 gloves, hats & scarves, 10 boxes of 3-ring binders 1 to to 3 inch; 10 boxes binder clips assorted sizes; 5 boxes of paper clips assorted sizes; 5-10 clear plastic storage tubs with lids; 5 boxes of sheet protectors; 5 boxes of ice packs; 50 movies passes and 50 gift cards to Planet 3 for attendance & behavior incentive raffles; gift cards for staff appreciation; video game system (Nintendo or XBox); and supplies for yoga and physical Activities.

Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministries 

A faith-based interdenominational mission established to provide free emergency food, clothing, household, personal hygiene items and youth programs to those most in need in our community. It also provides support for families living in poverty during the holidays. 

• Contact: Craig Leavitt or Karen Dukes, info@crossoverministryflint.org, 810-234-2479
• Needs:  New toys for children (all ages), new pajamas for teens, hats and mittens/gloves-winter coats-boots (new or gently used for adults), hats and mittens/gloves for children, non-perishable food (soup, canned veggies, canned fruit, peanut butter, oatmeal, etc.), toilet paper, toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste, etc.).

Debra Kurtz Foundation

Offering programs and financial support to underprivileged single parents in Genesee County. 

• Contact: Adam Kurtz, 248.240.2591
• Needs: Wi-Fi enabled printer (HP), laptop computer, 48 full-size or mini legal pads, 250 pencils, 100 ink pens, 125 3-prong folders, 24 3-ring binders, 1 case of copy paper, 500 business-size envelopes. 

El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil

El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase self-confidence and leadership for diverse youth through education, practice of cultural heritage, values, arts and performance of Mexican traditions.

• Contact: S. Quintanilla, ebfe@msn.com, 281.935.1311
• Needs: Copier, office supplies and copy paper, toiletries, school supplies for students such as folders, stickers, pencils, markers, dry-erase markers.

Ele’s Place

Bereavement center for children and families, providing peer support groups.

• Contact: Tracy Payton-Lester, tpaytonlester@elesplace.org, 810.394.7738
• Needs: 9 inch heavy duty plates, 9 ounce cups, heavy duty bowls, plastic silverware (forks & spoons), bottled water, juice boxes, sand tray figures (any), 3 first aid kits, red felt, copy paper, Clorox disinfecting wipes, $10 gift cards (gas, Hobby Lobby, Meijer, Walmart, Staples), red 2 pocket folders, LCD projector.

Eye of Soul DBA New Evolution Educational Center

Educational services for children in grades K-8th

• Contact: Joyce Piert, neec.flint@gmail.com, 810.908.0420
• Needs: 10 Apple I-pad Pro tablets, 10 centerfold 8-foot tables, 5 mobile bookcases, 30 folding chairs, 5 cases (10 reams) printing/copy paper, 1 case (10 reams) multi-colored printing/copy paper, 1 colored printer and ink, 5 NBA basketballs, 3 NFL footballs, 1 3D printer & colored filament, 1 pool table & billiard accessory kit, 1-year teacher subscription IXL online Learning Center, 10 foot x 20 foot event tent.

Faith Foundation Resources

The HYPE Program provides professional career and educational training skills to youth and young adults ages 16 to 21. These activities empower youth with the tools to become productive, responsible, self-determined members of society. 

• Contact: Angela Lots, angelalots1@att.net, 708.646.4121
• Needs: button-up shirts and shoes for young men and women (all sizes), belts, toiletries, women’s hair products, knee-high socks. 

Family Service Agency of Mid Michigan

Representative payee, guardian and conservator services, In-home care services and counseling.

• Contact: Violet Couture, vcouture@fsamich.org, 810.767.4014 ext. 413
• Needs: Bus passes, gloves, hats and scarfs for men and women, personal care items and socks for men and women.

Flint Children's Museum

Our Mission is to inspire a love for learning and awaken imagination through exploration and hands-on play. We have over 40 hands-on museum exhibits plus our seasonal SproutSide garden and play/learning area.

• Contact: Administrative Assistant, admin@flintchildrensmuseum.org, 810-767-5437
• Needs:  Direct program needs include collapsible wagon, colorful bean bags, black 10-inch pizzeria pizza pans, paper play money, white confetti style and colored tissue paper, adult grocery baskets, children's fabric costumes and hand puppets, child sized metal grocery carts, stickers, craft flat foam sheets/shapes, craft felt assorted shapes/sheets, construction paper, gallon containers of white glue, children's toys (ages 2-10), books, seasonal flowers/decoration, gift cards (to craft stores, Amazon, Oriental Trading Company, Discount School Supplies, office supply stores, or hardware stores).  Indirect program needs include electric pencil sharpeners, digital camera, bagless vacuum, Cricut machine, overhead projector, heavy duty shredder, facial tissue, Dixie cups (5 ounce), scotch tape refills, tape dispensers, adult scissors, staples, erasers, letter & legal sized white copy paper, sticky notes, sharpies, note pads, garbage bags of all sizes, extra-large window markers, EXPO dry erase markers, vinyl gloves, Dawn dish soap, Pine-Sol, window cleaner, disinfectant wipes, DeWalt 18v battery charger, 18v batteries, useful tools for building large scale industrial strength exhibits.

Flint STRIVE

Helping the under-served of Flint and Genesee County attain viable employment. We help ages 14-79 years old as well as a high ex-offender population. 

• Contact: Shari Walter, swalter@flintstrive.com, 810.232.5661
• Needs: 10 blankets, 20 toiletry packages (soap, deodorant, shampoo, feminine products, etc.), 10 hats or gloves adult or child, 15 pair black men’s socks, 20 neckties, 10 white men’s T-shirts any sizes, 10 panty hose.

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan 

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan distributes over 28 million pounds of food annually, through a network of more than 415 partner agencies in 22 counties.

• Contact: Keri Brack, kbrack@fbem.us, 810.396.0210
• Needs: 2 hours of your time sorting and processing food in our warehouse.

Foster Closet of Michigan-Genesee County

Our organization provides clothing, underclothing, toys, shoes, baby equipment, gear and in some cases furniture to children placed in the foster care system in State of Michigan.

• Contact: Danielle Dickson, genesee@fosterclosetofmichigan.org, 810.252.1368
• Needs: New toys for birth to 12, 5 basketballs, 5 footballs, 5 soccer balls, 5 volleyballs, gifts for teens, new cribs/toddler beds, new car seats (all sizes), toiletries for children and teens, office supplies.

GCCARD Head Start

We are a family-focused preschool program that provides families in poverty with free preschool for their children and services for the family including health, mental health, social services, nutrition, etc.  Our program serves roughly 1000 kids in poverty.

• Contact: Christa Melton or Kelli Webb, christameltonhs@yahoo.com, 810.235.5613
• Needs: 20 lice removal kits, 20 iPads, 50 Uber gift cards, 20 rolls of duct tape, 20 boxes of jumbo zip lock bags, children's books for ages birth-5, dress up clothes for sizes 6 and under, Rubbermaid totes, outdoor playground equipment for children ages birth-5, snow pants for children sizes 6 and under, children's boots size 11 and under, children's hats, gloves, mittens, school supplies. 

Genesee County Habitat for Humanity

Serves low-to-moderate income individuals and families in Genesee County with homeownership services, critical homeowner-occupied repair program, neighborhood revitalization, habitat apprentice residential training program (HART), financial opportunity center and ReStore.

• Contact: Greg Hull, development@geneseehabitat.org, 810.766.9089 ext. 210
• Needs: Lowe's or Home Depot gift cards, 1 portable table saw, 1 shop vac, 1 10-inch sliding miter box, 1 DeWalt impact drill with hammer drill setting, 2 LED working lights, 1 100-foot, three-headed extension cord, 1 pneumatic 18-gauge 1-1/2" narrow crown stapler, 1 Senco FinishPro 21LXP 21 gauge micro pinner, 5/8" to 2", 1 MAXFIT screwdriving set (45-piece).

Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative

Interpretation/translation services, weekly food giveaway, water resources services

• Contact: Jessica Olivares, 810.874.2842
• Needs: 1 freezer, 1 commercial refrigerator, 10 chairs, 1-2 shelves, and toiletries.

Genesee County Prevention Coalition (CGPC)

Improving behavioral health through innovative strategies and community partnerships to prevent mental health and substance abuse disorders impacting Genesee County youth and adults.

• Contact: Lisa Fockler, lfockler@thegcpc.org, 810.449.0159
• Needs: Desktop or laptop computer, printer cartridge - Brother TN 221 (black), TN 225 (yellow, blue, pink), printer drum - Brother Genuine Drum DR 221CL, printer/copier paper, 1 video doorbell, general office supplies (Post-it notes, yellow pads of writing paper, pens, paper clips, toilet paper, paper towel), meeting supplies (cups, napkins, utensils, plates), gift cards for meeting/training food (Sam’s Club, Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, Amazon).

Genesee Intermediate School District Early Childhood Programs

Free preschool programs and services to Genesee County children birth to age 5 years of age. Families must meet each program’s eligibility guidelines. These programs include Early On, Early Head Start, Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and SKIP.

• Contact: Jessia Alexander, jalexander@geneseeisd.org, 810.591.4984
• Needs: We can always use and appreciate any quantity of the following items in a variety of children sizes: Gloves, mittens, hats, snow pants, coats, boots, socks, underwear, sweatpants, blankets, and any kind of toiletries for the families. Thank you for your continued support.

Genesee Intermediate School District Head Start and Early Head Start Programs 

Early childhood education and family support services for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. 9 locations and needs listed below.
• Contact: Annette Scott, afscott@geneseeisd.org, 810.591.7272

Cummings, G-2200 Walton Ave. Flint, Contact: Sheronda Tipton, 810-760-1422, stipton@geneseeisd.org
• Needs: Diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5), pull-ups (sizes 4,5), grocery gift cards, undershirts (2T, 3T, 4T, 5T), underwear  (2T, 3T, 4T, 5T), kids socks all sizes, coats (4T, 5T, 6), snowsuits (12-18 months), snow pants (4T, 5T, 6, 7), hats, gloves, scarves. 

Manley, 3002 Farley, Flint, Contact: Veronica Stewart, 810-591-4260, vstewart@geneseeisd.org
• Needs: Toiletries (toilet paper, soap, deodorant, dish liquid, laundry detergent, fabric softener, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, feminine products), diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5), coats (sizes 3T, 4, 5, 6, 7), kids boots (sizes 4, 9, 10, 11), kids underwear (sizes 3, 4, 5, 6).   

TLC-CA/The Learning Community, 1181 W. Scottwood Ave. Flint, Contact: Chloe Metcalf, 810-591-7231, cmetcalf@geneseeisd.org
• Needs: Boys’ and girls’ clothing (3T, 4T, 5T), underwear (3T, 4T, 5T), preschool boys’ and girls’ socks, hats, gloves, scarves, coats (3T, 4T, 5T), gas cards, grocery gift cards. 

Educare, 1000 Gladwyn, Flint, Contact: Jenny Hall, 810-600-5403, jhall@geneseeisd.org
• Needs: Hats and gloves for infants and toddlers, underwear (2T, 3T, 4T, 5T), shirts/pants (6mos, 9mos, 12mos, 24mos, 36mos, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T), socks for infants and toddlers, boots (sizes 9,10,11, 12), onesies (6 month, 9 month, 12 month), coats for infants and toddlers.

Summerfield Head Start, 1360 Milbourne Ave, Flint Contact: Romeka Patton-Lane, 810-591-4994, rpattonl@geneseeisd.org 
• Needs: Bunk bed/twin mattresses, stove, dishes (plates, cups, glasses, silverware), pots, pans, comforter sets (twin, full, queen), sheets sets (twin, full, queen), storage totes, grocery gift cards, gas cards, bus passes, coats (18mos, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6x), hats, gloves, mittens, underwear (2T, 3T, 4T, 5T), kids socks, sweatpants (18mos, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6x), shoes and boots (sizes 6 through 12), toiletries (toilet paper, paper towels, soap, deodorant, dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, feminine products). 

ELC/Early Learning Center, 1221 E. Bristol Road, Flint, Contact: Laura Baker, 810-591-4270, lkbaker@geneseeisd.org 
• Needs: Winter coats (3T, 4T, 5T), boots and shoes (sizes 9-11, 1, 2), pants (3T, 4T, 5T), underwear and socks (3T, 4T, 5T), pull ups (3T, 4T, 5T), gas cards.    

Cathedral of Faith Head Start, 6031 Dupont St., Flint, Contact: Simon Osita, 810-820-9299, sosita@geneseeisd.org 
• Needs: Coats (3T, 4T, 5T), boots (sizes 9-11, 1, 2), beds/mattresses. 

Stalker Early Childhood, 3329 Burnell Ave., Flint, Contact: Amanda Herman, 810-591-7226, AHerman@geneseeisd.org
• Needs: Coats (3T, 4T, 5T), hats, gloves, scarves for preschoolers, underwear (3T, 4T, 5T), socks for preschoolers, boots (sizes 9-11, 1, 2), toiletries (toilet paper, soap, deodorant, dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo/conditioner, feminine products), gas cards, bus passes, diapers (3, 4, 5).

Dailey, 6236 Neff Road, Mt. Morris, Contact: Tonya Robinson, 810-591-9811, TMRobinson@geneseeisd.org
• Needs: Hats, gloves, scarves, coats (6 months through 5T), underwear (3T, 4T, 5T), undershirts (6 months through 5T), socks for preschoolers, clothes (3T, 4T, 5T), snow suits (3T, 4T, 5T), snow pants (3T, 4T, 5T, 6-24 month), boots (size 9-11, then 1-2), toiletries (toilet paper, soap, deodorant, lotion, feminine products, shampoo/conditioner, dish liquid, laundry detergent), gas cards, grocery gift cards, pull ups (sizes 3, 4, 5), turkeys, meat.

Genesee STEM Academy

Genesee STEM Academy is a charter school that offers in-school and afterschool services to Headstart-10th grade students.

• Contact: Jonathan Harris, jonathan.harris@geneseestem.com, 810.600.6466
• Needs: Plain white copy paper (at least 5 cases)

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

We provide leadership development programming to girls. Girls gain hands-on-experiences in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math), outdoor education and camp, life skills, and entrepreneurship.

• Contact: Shannon Fransen, sfransen@gssem.org, 313.870.2528
• Needs: Donations of new items for families of the girls we serve at Shelter of Flint and YWCA of Greater Flint including gloves, hats, winter coats, boots (all sizes); other clothing including socks and underwear (all adult and children sizes); baby Items including wipes, diaper rash cream, bottles; toiletries including body wash/soap, toothpaste, deodorant, ethnic hair care products, shampoo; hair care such as headbands, hair scarves, bobby pins, hair tie, barrettes, beads, bands, hair rings; household Items such as dishes, pots and pans, air mattresses; school supplies including hand sanitizers, pencils, notebooks, etc. 

Greater New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ

Youth enrichment classes, summer programs and religious support.

• Contact: Linda Hopkins, mshopkins001@gmail.com, 810.919.7588
• Needs: Commercial refrigerator, 15-passenger van, 25 8-foot LED lights, 4 commercial ceiling fans, 6 chandeliers, 60 sheets of dry wall (10 feet), 2 basketball goals, rims and post, pots, pans and serving trays, 15 round and 4 rectangle black or white tablecloths, 4 8-feet tables, 1 file cabinet, 2 pantry cabinets with locks.

Heart of Worship Dance Studio

Providing dance lessons to at-risk that live in Flint.

• Contact: Porcha Clemons, porchaclemons@gmail.com, 810.835.1905
• Needs: 60 girls’ costumes, 15 boys’ costumes, 75 tap shoes, white printing paper and ink for HP printer (ink 65), shelves for dancers’ shoes. 

Hope (Helping Orphaned Pets through Education)

Free straw to the public for outdoor pets, shelter building classes for community cats, dog body language classes, low-cost dog training classes, pet pantry for those in need, etc. 

• Holly Jo Bradford, hollyjoj@gmail.com, 810.964.2577
• Needs: 1,000 outdoor garbage bags, 200 bales of straw, 12 rolls of Mylar, 2 hot knives, 24 rolls aluminum tape, igloo dog houses, 24 large Styrofoam coolers, 12 scissors, royal blue & bright green spray paint.

Higher Quality of Life Ministries Vision Center

Weekly Bible Teachings, Weekly Recovery Group, Men/Women Support Groups, Food Pantry, Men Transition Houses, Annual Vacation Bible School, Children Literacy Program, Nutrition Mobile Trucks, Forgotten Man Ministry, Reading in the Park.

• Contact: Mary Baldwin, marybaldwin13@gmail.com, 810.814.3100
• Needs: Air conditioning unit, toiletries, office supplies, blankets, twin size sheet sets with pillow cases, bath towels, bus passes and vacuum cleaners.

Holmes STEM Academy-Community Care Center

Our mission is to nurture a growing culture of compassion in our community and provide resources in order to meet the needs of our students. Teachers refer students to the Community Care Center weekly for clothing, hygiene products, and more. We do our best to fill in the gap for our families here at Holmes STEM Academy.

• Contact: Jermaine Jones, jjones@crim.org, 810.964.2193
• Needs: School Uniforms: collared polo shirts and sweaters in solid light blue, yellow, or white in short or long sleeve (all children’s sizes); pants in khaki, black or navy (all children’s sizes). Toiletry items for children and youth:  conditioner, soap, toothpaste, lotion, hand sanitizer, and women’s deodorant. Youth-sized underclothes including underwear, bras and socks. Shoes all sizes (no sandals please).  Winter hats and gloves. Healthy snacks: individually wrapped granola bars & cereal bars, individually packaged applesauce. Family Outreach Items: Laundry detergent, non-perishable food, bus passes, hand sanitizer, diapers, baby wipes.

Jachin Baptist Church

We offer free meals every Sunday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and every Wednesday 4:30-6:30 p.m. for youth in surrounding area of 2715 N. Averill Flint 48506.

• Contact: Christine Watkins, jachinchurch@gmail.com, 810.391.2296
• Needs: Fresh/frozen Fruit, veggies, meats, water, beans, hot plates, food storage containers, cooking oil, peanut butter and pasta, non-perishable food items, large pot and lid for spaghetti.

Legal Services of Eastern Michigan

Civil legal assistance to seniors, veterans, violence survivors and community members with limited means.

• Contact: Keri Allison, 800.322.4512 ext. 130
• Needs: 1-3 gently used office desks, 3-5 gently used office chairs, and 3-5 pieces of office style framed art.

McLaren Hospice

Hospice and palliative services

• Contact: Matt Meeuwse, matthew.meeuwse@mclaren.org, 810.496.8757
• Needs: Blankets for residents (any quantity), 2-3 boxes of poly fill for pillows, 4-5 used iPod/MP3 players to help provide music to our residents.

Montessori for Flint

Montessori for Flint is a community group that advocates for and supports free, public Montessori elementary education that is available to any family from Flint or the surrounding area. Currently housed at DTM, the program supports 5 elementary Montessori classrooms for pre-K to 2nd grade.

• Contact: Elizabeth Jordan, jordanel19@yahoo.com, 810.610.7209
• Needs: 25 pair knit gloves/hats (spares and for children who do not have them), 10 large bottles of hand sanitizer, 50 boxes tissue (Kleenex), 50 packages Clorox wipes.

My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother's Keeper is a nonprofit homeless shelter for men and veterans 18 and older. 

• Contact: Debra Hayes, debrahayes1.mbk@gmail.com, 810.234.1163
• Needs: Clothing: shoes, socks, underwear, T-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, pajamas, (sizes to 5XL); Bedding: comforters/quilts, twin sheet sets, blankets, pillows/pillow cases; bath towels/washcloths, soap, shaving cream and razors, and deodorant; bleach, detergent, household cleaning supplies; gift cards, food, fresh meats and large can foods.

Neighborhood Engagement Hub

NEH supports the creation of vibrant neighborhoods in the city of Flint by empowering residents by providing the tools, capacity and educational resources necessary to aid resident leaders in their work. NEH has three primary program areas - the Community Tool Shed, Community Center, and Neighborhood Support Services.

• Contact: Ashley Everhart, director@neighborhoodengagementhub.org, 810.620.1299 ext. 2
• Needs:  5 push lawn mowers, 10 pairs of loppers, coffee, standard copy paper, office supplies, cleaning supplies, lidded garbage cans, books for resource library (on urban gardening, urban planning, community design and/or Flint history), children's coloring books and games, filing cabinets. 

New Paths Inc. 

Substance use disorder treatment for adult men and women. Supportive housing for men and women in recovery. Sober living environment for those seeking help for their addiction.

• Contact: Erin McClelland, emcclelland@newpaths.org, 810.233.5340
• Needs: 100 blankets, 100 pillows, 100 towels, 100 washcloths, 5 basketballs, 25 board games for ages 13+, 10 chess boards with pieces, 50 reading books for ages 13+, 25 DVD non-violent movies, office supplies (sticky notes, pens, pencils, legal pads, highlighters, journals), gift cards (to Sam's, Walmart, Home Depot, Meijer, Kroger, Amazon), men's and women's underwear sizes Lg-3x, men's and women's socks, men's and women's winter coats sizes Lg-3x.

North Flint Reinvestment Corporation

North Flint centered community advocates focused on home improvements, education management/program development, and economic development. Providing better living conditions for Flint residents.

• Contact: Tiffany Pruitt or Doris Clarke, 810.787.9019
• Needs: Paint & materials, roofing materials (shingles, plywood and nails), lighting (exterior & interior), wall repair (drywall & joint compound), insulation (efficient use of energy), gap fillers (keeping the outside elements and animals where they belong), waterproof flooring, soffits & fascia materials (roofing wood & nails), plumbing supplies (commercial & residential).

Old Newsboys of Flint

Christmas Box Program, Newborn through high school, Coat and Shoe Program, K-6th Grade. In 2017 we served 6,179 kids with Christmas Boxes and over 550 received new coats and shoes.

• Contact: Lisa Kirk, lkirk@oldnewsboys.org, 810.744.1840
• Needs: 100-200 Coloring Books, 25-50 Board Games.

Richfield Public School Academy

Public education for pre-K to 8th grade. Offers students in Flint leadership opportunities through our Blueberry Ambassador program, AWIM program, after-school drama theater activities and sports. We hold our students to high academic standards and help them to become leaders of the future. We offer a full community food pantry, weekend backpack program and various opportunities for parents to become involved in their child’s education. 

• Contact: Joni Clemons, jclemons@richfieldpsa.org, 810.616.4892
• Needs: 20 bottles of shampoo, 25 men’s and woman’s deodorant, 10 boxes of Kleenex, 20 bars of soap, 20 packs of crayons, 10 packs of markers, 20 packs of pencils, 15 spiral notebooks, 25 glue sticks. 

Rotary Club of Fenton

We provide literacy programs to youth and run a debate program for local elementary and middle school students.  We also support a variety of youth development programs through community outreach.

• Contact: Noah Morgan, info@fentonrotary.org, 810.287.3167
• Needs: 2 music stands for the Debate Program, projection screen and projector for presentations, and always more volunteers.

Shelter of Flint

Shelter of Flint integrates programs and services with safe, affordable housing to help low-income and homeless individuals and families achieve independence and stability. Shelter of Flint serves more than 1,000 adults and children each day through our programs, which include outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, supportive services, and housing units. Sixty percent of the people who come into our emergency shelter are children under the age of 10. 

• Contact: Liz Ruediger or Laura Tilson, lruediger@shelterofflint.org, 810.238.4711
• Needs: Diapers (sizes 3 and up), pull-ups/training pants, deodorant, body wash, shampoo and conditioner (for all hair types), lotion, hair brushes/combs, adult incontinence products, gift cards ($10 to $25 value to stores such as Walmart, Meijer, or Forman Mills), bath towels and washcloths (white preferred for laundry purposes), twin sized bedding (white preferred for laundry purposes), individual serving size food items (please, nothing that requires a can opener or scissors to open), travel size (hotel size) hygiene products, socks, laundry baskets, household cleaning supplies, toilet paper, laundry soap, canned goods, air mattresses, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, small appliances (toasters, coffee pots), dish towels, strollers, adopt a family program - Christmas gifts for families in the shelter. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the generosity of our community, we do not need smaller size diapers, baby wipes, or feminine hygiene products.  

The Salvation Army-Genesee County

We provide emergency assistance for utilities and rent; seasonal Christmas assistance with food, toys, and some clothing.

• Contact: Scott Holman, scott_holman@usc.salvationarmy.org, 810.232.5790
• Needs: Bus passes, coats for older children (adult sizes), stocking stuffers, pajama bottoms for older kids. 

The Scholars Etiquette and Self Image Institute

Serve young ladies in Genesee County ages 13-19.  We have an 18-lesson program that focuses on building self-worth, proper body image and social etiquette.  These lessons encourage dreaming, pursing, and goal setting.

• Contact: Tanisha Jones, etiquetteandselfimageinstitute@gmail.com, 810.210.6618
• Needs: Copy paper (3 boxes), printer, ink for printer, Kleenex, bottled water, notebooks (50), blue or black ink pens (50), roles of fleece material to make blankets for a community project (5), sound system with microphone and speaker, folders (100).

Voices for Children Advocacy Center

Voices for Children Advocacy Center will focus on (1) child victims of child abuse and neglect and their families (including human trafficking), (2) prevention services for children in Genesee County, and (3) advocating for the well-being of the child.

• Contact: Claudnyse Holloman, claudnyse@voicesforcac.org, 810.238.3333
• Needs: Individually-wrapped snacks (for families), Juice boxes, canned soft drinks, Individual half and half cups, K cups (for Keurig), magazines, board games and toys, books, Sam’s Club/Meijer/Kroger gift cards, candy for the children, coloring books (for children and teens), colored pencils, crayons, sketchbooks/art journals, sketching pencils/pastels/other art supplies for art journaling, stress balls and other quiet fidget toys, journals, full-size stuffed animals with tags attached, batteries (all sizes), copy paper, file folder labels,  Staples/OfficeMax gift cards, laundry detergent, liquid or foaming hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, tissues, wood floor cleaner, upholstery cleaning service, free or reduced printing services, gas cards (for volunteers visiting kids), gift cards (to Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Meijer, Target) for unmet foster child needs, doggie treats, doggie toys, Purina Pro Sport dog food.

Wellness Services

Helps those that are either infected or affected by HIV. Provides free HIV and STI screening and community education, free safe sex and harm reduction supplies, needle exchange program, free naloxone kits, food pantry, medical case management, and LGBT drop-in center for youth and allies. 

• Contact: Yashica Ellis, yellis@wellnessaids.org, 810.232.0888 ext. 204
• Needs: MTA day bus passes, deodorant, laundry soap, bath soap, dishwashing soap, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, popcorn seeds, popcorn oil, headphones, canned goods, maxi pads, tampons, lotion, honey, shampoo, conditioner, coffee, creamer, sugar, coffee maker, cup of noodles or soup, snacks, Flint Farmer's Market gift cards.

Whaley Children’s Center

Whaley Children’s Center provides tools to children and families who have experienced trauma to reach their full potential.

• Contact: Alexandrea Giguere, agiguere@whaleychildren.org, 810.234.3603
• Needs: 4 Unscented body wash, vacuum, 4 cordless radios, 2 bottles of laundry scent enhancers, 2 bottles of laundry detergent, 3 roasters, 5 serving spoons, 2 led night lights, 2 bottles of dishwasher detergent, sports bra (any size), 2 boxes of dryer sheets, 2 bottles of Febreze, pack of Clorox wipes.

WOW Outreach

We are Community Driven: Community Action every second Saturday, Annual Unity March & Expo, Teen Summit, Youth Ambassadors (Upcoming After-School Program), Living Room Conversations - Provide Resources, a warm meal and Gift Cards to Families in Flint MI.

• Contact: Tenesa Thompson, workintwogether@gmail.com, 810.789.7700
• Needs: Water, lotions, laundry detergent, feminine products, disposable place settings (plates, forks, cups, napkins), 5 cases copy paper, 5 packages of Epson T252XL 4PK Ink Cartridges and HP CZ138FN 4pk Ink Cartridges, 1 box of 500 #10 envelopes, 1 Roll of stamps, 100 two-pocket laminated presentation folders, 100 two- 2 pocket folders with fasteners, 5 dozen black ink pens, 2 boxes three-tab manila file folders, 12 packages monthly tab dividers, 12 packages monthly numerical tab dividers, sheet protectors, 25 photo frames for certificates, gift cards for family recreation (movies, food, Walmart, etc.).  
 

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