Often, when our neighbors who are hungry and homeless arrive at our door, all they own are the clothes they’re wearing. Thanks to donations from friends like you, we’re usually able to meet their physical needs right on the spot. But our shelves aren’t always full, and we are often in need of items in the lists below.

URGENT NEEDS

Some items are distributed more quickly than others, depending on supply levels, weather and numbers of guests. As a result, there is a more desperate need of certain items than others. Can you help? Click HERE to view a list of our most urgently needed items.

YEAR-ROUND NEEDS

We serve hundreds of homeless neighbors each night — and, to stay ready for more who might suddenly come through our doors, we always need items like toiletries, clothing, household supplies and food. Click HERE to check out our list of items needed all year round.

COVID-19 RELIEF

Struggling neighbors need food and resources to keep up with challenges presented by the Coronavirus — and we’re going through more health & hygiene supplies as we go to extra lengths to keep our guests safe. If you can help, click HERE to check our list of COVID-19-related needs.

SEASONAL NEEDS

From school supplies to Thanksgiving food baskets to Christmas toys, YOU can make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling by providing much needed seasonal items. Click HERE for to check out our seasonal needs.

Thank you for any contribution you are able to make!

For a list of items we are unable to accept, please click here.

DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

Donation Center and Pantry (Kilbourn Avenue and 18th Street — click HERE for directions)

Hours :

Donation Center — Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm; CLOSED SATURDAY, SUNDAY and Holidays

Pantry — Monday-Saturday from 8am-4pm; CLOSED SUNDAY

Items Accepted :

Donation Center

  • Gently used clothing (good condition and clean, no stains or holes)
  • New clothing
  • Gently used and / or new shoes
  • Fashion accessories like belts and hats
  • Personal care / hygiene items

Pantry

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Milk
  • Bakery items
  • Meats
  • Lunch snacks (fruit, cereal bars, etc.)
  • Other non-perishable items

Visitor’s Lobby (Kilbourn Avenue and 19th Street — click HERE for directions)

Hours : Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm; Saturday from 9am-5pm; CLOSED SUNDAY and Holidays

Items Accepted :

  • Monetary donations
  • Seasonal non-monetary donations
    • School supplies
    • Thanksgiving food
    • New toys

Drop-off bin at True Value Hardware (8010 N. 76th Street)

Items Accepted :

  • Gently used clothing (good condition and clean, no stains or holes)
  • New clothing
  • Gently used and / or new shoes
  • Fashion accessories like belts, hats and purses

We also accept donations by mail!

Feel free to send donations to us by mail, addressing deliveries to:

Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Attn: Donation Center
830 N 19th St
Milwaukee WI 53233

DONATION RESTRICTIONS

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept the following items:

  • Used toys & stuffed animals
  • Furniture and home decoration items
  • Christmas trees
  • Baby cribs
  • Large appliances
  • Older televisions
  • Used mattresses
  • Used blankets

For a more comprehensive list of unacceptable items, please click here.

Not sure if we can use your donation? Call 414.344.2211 and ask!

COVID-19 Update 04/30/21:

We are accepting donations of new or gently used clothing at this time — in addition to shoes and small houseware items like towels, utensils and small appliances.

In light of COVID-19, we are encouraging all donors to first please ensure the cleanliness and good condition of their items before they enter our facility. **Please note that we are unable to accept home decoration items.**

We also welcome donations of food from restaurants/commercial kitchens, as well as nonperishables and sealed items such as loaves of bread, sealed PB&J and canned goods, and perishable food items such as gallons of milk, prepackaged meats, cheeses and fruit. When making a food donation, please separate perishables from non-perishables. **Note: at this time we are unable to accept donations of food that has been prepared in homes (sandwiches, baked goods, etc.).**

We continue to enforce strict and rigorous safety precautions and cleaning procedures to protect all who come here to find or provide help, as well as play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus in our community. As a result, our cleaning and safety supplies may be stretched thin.

If you’d like to make a donation to help MRM and our guests in light of COVID-19, please consider sharing surplus cleaning and safety supplies with us—including soap, disposable gloves, disinfectants, face masks, bleach and hand sanitizer. We also welcome donations for our emergency food baskets and hygiene kits to be distributed to families in need in our area.

You can find our list of COVID-19-related needs here.

You may also feel free to support our efforts through a financial donation here.

All of us at MRM continue to do all we can to keep our community healthy. We appreciate any help you can provide, and we appreciate your prayers during this challenging time. Thank you for your support!