YWCA Madison

Wish List

The YWCA welcomes the following donations of material goods to help us serve people in need.  Please click on the links below to learn more about what specific items can be used and where you can donate each item. Bold items are those which we need most.

Due to health and safety concerns or the high cost of disposal, there are some items we can't accept.

If you have questions about a specific item, please contact Marcella Ziegler, Volunteer Coordinator at 608-257-1436 option 2.

Shopping online? Send wishlist items to the YWCA.

If you would like to purchase needed items online, you can have them sent directly to:

Development Staff
YWCA Madison
101 E. Mifflin Street., Suite 100
Madison, WI 53703

Taking care of children

With over 100 children living at the YWCA each year, child care items are always in high demand.  Here are items that can help us take care of the children:

  • Disposable diapers & pull ups (Sizes 3, 4, & 5)
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand wipes
  • New toys
  • New children’s clothing
  • New car seats
  • Strollers
  • New sippy cups
  • Step stools
  • New swim suits
  • Pack and Plays
  • Markers
  • Healthy snacks
  • Board picture books
  • Picture books
  • Multicultural dolls
  • Books in Spanish
  • Kids' magazine subscriptions
  • Chapter books (ages 5–9)
  • Cultural storybooks

Donation Location: YWCA Downtown | 101 East Mifflin Street | Suite 100 | Madison, WI 53703 

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Getting around town

Families who live at the YWCA and those seeking employment at the Empowerment Center need:

  • bus tickets (10-ride or 30-day passes),
  • cab gift cards, and
  • gas gift certificates

to help them get to/from job interviews, medical appointments, and apartment viewings.

Donation Location: YWCA Downtown | 101 East Mifflin Street | Suite 100 | Madison, WI 53703 

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Feeding the family

Putting food on the table can be a challenge for many people served by the YWCA. Our resident pantry helps. You can help too by providing:

  • grocery store gift certificates
  • non-perishable food items
  • Hand can openers
  • Meals in can or box
  • Canned vegetables, fruits or meats
  • Canned/box juices
  • Cereal
  • Cooking oil
  • Food items such as rice, beans, tortillas, adobo
  • Paper cups/plates, etc.
  • Plastic utensils

Donation Location: YWCA Downtown | 101 East Mifflin Street | Suite 100 | Madison, WI 53703 

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Making an apartment a home

An apartment is just a few rooms; a home is warm and inviting. Help make a home by donating household goods and cleaning supplies.  See our detailed list:

  • Pots, pans, & cookware
  • Household cleaners
  • Plastic shower curtains and rings
  • New bath towel sets
  • New single bed sheets & pillow cases
  • "Welcome Home" Kits (basic cleaning supplies and household goods in a plastic tote)
  • Kitchen utensils
  • New pillow cases
  • Mops, brooms & dustpans

  • New dishcloths & towels
  • Laundry soap
  • Stackable storage bins
  • Fans
  • Alarm clocks
  • TVs (FLAT PANEL ONLY)

Donation Location: YWCA Downtown | 101 East Mifflin Street | Suite 100 | Madison, WI 53703 

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Going to School

Many YWCA program participants are seeking to further their education and we also have many children who live at the YWCA. Having the right supplies can help students get their course work done.  Items needed include:

  • folders
  • pencils
  • pens
  • notebooks
  • journals
  • Crayola markers—new

Donation Location: YWCA Downtown | 101 East Mifflin Street | Suite 100 | Madison, WI 53703

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Personal Care Items

In addition to providing food, the YWCA pantry provides needed personal care items to people in need.  Items needed include:

  • pads
  • tampons
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste

Donation Location: YWCA Downtown | 101 East Mifflin Street | Suite 100 | Madison, WI 53703 

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Learning Computer Skills

More and more employers require applicants to fill out online applications. To create a learning environment for these skills, we want to set up a computer lab. To do this we need:

  •  NEW laptop computers.

Donation Location: YWCA Empowerment Center | 3101 Latham Drive | Madison, WI 53713

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Going to work

Participants in Construct-U need expensive protective gear and tools. In addition to supplies to help them complete their course work. You can help them secure family supporting wages by providing:

  • new or gently-used steel-toe boots
  • tennis shows 
  • Tools—(hammers, tape measures, screw drivers, disposable ear plugs, work belts, etc)
  • 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch binders
  • Pencils (with erasers)
  • Pens (blue or black)
  • Notebooks—new
  • Composition notebooks (or notebooks with no spiral)—new
  • Calendars—new, “pocket size”, current or following year only
  • Thumb or jump drives—used and low memory accepted
  • AA and AAA batteries
    • School supplies—new (folders, pencils, pens, notebooks, journals, binders)
    • Roadside emergency kits
    • Flashlights w/extra batteries
    • In-car air freshener—new
    • Windshield washer fluid (specific to winter)
    • Hats and gloves (winter)
    • Tire traction mats
    • Sand / salt
    • Folding shovels
    • Ice scrapers/snow brushes
    • Booster cables
    • Reflective triangles
    • Rain ponchos

    Many employment and training program participants also work in the health care field and need scrubs.

    Donation Location: YWCA Empowerment Center | 3101 Latham Drive | Madison, WI 53713

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    Other needed Items

    • Movie gift certificates
    • Birthday gift wrap
    • Regular size toiletries
    • Note cards
    • Stamps
    • Plastic filing boxes
    • Hanging folders
    • Calculators
    • Books in Spanish

    Donation Location: YWCA Downtown | 101 East Mifflin Street | Suite 100 | Madison, WI 53703 

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    Items we can't accept

    Due to health and safety concerns or the high cost of disposal, there are some items we can't accept.

    • Used Computers
    • Monitors
    • Printers
    • Appliances
    • Microwaves
    • Televisions (Tube)
    • Undergarments (bras, panties)
    • Men’s clothing
    • Furniture
    • Beds/Mattresses
    • Pillows/Bedding
    • Used car seats
    • Used toys
    • Cell phones
    • Knick knacks
    • Radios
    • Stereos
    • Video games
    • Magazines
    • Books
    • Records
    • CDs
    • Computer Programs
    • Travel size toiletries
    • Used Swimwear
    • Cribs
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