Wish List

Shop online and send wish list items to the YWCA.

You can purchase needed items online at YWCA Amazon Wish List

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

If you have questions about a specific item, please contact Erin Farrar, Development and Volunteer Coordinator at 608-257-1436 option 2.

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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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Tree Lane Housing

Please contact Erin Farrar, efarrar@ywcamadison.org, if you have furniture donations for Tree Lane.

Current Furniture needs at Tree Lane 

Dressers
Kitchen Tables and Chairs
Couches

Other Household Items

Linens (new, twin & double)
Comforter Sets (new, twin & double)
Bed Pillows (new)
Towel Sets

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)
  • 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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