Wish List



To fulfill its mission of "using the power of art and apprenticeships so that youth and the community will thrive," ArtWorks has three primary program components: In Summer, In Schools and In Community. In the ArtWorks in Summer programs, youth work as paid apprentices in structured work environments producing artwork for public performance or retail sale. The ArtWorks in Schools program includes site-based internships as well as hands-on, classroom-based introductions to art-related career opportunities. ArtWorks in Community engages youth in art-based volunteer opportunities, providing them the chance to give back to their neighborhoods and city.


  • student sponsors ($500)

  • operational funding donations.

  • job shadowing opportunities - professionals in art-related fields to
    host a student for 4-5 hours one day.

  • file cabinet (2 or 4 drawer)

  • six foot folding table.


Cindy Koning at 616-458-3133 cindy@artworksgr.org

Franciscan Life Process Center



  • Volunteers to read and interact with young children for one or more days in the FLPC Preschool from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

  • Volunteers with organizing and marketing skills to help plan and produce a variety of fundraising events, including Farm Fest and Christmas Fair.


  • Funding support, allowing FLPC to offer retired citizens or homebound adults reduced-fee art workshops and professional retreats.


  • Card tables in good repair.

  • Small musical instruments in good repair.

  • Artist supplies, especially paper, mat board, brushes


Judy Carl at 616-897-7842 flpc@lifeprocesscenter.org

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids


Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is a free support community of men, women and children, as well as their loved ones, who are living with cancer. As an organization that is supported 100% by the gifts - both monetary and other - of our community, we hope you will consider helping us


  • Prepare a meal for one of our weekly member luncheons or Tuesday's Together dinners.

  • Help keep our clubhouse and grounds looking beautiful.

  • Sign up to help with childcare in Noogieland, our children's area.

  • Organize a team and collect pledges for Fundango, Gilda's indoor winter walk and family festival.

  • Host a shower for us - collect pantry, office, kitchen, cleaning or paper products and drop them off to us. Needed items include coffee, creamer, paper towel, toilet paper, Kleenex, post-its and rolls of postage stamps.

  • Help with a mailing or other volunteer group activity.


Deb VanderWeyden at 616-453-8300

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities


Volunteer Needs

  • Library Assistant at the Grandville Avenue Neighborhood Library, 1260 Grandville Avenue SW. Hours: between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m.

  • Master Gardener to advise and assist at the Grandville Avenue Neighborhood Library (1260 Grandville SW) and the Grandville Avenue Academy for the Arts (644 Grandville SW).

  • Saturday Volunteers at the Grandville Avenue Academy for the Arts to assist with weekend art classes. Contact Amy Brower at 742-0692 or abrower@gaah.org.

Operational Funding

  • Financial support needed for various programs at the Grandville Avenue Academy for the Arts, including: Summer Arts Camp, pottery studio classes, music classes, dance classes, art classes, special exhibitions.


  • Laser Printer.


Marjorie Kuipers at 616-742-0692 mkuipers@gaah.org

Guiding Light Mission


Guiding Light Mission encourages the homeless and disadvantaged of Grand Rapids to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, become free of life-controlling substances, and seek long-term housing. This is accomplished through spiritual, educational and vocational services in a supportive and structured Christian environment.


Four Computers; DVD Player; Physician's Desk Reference; Three Sofas; Four Chairs; Four Desks; Four Office Chairs; Four - Five Drawer Dressers; Six - Three Drawer Dressers; Eighteen Floor Lamps; Eight Bunk Beds


LaDawn Evans at (616) 451-8436 x 220 levans@guidinglightmission.org

Heartside Ministry


Inspired by Jesus Christ, Heartside Ministry partners with Heartside Neighborhood residents in worship, education, advocacy, and creative expression, and calls the larger community to respond to both the challenges and contributions of their Heartside Neighbors.


Volunteers in art room, computer lab, G.E.D. (tutors), and community room. Contact is Glenn Swier @ Glenn_heartside@yahoo.com.

Volunteer musicians (guitar, organ, piano) for Sunday worship. Contact is Barb Pekich @ Barb_heartside@yahoo.com.

Donations of money, coffee supplies, cups, paper plates, plastic silverware, napkins, personal care products. Contact person is Bonnie Runnels @ Bonnie_heartside@yahoo.com.


Kendall College of Art and Design


Kendall College of Art and Design is an art and design school, which has remained tuition-driven. The support we raise through our annual fund is used for student scholarships and grants as well as critical program support.


Currently, we are in search of 30 classroom chairs for our photography department. The chairs we are using now are very old, wooden chairs, most of which have cracks through the middle of the seats.


Dawn M. Dempsey dempseyd@ferris.edu

Kent County Literacy Council


The Kent County Literacy Council needs volunteer tutors to work one-to-one with an adult who needs to improve their reading skills. Volunteers can also work with adults who need to speak, read, and write English. Volunteers spend one day per week, for 1 to 2 hours, working with their learner in a public, supervised location such as a library or church. Free training is provided.

Copy Machine - floor model

Computers - laptops or PCs


Nancy VanIngen info@kentliteracy.org

Master Arts Theatre


A new phone system with voice mail.
We need at least 4 voice mail boxes. Our current systme has 7 receivers and we would like to expand to 8 receivers.


Walter Williams at (616) 455-1001 director@masterarts.org

Saint John's Home


St. John’s Home is a private, non-profit, non-denominational agency serving children in need since 1889. Over 850 troubled children and teens receive shelter and compassionate treatment each year. St. John’s wooded campus is located on Knapp St. N.E. in the City of Grand Rapids.

PHILOSOPHY: The treatment of children is based on three firmly-held beliefs…

· Children need love.
· They rise to high expectations.
· They learn more by doing than by talking.


New or gently used Bicycle helmets
Large Barbeque Grill for the Kids First Emergency Shelter


Marty Arnold at (616) 361-5227 marnold@stjohnshome.org

St. Cecilia Music Society


St. Cecelia Music Society is always in need of volunteers for ushering at our events, reception hosts for after concert "Meet the Artists" receptions, mailings, clerical tasks, housekeeping and help with marketing efforts.


Our most pressing need in the item donation area is help with computer upgrades (new desktops); grand piano protective covers, office desk chairs, music equipment for education programs, custom drapery for front parlour room, student scholarship donations and especially general operating funds.

We also have great need for funding for the purchase of music, student uniforms and music stands.


Sharon Mack at 616-459-2224 scms_slm@iserv.net

YWCA Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Services


For children victimized by sexual abuse, play is a key element in their therapy and healing. Without the words to verbalize what they’ve experienced, children express how they feel and think in other ways – through art, games, or with dolls. The YWCA is constantly challenged to find ongoing sources of items that quickly become ragged or depleted entirely as more than 300 children annually turn to us to learn to deal with the trauma they’ve survived.


· Washable paints
· Magic markers
· Finger paints and paper
· Pipe cleaners
· Craft sticks
· Glue sticks
· Playdough
· Beads
· Stickers
· Polaroid film
· Puppets (animal, people, scary and nice)
· Doll-house size figures of various races
· Standard games (Sorry!, matching games, Jenga®, checkers)
· Gift certificates to book stores
· Healthy kid-food for children’s therapy groups (long shelf-life; no candy please)


Kelli Langan at (616) 459-7062 x 127 klangan@ywcawcmi.org

YWCA Domestic Crisis Center


For those fleeing situations of domestic violence, they all too often leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Because of generous community support, the YWCA is able to provide many of the things they need. Many other items are offered by our community to help ease the uncomfortable situation of living in a place that is not one's own home. Below is a "Wish List" of those items that helps the YWCA provide a nurturing, safe place for the hundreds of women and children that turn to us for help each year.

Thank you for your generosity!

We appreciate new or gently used donations. This list includes items that will help us serve women and children throughout the year.


*Women's Needs*
Underwear/bras/pantyhose (only new; all sizes including plus)
Personal care items (only new; deodorant, razors, shaving cream, baby oil, shampoo/conditioner, hair spray, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Vaseline, African American hair products, hairbrushes/combs, hair ties)
Hats, gloves and scarves
Spiral-bound journals

*Children's Needs*
Car Seats (toddler)
Diapers and wipes
Backpacks/up to date books
Winter coats and boots
Hats, gloves, and scarves
Pajamas and slippers
Socks and underwear (only new)
Toys (Due to allergy awareness, we prefer not to accept stuffed animals.)

Twin sheet sets
Twin size blankets and comforters
Bed pillows
Twin size pillow covers
Towel sets
Mattress pads and covers (twin size)
Bathroom rugs
Pack-n-Play mattress pad and fitted sheet

*Miscellaneous Needs*
Alarm clocks
Laundry baskets
Batteries (AAA, AA, C and D)
First aid supplies
Cold/flu medicine for adults, children and infants
Large plastic storage boxes
Ear thermometer with extra covers
Coffee (regular and decaf), sugar and creamer
Disposable hot/cold cups (preferably not Styrofoam)
Holiday party supplies and decorations
Birthday and holiday items for moms and children
Gift certificates to Meijer, Target, and Family Fare
Utility gift certificates (Consumers, DTE, etc.)
Bus tickets/month-long passes
Cleaning equipment such as brooms, mops, vacuum cleaners, sponges, etc. Due to OSHA requirements on the storage of chemicals, we are not able to accept cleaning solutions unless they are environmentally friendly and do not contain OHSA-listed hazards.
Kleenex and toilet paper
Trash bags - large garbage and tall kitchen
City maps
Phone cards for residents
Family and children's DVD videos


Eileen McKeever - Program Director of Dometic Violence Crisis Services at (616) 451-2744 emckeever@ywcawcmi.org