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Program Needs

Program Needs

There are many ways to support our Refugee Community Services!

In-Kind Donations

The Refugee Community Center is a busy place with many visitors every week! Help us stock the center with bus tokens, pens, pencils, coffee and more, or check out our wish list items.

Ongoing needs:

  • Winter clothing items: coats, hats, gloves and scarves
  • Bus tokens for DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority)
  • Small hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo
  • Ground coffee
  • Powdered creamer
  • Sugar packets
  • Pens, pencils and lined notebook paper
  • Cardstock
  • Dry erase markers
  • Kleenex
  • Paper towels
  • AA batteries
  • Clorox wipes
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Notebooks, journals or ledgers

Seasonal and one-time needs:

  • CD Walkmans and headphones
  • Card table
  • Wheat straw without weed seed for mulching
  • Compost and/or mulch

Urban agriculture program needs:

  • Small handheld tools
  • 6 cubic ft. steel wheelbarrows
  • Garden tiller
  • Refrigerator or large coolers
  • Plastic coolers
  • Harvest bins
  • Garden sheds
  • Shovels, hoes, metal garden rakes and spades
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Clipboards, highlighters, sharpies, pencils and rubber bands
  • Baskets and/or wood crates for market display and storage
  • Transplants and seeds
  • Garden carts
  • Work gloves

Child Care Literacy Program Wish list:

  • CD players – Cord operated only please
  • Child sized tables & chairs
  • Washable markers
  • Plastic boxes w/ lids- Minimum 18 inches long, 12 inches wide and 11 inches tall- slightly larger but not by much is ok
  • Expandable plastic file folders (With fold over flap to close- small & large)
  • Mirrors (Hand held – no small compact make up mirrors)
  • Child sized musical instruments (Egg shakers, triangles, bongo drums, toy guitars, maracas, etc.)
  • Doll beds
  • Riding toys (Toddler sized- no 2 wheeled bikes)
  • Blank CDs
  • Plastic CD Cases
  • Plastic play food
  • Plastic play dishes
  • Plastic animals – Any size (Jungle, Domestic, Farm)
  • Number puzzles
  • Counting toys
  • Manipulative toys- Building blocks, snowflake connectors, plastic bead connectors etc.
  • Balls (Soft only please)
  • Foam shapes
  • Glue sticks
  • Children’s toothbrushes & toothpaste (New only)
  • Child sized watering cans
  • Car or boat magazines or brochures
  • Children’s books (Birth – Age 5; Board books preferred)
  • Children’s books about food

Specific Book Needs- Board Books Preferred if Available (Hardback and Paperback also OK)

  • Good Night Gorilla – Peggy Rathmann
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
  • It’s a Tiger – David LaRochelle
  • Alphaprints: ABC – Roger Priddy
  • Eating the Alphabet – Lois Ehlert
  • Feast for 10 – Cathryn Falwell
  • Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
  • ABC – Eric Carle
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?- Eric Carle
  • Let’s Discover Numbers
  • How Do Dinosaurs Count to 10?- Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
  • Are You My Mommy?
  • Who’s In My Family?- Rob Skutch
  • Helping Mom and Dad – Sonja Fehlmann
  • The Family Book – Todd Parr
  • Amazing Feelings – Anna W. Bardaus
  • A Ball for Daisy – Chris Raschka
  • I Went Walking – Sue Williams
  • Moo, Baa, La, La, La – Sandra Boynton
  • Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus – James Dean
  • Red Light, Green Light – Yumi Heo
  • Llama, Llama, Red Pajama – Anna Dewdney
  • Joshua’s Night Whisper s- Angela Johnson
  • This is the Way- Tamara Nunn
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – Annie Kubler
  • From Head to Toe – Eric Carle
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away – Caroline Jayne Church
  • The Itsy Bitsy Snowman – Jeffrey Burton & Sanja Rescek
  • What’s the Weather Like Today?
  • Flower Garden – Eve Bunting
  • Growing Vegetable Soup – Lois Ehlert
  • The Big Red Barn – Margaret Wise Brown

Additional child care program needs:

  • Fire extinguishers – MUST be 2A: 10BC rated
  • Smoke alarms – Must be UL approved
  • Outlet plugs
  • Baby gates
  • Plastic door knob covers
  • 3 ring binders

Direct Financial Support

We’re so thankful for the corporate, community and individual support that allows us to deliver these critical programs. For giving information, click here.

If your corporation or community organization is interested in partnering with us financially, please contact:

John Claes
Director of corporate relations and major gifts

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