In-Kind Donations

Our agency operates multiple programs and supportive housing sites on the East Side of Buffalo that are regularly in need of donated items. Your contributions go directly to support the needs of our clients. Please see below for information on each program and its specific needs. 

To make an in-kind donation, please contact our Development Director, Sarah Maurer, at smaurer@urbanctr.org or (716) 893-7222 x232.

Volunteer-at-Home Donation Project: Welcome Home Packages

Our Rapid Re-Housing and Housing First teams are working with clients who are coming to us from situations of homelessness. When our teams place clients in an apartment, they often do not have the basic items that one needs to set up a new home. Items we can use to make ‘welcome home packages’ for our new tenants include:

  • Shower curtain
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Dish sponges
  • Wastebasket
  • Trash bags
  • Dinnerware sets
  • Utensils
  • Full-sized sheet sets

Donate to us via Amazon! Click here for our Welcome Home package wishlist.

Matt Urban Hope Center

Our Hope Center provides a variety of services, including a food pantry, personal essentials pantry,  and Urban Diner where residents can get a hot meal on weekdays. The Hope Center’s current donation wishlist includes:

    • Liquid dish soap
    • Shampoo
    • Bar Soap
    • Laundry detergent pods
    • Deodorant (men’s & women’s)
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes
    • Razors
    • Toilet Paper
    • Sandwich bags

Donate to us via Amazon! Click here for our Hope Center wishlist.

Homeless Outreach

Our Homeless Outreach team performs weekly street outreach to provide support to homeless individuals and connect them with resources for healthcare, counseling, food, and permanent housing. Our Homeless Outreach team’s donation wishlist includes:

    • Snack foods, such as peanut butter crackers, granola bars, pop tarts, etc.
    • Bottled Water
    • Deodorant
    • Backpacks

Donate to us via Amazon! Click here for our Homeless Outreach wishlist.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Our Permanent Supportive Housing team facilitates multiple programs with individuals who are chronically homeless. Our Housing First program works with local landlords to secure safe, affordable housing for our homeless clients and provides ongoing case management services. The PSH team also operates three permanent supportive housing locations – Hope Gardens, HELP Buffalo I, and HELP Buffalo II – which provide long-term housing and wraparound case management services for chronically homeless clients, including individuals and families.  The Permanent Supportive Housing donation wishlist includes:

    • Toilet paper
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes
    • Shampoo
    • Razors
    • Deodorant
    • Crackers
    • Peanut Butter
    • Juice
    • Cereal
    • Canned Tuna
    • Canned Fruit
    • Applesauce
    • Full sheet sets
    • Books & puzzles
    • Shower curtains

Donate to us via Amazon! Click here for our Permanent Supportive Housing wishlist.

Youth After-School Programs

Our Youth Department operates after-school academic enrichment programs at multiple sites, including Polonia Hall (385 Paderewski) and the T.J. Dulski Center (129 Lewis St.). Their donation wishlist includes:

    • Folders
    • Paper
    • Pencils
    • Crayons
    • Markers
    • Rulers
    • Scissors
    • Tri-fold boards
    • Gallon size
      storage bags
    • Cookware (pots and pans, knives, etc.)
    • Serving utensils

Donate to us via Amazon! Click here for our Youth Department wishlist.

Housing & Community Development

Our Housing & Community Development department manages several affordable apartment buildings and facilitates housing repair and homeownership programs for low-income members of our community. Their donation wishlist includes: 

  • 3″ three-ring binders
  • Bankers boxes
  • Point-and-shoot camera

 Donate to us via Amazon! Click here for our Housing & Community Development wishlist.