Essential Needs Drives

During such uncertain times, we all feel the need to pitch in. Sometimes we don't know how.

We are heartbroken that we cannot be together for Day of Caring Minden and Shreveport-Bossier this year due to COVID-19. However, our local nonprofit partners still need your help! Whether you’re a Day of Caring volunteer veteran or just getting to know United Way, here’s how you can give back:

Click on a nonprofit organization’s name to see their essential needs, drop-off location, and instructions. 

Thank you for being #UnitedFromHome!

Boy Scouts of America – Norwela Council

Boy Scouts of America – Norwela Council norwela.org

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Copy paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Bottled water
  • Anti-bacterial hand soap
  • First aid supplies
  • Bleach
  • 50-gallon trash bags

Drop-Off Instructions:

The items may be delivered to the Boy Scouts office located at 3508 Beverly Place, Shreveport, LA 71104. Donations can be accepted during office hours which are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Caddo Council on Aging

Caddo Council on Aging – caddocoa.org

For our Meals on Wheels program:

  • Disinfecting Supplies (wipes & sprays)
  • Disposable masks
  • Gloves

Drop-Off Instructions:

Drop-offs can be made at 1700 Buckner, #240, Shreveport, LA 71101 from Monday – Thursday between the hours of 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Contact Monica Wright at 318-676-7900 or mwright@caddocoa.org to schedule a time to drop donations off.

Catholic Charities of North Louisiana

Catholic Charities of North Louisiana ccnla.org

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Clorox wipes
  • Disposable masks (hundreds of them)
  • Disposable gloves

Drop-Off Instructions:

Donations can be dropped off at the organization’s office located at 331 E. 71st Street, Shreveport, LA 71106 on Mondays from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. If possible, please wear gloves and a mask to protect high risk staff members who may be collecting the donations.

Christian Service Program

Christian Service Program christianservicela.org

  • To-Go plates
  • Cups
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Bottled Water
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Masks

Drop-Off Instructions:

Donations can be accepted at 2346 Levy St., Shreveport, LA 71103. Please call (318) 221-4857 to let staff know that you are dropping off a donation.

Common Ground Community

Common Ground Community – commongroundshreveport.com

Food Items:

  • Canned Proteins (tuna, chicken are preferred)
  • Pasta and Rice – (1 lb. packages work best)
  • Canned vegetables – (green beans and corn are by far the most popular, accepting all)
  • Canned spaghetti sauce
  • Soup & stews – (chicken noodle & chili without beans are most popular)
  • Cereal (any type)
  • Dried beans
  • Individually packaged soap

Items for Children’s Activity Bags:

  • Crayons
  • Activity books
  • Learning books
  • Coloring books
  • New or very gently used books
  • Flash cards
  • Bubbles
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Small playdough
  • Gallon zip lock bags

PPE

  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Sanitizer

Drop-Off Instructions:

Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 10 AM-3 PM at 6806 Southern Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71106. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Lauren Slack at 318-464-8750.

Community First High School

Community First High School communityfirsthighschool.com

  • 60-75 protective facial masks
  • Protective gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Facial tissue
  • Individual wipes

Drop-Off Instructions:

Mr. Garrison Peters will gladly meet anyone with donations at the school’s location of 202 Miller Street, Minden, LA 71055, and he/she may email Mr. Peters at communityfirstt@gmail.com and/or call him at (318) 519-6520 to arrange pick up date and time.

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Evergreen Life Services

Evergreen Life Services evergreenls.org

  • N95 Masks
  • Gowns
  • Gloves – (Small, Medium, and Large)
  • Face Shields
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Kleenex
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Adult Diapers
  • Shampoo
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Items for Activities in the Homes – (Card games, simple board games, electronic games like Simon Says, Horseshoes, Bocce Ball, Black Felt Posters, and colored pens, etc.)

Drop-Off Instructions:

To coordinate a drop-off or pick-up, please call Cathey Crow at 318-529-8264 to ensure the items will be collected. Drop-offs will be made at 2101 Hwy 80, Haughton, LA 71037, or Ms. Crow will pick up the items from you.

Geaux 4 Kids

Geaux 4 Kids geauxbags.org

  • Pajamas: All sizes and genders
  • Diapers: All sizes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Teen (boy and girl) pajama sets (Small-Medium-Large)
  • Snacks
  • Shampoo (Sulfate Free) large size.

Drop-Off Instructions:

Drop-offs can be made at 1513 Doctors Drive Suite 100-B, Bossier City, LA 71111. There is a bench by the door with a liftable lid where items can be placed or email Jessica Yeates at jessica@geaux4kids.com to schedule a time to drop donations off.

Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf

Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf – gslpg.org

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Composition books
  • Pencils
  • Washable markers
  • Paper sacks lunch bags
  • Glue sticks
  • Construction paper
  • Envelopes & stamps
  • Scissors
  • Protective eye masks
  • Beakers and test tubes
  • Gloves
  • Face masks
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes

Drop-Off Instructions:

Any donations can be dropped off at our office located at 3921 Southern Ave Shreveport, LA 71106. There will be a grey bin available out front to place donations in for easy drop-off. From Monday to Thursday (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM), Franchesca Posey can be contacted at 800-960-2093 with additional questions.

Heart of Hope - Sanctuary for Women

Heart of Hope – Sanctuary for Women heartofhopela.org

  • Highchairs
  • New Car Seats (Government guidelines prohibit used car seats)
  • Activity Centers/Jumpers/Bouncers (new or gently used)
  • Diapers sizes 3-4-5
  • Pack and Play sheets
  • Strollers (new or gently used)
  • Humidifiers
  • Teething rings and ointment
  • Children Spill-proof sippy cups
  • Children Soft bowls, spoons, forks
  • Health/Safety/Nail Kits
  • Thermometers
  • Cocoa butter
  • Electric pencil sharpers
  • Gift cards – Retail, Fast Food, Groceries

Drop-Off Instructions:

Items can be dropped off at Heart of Hope office Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The office is located at 10420 Heart of Hope Way, Keithville, LA 71047. When you come through the gates, the administration is in the gym building. Heart of Hope will be happy to assist you with other arrangements and if you have any questions, feel free to call Debbie at 318-925-4663.

Holy Angels

Holy Angels laholyangels.org

  • Paper towels (standard rolls – not used in automatic dispenser!)
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mold & mildew remover

Drop-Off Instructions:

Individuals may drop off items at the Guard House located at the main gate of our campus located at 10450 Ellerbe Rd., Shreveport, LA 71106.

Martin Luther King Health Center

Martin Luther King Health Center mlkhealth.org

  • Copy Paper

Individuals may drop off items at the center located at 865 Olive St
Shreveport, Louisiana 71104.

Plant a Seed in our Youth Foundation

Plant a Seed in our Youth Foundation pasyf.org

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand wipes
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Disposable gloves
  • Bleach

Drop-Off Instructions:

Donations can be accepted at 1518 Cox St., Bossier City, LA 71111. Please call (318) 212-0029 to let staff know that you are dropping off a donation.

Providence House

Providence House theprovidencehouse.com

  • Lysol
  • Bleach
  • More disposable masks (we will be wearing these for a while)
  • Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper

Drop-Off Instructions:

Currently, these items can be donated to 814 Cotton Street, Shreveport, LA 71101. Anything that is not cleaning supplies will not be accepted until after May 15th, when the shelter-in-place order lifts. Until then, any other donations can be made to our green drop boxes that are located throughout the city. The list of the locations of these is on our website.

Renesting Project

Renesting Project renestingprojectinc.org

  • Masks
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer (smaller containers)

Drop-Off Instructions:

To confirm a staff member will be available to accept donations, please call Noel Haacker at 318-747-5520. Donations can be accepted on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 1331 Driftwood Dr., Bossier City.

Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission

Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission sbrescuemission.com

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels

Drop-Off Instructions:

Contact Sarah Ardis at (318)227-2868 ext. 103 to coordinate dropping off these essential needs at 901 McNeil Street, Shreveport, LA 71133. The organization is trying to limit food traffic and are asking everyone who has access to utilize their Amazon Wish List, which can be found on their website above.

Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission has established a prayer team. Prayer requests can be received at prayer@sbcrescuemission.com.

Volunteers of America North Louisiana

Volunteers of America North Louisiana – voanorthla.org

  • Digital Stick Thermometers
  • Digital Forehead Thermometers
  • Small Bottle Hand Sanitizer
  • Alcohol Wipes or Disinfectant Wipes
  • Spray Disinfectant

Drop-Off Instructions:

Items may be dropped off at 360 Jordan St. Shreveport, LA between the hours of 10:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday-Friday.

Webster Council on Aging

Webster Council on Aging – lsndc.org/?option=com_cpx&task=resource&id=464539

  • Dryer Sheets
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Bath Soap
  • Men’s Razors
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer

Drop-Off Instructions:

The items may be delivered to the Webster Council on Aging building located at 1482 Sheppard St., Minden, LA 71055. Donations can be placed in the rear of the building on the back patio in a collection tub marked for United Way donations.