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Helping our friends & neighbors in need

When individuals or families make the choice to leave a living situation that involves violence, they often need to leave necessities behind. Or people experiencing homelessness often lack the financial means to buy  needed items. These families need help getting a new start with items you need to set up a new home like kitchenware and utensils, to bare necessity items like toiletries. You can help make that happen by making a donation to Friends of the Family.

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Thank you for considering a donation to Friends of the Family. To donate safely online, you can use our secure form.


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If you would like to donate by mail please send check to:

Friends of the Family
1009 People Square 
Waterloo, IA 50702

For any donation-related questions, please call Monique at 319-576-2200 or contact us through our online form. Thank you!!

Top needs

Baby Food

Baby Formula

Size 5 and 6 Diapers

Baby Wipes

New bras/underwear (all sizes)

If you would like to have a donation drive for Friends of the Family, please contact our Community Engagement Manager, Madison - 319-576-2232 or [email protected]

Amazon Wish List

We maintain current Amazon Wish Lists where you can order and have them shipped directly to us. See below for lists of most needed items:

We also take donations for our shelter that include can and non-perishable food items, milk, juice and gift cards to local gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores and duffel bags or backpacks. 

Donation Items We Cannot Accept

  • Used clothing, shoes, under garments, or socks
  • Items that are dirty, smelly, or covered in pet hair
  • Decorative household items
  • Used electronics/technology
  • Used toys & stuffed animals
  • Large furniture items