Ways to Support Van Buren Center

Welcome Home Baskets

When guests at the shelter are successfully housed we like to ease the transition. Click Here to Learn More. 

Hygiene Supplies

You can help by collecting toiletries and assembling kits with essential items. Click Here to Learn More. 

Success Store

Learn about our guest volunteer program for and items needed. Click Here to Learn More. 


We are always in high need of new or gently used bath towels, washcloths, and blankets for our shelter guests. 

Baby Items

Help us support our families with infants and newborns by donating diapers, wipes, bottles, bibs, and formula. 

Current Donation Needs

Bath Towels 

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Adult Garments

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Diapers Size 5 & 6

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What Item We Cannot Accept

We are grateful for the continuous support and generosity we receive from our community, but due to our limited storage and scale of our programs and services, there are certain items that we can not regularly accept.

Please look over the list of items we cannot accept at this time. If you have one of these items you want to donate we will always try to redirect you to another organization whose services help support our shelter guests. 

Items we CANNOT accept: 

-Furniture (couches, sofas, chairs, tables, dressers, desks, etc.)
-Mattresses or Box Springs
-Home Appliances (washer/dryer, stove, coffee pots, crockpots)

Furniture Donation?

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio accepts furniture, electronics, appliances, and home goods donations, and they will even pick it up for you! 

118 South Yale Avenue
Columbus, OH 43222-1369
(614) 272-9544

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Clothing & Home Goods Donation?

The Free Store is a great resource for our shelter guests and located close to Van Buren Center. Everything in the store is free! They accept gently used clothing (infant-adult sizes) and household items (books, toys, dishes, linens, baby items, etc.).

946 Parsons Ave,
Columbus, OH 43206

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How to Donate

If you have a donation to drop off please coordinate your drop off with the Donation Coordinator.

Email us at [email protected] to coordinate a drop-off time and to confirm your donation. 

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