Helpful Donations to Care and Share House

Monetary donations are used for the ongoing operations at both Care and Share locations. Donations of money are used for our operating costs which include utility expenses, transportation costs to pickup food from the Food Bank, the purchase of food for the pantries not available at the Food Bank, building and liability insurance, equipment and supplies for the food pantries and free stores, and the purchase of certain clothing items in high demand. Care and Share House has no costs for administration or employees as the program is run entirely by volunteers.  Care and Share has no costs for rent as Care and Share now owns the 600 South Main location and the 1808 5th Avenue location is provided rent free by the 5th Avenue Community Church.  Monetary donations go directly to provide services to our clients.  Donations may be mailed to:
Care and Share House
PO Box 184
Council Bluffs, IA 51502

Donations of food are also very useful to Care and Share House. Basic food items that are helpful include soup, tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, rice, cereal, macaroni and cheese boxes, boxed meals such as Hamburger Helper, canned dinners such as Spaghettio’s, Ramen noodles, crackers, and cookies. Other items that our clients appreciate include: instant coffee, tea bags, fresh potatoes, and produce from personal gardens.

The free store that is available to our clients is only possible through donations from the community. We accept and encourage donations of all types of gently used adult clothing, coats, and shoes and all types of gently used children and infant clothing, coats, and shoes. There is always a great need for men’s jeans, shirts, socks, and underwear. Donations of new underwear for young children are also very helpful. Clothing donations should have working zippers and buttons and be free of stains and tears or rips. Household items in good condition are very popular with our clients. We accept dishes, pots and pans, decorative items, toys, books, baby items, glasses, kitchen and eating utensils, towels and washcloths, sheets, blankets, and most any other household item. WE DO NOT accept furniture, TV’s, car seats, or old electronics.

Donations of food, clothing, and household items may be delivered to either location during our open hours and also at 600 South Main on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Thank you for considering a donation to Care and Share House!