At IHS, The Institute for Human Services, we provide shelter, meals, supplies, household goods and necessities. Whether it’s backpacks for school children, diapers for infants or clothes for the elderly, these essentials improve the quality of life of those living in poverty.
As an essential organization in Hawaii's COVID-19 crisis, volunteers are exempted from the stay-at-home order and can help.
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We are in need of hundreds of care supplies for those who are unsheltered. Our outreach team aims to help thousands of individuals and families on Oahu with Bags of Hope. Learn more here about the Wednesday, April 29 Oahu-wide goods drive from 7 to 9 am with drop off at four Bank of Hawaii locations: Kahala, Kunia, Kaneohe and Ward Village.
|Urgent Needs - Related to COVID-19|
Face masks & gloves
Hand sanitizer stations
Rubbing alcohol & bleach
Care Supply Bags for Those Unsheltered
Disinfectant (such as Lysol)
Garbage bags: kitchen & large
Liquid Soap - hand & dish (small bottles)
1-liter bottles of water
5-gallon water coolers
pre-packaged snacks such as granola bars
Children's headphones to support e-learning
TV tables for use as school desks
New yoga mats for babies tummy time
Mops, buckets, Clorox wipes, glass cleaner
Toilet paper & paper towels
Rice (large bags - 50lbs ideal)
Canned beans & canned Meats
Packaged foods such as instant noodles, saimin, pasta
Fresh foods including fruits and vegetables
|Home Goods |
Blankets, sheets & pillow cases
Bathroom towels & wash cloths
Laundry soap & fabric softener
Women's & men's casual & business clothes
Shoes, slippers & sandals
New undergarments for people of all ages including diapers
Shampoo & conditioner
Razors & shaving cream
Pens & pencils & pencil cases
*Each summer, we need at least 100 back-to-school kits to help school-age children. Due to limited storage capacity, we can only accept these items in July and request that supplies be pre-packaged as kits.
List updated in April 2020.
Complete this form and send it to Volunteer@IHShawaii.org to host a goods drive. All donated items go directly to IHS clients, free of charge.
Many of these items are often packaged to create welcome home gift baskets, toiletries kits and back-to-school sets in which we must have enough items to produce about 20 to 50 at a time. Groups can help purchase enough supplies and assemble these for distribution. Gift cards from stores such as Walmart, Target and Ross and cash donations help greatly too.
Donation Drop Off: Kaaahi Women & Family Shelter | 546 Kaaahi Street | Pull up to the gate/drop off center on side of the building at Kaamahu Place.
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