Item Donations

Sometimes clients arrive at our facilities with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. You can support these individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness and domestic violence by providing essential items.

Below is a list of items that we can always use. Donated items should be dropped off at Building Futures’ offices. We ask that donated clothing be new and other items be in good condition. 

Before dropping off items, please make an appointment by calling 510-357-0205 ext. 206. Donations are accepted weekdays between 9AM and 4PM (except holidays). Please do not leave items at our door after hours. They will be discarded. Thank you for understanding.

You can also donate items through our Amazon Wish List

Building Futures is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID # 94-3100741. We will provide you with a receipt for tax purposes for your donation. When gifting from an Amazon wish list be sure to fill out the “from” part with your full name and email address or mailing address.

Coronavirus Wish List 

(Donation dates: now)

As our community continues to respond to the rapidly changing Coronavirus situation, we at Building Futures are continuing to provide emergency shelter, domestic violence services and housing to the most vulnerable children and adults in our Alameda County community. In light of the increased need for sanitizing and disinfecting due to COVID-19, we call for donations of hard-to-find items! Thank you! This list is changing regularly.

  • Reusable washable face masks
  • Hand Sanitizers, all sizes
  • Face masks, either surgical or N95
  • Antibacterial wipes, or Clorox wipes 
  • Disinfectant spray, or Lysol spray
  • Tissues, box and travel size 
  • Latex gloves, size large
  • Thermometers
  • Thermometer sleeves
  • Bottled water large
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Canned food, instant soup (Cup O’Noodles), instant oatmeal, granola bars, protein bars
  • Baby wipes
  • Tylenol
  • Advil

Donations are by appointment only. Contact us at 510-924-3092 or development@bfwc.org to arrange a time.

Shopping online? Consider donating from Building Futures’ COVID wish list on Amazon! Your donation will be shipped straight to us and put to immediate use!

The needs are evolving day-by-day. Please be sure to check back to view our most up-to-date list of needs. Thank you for caring.

Back to School Drive

(Donation dates: June-September)

  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils, box
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • School supply box / pencil box (Plastic)
  • Crayons, 24 count
  • Markers, dry erase
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Pens, red
  • Pens, blue or black
  • Pencil bag/pouch
  • Tissue boxes
  • Ziploc storage bags, gallon size
  • Hand sanitizer, bottle
  • Reinforced filler paper, wide ruled, 3 hole punch
  • Pocket folders, assorted colors
  • 3-ring binders
  • Washable markers, box
  • Spiral notebook wide ruled
  • Graph paper, 3 hole punched
  • Headphones
  • Ear buds
  • Flash drive
  • Backpacks for children K-12
  • Lunch boxes (if plastic, BPA-free)
  • Water bottles (if plastic, BPA-free)
  • Blankets for naptime

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We will occasionally accept furniture donations for our clients moving into permanent housing. Please call us at (510)-357-0205 x 206, or email a description with pictures of the furniture you would like to donate to inkind@bfwc.org.

Holiday Gift Drive

(Donation dates: October–December)

Help brighten up the holidays for the families and individuals of all ages that we serve. Your donations have a huge impact! Read last year’s Holiday Report that highlights the wonderful support we received from the community.

Please consider supporting the program this year in the following ways:

  • Organize a gift drive with your company, club, friends or faith group. 
  • Purchase gift cards or movie ticket gift cards (such as Target, Safeway, Kohl’s, Bath and Body Works, Safeway, Walmart, Ross, Marshalls, TJMaxx, movie passes from Cinemark or Fandango) and mail to Building Futures, attn: In-kind Donations, PO Box 2334, San Leandro, CA 94577.
  • Gifts can also be purchased and sent to us through Amazon or other online retailers.

Download our flyers 

Warming Shelter Donations

(Donation dates: October–April)

  • Sleeping bags—especially needed! (clean, new or as-new condition)
  • Men’s underwear (new, in package)
  • Women’s underwear (new, in package)
  • Men’s socks (new, in package)
  • Women’s socks (new, in package)
  • Hand warmers
  • Non-Perishable/Ready-to-Serve Food:
    • Canned vegetables
    • Dry ramen (e.g. cup noodles)
    • Oatmeal (individual packages)
    • Energy bars

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Supplies for Shelters and Residents

(Donation dates: year-round)

  • Toilet paper
  • Twin sheets
  • Towels
  • Pillows (new, unused)
  • Towels & washcloths
  • New women’s underpants & socks
  • Adult and child flip-flops
  • Batteries (D, AA & AAA)
  • AC Transit & BART passes
  • Refillable beverage bottles
  • New children’s underwear & socks
  • New children’s pajamas
  • Character nightlights
  • Cleaning products (unopened, sealed)
  • Toilet paper, paper towels
  • Pinesol, Comet, Simple Green, Fabuloso cleaners
  • Laundry detergent antibacterial liquid soap
  • Light bulbs, flashlights & batteries
  • Flatware / silverware 
  • Brooms, dustpans, mops (new)
  • Blankets, sheets, linens, pillows (twin)
  • Ziploc freezer bags—gallon & sandwich size
  • Kitchen trash bags—13 gallon
  • Drawstring garbage bags—33 gallon
  • Lysol air freshener

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Shelter Supplies Wish List

Hygiene Items

(Donation dates: year-round)

All items must be new and unopened. While full size toiletries are preferred, we also gratefully accept travel size.

  • Deodorant
  • Tampons and maxi pads
  • Razors (for women and for men)
  • Nail clippers (small or child size)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash or bar soap
  • Body lotion
  • Q-tips
  • Loofas to scrub body
  • Tissue packets, travel size

*We accept packages of diapers that have been opened

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Hygiene Items Wish List

Items We Do Not Accept:

  • Cribs
  • Perishable food items (to donate meals to our shelters, visit our volunteer page)
  • Used pillows
  • Visibly worn adult clothes
  • Large appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washing machines)
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