302 Columbia St. Vancouver, BC engagement@dewc.ca 604-681-8480

Donation Wishlist & FAQ

Note: We are currently at capacity for clothing and toiletry donations. Thank you for your contributions, and please refrain from dropping off any further items. We will remove this notice when we have more storage available for incoming donations. Please see other organizations that may accept your items here.

Thank you for your generosity in bringing your new or gently used donations to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre! To best ensure we meet women’s needs, please read the following FAQ before calling or emailing us.

When can I drop off my donation?

Our donation drop off hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am-12 pm, 2-4.30 pm
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 2-4.30 pm

What do you accept?

We accept the following items:

  • Towels
  • Incontinence supplies (like Tena, Poise)
  • Big bars of soap
  • Rain gear (coats, umbrellas)
  • Deodorant, razors
  • Menstrual pads
  • Socks, underwear, bras (new or gently used)
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Perfume, make-up (unopened preferred)
  • Q-tips, ear plugs
  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion (travel-sized and unopened preferred)
  • Band-aids and other First Aid supplies
  • Luggage / bags with wheels
  • Winter clothing (hats, scarves, coats)

We also accept:

  • Hand cream
  • Blankets
  • Footwear, purses, suitcases
  • Women’s clothing (in good condition)
  • Reading glasses
  • Books, magazines, DVDs

This page will be updated according to our needs. Please click here to find a list of other organizations that may accept items not on our wishlist.

I have a large donation (a full vehicle or more), or I would like to run a donation drive.

Please get in touch before dropping off a large donation or planning a donation drive. We appreciate your generosity, but have limited storage and can only accept limited amounts at a time.

Do you take children’s clothing or children’s toys?

No, sorry. You can try Crabtree Corner or Sheway.

Do you take medications or supplements?

No, we do not.

How should I bring my donation?

Please bring your donation in boxes or bags, ready for drop-off. We do not have containers on site to hold donations and cannot return your reusable bins. Thank you!

Where do I park?

We are located at 302 Columbia St, on the corner of Cordova St: the grey unmarked door underneath the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre sign. There is street parking available on Columbia St. and Cordova St. as well as a parkade on Cordova. If you cannot find parking right next to the Centre, come in and ask staff to assist you in bringing your donation inside. We have a trolley we can use for larger donations. 

Can men come inside to drop-off donations?

No, we are a women-only space. If men are dropping off donations, please ring the doorbell and inform staff you have donations to drop off. Thank you for your understanding and for cooperating with this policy.

What days are you closed?

We are closed on the following days (Income Assistance Payment Dates) and cannot accept donations:

  • January 23, 2019 
  • February 20, 2019
  • March 20, 2019
  • April 24, 2019 
  • May 22, 2019
  • June 26, 2019
  • July 24, 2019 
  • August 21, 2019 
  • September 25, 2019
  • October 23, 2019
  • November 20, 2019 
  • December 18, 2019

Do you take furniture and/or housewares?

No, unfortunately we do not have the storage space or capacity to take these donations.

We receive a high volume of emails inquiring about specific items and unfortunately cannot respond to them all. As we have limited space, our urgently-needed items are our top priority. Please consult the FAQ above before contacting us.

Thank you for supporting the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre! It is due to donors like you that we can provide essential needs to women of the Downtown Eastside.

Click the image to download our donation wishlist graphic!