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

Donation Wishlist & FAQ


Thank you for your support.

Update June 30, 2020: Please note that our clothing closet is currently full, but we are in need of other items such as toiletries. See list below for our current needs. Thank you for your continued support!

We are very fortunate to have a high volume of emails and calls from supporters asking what they can donate. In case we can’t get back to you, please read the information below to assist you in determining what is needed and how to get it to DEWC.

Drop-off location:

Due to COVID-19, we ask that donations are mailed in if possible, using the address below.  If drop-off is preferred, please come by during the hours listed to ensure staff is available to meet you.

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 302 Columbia St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 4J1

Drop-off hours:

Tuesday to Thursday, between 10 am-12 pm and 2-4 pm

Donation wish list:

Toiletries (individual/travel-sized):
  • Travel-sized shampoo & conditioner
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Razors/shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
Feminine hygiene supplies:
  • Pads
  • Tampons
  • Incontinence supplies (ex. Depends, Tena, Poise – pull-up versions only please)
  • Hair accessories
  • Make-up
  • Puzzle books, activity books
  • Lighters
Kitchen donations:
  • Meal donations* (please email engagement@dewc.ca if you are interested in donating meals to our 24-hour emergency night shelter at this time)

*Meal donations must be pre-arranged with staff to ensure they follow proper safety and health guidelines. 



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 (full vehicle or more) donation. We appreciate your generosity and your understanding, as we have limited storage and can only accept certain amounts at a time.

How should I package/bring my donation?

Please bring your donation in bags, sanitized (if possible) and ready for drop-off. We ask that all donations be dropped off using a mask and gloves. Please go to door and ask for a staff member. 

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. You’ll be able to spot our building by its colourful mural, painted by community artists. 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 22, 2020
  • February 19, 2020
  • March 25, 2020
  • April 22, 2020
  • May 27, 2020
  • June 24, 2020
  • July 22, 2020
  • August 26, 2020
  • September 23, 2020
  • October 21, 2020
  • November 18, 2020
  • December 16, 2020

We are also closed on February 14, 2020 (Valentine’s Day) for the Women’s Memorial March.

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.