Thank you for your 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.
Donations can be accepted by mail. If drop-off is preferred, please come by during the hours listed to ensure staff is available to meet you.
Drop-in Centre Address: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 302 Columbia St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 4J1
*24-hour Emergency Shelter Address: 412 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1L6
*Please note: Drop-offs at our 24-hour Emergency Shelter must be delivered in the back alley. There is a large black gate with a buzzer button (green) to the left side of the gate. This can be buzzed upon arrival and staff will come to assist you.
Please note: We are closed at our Drop-in Centre (302 Columbia St) once a month on income assistance payment days. Full list of dates are at the bottom of this page.
Monday: 10am-12 pm and 2pm-4 pm
Tuesday: 10am-12 pm and 2pm-4 pm
Wednesday: 11am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
Thursday: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
Friday: 10am-12 pm and 2pm-4 pm
Saturday: 10am-12 pm and 2pm-4 pm
Sunday: 10am-12 pm and 2pm-4 pm
Drop-in Centre (302 Columbia St.) donation wish list:
- Halloween costumes (adult sizes, new or gently used)
- Treats/candy (factory-sealed)
- Bath/beach towels (large)
- Face cloths
- T-shirts, longsleeve shirts, and layers
- Leggings/comfy pants
- Socks, underwear, long underwear
- Good condition office chairs (with wheels – please contact before dropping off)
Personal protective equipment:
- Reusable face masks
- Medical face masks
- Travel-sized shampoo & conditioner
- Sanitary wipes
- Razors/shaving cream
Feminine hygiene supplies:
- Incontinence supplies (ex. Depends, Tena, Poise – pull-up versions only please)
- Hair accessories
- Make-up (can accept gently-used)
- Puzzle books, activity books
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 at the Drop-in Centre?
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.
Do you accept household items, furniture, or appliances?
No, we are unable to accept household items (e.g. suitcases, chairs, toasters, cutlery, mugs, plates) due to space restrictions. While we have accepted mugs, plates, and other items of this nature in the past, we have moved to exclusively using one-use plates and cutlery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.