DONATION UPDATE (AUG 20, 2021): Our Drop-in Centre is now full on clothing donations! We are still accepting towels, toiletries, underwear, and other items listed below. We are grateful for your continued support and generous donations, and will provide an update when we can once again accept clothing donations.
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-in Centre donation wishlist
Drop-in Centre Address: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 302 Columbia St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 4J1.
Hours & details: We are open for donations 7 days a week between 10AM-12PM and 2PM-4:30PM except on Wednesdays after 11AM. Please note: We are closed at our Drop-in Centre once a month on income assistance payment days. Full list of dates are at the bottom of this page.
Urgent needs are indicated with **.
- Jackets and raincoats**
- Long pants and leggings**
- Scarves, winter hats, and gloves**
- NEW underwear (all sizes)**
- Bras (all sizes)**
- Rain boots and warm shoes (new or gently used)**
- Sleeping bags**
- Blankets (new or gently used)**
- NEW travel size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body deodorant, and shaving products)**
- Sanitary pads (no tampons please)**
- Depends (all sizes)**
- Hand heating packs**
- Regular size band aids
- NEW hair accessories & products, jewelry, brushes, and beauty products
24-hour Emergency Shelter donation wishlist
24-hour Emergency Shelter Address: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 412 E Cordova St, V6A 3A6. For all shelter donations, please come to the back alley behind the shelter. There is a large black gate with a green buzzer button that can be pressed upon arrival. Staff will come to assist you with donations.
Hours: We are open 24-hours a day. For questions, please contact Kris.
Warming/respite space donation wishlist
Please note: these donations need to be coordinated ahead of time with shelter staff. For shelter donations, please contact Heather at: 604-564-9331 or by email.
- New/gently-used blankets, sheets, pillows
- First aid kit supplies
- Art Supplies
Do you accept used donations?
We are grateful to accept gently used and new donations of clothing, towels, sheets, and other supplies. Please note that make-up, underwear, or other toiletries and personal items should be NEW only (for hygienic reasons). We respectfully ask that you only drop off donations that you, yourself might want to receive!
How do I safely drop off my donation(s) during COVID-19?
Please wear a mask when making a donation, in case you are unable to distance from others. Our staff and volunteers will be masked and will take precautions to keep you and women safe during drop-off!
How should I package/bring my donation?
All clothing or used items must be cleaned/laundered prior to drop-off. We prefer to receive items in plastic bags, sanitized (if possible) and ready for drop-off. Please come to the door when you arrive and speak with a staff member OR follow instructions above/from our team if you are visiting a shelter location.
I have a large donation or I would like to run a donation drive.
Please get in touch before dropping off a large donation. We appreciate your generosity and understanding; we have limited storage and can only accept certain amounts at a time.
Are you currently accepting make-up items?
We are accepting new make-up items. Due to COVID-19, we are currently not accepting used make-up items.
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 our outdoor patio (out front) and 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 to the door 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 come to the door/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. furniture, 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.
Do you accept kid’s clothing or toys?
Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to manage donations of children’s clothing or used toys/other items. For donations of children’s clothing or other items, please reach out to Sheway or Crabtree Corner.
What days are you closed?
We are closed on the following days (Income Assistance Payment Dates) and cannot accept donations:
- January 20, 2021 (for February 2021)
- February 17, 2021 (for March 2021)
- March 24, 2021 (for April 2021)
- April 21, 2021 (for May 2021)
- May 19, 2021 (for June 2021)
- June 23, 2021 (for July 2021)
- July 21, 2021 (for August 2021)
- August 25, 2021 (for September 2021)
- September 22, 2021 (for October 2021)
- October 20, 2021 (for November 2021)
- November 17, 2021 (for December 2021)
- December 15, 2021 (for January 2022)
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.