Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline

Current Needs

Often, individuals and families escaping danger come to Cornerstone with only the clothes on their backs.

It is a turbulent, scary time for our clients and simply having all of their basic needs met upon arriving at Cornerstone offers comfort and shows we care. The following items are in short supply right now. Please check the list often. We can accept donations of new, unopened and unused items only. Thank you!

If you have used clothing to donate, please contact Bloomington Covenant Church regarding their Closet of Hope Program at 952.831.8339. 

Current Needs: All items must be new, unopened and unused. Updated 5/3/2018

  • Move-in Kit for Transitional Housing participants: A bucket filled with dish soap, floor cleaner, sponge mop, glass cleaner, wipes and dust spray, tub and tile cleaner, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, a roll of paper towels and a broom with dustpan (or any combination of these items). Items may be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/13FHHMSWRV6DF
  • Magazines from 2017 and 2018 for youth/teen art projects – People as well as home, food or lifestyle magazines (we will accept used 2017 and 2018 issue magazines in good condition, no National Geographics needed at this time)
  • Swimsuitsfor youth of all ages, sizes and genders
  • Beach towels
  • Twin and queen sized sheet sets
  • Resealable freezer bags
  • Family size body wash 
  • Deodorant
  • Liquid hand soap in individual dispensers
  • Kleenex
  • 15-gallon kitchen trash bags
  • Scrub sponges
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Contact lens solution
  • Combs and picks
  • Tennis shoes (all sizes – boys, girls, men, women)
  • Baby soap
  • Regular coffee (ground)
  • Simple Green (cleaning supply)
  • CHECK OUT OUR AMAZON WISH LIST FOR ADDITIONAL NEEDS

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals: Contact Crystalk@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 5/3/2018

  • Seasonal Yard Work: Help us prepare for summer. 
  • Childcare: Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8 pm
  • St. Louis Park Target Donation Pick-up: Thursdays (as needed)
  • Event Assistance: Help at our annual breakfast fundraiser on Tuesday, June 19.
    • Decorators
    • Event set up 
    • Event clean up
    • Event photographer: Capture professional-quality photographs during the event. Provide edited files to Cornerstone within 2-3 weeks of event. Great for a budding professional event, wedding, candid, portrait or lifestyle photographer!
  • Technology Help: Help a client learn how to use her computer and phone. Meet at the Minneapolis location on Thursdays at 1 or 3 pm.
  • Shelter Maintenance Projects: All projects below are beyond our budget. Supplies and labor needed.
    • Baby-proof kitchens
    • Fix kitchen cabinets

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups: Contact Crystalk@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 5/3/2018

  • Make a Meal Open Dates in 2018: July 3 and September 4. Provide and prepare a meal for 55-60 kids and adults. Serve 5:30 to 6:30 pm followed by clean up. 
  • Tuesday Night Kids Activities: Provide activities/art projects and interact with the kids ages toddler to teens during dinner. Tuesday nights, 5:30 – 6:25 pm. Several dates are available.
  • St. Louis Park Target Donation Pick-up: Thursdays (as needed) – teams of 2 people
  • Event Assistance: Help at our annual breakfast fundraiser on Tuesday, June 19.
    • Decorators
    • Event set up
    • Event clean up
  • Seasonal Yard Work: Help us prepare for summer. 
  • Water Sealing of Fences: Great for groups of 10 or more
  • Shelter Maintenance Projects: All projects below are beyond our budget. Supplies and labor needed.
    • Baby-proof kitchens
    • Fix kitchen cabinets
  • Host a Donation Drive for families transitioning out of shelter: Cooking up a Storm (kitchen items), Baby Shower, Splish Splash (bath items), Clean Sweep (cleaning supplies), Good Night Sleep Tight (pillows, bedding, pajamas, slippers)

Items Needed Year Round

  • Gift certificates for gas, car repair, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, grocery stores and other retail stores to meet specific needs of our clients.
  • Used, broken, or unwanted gold and silver jewelry

Donation Drives

Are you looking for an opportunity to gather coworkers, friends, family, neighbors, a scout troop or members of a religious organization together for a good cause? Consider hosting a donation drive of new, unused items. The following are ideas for themed items our shelter and community program need year-round. We are happy to provide fliers or additional information about Cornerstone to make your donation drive a success.

Good Night, Sleep Tight: New sheets, bath towels, washcloths, pillows and pillow cases, pajamas in all sizes for women and children, robes and slippers, alarm clocks, etc.

Baby Shower: Diapers, baby wipes, bottles, baby food, onesies, new socks, shoes, teethers, baby monitors, baby wash, shampoo, lotion, etc.

Breakfast Bundles: Non-perishable food items, individually packaged cereal cups, granola bars, fruit snacks, fruit cups, etc.

Winter Warmth: Waterproof mittens, warm hats, scarfs, boots and waterproof coats in all sizes for women, teens, and children.

Daily Living: (Full sized) toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hair brushes, picks, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, chapstick, etc.

Summer Sunshine: Swimming suits in all sizes for women, teens and children, flip flops, beach towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.