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, 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 and unused. Updated 8/9/2017

  • Spray sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Women’s summer sleepware–size small and medium
  • Women’s pants and shorts–size small and medium
  • Gas cards for transporting youth to activities
  • Family size body wash 
  • Deodorant
  • School Supplies:
    • Pocket folders (quantity: 100)
    • Glue (quantity: 50)
    • Notebooks (wide and narrow –150 of each)
    • Scientific calculators (quantity: 10)
  • Food for Youth Summer Camp
    • Day 1: Breakfast at Cornerstone:
      • Bagels – 4 dozen
      • Cream Cheese – 2 kinds
      • Yogurt – 30 individual
      • Grapes (2 bags)
      • Bananas (2 bunches)
      • Apples (20)
      • Orange Juice 1/2 gallon
      • Apple Juice 1 gallon
    • Day 2: Breakfast at campsite:
      • Bananas (15)
      • Apples (15)
      • Granola bars (30)
      • Apple Juice (2 gallons)
    • Day 2: Snacks for the car ride:
      • Trail Mix (1 big bag)
      • Fruit Snacks (30)- 3 boxes of 12
      • Gold Fish (30 individual bags)
    • Paper Products, etc.
      • Forks/Spoons (200)
      • Cups (200)
      • Paper Towels 4 rolls
      • Ziploc Bags – Snack size/quart size/gallon size
      • Metal Hotdog sticks 10-12
      • Aluminum Foil
      • Aluminum Trays
  • Help us furnish our teen lounge — we need these items
  • CHECK OUT OUR AMAZON WISH LIST FOR ADDITIONAL NEEDS

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 8/9/2017

  • Regular Gardening of our Peace Garden in Bloomington: Timing is flexible
  • Refinish Wood Floors at a Transitional House
  • After School Programming: Seeking two volunteers each day to work with elementary school students (homework help, snack time, activity time, etc). Weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 3:30-5:30 pm September-December 
  • Backup Receptionist: Weekly for one to two hours on Wednesdays or Fridays. A one year commitment is required. Training is provided

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 8/9/2017

  • Immediate Need: Apartment Clean UpAssist with clean up apartment after move out including tearing out carpeting
  • Make a Meal Open Dates 2017: October 31 and December 26. Provide and prepare meal for 55-60. Serve 5:30 to 6:30 followed by clean up.
  • Maintenance Projects: Stain swing sets, gardening/grounds cleanup and storage organization
  • 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 cell phones (Donated cell phones are sent into Funding Factory to be recycled and Cornerstone receives payment for each qualifying item.)
  • New and recycled ink cartridges
  • 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.