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 3/30/2017

  • Women’s clothing sizes 18 and up for an event for our clients in early May (must be new)
  • Women’s socks and underwear (all sizes)
  • Tennis shoes (all sizes for adults and children)
  • Baby wipes
  • Family size body wash 
  • Deodorant
  • Liquid laundry soap
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Dish soap
  • Kleenex
  • Paper towels
  • Simple Green cleaner
  • Clorox wipes (for sanitizing toys)
  • Healthy after school snacks for Monday-Thursday programming January 9-May 25
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Ground coffee (regular)
  • Summer items: hats, sunscreen, bug spray, flip flops, swim suits (all sizes), beach towels
  • Help us furnish our teen lounge — we need these items

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 3/30/2017

  • Target Donation Pick Up: One Thursday a month from 10 to 11 am. Must be able to lift 10 pounds, load car and unload at Cornerstone in Bloomington.
  • Childcare: Two Tuesday evenings a month from 6 to 8:30 pm beginning in May. One year commitment is preferred
  • Help on Tuesday Afternoons with General Projects: Donations, administrative, dinner set up, etc. (flexible timing)

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 3/30/2017

  • Provide a Summer Field Trip for 20 Kids: Ideas include Como Zoo, Minnesota Zoo, Twins or Saints game, water park, etc. for youth in our summer program.
  • Provide Lunches for Summer Youth Programming: Choose a Wednesday June 14-August 16. Serve lunch for 20 people at noon. Make lunch for 20 or provide a premade lunch (Subway, pizza, etc.)
  • Maintenance Projects: Gardening, bike tune ups, playground cleanup, storage organization
  • Host a donation drive for kitchen, baby, bath items, etc.

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.