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 11/30/2017

  • Winter boots (adult and youth sizes)
  • Family size body wash 
  • Deodorant
  • Contact lens solution
  • Combs and picks
  • Womens’ razors
  • Tampons
  • Womens’ underwear (all sizes)
  • Womens’ pajamas (all sizes)
  • Tennis shoes (all sizes – boys, girls, men, women)
  • Baby soap
  • Diapers (size 6)
  • Regular coffee (ground)
  • Liquid laundry soap
  • Simple Green (cleaning supply)
  • CHECK OUT OUR AMAZON WISH LIST FOR ADDITIONAL NEEDS
  • Wrapping supplies, gifts for all ages in the $15-$40 range and gift cards for Holiday Shop – delivered by December 6. See our Holiday Shop Amazon Wish List for ideas

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 11/30/2017

  • Shelter Maintenance Projects: All projects below are beyond our budget. Supplies and labor needed.
    • Baby-proof kitchens
    • Fix kitchen cabinets
    • Scrub and shelf paper kitchen cabinets
    • Paint Teen Room
    • Paint stairwell
    • Refinish kitchen tables, end tables and top of dressers and install new knobs

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 11/30/2017

  • Make a Meal Open Dates in 2017: December 26. Provide and prepare a meal for 55-60. Serve 5:30 to 6:30 followed by clean up. 
  • Make a Meal Open Dates in 2018: January 2, plus additional dates throughout 2018. Provide and prepare a meal for 55-60. Serve 5:30 to 6:30 pm followed by clean up. 
  • Shelter Maintenance Projects: All projects below are beyond our budget. Supplies and labor needed.
    • Baby-proof kitchens
    • Fix kitchen cabinets
    • Scrub and shelf paper kitchen cabinets
    • Paint Teen Room
    • Paint stairwell
    • Refinish kitchen tables, end tables and top of dressers and install new knobs
  • 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.