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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 9/26/2017

  • Gas cards for transporting youth to activities
  • Family size body wash 
  • Deodorant
  • Clorox wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Regular coffee (ground)
  • Liquid laundry soap
  • Kleenex
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Simple Green (cleaning supply)
  • Dish soap
  • Liquid hand soap with pumps (not the large size)
  • Women’s socks (all sizes)
  • Women’s underwear (all sizes)
  • Tennis shoes (all sizes for boys, girls, women and men)
  • 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. See our Holiday Shop Amazon Wish List for ideas

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 9/26/2017

  • Young Professionals Board: Ongoing volunteer opportunity for young professionals in their 20s and 30s to meet others with similar interests, gain leadership opportunities, build their resume and learn about how a nonprofit functions. This is a 2-year, 2-4 hour a month commitment. Applications open now through 10/27/2017 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/YPBapp2018. Email YPB@cornerstonemn.org with questions. More information at http://cornerstonemn.org/about-us/young-professionals-board/
  • Holiday Shop: Host a donation drive at your office, religious organization or book club for new and unused gifts in the $15-$40 range for adults and youth ages newborn to 18. All items must be dropped off at Cornerstone’s Bloomington office by Friday, December 1. Need ideas? Think of what you would like to receive for the holidays or see our Holiday Shop Amazon Wish List. Here’s a flier you can share: http://cornerstonemn.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017holiday-shop_infoflier.pdf
  • 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 now through December 
  • Childcare: Every other Monday at 6:30-8pm or Tuesday 6:30-8pm. 
  • Front Desk Host: First Thursday of every month at 6:15- 7pm during group
  • Back Up 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 9/26/2017

  • Holiday Shop: Host a donation drive for new and unused gifts in the $15-$40 range for adults and youth ages newborn to 18. All items must be dropped off at Cornerstone’s Bloomington office by Friday, December 1. Need ideas? Think of what you would like to receive for the holidays or see our Holiday Shop Amazon Wish List. Here’s a flier you can share: http://cornerstonemn.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017holiday-shop_infoflier.pdf
  • Make a Meal Open Dates 2017: October 31 and December 26. Provide and prepare a meal for 55-60. Serve 5:30 to 6:30 followed by clean up. We have begun scheduling for 2018.
  • 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.