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 5/25/2017

  • Women’s socks and underwear (all sizes)
  • Tennis shoes (all sizes for adults and children)
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby sling or wrap for carrying newborns
  • 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 snacks for Monday-Thursday summer programming June through August
  • 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 5/25/2017

  • Target Donation Pick Up: One or two Thursdays a month from 10 to 11 am. Must be able to lift 20 pounds, load car and unload at Cornerstone in Bloomington. Pick up at St. Louis Park Target location.
  • Temporary Target Monday Pick Up: June, July and September
  • Administrative Assistance: Monday afternoons two times a month to help our legal department.
  • Wednesday Night Hosts 5:30 to 6:30 pm each week June, August and October (choose a month)
  • Backup Lunchtime Receptionist: Weekly from noon to 1 pm either Tuesday or Wednesday for one year
  • Carpet Cleaning Assistance: We have a family in need of carpet cleaning for 2 bedrooms and living room (and no money to rent a cleaner). Do you own your own carpet cleaner and willing to loan it to us?
  • Staff Appreciation Project: Fill plastic eggs with motivational sayings and a treat for the break room
  • Stop the Trafficking Information Table Assistance: Saturday, June 10, 7:30 am. www.stopthetraffickingrun.org to sign up to walk/run for justice.

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups: Contact lauras@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 5/25/2017

  • Paint the inside of a transitional house
  • Disassemble the play house in the gym
  • Fix steps that are washing away at transitional housing (concrete work)
  • Refinish wood floors at a transitional house
  • Provide a summer field trip for 20 youth
  • Provide Lunches for Summer Youth Programming: Open dates: July 5, July 26 and August 2. Serve lunch for 20 people at noon. Make lunch for 20 or provide a pre-made lunch (Subway, pizza, etc.)
  • Maintenance Projects: Gardening, bike tune ups, playground cleanup, 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.