Collection Drives and Fundraisers


Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley is 100% privately funded. We are entirely dependent upon the generous support of individuals, business and foundations in Youngstown, the entire Mahoning Valley and friends all over the country and DO NOT receive Government or United Way funding.

If you believe in the work of the Rescue Mission in Youngstown, Ohio and want to help, there are several ways you can do so. Broadly speaking, you can give your financial support, your time and/or your influence.

If you have a great idea for a fundraiser, we would love to hear from you! Contact our Development Department at 330-744-5485 X 506 and let’s chat!

And, many groups have asked us for a calendar of monthly most needed items! So feel free to plan ahead and use this calendar to give you some ideas of practical ways to give to help the Mission!

Every week donors kindly drop off or order online items that we use within the Ministry. Here are some of the most needed items if you would like to donate. And if you are interested in hosting a collection drive, call us and let us know! We’d be happy to drop off and pick up a collection barrel. Download a copy of our needs list here.


Here are our most needed monthly items

January – “Jamuary” PB & J drive

February – Our donors are the “sweetest” Please donate SUGAR, COFFEE, and CREAMER

March – “Tides of March” Donate Laundry Pods

April – “Sneezin’ Season” happens in the spring. Help by giving tissues, otc cold meds, hand sanitizer, and Clorox wipes

May – Sprays! All sorts of them are needed. Everything from cooking and cleaning sprays to deodorant sprays

June – “Bag-a-thon” Around the Mission, 40 gallon trash bags are used for everything from laundry bags to luggage

July – Cereal!

August – National Toilet Paper Day is Aug 26th annually. So let’s celebrate by donating TP

September – Deodorant and Foot Powder

October – It’s “Socktober” around the Mission. Donate socks and participate in our Crazy Sock Day fundraisers

November – Let’s Give Thanks! #10 Cans of Fruits and Vegetables are appreciated

December – Wrapping paper, Towels and Wash Cloths would be nice!



These students from Heartland Christian School engaged their families and community in a simulated night of homelessness. They slept in cardboard boxes on their school playground and raised nearly $14,000 for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.


This youngster raised $501 for the Rescue Mission by making and selling fudge with his family!

Dr. Lalama hosts a food drive every year at his practice to help the Mission.

Josh asked for gifts to the Mission for his 30th birthday and ran a marathon to celebrate. He was able to raise just over $10,000 for the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley!