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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. (We 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!

Download a copy of our needs list here.

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. Call 330-744-5485 X 514

Need some ideas? Here is a calendar featuring items always appreciated at the Mission.

January
Peanut Butter & Jelly
February
Sugar, Coffee, & Tea
March
Cereal & Individual Snacks
“Jamuary” Peanut Butter & Jelly drive. (We made this one up!) Let’s fill the pantry to make these classic sandwiches all year long! How many jars can you collect from neighbors and friends to donate?
Our donors are the “sweetest”. Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th) by donating or collecting Sugar, Coffee, and Creamer to help warm up our Mission guests!
Celebrate National Cereal Day (March 7th) all month long by donating boxes of your favorite Cereal to the Mission! With an average of 30 children nightly, we can always use more cereal an individually packaged snacks.
April
Laundry Pods
May
Sprays
June
Trash Bags
National Laundry Day is April 15th! With up to 186 people at the Mission nightly we do a lot of laundry! Imagine washing the linens for 186 beds every week plus client laundry! Laundry Pods are appreciated because we use a lot of them!Sprays! All sorts of them are needed. Everything from Cooking and Cleaning Sprays to Deodorant Sprays, Bug Sprays, and Sunscreen. Use your imagination!“Bag-a-thon” Around the Mission, 40 gallon and Kitchen Trash Bags are used for everything from laundry bags to luggage. Your donations are appreciated!
July
Christmas in July – Surprise Us!
August
Toilet Paper
September
OTC Meds
Pick your favorite idea from one of the other months and surprise us! We always need and appreciate all of the things on our list.National Toilet Paper Day is Aug 26th annually. So let’s celebrate by donating towers of TP.Help by giving Tissues, OTC Cold Meds, Hand Sanitizer, Clorox wipes and things needed to keep our guests and Mission clean & healthy as we head into cold & flu season.
October
Underwear & Sports Bras
November
Thanksgiving Fixings!
December
Linens and Towels
It’s “Socktober” around the Mission and we like socks, but new undergarments are one of the most requested items at the Mission. Underwear and sports bras are urgently needed.
Let’s Give Thanks! #10 Cans of Fruits and Vegetables along with Turkeys and Hams are appreciated.
New Bath Towels, Wash Cloths, Pillows, Bath Robes, and Twin Sheets would be nice for our guests seeking safe shelter at the Mission.

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