Community Shelter Board’s network of shelter and housing programs served 12,000 people last year.

Van Buren Center, our community’s largest emergency shelter, serves hundreds of people experiencing homelessness every day. The center is operated by YMCA of Central Ohio, and you can help them stock the shelves with the simple things we all use each day to stay safe, clean and warm.

Most Needed Items

  • socks – new or gently used
  • shaving cream
  • twin sized sheets
  • bath towels
  • baby bottles - new
  • baby formula – new, unopened
  • pacifiers - new
  • sippy cups – new
  • undergarments for women and children – new

Men's and Women's Hygiene Items

  • deodorant
  • razors
  • tissues
  • combs & brushes
  • nail clippers
  • hotel toiletries

Linens (new or gently used)

  • wash cloths
  • laundry detergent

Children's Items

  • pull-up diapers & size 6 diapers
  • baby blankets – new or gently used
  • bottle brushes – new
  • baby powder
  • baby/children's shampoo
  • car seats – new or gently used
  • strollers – new or gently used


  • socks – new or gently used
  • men’s undergarments - new

These items can be put to good use right away. You can drop things off 24 hours a day at:

Van Buren Center
595 Van Buren Drive
Columbus, Ohio  43223

Download and print this list as a PDF.

We cannot accept donations of furniture, cookware, appliances, clothing or toys.

Questions? Contact Kristian Tucker at

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