Instructions & guidelines

Help From Home Kits

Although on-site volunteering has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, we are still in need of Snack Packs, Toiletry Kits, and Clean Home Kits. Making these kits is a great way to continue supporting us from afar as we expand our services to meet the community’s growing needs! Please refer to the guidelines below for specific items to include in the kits. 

Please also note the following:

  • A mask and gloves should be worn at all times while handling and packaging the kits.
  • We are able to accept pre-packaged and unused items, ONLY, due to the heightened vulnerability of our community to COVID-19.
  • We recommend “quarantining” your kits for 72 hours prior to shipment or delivery, to ensure that they are contamination-free.
  • If you are unable to ship your kits to us, we can schedule a contactless drop-off at our Day Center. Please note that we cannot accept unscheduled deliveries, due to limited on-site staff availability.

QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT MITZUYL@DOWNTOWNWOMENSCENTER.ORG
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

Snack Pack Instructions

Snack Packs are essential to the women we serve at DWC. They allow us to ensure that participants have a nutritious snack or meal before leaving the Day Center. Many of our programs and services have expanded due to COVID-19, and we are now providing 800 to-go meals daily! The menu items to the right include enough ingredients to create 200 Snack Packs that can be shipped or delivered to DWC. 

♥ Please make sure to handle all items while wearing gloves and a mask!

♥ Please note that the hyperlinked items are suggestions, only — feel free to choose different items, or mix and match!

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Consider adding a personalized note of encouragement or inspiration to make your snack packs extra special!

 1. MAIN COURSE (CHOOSE 1):
2. Fruit Serving (CHOOSE 1):
3. Beverage:

200 units of (choose one): 

***Please, no sodas, juice drinks, or other high-sugar beverages!

4. Other Snack (CHOOSE 2-3):
5. Packaging:
  • 200 brown paper bags – 100 ct
  • 200 individually packaged plastic cutlery set with napkin – Plastic cutlery 250 ct, 50 ct 
We also recommend quarantining your Snack Packs for 72 hours to ensure they are contamination free. Our Kitchen Staff will place the Snack Packs in brown paper lunch bags or plastic bags with 1-2 napkins and necessary utensils. We do not have these materials stocked so please remember to include them!
Delivery & Drop-Off Options
  1. Ship your completed Snack Packs to: 
    Attn: Day Center Kitchen
    Downtown Women’s Center
    442 S. San Pedro Street

  2. Please email MitzuyL@DowntownWomensCenter.org to schedule a contactless drop off. Please note that we cannot accept unscheduled deliveries, due to limited on-site staff availability.

Toiletry Kit Instructions

Toiletry Kits are equally essential to the women we serve at DWC. We are continuing to provide showers in our Day Center at this time, but our kits of essential toiletry items are running low. You can help!

Toiletry Kits must include all items in the first column.

 Please ensure all toiletry items are travel-sized.

 Please note that we we are able to accept pre-packaged and unused items, ONLY, due to the heightened vulnerability of our community to COVID-19.

 Please make sure to handle all items while wearing gloves and a mask!

 Consider adding a personalized note of encouragement or inspiration to make your toiletry kits extra special!

1. REQUIRED ITEMS 

Include all:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion 
  • Body wipes
  • Fresh socks
  • Toothpaste
2. Optional Items

Include as many as you like:

  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant 
  • Washcloth 
  • Comb or small brush 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Chapstick 
  • Q-tip swabs 
  • Band-aids 
  • Hair elastics
***Please no tampons, razors or razor cartridges!
3. PACKAGING
Package your Toiletry Kits in large zip-lock bags (gallon size). We also recommend quarantining your kits for 72 hours to ensure they are contamination free.
Delivery & Drop-Off Options
  1. Ship your completed Toiletry Kits to:

    Attn: Day Center — Ms. Shirley
    Downtown Women’s Center
    442 S. San Pedro Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90013

  2. CLICK HERE to schedule a contactless drop off. Please note we cannot accept unscheduled deliveries, due to limited on-site staff availability.

Clean Home Kit Instructions

Clean Home Kits provide DWC residents with essential cleaning supplies as they move from homelessness into housing. Your thoughtful contribution will help these women create a safe space that they can call home. There are three different kinds of kits you can make: general cleaning kits, kitchen cleaning kits, and laundry kits. 

 Please ensure to include all items under your list of choice.

 Please note that we are able to accept pre-packaged and unused items, ONLY, due to the heightened vulnerability of our community to COVID-19.

 Please make sure to handle all items while wearing gloves and a mask!

 Consider adding a personalized note of encouragement or inspiration to make your kits extra special!

1. OPTION 1: CLEAN HOME KITS (INCLUDE ALL):
  • All-purpose disinfectant  
  • Windex  
  • Toilet brush and plunger
  • Garbage bags  
  • Dust pan & brush  
  • Dusting cloths
2. Option 2: Clean Kitchen Kits (INCLUDE ALL):
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Dish soap  
  • Sponge  
  • Dish towel  
  • Hand soap  
  • Garbage bags  
  • Lysol spray
3. OPTION 3: CLEAN CLOSET KITS (INCLUDE ALL):
  • Laundry detergent
  • Collapsible laundry basket  
  • Fabric softener  
  • Dryer sheets  
  • Hangers
4. PACKAGING:
Package your Clean Home Kits in durable tote bags or storage containers. We also recommend quarantining your kits for 72 hours to ensure they are contamination free. 
Delivery & Drop-Off Options
  1. Ship your completed Clean Home Kits to: 
    Attn: Day Center — Ms. Shirley
    Downtown Women’s Center
    442 S. San Pedro Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90013

  2. CLICK HERE to schedule a contactless drop off! Please note we cannot accept unscheduled deliveries, due to limited on-site staff availability.