Below is an overview of the unique ways you can support CitySquare, or use the buttons above to help you navigate by category.
Have a special program you support? Under each opportunity the program beneficiary is listed.
As you share your knowledge, time, and resources to fight poverty alongside us, please remember to celebrate your efforts and successes, and don’t forget to tag us!
Follow us on social media.
Snap a photo of your remote volunteer experience and share why you fight poverty on your social media accounts.
Spread the word to your friends, and don’t forget to tag us @CitySquare and use #CommunityNeverStops.
Camps & Kits
CitySquare has a wide-range of in-kind needs right now to support our neighbors across programs - from our unsheltered neighbors moving into a home to the youth we're serving through afterschool and summer feeding programs, there are multiple ways to support our programs by creating camps or kits.
Create a Camp
You can create a camp tote at home and help kids have a great summer! Our CitySquare Food programs offer meals and fun camp-style activities by bringing along a tote full of items such as hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, balls, simple outdoor games, water toys or balloons, markers, crayons, and more. If you’re able to shop locally, please double your impact and support our city’s small businesses.
Grocery Bag Collection
With our increased food distribution, we have a need for more grocery bags! Each set of food distributed to a neighbor uses 6-8 bags. Collect plastic or reusable grocery store bags for use in our drive-through/walk-up food pantry. Rally your neighborhood to help with a posting on NextDoor or your local Facebook group or ask friends and family to leave them on your doorstep.
TRAC Food Boxes
Our TRAC drop-in center provides snacks and ready-to-eat meals to our youth, such as Rice-A-Roni, microwave meals, canned chili and soups, Vienna sausages, Kraft macaroni and cheese cups, Cup O’ Noodles, and Chef Boyardee. Protein-rich and healthy snacks are popular with the youth like bagged tuna kits, peanut butter, beef jerky, granola bars, apple sauce, and individual bags of nuts.
Homeless Outreach Kits
Create a kit that our Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) can share with our neighbors experiencing homelessness. CitySquare HOT visits our neighbors to ensure they have access to resources and opportunities, while also helping find them housing and shelter. During their outreach, they also provide kits with bottled water, wet wipes, protein-rich snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray.
Homeless Outreach Team
Welcome Home Kits
What did you need when you moved into your first college dorm or apartment? Our formerly unsheltered neighbors who move into their new home usually do so with only the clothes on their back. Welcome Home baskets include essentials to make their transition easier. High need items are shower curtains and rings, kitchen appliances, dishes, and general cleaning supplies.
Neighbor Support Services
For many of our neighbors cleaning supplies are luxury items, and with today’s focus on personal hygiene and cleanliness, these items are needed now more than ever! A simple cleaning bucket with gloves, an all-purpose cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and a cleaning sponge goes a long way. CitySquare staff will distribute these immediately to neighbors in need in our housing programs.
Neighbor Support Services
Gear & Goodies
Whether you purchase a CitySquare t-shirt, clean out your closets filled with gently used baby gear, or send snacks or a meal to the CitySquare frontline staff and volunteers, there are many creative ways to support CitySquare from home.
Buy a T-Shirt
Want to officially call yourself a poverty fighter? Or do you want to spread awareness about homelessness? Purchase a CitySquare t-shirt – these are also locally designed and printed by Bullzerk. A limited-edition "Community Never Stops" t-shirt will be launched soon!
Good Buy Gear
CitySquare has partnered with the baby and kids' gear online marketplace, Good Buy Gear.
Sell your gently used items and donate the proceeds to CitySquare. Items that don’t sell after 120 days are donated to CitySquare to benefit young families in our TRAC program.
Snacks for Staff
Support our frontline staff and volunteers with goodies! Union Coffee is sending gallons of hot coffee, cold brew, iced tea & more to nonprofit volunteers and staff. We also won't turn down pizza, breakfast tacos, sandwiches, etc. from your favorite local eatery.
Maybe you're comfortable hosting a Facebook Fundraiser, or maybe you're all about the social media shares - you can rally your community to support CitySquare. And if your gift is to be an encourager, you may enjoy sending notes to those on the frontline - we've created an easy way for you to do so. Join us in community, and let's fight poverty together!
Facebook makes it easy to set-up a birthday fundraiser, and if you have an upcoming birthday, we hope you’ll consider setting up a fundraiser for CitySquare. Don't have a birthday coming up? Just click the Fundraisers button in the left menu of your newsfeed and select CitySquare!
Social Media Ambassador
We’re all using social media to connect and promote community – and now you can rally your community to support CitySquare. Share CitySquare's social media posts with your friends. Volunteering? Celebrate your efforts, and don’t forget to tag us. Share how you’re fighting poverty today!
Send a Note
So many of our staff work on the frontlines- our Food Pantry team, our case managers, our Community Health Workers, and Community Nurse, and our Clinic Personnel. They would love to hear from you with some words of encouragement! Click here to send a note to our staff.
There are additional meaningful ways to support CitySquare beyond a basic monetary donation. If you're interested in making a donation, click here. Or find additional ways to support us below!
Donate A Vehicle
Did you know your unused automobile can easily be turned into a donation to help CitySquare? Click here to learn more about this program. Your donated vehicle can turn into food, health care, job training, and housing for those with the greatest need, giving them the tools and encouragement to become self-sufficient.
Honor A Friend
Honor someone special with a tribute donation – celebrate the birth of a child, a friend’s birthday, special milestones, marriages, and anniversaries with a donation to CitySquare. Your tax-deductible donation will make a lasting impact on the lives of our neighbors. Please click here to make a tribute donation.
Prime With Purpose
Amazon Prime with purpose with Amazon Smile! When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Go to smile.amazon.com and choose CitySquare as the nonprofit of your choice.