Essential Needs List

Donating new products from our Essential Needs List helps to ensure that Women’s Center & Shelter can provide adult and child survivors of domestic abuse with the basic necessities they so often must leave behind. Your contributions and efforts empower survivors to move forward with their lives safely and with confidence.

Due to very limited storage space, we are unable to accept any used clothing or any other used items at this time. We sincerely appreciate your understanding.

How to Help Support Survivors of Domestic Violence

Do you have some lightly used clothing or items? Women’s Center & Shelter has established partnerships with local thrift stores to allow women the freedom to make their own choices for their families. If you bring your used clothing or other items to one of the listed locations, our clients receive vouchers to shop!

View a list of participating thrift stores  to find a nearby donation partner.

Current Essential Needs

Every donation and action help to give hope to survivors of intimate partner violence.

Our current list of essential needs includes:

  • Gift Cards (VISA, Target, Walmart,
    Dollar Tree/General, etc.)
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Hand soap
  • Cleaning products
  • New active wear such as leggings, lounge pants, etc. (all sizes)
  • New body wash
  • New full-size shampoo and conditioner
  • New full-size toothpaste
  • Journals & note books
  • New or gently used cookbooks
  • New or gently used breast pumps
  • New baby/toddler clothes – Size 6 months to 2T
  • New baby bibs
  • New pacifiers
  • New baby bottles
  • New baby wipes
  • New blankets
  • New bath towels
  • New full size body lotion
  • New hair oils
  • New women’s pajamas
  • New women’s slippers
  • New robes
  • New active wear (yoga pants, comfortable t-shirts & shorts, etc.)
  • New bras (all sizes)
  • New underwear (all sizes)
  • New air mattresses
  • Smartphones & cellphones (no chargers/ accessories)–donations will result in a monetary donation to Women’s Center & Shelter through Shelter Alliance.

For product donation questions, please contact Patty at 412-687-8017 ext. 307 or tsoukalasp@wcspittsburgh.org.

If you are planning to hold a product drive or event, please complete our Special Event/Activity Proposal & License Agreement.


Looking to make an even greater impact? Shop for our Essential Needs List items through AmazonSmile! Select Women’s Center & Shelter as your chosen charity and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible items.

The items will be shipped to our P.O. Box. (Please note, certain items are not able to be shipped to a P.O. Box. thus Amazon will not allow that item to be sent. Many items can be shipped though, so please try another similar item!) And so that we know who to thank, please be sure to choose the gift receipt message option and jot your name on there when checking out.

Visit our Other Ways to Give section for more information and more ways to help survivors of domestic violence build new lives.