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Wish List -

Donations may be dropped off Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00-12:00 noon. If you'd like to donate any furniture items, please call ahead at 217-753-1358 to verify that we are able to accept it and have space to store the items. We appreciate your support!

Wish List:

  • Monetary contributions

  • Gift cards (grocery, Walmart, Target)

  • Large kitchen trash cans

  • Bathroom towels/wash cloths

  • Kitchen towel sets

  • Wall clocks

  • Silverware

  • Mops, buckets, brooms & dust pans

  • Floor & table lamps

  • Laundry detergent

  • Dish washing soap

  • Diapers

  • Household paper products: Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Shelving (bookshelves, laundry, etc.)

  • Toddler beds

  • Crib sheets / twin sheets / full sheets

  • Blankets / New bed pillows

  • Mattress covers

We accept these items in almost new or gently used condition:

  • Kitchen tables and full chair sets

  • Coffee tables

  • End tables

  • Metal bed frames 

  • Kitchen carts/microwave carts

  • Clothing dressers—large and small

  • Pots, pans, utensils, dishes

  • Adult, age appropriate (20-40 y.o.) women's clothing

  • Kid's clothing-boys and girls

Items we CANNOT accept:

  • Mattresses/box springs

  • Couches/loveseats/recliners

  • Entertainment centers

  • TVs, computers, electronics

  • Microwaves or kitchen appliances

  • Used pillows

  • Pack-n-plays, carseats, cribs older than 1 year

  • Dirty or damaged Items

  • Luggage


We have numerous volunteer opportunities:

  • Childcare during Learning Sessions and Support Group meetings. Available times are Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

  • Yard work and painting

  • Cleaning and special projects

  • Present at a learning session. Consider sharing a talent, hobby, skill or area of interest that could provide a positive learning experience for women seeking help.

  • Sponsor a holiday. Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas, Back-to-School, etc. are occasions for celebration and/or recognition. Gift baskets for moms, or supplies for children’s services are always welcome!


MERCY Communities relies heavily on donations for its continuing operations. A 501(c)3 in good standing, with audited financial statements, your momentary donation will further the mission of helping homeless mothers gain independence.

Church and Charitable Partnerships

When a family enters MERCY Communities, they are homeless and generally have few, if any possessions. When they leave MERCY we allow them to keep all of their apartment furnishings, so that they can build upon this foundation. That means every time a family moves out, we need to replace the households furnishings and supplies.

Church partnerships provide outreach ministry whereby a church or other organization can sponsor an apartment by supplying: beds, linens, kitchen items, toiletries, and other items to replenish and prepare for the next family.

We have a wonderful history with this program, including support from St. Joseph Catholic Parish, The Elks, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Petersburg United Methodist Church, ABC Club, Western Oaks Baptist Church, Third Presbyterian Church, St. Cabrini Church, Chatham United Methodist, Sugar Creek United Methodist, Carlinville United Methodist Church, Newcomers Club of Springfield, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Parkway Christian and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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