Volunteering to Help Others Less Fortunate
Mary Magdalen House cannot operate without volunteers. Those who offer their time to help us in our work are most welcome. We have many opportunities. Join our regular volunteers here and share the reward of helping others in need.
To see some of our volunteers at work click on this picture to start a slideshow showing members of our staff, some of our donors and volunteers, and some of the many guests who receive our care.
Most Needed Volunteer Services
Mary Magdalen House can always use more volunteers for both full-time and part-time work. We need volunteers in many positions and both appreciate and count on them for helping us in our mission to serve the homeless. Here are some current requirements where you may be of help:
Regular On-Going Volunteers (1-2 Times per Week or Month)
- Sorting of donations (clothing or toiletries)
- Helping with laundry of guests' clothing
- Assisting with sign-up of guests and getting needed clothing as needed
- Assisting with typing of "Thank You" letters to donors, and other data entry
- Artistic help with decorating store-front windows
- Unwrapping small bars of soap for guests (take-home project for younger children)
- Preparing care packages for guests (soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, razor, etc.)
- Tightening shower heads, leaky faucets and doing other minor plumbing repairs
- Changing burned out light bulbs and doing other minor electrical repairs
Financial gifts are gratefully welcomed by Mary Magdalen House to sustain operating costs and to purchase needed items which have not been directly donated.
Donations, however small you think they might be, are always welcomed. Ninety percent of Mary Magdalen House's budget comes from private donations. Checks may be sent by mail to us at:
Mary Magdalen House Foundation
1221 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Please contact us directly if you are considering a memoriam for a relative or loved one, or a planned gift. Helping the poor and needy in perpetuity is a beautiful way to be remembered.
We hope you will help us as we continue to serve the homeless of the Cincinnati area.
Clothing and Personal Item Needs
Mary Magdalen House also relies on the goodness of benefactors and donors to supply it with the basic goods to help others. If you can help by providing any of the items listed below, please call us directly.
Mary Magdalen House will gladly receive bags of good, clean, and gently used clothing, but the items below are seldom included, because people tend to keep their socks, underwear, belts and gloves until they are well worn. Most folks don’t ever think about donating their underwear, for instance. Please consider the time of year when you are making a donation of clothing; we lack the space to store off-season clothing.
Our Most Needed Personal Items**
We especially need the following items for our guests. These items are among the most requested by guests:
- WHITE SWEAT SOCKS (We use 1 dozen or more a day)
- UNDERWEAR (Sizes 30–38 most needed)
- THERMAL TOPS/BOTTOMS (Large, XL and up)
- T-SHIRTS (Large, XL, and up)
- SWEATERS, SWEATSHIRTS (especially hoodies!) (L, XL and up)
- SWEATPANTS (Medium and Large)
- WORK PANTS, JEANS (30–36)
- LONG SLEEVE FLANNEL SHIRTS (Large, XL & 2XL)
- SHOES (Size 10 and larger)
- WINTER GLOVES
- WHITE SWEAT SOCKS
- UNDERWEAR (Sizes 5–10)
- BRAS (32–36 B–D Cups)
- THERMAL TOPS & BOTTOMS
- SWEATSHIRTS, SWEATERS (Large & XL)
- SANITARY NAPKINS
- AFTER SHAVE AND COLOGNE
- SPRAY DEODORANT
- TOOTH BRUSHES
- VASELINE. PETROLEUM JELLY
- WASH CLOTHS
- TRAVEL SIZE SOAP, SHAMPOO, LOTION, TOOTHPASTE
- COMBS AND BRUSHES
- GIFT CARDS: Kroger, Target, Wal-Mart, Meijer
- LARGE PAPER BAGS (Grocery type)
Miscellaneous Other Needs
These additional items can help Mary Magdalen House provide a cleaner environment and better service to our guests.
- Plastic bags (13 , 30, 33, 39 gal sizes)
- Liquid Drano
- Liquid Lysol
- Laundry detergent
- Chlorine Bleach
- Cleaning agents (Mr. Clean, Top Job, etc.)
- Paper towels
- Toilet tissue
- Window cleaning supplies (Windex, etc.)
- Note pads (4 X 6 in)
- Clorox II
- Shoes (gym)
- Sheet fabric softeners
- Kleenex tissues
- Pens and pencils
Thank your for viewing our Donations page. We hope you will help us as we continue to serve the homeless of the Cincinnati area. For the most updated list of needs, please check our blog.
We welcome your help and support of Mary Magdalen House and its mission. We invite you to visit us and experience firsthand what we have tried to express in this website.
**Please note: Mary Magdalen House will be moving at the end of October to our wonderful new space at 1629 Republic Street, Cincinnati, Ohio45202. Between now and then, we are unable to accept any donations of supplies and clothing. Please know that after we move, those items will be as important to us as ever (or even more important! We expect higher numbers of guests!) But for now, we are not accepting in kind donations. Thank you for your understanding!