Support Our Work

Looking for a unique way to contribute to Shalom? In addition to our numerous Volunteer Opportunities, we accept both monetary gifts and in-kind donations.

Here are some of the many ways you can help support Shalom and work to end poverty in south central Indiana:

Donate Now! Use theDonate Now” button located at the top of our website to make an instant donation to Shalom

Write a Check! Write the Shalom Community Center a check for any amount – it all helps! You may either drop off the check at the Center during business hours or send it by mail to: Shalom Community Center, P.O. Box 451, Bloomington, Indiana 47402-0451.

Ask About Employer Match Gifts! Many employers will match their employee’s charitable gifts through company matches. This means that any donation you make to Shalom Community Center could potentially be DOUBLED with the help of your company. Some companies also reward employees for volunteering in the community by providing volunteer grants to the nonprofit you volunteer with. Many companies also have corporate foundations that fund the nonprofits their employees support. To find out if your company has any such programs, contact your human resources department.   Companies with Matching Gift Policies

Make Automatic Monthly Gifts! Shalom Community Center’s Monthly Gift Program makes it easy to support Shalom Community Center throughout the year. Gifts are transferred automatically and securely through a bank account or credit card. Monthly donations may be changed or canceled at any time.

Donate Stock!
The Shalom Community Center accepts donations of publicly traded stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

Hold a Workplace Campaign! Each fall many companies and government agencies host workplace-giving campaigns. Through these campaigns you can earmark your donation to go directly to the Shalom Community Center. All you need to do is write-in Shalom Community Center as your designated beneficiary on your workplace giving form.

Throw a Special Benefit Event or Party! Shalom Community Center plans events throughout the year that help raise funds for our programs and provide our volunteers with diverse ways to support our mission. If you love throwing parties, why not make your next one benefit the Shalom Community Center? Your creativity could help your community.

Purchase Kent Johnson’s Album “Playin’ for Change”!

Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson’s much anticipated CD is  available for sale at Shalom Community Center’s administration office. Each copy sells for $20, with all proceeds going to help Shalom prevent and address homelessness in the region.

Johnson’s album chronicles life on the streets and the themes of love, heartache, faith and hope. This inspiring CD is a great gift idea. To buy yours, click on the Google Checkout button to the left of the screen or come to the Shalom Administrative Office in First United Methodist Church.

Give In-Kind Donations! Each dollar contributed to the Shalom Community Center is multiplied by in-kind donations such as food, clothing, toiletries, appliances, and furniture. Please deliver any in-kind donations to the Shalom Community Center located at 620 South Walnut, Bloomington, Indiana. Use the main entrance on the south side of the building. Donations may be dropped off anytime during our business hours, Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm.

What types of in-kind donations are needed? Here’s a quick list:

  • Blankets
  • Bus tickets
  • Canned food, institutional size
  • Coffee
  • Condiments (e.g. ketchup, mustard)
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Laundry detergent
  • Salt and pepper, in disposable shakers
  • Sleeping bags
  • Socks
  • Spices and sugar
  • Tea
  • Toiletries including:
    • Deodorant
    • Disposable razors
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Lotion, body and hand
    • Shampoo
    • Shaving cream
    • Soap
    • Toothbrushes and toothbrush holders
    • Toothpaste
  • For our Spanish Guests (Many of these items can be found at a specialty store, like El Norteno on North Walnut Street)

    • Chiles (canned or dried)
    • Corn husks (for making tamales)
    • Dry pinto beans
    • Masa harina (flour for making tamales and tortillas)
    • Refried beans
    • Rice
    • Special drink mixes like Rosa de Jamaica, horchata, and tamarindo (in syrup form or powdered)
    • Tostadas (round crunchy tortillas sold in plastic bags)

Have an item to donate that is not on this list? We still might be interested! Contact us to talk to a staff member about our most current donation needs.

The center is a nonreligious not-for-profit charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Shalom would like to thank each and every one of our supporters for their invaluable gifts of money and time. Without you, none of the work we do would be possible!