Helping Utah's most vulnerable

Holiday Donations

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  • 2017
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Give the Gift of Holiday Cheer

This holiday season, please consider a cash donation to Volunteers of America, Utah. Cash is the most versatile donation you can make, and allows us to nimbly serve the needs of our clients as circumstances change. You can make a donation by clicking HERE.

Alternatively, we have set up an Amazon Holiday Wish List Registry, you can access that HERE. If you make a purchase from this list, you can check out with your Amazon account as normal, and the items will be shipped directly to us automatically. We will keep this list updated with the most-needed items at any given time.

If you would prefer an in-kind donation, we have created these recommended gift lists based upon the needs of our clients. They have been designed to make the biggest and most positive impact for people experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, and/or addiction.

Please consider organizing a charitable drive - with your friends, family, church, work organization, book club, or any other group - to collect any of our needs, or make a collective cash donation so that we can care for our clients this Holiday Season (and year round!). If you intend on organizing a drive, please let us know by filling out this form.

We prefer new items, but we will accept items that are clean and gently used.

All donations may be delivered to our donation sorting facility at the Youth Resource Center, 888 South 400 West, Salt Lake City.


Volunteer Service Projects

Click here to sign up to commit to one of these opportunities.

We have several opportunities to volunteer this holiday season. See the below list for the various options, and click the link above if you are interested in committing to any of these opportunities. For further information, please contact Jayme Anderson, Director of Volunteer Services, at jayme.anderson@voaut.org.

These opportunities will be limited to persons 18 years or older.

  • 11/21/17 - Provide traditional Thanksgiving groceries for 20 guests and young women living at the Young Womens' Transition home - the Young Women will prepare and serve the meal themselves on Thanksgiving Day. Groceries should be delivered by Nov 21
  • 11/22/17 Thanksgiving lunch for 25-30 Day Treatment and Mental Health clients at Cornerstone Counseling Center - all types of cuisines/menus invited
  • 11/22/17 - Thanksgiving dinner for 12-15 Women's Intensive Outpatient Treatment clients at Cornerstone Counseling Center
  • 11/22/17 - Thanksgiving dinner for 25-30 Women's Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Treatment clients
  • 11/22/17 - Thanksgiving dinner for 12-15 Intensive Outpatient Treatment clients at Cornerstone Counseling Center
  • 11/23/17 (Thanksgiving) - Prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 14 young men (aged 19-24) living at the Young Mens' Transition Home. The meal can be made in advance and delivered, or may prepared on site in our kitchen.
  • 11/23/17 (Thanksgiving) - Prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 83 clients (aged 18+) residing at our Detox Center. Meal can be made in advance and delivered, or prepared on site in our kitchen.
  • 11/24/17 to 12/1/17 - Set up and decorate the Christmas Tree at the Detox Center, and provide cookies for a tree-trimming party. Can be done any date between 11/24 and 12/1
  • 12/21/17 - Christmas dinner for 12-15 Women's Intensive Outpatient Treatment clients at Cornerstone Counseling Center
  • 12/21/17 - Christmas dinner for 25-30 Women's Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Treatment clients
  • 12/21/17 - Christmas dinner for 12-15 Intensive Outpatient Treatment clients
  • 12/22/17 - Christmas lunch for 25-30 Day Treatment and Mental Health clients at Cornerstone Counseling Center - all types of cuisines/menus invited
  • 12/23/17 - Provide traditional Christmas groceries for 20 guests and young women living at the Young Womens' Transition Home, the young women will prepare dinner together on Christmas Day. Groceries should be delivered by Dec 23
  • 12/25/17 (Christmas Day) - Prepare Christmas Breakfast, for 14 clients (aged 19-24) residing at the Young Mens' Transition Home. The meal can be made in advance and delivered, or may be made on site in our kitchen. Opportunity tentatively fulfilled
  • 12/25/17 (Christmas Day) - Prepare a traditional Christmas dinner for 14 clients (aged 19-24) residing at the Young Mens' Transition Home. The meal can be made in advance and delivered, or prepared on site in our kitchen. Opportunity tentatively fulfilled
  • 12/25/17 (Christmas Day) - Prepare a traditional Christmas dinner for 83 clients at our Detox Center (aged 18+). The meal can be made in advance and delivered, or prepared on site in our kitchen

Our Holiday Registry

We ask that you let us know about any charitable drives that you are intending on running. This allows us to be prepared for an influx of donations, and have the appropriate staffing to assist you.

Please fill out this form if you are intending on running a charitable drive for donations.

All donations may be delivered to our donation sorting facility at the Youth Resource Center, 888 South 400 West, Salt Lake City.

Fill the Pack (Backpacks):

VOA needs 500 Filled Backpacks

Backpacks filled with all of the following items:

  • Notebooks
  • Hand Warmers
  • Re-usable Water Bottle
  • New Socks
  • Pens & Pencils
  • New Men & Women’s Underwear
  • Food Gift Cards
  • Waterproof winter gloves
  • Earbuds
  • Or donate $50 to purchase a filled pack for a client, click here to make a contribution.

Winter Warmth Needs

  • Waterproof Winter Gloves
  • New or gently used boots
  • Thermals
  • Hand Warmers
  • Beanies
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • New Men and Women Underwear
  • New women’s bra’s / sports bras / bralettes
  • Scarves
  • Waterproof tarps (Preferably earth toned)

Transportation Needs

  • U-Bike Locks
  • Bus Tokens
  • UTA Passes
  • Bike Repair Kits
  • Monthly Bus Passes

Infant Christmas Needs

  • Diapers sizes newborn, 1 & 2 and 5 & 6
  • Baby Wipes
  • Bottles
  • Sensitive Formula (not regular)

Holiday Hunger Needs

  • Easy-open Canned Goods (with pull tops)
  • P38 Can openers
  • Pre-Packaged Goods
  • Easy on-the-go nutritional food items
  • Individual snack and Food Items

*We cannot accept food that has been out to be served. For example, from a catered event, we can accept a tray of food that has not been opened and not set out to be served. We cannot take a tray that has been served from.

Gracious Gift Card Needs

$5, $10, $15, $20, etc. gift cards to the following:

  • Fast and affordable food (where no tipping is required)
  • Movie Theatres
  • Walmart
  • Smith's
  • Trader Joe's
  • Visa/American Express pre-paid cards
  • Aquarium, sporting events, or other recreational activities

Kids/Youth Creative Christmas Needs

  • Gel Pens
  • Clear glue
  • Glitter
  • Borax
  • Water Colors & Paintbrushes
  • Heavy Paper
  • Pens & Paper
  • Coloring Books
  • Notebooks
  • School Supplies
  • Planners & Calendars

Self-Care Christmas Needs

  • Self-soothing kits
  • Stress Ball
  • Journal
  • Coloring Book
  • Colored Pencils
  • Lotion
  • Essential Oils
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Self-Affirmation Cards

Holiday Hygeine Needs

  • Hair Brushes
  • Bobbi Pins
  • Reading Glasses
  • Wet Wipes
  • Shower Caps
  • Q-Tips
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail Care
  • Makeup Wipes
  • Face Care Items
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Tampons
  • New Men & Women’s Underwear
  • New women’s bra’s / sports bras / bralettes
  • Travel Size Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gel

All donations may be delivered to our donation sorting facility at the Youth Resource Center, 888 South 400 West, Salt Lake City.

We ask that you let us know about any charitable drives that you are intending on running. This allows us to be prepared for an influx of donations, and have the appropriate staffing to assist you.

Please fill out this form if you are intending on running a charitable drive for donations.


We are unable to accept the following: used underwear, clothing in poor condition (dirty, torn, tattered, or otherwise damaged), large and small appliances, computers, mattresses, pillows, construction materials, flammable materials, car seats, electronics - including televisions or small appliances, or any other material over 75 pounds. Though we are unable to take these types of donations, there are other local organizations that may be able to.

For the health and safety of our clients we only accept canned and packaged food in original packaging. All food must be in good condition with original food label intact, and not past the expiration date.

To meet health & safety requirements, we cannot accept food from catering events that has been set out for serving. We can accept food that has not been opened or previously served.