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If you’ve enjoyed using this site to connect with other folks involved at The Haven, consider making a monetary contribution to the shelter, give supplies, or apply to volunteer!

List of Needed Items



  1. Underwear and Undershirts (men’s and women’s sizes M-3XL)
  2. Deodorant*
  3. Body lotion*
  4. Toothpaste*
  5. Sleeping Bags and Tents
  6. Backpacks
  7. Towels and Washcloths
  8. Bandanas
  9. Belts
  10. Wet wipes (pocket/travel size)
  11. Disposable razors
  12. Socks
  13. Masking tape
  14. Large and pocket-sized hand sanitizer
  15. Shampoo*
  16. Hair picks, bristle hair brushes
  17. Gloves, Scarves, and Hats

* = travel-sized preferred

  1. compostable to-go containers, new and in bulk
  2. water bottles, by the case
  3. hot cups, new and in bulk
  4. paper plates, new and in bulk
  5. sugar

Because of limited storage in the kitchen, they cannot accept opened boxed goods or canned goods.

If you have other questions about kitchen and food items, contact Francesca Rinaldo at

Dropping off items: The Haven is only engaging in contactless drop-offs due to COVID-19. Donated items can be brought to The Haven’s (112 West Market St., Charlottesville) side entrance off 1st Street (red door) any day between 7:00 am – 12 noon, or 1:00-5:00 pm. Send an email to Ocean at if you would like a tax receipt.

More items can be found on The Haven’s Amazon wishlist as well. They do NOT need other clothing items, coats, conditioner, or shoes.

Because of storage concerns, they cannot accept most clothing donations. You can donate clothes either to the Belmont Clothing Center or the Hinton Avenue Clothing Closet, operated by Hinton venue United Methodist Church, where guests can obtain clothing for free.

They are also only able to accept a limited supply of furniture and household items and only if they are in very good condition.

If you have furniture to donate, contact Lindsey Leahy, our Housing2Home coordinator, at (434) 202-5277 ext. 3 or, to see if any of your items could meet the needs of one of our recently housed clients.

This information was sourced directly from The Haven’s Website,, and will be updated throughout the year as the needs of the shelter change.

Questions? Contact Rob White at

The Haven and COVID-19

Want to stay in the loop with The Haven’s response to Covid-19 and how you can support? Sign up for email updates here. Please find our multi-phased response here.

We need your help finding housing for our most vulnerable community members. If you are, or know, a landlord with current vacancies, please read and share our press release here.

We are operating within normal shelter hours for unhoused guests, only. Housed guests can still access mail and food service, but cannot remain inside the day shelter.

In addition to daily breakfast, we are now serving lunch from 12-1 pm, Monday through Thursday, supported by local soup kitchen groups and the Charlottesville Food Justice Network (City Schoolyard Garden, Local Food Hub). The Salvation Army will be hosting lunch Friday through Saturday.

Need assistance regarding housing, finances, or food access? Please call the Community Resource Line at 434-326-0950, Monday-Friday from 9 am–6 pm.

Giving a financial donation will allow us the flexibility to purchase needed items as we meet Covid-19 related challenges.

We are limiting the amount of material donations coming in to the shelter at this time.  If you would like to purchase needed items to donate, consider having the below items sent straight to the shelter, or dropped off at our side entrance (red door on 1st Street between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.):

  • men’s undershirts and underwear (sizes L-3XL)
  • travel-sized toothpastes, shampoo, body lotion, deodorant, shaving cream, soap
  • body wipes
  • disposable razors
  • reading glasses
  • gently used sleeping bags and tents
  • individual and large bottles of hand sanitizer
  • water bottles (by the case)
  • to-go food containers
  • hot cups
  • paper plates

For greater ease, check out our Amazon wishlist.
Unsure if we could use your donation?  Email Ocean and Rob to ask! 

Questions about our response can go to our main number, 434-973-1234 x 100, or our director, Stephen Hitchcock via email or phone, 434-973-1234 x 113.