We serve nearly 200 women and children each weekday. We receive no government funding and rely on the donations of individuals, community groups, and businesses. A donation of $25 provides a substantial breakfast for a mother and 3 children for five days. Items requested for safety net services programming help with tangible needs and support our goal of 'services based on hospitality with dignity and love.' These items include but are not limited to: Feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons and incontinence pads), travel size toiletries (soap, hand sanitizer, lotion, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, small tissue packets, and razors) are items which we provide to guests as available. Food items including low-sugar hot and cold cereals ($125 provides cereal for our guests for one week), coffee, and canned beans, vegetables, and fruit, real butter, milk ($30 provides milk for all out guests for one day), salad dressing, peanut butter, and jam. We also need paper towels, metal forks and spoons, toilet paper, Kleenex, sandwich bags, brown paper lunch bags. Gift cards are very useful for Wellspring, to art supply stores such as Beverly's, Michael's, Utrecht and more. Art supplies are used during expressive art therapy workshops. Other art needs include canvases, watercolor paints, oil and chalk pastels, yarn, scissors, and garment fabric. Diapers, especially sizes 4, 5, and 6 are an ongoing need for our smallest guests. (WIC/SNAP assistance disallows the purchase of diapers/wipes as they are non-food items) as well as baby wipes, baby wash/lotion/shampoo, baby blankets, bottles, and formula like Similac and Infamil. We also give away things like umbrellas and ponchos, warm socks, underwear, gloves, gas cards, bus passes, and grocery gift cards. Our top needs:
- Funding: Unrestricted - We need unrestricted funding to cover the cost of all programming, administrative costs, and to keep the center running year over year.
- Funding: Program - Our biggest program need is Women's Wellness which houses all of our counseling, case management, health and wellness, art therapy, transportation, education, and other programs. It makes up for nearly 1/4 of our overall budget.
- In-Kind Donations - Please refer to our needs statement for a complete list of our needs. Most of the tangible items given to the community we serve are due to in-kind donations.
- Board Members - We are always looking for new board members who know the Oak Park community and understand the needs of our guests. We strongly encourage and seek diversity among our board members.
- Volunteers - We function because of our 100+ volunteers. We always need and count on volunteers. Currently, the Children's Corner Program is in need and we are building a Gratitude Commission to work with the current donors and volunteers.