YWCA Dayton Domestic Violence Shelters Need Body Wash, Hair Care Products, Baby Wipes & More

In 2021, the YWCA received over 6,000 crisis phone calls and served over 225 clients at domestic violence shelters. Fearing for their lives and safety, many women are forced to abruptly leave everything they own when seeking shelter.

According to Nycia Lattimore, crisis services manager for YWCA Dayton, donations from the community are essential to caring for survivors of domestic violence. “In their journey as a survivor of domestic violence, they are sometimes challenged to leave everything they own behind,” says Lattimore. “It might just be a towel to you, but it can be their whole life.”

Here’s what they need:

  • One of the most requested but least given items by customers is new underwear in a range of sizes. “For women and their families who have been victims of domestic violence, underwear donations ensure that basic needs will be met at all times of the day,” says Lattimore. “For sexual assault victims who come to the hospital for a rape kit, YWCA is also including new underwear in the care kits because their clothes can be taken and collected as evidence.”
  • Shower gel
  • New bath towels and bath sheets
  • Hair care products, especially those suitable for black women for a range of styles and textures.
  • Baby wipes
  • Layers.

Donations can be dropped off anytime at 141 W. Third St., Dayton, and donors can park with turn signals in front of the building. Additionally, the YWCA has an Amazon Wish List that can be used to order and ship donations directly to the central building and can be found at www.ywcadayton.org/how-to-help.

Other ways to help:

  • Volunteers can help with anything, from serving lunch and sorting donations to providing support as an advocate for victims of sexual assault. Interested volunteers can email [email protected] or call 937-461-5550 ext. 108.
  • Clubs and businesses provide significant support when organizing fundraising campaigns. Campaigns can be for any wishlist item or interested groups can contact [email protected] to find out more.
  • Groups can also become Birthday Buddies, a YW initiative to hold monthly birthday parties for children living in shelters. Groups can sponsor a party by collecting items on a checklist for a birthday party for kids living in a shelter, volunteering to lead activities with the kids, donating for the cost of Party. Venues can also offer their space to host the party. Contact [email protected] to find out more.


Meredith Moss writes about Dayton-area nonprofits and their specific needs. If your group has a wish list they would like to share with our readers, contact Meredith: [email protected]

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