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Monetary Donations

Give A Gift
Thank you for your support of West Des Moines Human Services.  Through your donation, YOU are helping to meet the needs of a struggling household in our community.

Gifts can be made in a variety of ways…

§  Give through the Website – make a credit card contribution using our secure online contribution platform. Click on the “Donate Now” tab.


§  Give by Mail or in Person - please make all donations payable to WDM Human Services:


West Des Moines Human Services
139 6th Street - P.O. Box 65320
West Des Moines, IA 50265-0320


Hours for donation drop-off:  8:00 am to 4 pm, Mon-Fri
                                                           4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 2nd & 4th Tues of each month

§  Give In Honor Of/In Memory Of – recognize a special friend or family member in any of the ways listed above.  Please notify West Des Moines Human Services of this intent so the gift can be acknowledged accordingly.


§  Give Via Your Water Bill (WDM residents only)Please consider designating a donation on your monthly West Des Moines Water Works bill.  Simply check the West Des Moines Human Services box on the water bill and specify your donation amount (note, this amount is in addition to your water bill). 


§  Deferred Gift – please consider including West Des Moines Human Services in your estate plans.

If you would like to speak with someone about making a gift,

please contact Althea Holcomb at 515-273-0633.


More Ways to Give...

View Detailed Needs List

Food Pantry Donations
Non-perishable food items donated to the DMARC red barrels at your local grocery store keeps our food pantry full! West Des Moines Human Services is one of 12 sites in the Greater Des Moines area to provide emergency food to individuals and families in need. Click here to view the most needed pantry items!

Personal Care Donations
Personal care items are needed on an ongoing basis! Although we are not currently accepting in-person donations, we encourage you to order from our Amazon Needs List and the items will be shipped directly to us!

  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Diapers & diaper wipes
  • Laundry detergent
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste, floss & toothbrushes

Clothing Closet Donations
The Clothing Closet provides free clothing and household items to eligible households on a limited monthly basis. We are always in need of clean, gently-used clothing, shoes, toys, books and small household items (lamps, silverware, pots and pans, dishes, blankets, sheets, luggage, home décor, etc.).  Please note, due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting Clothing Closet donations.  We will resume accepting donations on Monday, June 22nd Donations will be accepted on Mondays and Thursdays only between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.  Donation drop-off will be contact-free (donors will be asked to place donations in bins) and receipts will be available.  Please call 515-222-3663 if you have a specific donation you would like to drop off outside of these hours. Donations will be accepted at the NE corner of our building (please follow the signage).  Once you arrive, there will be bins for you to drop your donations into.  Please note, volunteers will remain behind the bins and will be unable to help transfer your donations at this time.  We ask that you wear a face mask and please keep a minimum of 6' of distance from those around you. Thank you for holding your donations for us. We appreciate your patience!

Collection Drives & Fundraisers
Organize a donation drive within your neighborhood, business, school, church, club, or friends/family. We can provide signage. Our needs change throughout the year - please contact us at 515-222-3663 for more information on partnering with West Des Moines Human Services.  Click here for some collection drive ideas

Holiday Sponsorships
West Des Moines Human Services assists more than 600 households with holiday food and toys each year. Local businesses, clubs, and private individuals are encouraged to adopt low-income families to provide holiday food, clothing and toys which brighten what often is a stressful time for struggling families. For more information please contact Mindy Hotovec at 515-222-3663.

Amazon Smile Account
When you make purchases on Amazon, shop at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products, same prices, same service. On your first visit to, you will have the opportunity to select an organization to receive a donation with your purchase. Support West Des Moines Human Services by doing your shopping at!

Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities at West Des Moines Human Services!

PLEASE CALL 515-273-0633.