Shelter Wish List - ACCESS - Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support

Shelter Wish List

ACCESS is looking for items to best serve the community. Below is a wish list of items we find helpful in reaching our goals. If you would like to contribute please call ahead to arrange your donation time at 515-292-0500.

If you have items we do not have the space to store, we will direct you to other organizations that assist our clients such as Overflow Thrift Store or the Free Store in Des Moines.

*Please note: we currently have a large supply of sample-size items and are unable to accept more at this time.


Monetary Contributions

Financial donations are always welcomed and can be designated for a specific program or budget such as: shelter operations, children’s programming, food, client assistance, etc.  

Get your friends or organization motivated and hold a fundraiser or supply drive for ACCESS!  Previous drives have included clothing, food, pajamas, and personal care products.

We also accept gift cards:

  • Grocery - Fareway, HyVee
  • Gas - Casey’s, Kum n Go, etc.
  • Discount stores - Wal-Mart, Target, and Kmart
  • Cy-Ride Tickets
  • HIRTA Bucks


If you would like to make a donation to one of our offices, or to our shelter, please call the numbers associated with those locations to schedule a drop-off time.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept all donations due to storage constraints.  At this time we do not accept clothing donations or sample size products.  Thank you!



The ACCESS office in Ames serves as the hub for Story County outreach services and emergency shelter for Boone, Story, and Marshall Counties. Please call 515-292-0500 and ask for Tess or email to approve your donation and schedule a drop-off time.

Our current wish list for the Ames location is located here.


The ACCESS office located in Boone serves as the hub for Boone and Greene County.  Please call 515-432-3153 or 515-432-3606 or email or to approve your donation and schedule a drop-off time. The people we serve are in need of the following items:

  • Toilet tissue (smaller 4-6 packs)
  • Paper towels (smaller 1-2 packs)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap & hand soap
  • Multi-packs of shaving razors
  • Tampons
  • Full-sized deodorant (men and women)
  • Gas cards (Caseys, Shell or Kum & Go)
  • Gift cards (Wal-mart, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Dollar General, Shopko)
  • Some food donations accepted (please call first)
  • Some baby items accepted (please call first)
  • Digital answering machine



The ACCESS office in Marshalltown serves as the hub for Marshall and Tama County outreach services, as well as an emergency shelter unit in Marshalltown. Please call 641-753-4143 or 641-753-4142 to approve your donation and schedule a drop-off time. The people we serve are in need of: 

  • Humidifier
  • Vacuum
  • Gas cards (Caseys, Kwik Star)
  • Walmart gift cards
  • Bottled water
  • Toilet paper (smaller 4-6 packs)
  • Paper towels (smaller 1-2 packs)
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Journals



If anyone is interested in in-direct volunteer service and would like to clean/decorate/organize our locations, please email us at



ACCESS's cell phone fundraiser program is sponsored by Shelter Alliance, a program of cell phone recycling company GRC Wireless Recycling. Through Shelter Alliance, nonprofit organizations raise funds through the collection & recycling of used cell phones, and businesses & consumers donate & recycle cell phones to benefit nonprofit participants. Cell phones can be donated to ACCESS by calling our business number: 515-292-0500.



Here is a list of other items we find useful:

  • dresser - tall not wide (due to lack of space)
  • umbrellas
  • disposable razors
  • antiperspirant
  • clothes baskets
  • new pack-n-plays and sheets to fit them
  • can openers - manual or electric
  • spoons, forks, table knives
  • cereal/soup bowls
  • plastic drinking glasses
  • paper towels
  • bath towels
  • toilet paper
  • Kleenex/tissues
  • regular size band-aids
  • dishwasher detergent or pods (for the dishwasher)
  • dish soap
  • antibiotic ointment
  • floor cleaner
  • scouring pads
  • glass cleaner
  • Clorox wipes
  • brooms/dustpans/mops
  • cold medication 
  • wipes
  • tampons
  • journals (lined & unlined)
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