Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline

Current Needs

Often, individuals and families escaping danger come to Cornerstone with only the clothes on their backs.

It is a turbulent, scary time for our clients and simply having all of their basic needs met upon arriving at Cornerstone offers comfort and shows we care. The following items are in short supply right now. Please check the list often. We can accept donations of new, unopened and unused items only. Thank you!

If you have used clothing to donate, please contact Bloomington Covenant Church regarding their Closet of Hope Program at 952.831.8339. 

Current Needs: All items must be new, unopened and unused. Updated 8/6/2018

  • Donations of supplies for Camp Peacemaker in August. 
    • Grill tool set (quantity: 1)
    • Flashlights (6)
    • Folding camp chairs (10)
    • 300 sandwich bags
    • White t-shirts for tie dyeing (2-5 shirts in small, medium and large sizes)
    • Tie dye kits (3)
    • See links on our Amazon Wish List
  • School supplies:
    • Backpacks
    • Calculators
    • 2-pocket plastic folders
    • Mechanical pencils
    • Combination locks
    • Colored pencils
    • Scissors
    • Pencil boxes/bags
    • Black and blue pens
    • Highlighters
    • Markers (thick or thin)
    • Dry erase markers
    • Headphones/earbuds
    • Wide and narrow rule notebooks
    • White tag board
    • Kleenex
    • Quart Ziploc bags
    • Gallon Ziploc bags
    • Disinfectant wipes
  • Adult size bike helmets
  • Twin and queen sized sheet sets
  • Resealable freezer bags
  • Family size body wash 
  • Deodorant
  • Full-size body lotion
  • Liquid hand soap in individual dispensers
  • 15-gallon kitchen trash bags
  • Scrub sponges
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Combs and picks
  • Tennis shoes (all sizes – boys, girls, men, women)
  • Women’s socks
  • Baby soap
  • Sippy cups
  • Regular coffee (ground)
  • Simple Green (cleaning supply)
  • Move-in Kit for Transitional Housing participants: A bucket filled with dish soap, floor cleaner, sponge mop, glass cleaner, wipes and dust spray, tub and tile cleaner, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, a roll of paper towels and a broom with dustpan (or any combination of these items). Items may be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/13FHHMSWRV6DF

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals: All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. A completed volunteer application, interview and background check is required prior to volunteering with Cornerstone. Contact Crystalk@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 8/6/2018

  • Seasonal Yard Work: Help us maintain our gardens and grounds. 
  • St. Louis Park Target Donation Pick-up: Thursdays (1-2 times a month)
  • Technology Help: Train staff on how to maximize the use of our music studio equipment
  • Sanitize: Clean and sanitize our lounge areas and playrooms to help eliminate the spread of germs
  • Shelter Maintenance Projects: Fix kitchen cabinet hinges (hinges will be provided by Cornerstone)

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups: All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. A completed volunteer application, interview and background check is required prior to volunteering with Cornerstone. Contact Crystalk@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 8/6/2018

  • Tuesday Night Kids Activities: Provide activities/art projects and interact with the youth ages toddler to teens during dinner. Tuesday nights, 5:30 – 6:25 pm. Several dates are available.
  • St. Louis Park Target Donation Pick-up: Teams of two people (1-2 times a month)
  • Seasonal Yard Work: Help us maintain our gardens and grounds
  • Shelter Maintenance Projects: Fix kitchen cabinet hinges (hinges will be provided by Cornerstone)
  • Host a Donation Drive for families transitioning out of shelter: Cooking up a Storm (kitchen items), Baby Shower, Splish Splash (bath items), Clean Sweep (cleaning supplies), Good Night Sleep Tight (pillows, bedding, pajamas, slippers)

Items Needed Year Round

  • Gift certificates for gas, car repair, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, grocery stores and other retail stores to meet specific needs of our clients.
  • Used, broken, or unwanted gold and silver jewelry

Donation Drives

Are you looking for an opportunity to gather coworkers, friends, family, neighbors, a scout troop or members of a religious organization together for a good cause? Consider hosting a donation drive of new, unused items. The following are ideas for themed items our shelter and community program need year-round. We are happy to provide fliers or additional information about Cornerstone to make your donation drive a success.

Good Night, Sleep Tight: New sheets, bath towels, washcloths, pillows and pillow cases, pajamas in all sizes for women and children, robes and slippers, alarm clocks, etc.

Baby Shower: Diapers, baby wipes, bottles, baby food, onesies, new socks, shoes, teethers, baby monitors, baby wash, shampoo, lotion, etc.

Breakfast Bundles: Non-perishable food items, individually packaged cereal cups, granola bars, fruit snacks, fruit cups, etc.

Winter Warmth: Waterproof mittens, warm hats, scarfs, boots and waterproof coats in all sizes for women, teens, and children.

Daily Living: (Full sized) toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hair brushes, picks, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, chapstick, etc.

Summer Sunshine: Swimming suits in all sizes for women, teens and children, flip flops, beach towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.