WISH LIST
Wish List 2014
Give 'Til It Helps

The world as we know it took a sharp right turn on Nov. 8 and now more than ever before we need to reach out and support each other.

Each year, we at The Austin Chronicle invite local nonprofits to submit a list of their most-needed donations to help them better serve all of us who call Austin home. You, dear readers, can use our Wish List as your guide to giving – for the holidays and the year beyond. Of course, money, computers, and volunteers are what make the world go round, so it’s safe to assume in addition to these specific wish lists that those are needed everywhere and anywhere.

A strange new era is about to begin, and it's more important than ever that we take care of one another. Consider this list more like a New Year’s resolution, instead of a one-time do-gooder moment. In the words of our former Wish List guru Kate X Messer – let's fulfill some wishes, Austin. – Sarah Marloff


Wondering how to get your nonprofit in our database? Email wishlist@austinchronicle.com for details.

Kids/Education/Holidays
ADVOCACY OUTREACH
  • Blankets and bath towels
  • Small soaps and shampoos
  • Laptops or tablets
  • Children's books
  • Space heaters
AFRICA'S PROMISE VILLAGE
  • School supplies
  • Soccer balls and other athletic equipment
  • Funds
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AUSTIN
4901 Burnet Rd., 512/458-3716, president@alaustin.org, www.alaustin.org.
  • 14 conference room chairs
  • Heavy-duty wire rolling carts (3; each with 2 shelves, 2 handles, 48"x18"x41")
  • Heavy-duty rolling wire carts (4; with shelf liners, 48"x18"x77")
  • Electric stove
  • Large refrigerator
AUSTIN PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
PO Box 6118, Austin, TX 78762, 512/637-0983, dlewis@austinpartners.org, www.austinpartners.org.
  • Gift cards for incentives/prizes for students and teachers
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Various school supplies
  • Video camera
  • Gym clothes and shoes for students
AUSTIN VOICES FOR EDUCATION & YOUTH
6633 Hwy. 290 E. #307, 512/450-1880, aweeks@austinvoices.org, www.austinvoices.org.
  • Gift cards: H-E-B and general ($20 each)
  • New or gently used children's/youth bicycles
  • New or gently used children's books
  • Weeklong Capital Metro bus passes
BIKES FOR KIDS
  • Gift cards: office supply stores and grocery stores
  • iPad minis for winners of high school conference competitions
  • Portable induction burners
  • Culinary exhibitors/sponsors for high school career conference
  • Printing sponsorship
CASA (COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES) OF TRAVIS COUNTY
7701 N. Lamar #301, 512/459-2272, solender@casatravis.org, www.casatravis.org.
  • Gift cards ($30 each): Wal-Mart, Target, H-E-B, clothing stores, etc.
CON MI MADRE
1925 San Jacinto, Ste. D-3500, 512/475-6309, info@conmimadre.org, www.conmimadre.org.
  • Gift cards: H-E-B
  • Large dry-erase boards
  • Small printer table
  • Ink cartridges for HP LaserJet 410A: black, cyan, magenta, and yellow
  • Ink cartridges for HP LaserJet 85L: black
E4 YOUTH
4302 Airport, 512/323-0550, info@e4youth.org, www.e4youth.org.
  • Funding for workplace tours: 20+ students ($300/tour)
  • Gift cards: H-E-B ($25)
  • Gift cards: iTunes/Google Play/Alamo Drafthouse
  • Digital devices: tablets, laptops
  • Software subscriptions: Adobe Creative Suite
THE GHISALLO FOUNDATION
1000 Brazos #100, 512/524-7440, donate@ghisallo.org, www.ghisallo.org.
  • New or used bicycles (balance bikes, kid/teen bikes)
  • Adult tricycles
  • New bike lights, u-locks, and helmets
  • Used 20' shipping containers
GIRLS ROCK CAMP AUSTIN
PO Box 300897, Austin, TX 78703, 512/658-9021, girlsrock@girlsrockaustin.org, www.girlsrockaustin.org.
  • Dynamic vocal microphones (SM58, Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB)
  • Short-scale electric bass guitars
  • 3-4 laptops (preferably Macs)
  • Gear bags (rolling drum hardware bags, bags for cymbals, bass guitars, etc.)
  • Guitar and bass effects pedals
GIRLSTART STEM CENTER
1400 W. Anderson, 512/916-4775, info@girlstart.org, www.girlstart.org.
  • Clear plastic bins with lids (30-qt.)
  • Assorted Crayola markers
  • Assorted color Sharpies
  • White copy paper
  • Batteries (CR2032 lithium coin batteries, AA, AAA, D, and 9-volt)
IMAGINE ART
2830 Real, 512/448-1840, info@imagineart.net, www.imagineart.net.
  • Canvas rolls (Fredrix non-gesso)
  • Acrylic paints (Basics, SoCo, Liquitex brands)
  • Paintbrush sets (all sizes, acrylic and watercolor)
  • Artist paper (5x7 & 9x12: watercolor, bristol, pastel)
  • Prismacolor pencil sets
MAKE-A-WISH CENTRAL & SOUTH TEXAS
2224 Walsh Tarlton #200, 512/329-9474, info@cstx.wish.org, cstx.wish.org.
  • Airline miles
  • Gift cards: Target, Wal-Mart
  • Small toys for all ages
  • Small pieces of luggage
  • Monetary donations
OPEN DOOR
  • Footballs, basketballs, Nerf, etc.
  • Sand & sandbox toys
  • Art supplies: washable markers, construction paper
  • Dishwasher
  • Toolbox/tools: drill, staple gun, hammer, pliers, etc.
SETTLEMENT HOME FOR CHILDREN
1600 Payton Gin, 512/836-2150, info@settlementhome.org, www.settlementhome.org.
  • Donations due by Sat., Dec. 17, unwrapped and dropped off at the front office during business hours: M-F, 9am-5pm.
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Heating pads
  • Rubik's cubes
  • Batteries (AA and AAA)
  • African-American hair care products
  • Teen-themed wall calendars
  • Thermal (hot/cold) gel packs
  • Forks/spoons/knives
  • Oven mitts
  • Kitchen towels
  • DVDs (Pixar/animated)
  • Book series for teens
  • Lilo & Stitch-themed items
  • Scooby Doo-themed items
  • Antiperspirant
  • Hair brushes, combs, and picks
UNITED WAY CAPITAL AREA HEADQUARTERS
2000 E. MLK, 512/472-6267, giving@uwatx.org, www.uwatx.org.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) board books
  • Individually packaged healthy snacks for school-aged children
  • Sports balls and hula hoops
  • Children’s gardening tools and supplies
  • Toddler nap mats
VELA
4900 Gonzales, 512/850-8281, info@velafamilies.org, www.velafamilies.org.
  • Arts & crafts supplies for kids age 2-10
  • Play-Doh, Moon Dough, and fine motor toys
  • Gift cards: H-E-B or Costco
Environmental/Animals
AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER
  • High value dog treats
  • Chews (rawhides, pig ears, bully sticks, etc.)
  • Durable squeaky toys
  • Sweaters for medium/large dogs (all sizes are welcome, but large is most needed)
  • Washable pet beds
AUSTIN HUMANE SOCIETY
  • Cat beds
  • Friskies wet cat food (paté style)
  • 8-oz. stainless steel bowls (non-spill)
  • Kitten milk replacer (KMR)
  • "Snuggle Safe" microwave heating pad
AUSTIN PETS ALIVE!
1156 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/961-6519, donate@austinpetsalive.org, www.austinpetsalive.org.
  • Two-way professional-grade radios: Motorola RDU4100
  • OGSI oxygen concentrator, model OG-20
  • BlueAir Air Purifier, 11"x24"x23" ($499)
  • Cat litter – clumping and non-clumping
  • Scanner: Epson WorkForce DS-510 scanner, sheet-fed design, black (B11B209201)
AUSTIN ZOO & ANIMAL SANCTUARY
10808 Rawhide Trl, 512/288-1490, info@austinzoo.org, www.austinzoo.org.
  • Blankets, flat sheets, and pillowcases for animal bedding
  • Raw shelled or unshelled unsalted nuts – any type
  • Tarps (all sizes)
  • Garden hoses
  • Canned dog food
ECOLOGY ACTION OF TEXAS
707 E. Ninth, 512/322-0000, admin@ecology-action.org, www.ecology-action.org.
  • Hay bales
  • Solar water pump (½-1hp)
  • Post hole digger
  • Picnic tables
  • Storage shed
  • Wood benches
  • Fencing
  • Office space: small office or co-working space needed ASAP
GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon, 512/505-3000, gitnb@htu.edu, www.greenisthenewblack.org.
  • Booth materials for events: posters, banners, brochures, general signage
  • Scholarship donations: Fund a Green Is the New Black scholar
  • Transport donations for travel to events and conferences
  • Organic black pocket T-shirts for screenprinting group shirts
HOUSE RABBIT RESOURCE NETWORK
PO Box 2381, Pflugerville, TX 78691, 512/444-3277, hrrn@rabbitresource.org, www.rabbitresource.org.
  • Spray foam insulation
  • Gift cards - Home Depot/Lowe's
  • Gutters
  • Carpentry work/trim/door hanging
  • Tile floor cleaning/sealing
  • Acreage in Pflugerville area
MINIS & FRIENDS
4509 Walsall Loop, 512/293-8808, info@minisandfriends.org, www.minisandfriends.org.
  • For 12 mini horses
  • Garlic herbs for no-flies and healthy immune system
  • Farrier work (hoof trims)
  • Annual vet visit, shots, and Coggins tests
  • Top Paw (indoor) booties: need 2 medium, 4 large, 6 XL
  • Annual liability insurance ($1400)
THUNDERING PAWS ANIMAL SANCTUARY
PO Box 1555, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, 512/402-9725, info@thunderingpaws.org, www.thunderingpaws.org.
  • Volunteers for the Sanctuary and at Petsmart Adoption Center
  • Kitten fosters
  • Functional travel trailer or Airstream
  • Gift cards: Tomlinson's, Petsmart, Healthy Pet, Costco, Target, or Tractor Supply
  • Land in Dripping Springs/Henly/Wimberley area
URBAN ROOTS
4900 Gonzales, 512/750-8019, emily@urbanrootsatx.org, www.urbanrootsatx.org.
  • Large Post-it easels and pads
  • iPads or tablets (used is OK)
  • Grocery store gift cards: H-E-B, Wheatsville, Whole Foods, etc.
  • Farm supply gift cards: Johnny’s Seeds, Home Depot, Callahan's
  • Healthy snacks (breakfast bars, granola, etc.)
WILDLIFE RESCUE
  • Bounty paper towels
  • Kitchen trash bags
  • Black oil sunflower seeds
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Nuts (pecans, walnuts, acorns)
Health/Medical
AUSTIN SPEECH LABS
7800 Shoal Creek Blvd. Ste. 136-S, 512/992-0575, staff@austinspeechlabs.org, www.austinspeechlabs.org.
  • Gas cards of $10 or more
  • Printer paper (8½"x11")
  • Keurig K-Cups: any roast is welcome
  • Ricoh MP C306 model black & white printer
  • Ricoh MP3554SP color printer with scanner
AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL
4110 Guadalupe #631, 512/452-0381, cindy.reed@dshs.state.tx.us, www.ashvolunteers.org.
  • Lipsticks and lip gloss (all colors)
  • House slippers or socks with grip bottom for men and women, sizes 7-12
  • Pajama/lounge pants for men and women, sizes medium-extra large
  • Cool fun hats (men and women)
  • Art supplies and bookbound journals
THE BRIDGE COLLECTIVE
  • Gas gift cards for major gas stations (Shell, Chevron, Valero, etc.)
  • Office Depot gift cards
  • Monetary donations
CAPITAL AREA PARKINSON'S SOCIETY
PO Box 27565, Austin, TX 78755, 512/371-3373, info@capitalareaparkinsons.org, www.capitalareaparkinsons.org.
  • All-in-one desktop printer/scanner/copier/fax
  • Toner (for machine above)
  • Paper shredder
  • Gift cards to office supply store
  • Summer volunteers for Saturday monthly meetings
THE CARE COMMUNITIES
314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. #495, 512/459-5883, info@thecarecommunities.org, www.carecommunities.org.
  • Refrigerator
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Laptop computers
  • Taxi vouchers for our clients
  • Gift cards: H-E-B
HOSPICE AUSTIN
4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. #100, 512/342-4700, mmarble@hospiceaustin.org, www.hospiceaustin.org.
  • Food pantry items: Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, peanut butter, canned soups, canned meats, dried beans, etc.
  • Board games, decks of cards, simple art supplies, 100-500 piece jigsaw puzzles
  • Family-friendly DVDs
  • Soothing music CDs
  • H-E-B gift cards
MAMA SANA/VIBRANT WOMAN
PO Box 301018, Austin, TX 78703, 512/710-5729, info@msvwatx.org, mamasanaclinic.wordpress.com.
  • Diapers size P-7
  • Non-scented hypoallergenic baby wipes
  • New rear-facing infant car seats with base for 4 lbs. and up; convertible car seats
  • Visa gift cards of $30 and up
  • Pro bono legal help for CPS cases, immigration and domestic violence issues
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE ALLIANCE
  • $50: provides free oncology stress relief massage and promotes well-being for four patients in cancer treatment centers
  • $125: hour consultation with CPA for financial compliance audit letter
  • Donation of venue or funds to host events
  • Gift cards or cash for USPS postage/shipping
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF CENTRAL TEXAS
1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd., 512/472-9844, rcarlin@rmhc-ctx.org, www.rmhc-ctx.org.
  • Need for new, unused items:
  • For babies: onesies, baby hair accessories, hats, gloves, jackets, blankets, pacifiers and teething rings, baby wipes, baby laundry soap, rattles and soft toys, diapers, diaper cream, diaper bags, lullaby music
  • For toddlers: building blocks, flashing toys, learning toys, board books, coloring and activity books, sippy cups, soft spoons, clothes, push toys, stackable toys
  • For teens: DVDs, iTunes gift cards, headphones, hats, gloves, lip gloss, hair accessories, travel games, craft projects, books
  • For parents: specialty shampoo and conditioner, nail polish, hand cream, books, scarves, gloves, DVDs, gift cards: iTunes, restaurants
  • General needs: full-size ivory sheet sets, throw pillows, rugs, gift cards: HomeGoods, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond
SAMARITAN HEALTH MINISTRIES
700-A W. Whitestone Blvd, 512/331-5828, info@theshm.org, www.theshm.org.
  • Home blood pressure monitors
  • Pedometers
  • Gift cards: H-E-B
  • Postage stamps
  • Copy paper
WE ARE BLOOD
4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266, wrbinfo@weareblood.org, www.bloodandtissue.org.
  • Blankets for our donor centers (regular and electric)
  • $10-$100 gift cards and vouchers for local businesses
  • Platelet donations for oncology patients, 1.5-2 hours
  • Whole blood donations
  • Host a blood drive
YWCA
2015 S. I-35 #110, 512/326-1222, info@ywcaaustin.org, www.ywcaaustin.org.
  • $5000 to offset damages and losses incurred as a result of the burglary that took place during the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Entryway and reception area surveillance kit
  • A two-person reception desk
  • 4 DSM-Vs and a therapeutic sand tray
  • Gift cards: Wal-Mart, Sam’s, Target, H-E-B, or Costco
Quality of Life
ART FROM THE STREETS
PO Box 12473, Austin, TX 78711, 512/695-9977, learnmore@artfromthestreets.org, www.artfromthestreets.com.
  • Electronic pencil sharpener (3-5 needed)
  • Acrylic paints, all colors/metallics
  • Paintbrushes, all sizes
  • Watercolor paints
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • Kneaded erasers
AUSTIN COMMUNITY STEELBAND
  • Afterschool snacks: low sugar, high protein (nuts, Kind bars, ZBars, Clif bars)
  • PA mixer – Yorkville M810 10-channel, 800-watt mixer with amp
  • Gift cards for kids age 8-15
  • Snack/meal gift cards
  • Drum set: 5-piece
AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY
1901 E. 51st, 512/322-0145, alexa@austinfilm.org, www.austinfilm.org.
  • Sony DSC-W830 digital cameras
  • Mac Sports collapsible folding outdoor utility wagon
  • Flat-screen displays (50" and up) with floor stands
  • Black marble portable bar from www.eventspace.com
  • Google Android tablets
AUSTIN GAY & LESBIAN PRIDE FOUNDATION
PO Box 162924, Austin, TX 78746, 512/468-8113, president@austinpride.org, www.fb.com/austinpride.
  • Cash donations for the annual Pride celebrations and/or to help open an LGBTQ Center in Austin (checks made payable to Austin PRIDE or online at AustinPride.org)
  • LBGTQ related/authored books for the Center's library
COMMUNITY FIRST! VILLAGE
9301 Hog Eye, 512/328-7299, donna@mlf.org, www.mlf.org/community-first.
  • Ceramic tower heaters (Lasko 5572 oscillating ceramic tower heater with remote control)
  • Fifth wheel RV's, minimum 30 ft. with slides
  • Golden Corral, H-E-B, and department store gift cards
  • Sleeping bags (Coleman White Water Large Cool-Weather Scoop)
  • Carhartt men's jacket: arctic quilt-lined duck traditional coat C003
DRESS FOR SUCCESS AUSTIN
701 Tillery Ste. A-5, 512/389-3723, austin@dressforsuccess.org, austin.dressforsuccess.org/.
  • A tablet
  • 100 composition books
  • 100 portfolios
  • Large shopping bags
  • Carpet squares for offices
  • Rolling cart
  • 2500 black Huggable hangers
HAND
  • New blankets
  • New socks
  • Toiletries
  • $20 gift cards for H-E-B, Wal-Mart, or Target
  • Ensure nutritional drinks
HELPING HAND HOME FOR CHILDREN
  • New, unwrapped items must be received by Fri., Dec. 16, 2016.
  • Infant car seats, toddler car seats, and booster seats
  • Gift cards: H-E-B, Wal-Mart, Target, Academy, local restaurants for $25
  • MP3 players
  • Portable DVD players
  • Headphones and earbuds
KAZI 88.7FM
8906 Wall St., 512/836-9544, steve@kazifm.org, www.kazifm.org.
  • New transmitter
  • Computers
LIFEWORKS
  • $25 gift cards to H-E-B, Wal-Mart, or Target
  • White crew socks, white T-shirts, underwear
  • Bath sets: bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, bath mats
  • Full bed sets: sheets, pillowcases, comforters
  • Large duffel bags: 36" wide, sturdy
LIVING HISTORY FOUNDATION
  • Volunteer to help design/build our website
  • Volunteer to review our Articles of Incorporation, etc., and help us file for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
MEALS ON WHEELS CENTRAL TEXAS
  • New blankets
  • Socks
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotion, toothpaste, etc.)
  • $20 gift cards for H-E-B, Wal-Mart, or Target
  • Ensure nutritional drinks
Rights/Advocacy
ACCESSIBLE HOUSING AUSTIN
1640-A E. Second, 512/442-6680, isabelle.headrick@ahaustin.org, www.ahaustin.org.
  • Professional photography services for our website
  • Professional graphic design services for a new brochure
  • Gift cards: Home Depot, Office Depot
  • Professional grant-writing services: reviewing applications, grant research and grant-writing training for staff
ALLGO
701 Tillery Ste. A-1, 512/472-2001, priscilla@allgo.org, www.allgo.org.
  • Projector
  • 15 stackable chairs
  • Portable hard drive
  • Jump drives
  • Gift cards: H-E-B
AMERICAN GATEWAYS
314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. #501, 512/478-0546, info@americangateways.org, www.americangateways.org.
  • Plastic or new cardboard file-sized storage bins – 10-7/8"Hx13-7/8"Wx18-1/4"D
  • Copy paper (8½”x11”)
  • Floor/desk lamps for offices
  • Portable projectors
  • Small scanner/printer
  • Office art with immigration themes (e.g., maps)
BLACK LIVES MATTER LOCAL CHAPTER
  • Yamaha 600i PA system, microphone, and speakers
  • Forever 47-cent stamps
  • Food and gas gift cards
  • FedEx Office copy cards
  • Airline miles
  • Monetary funds to build interactive website
CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK
  • Peanut butter
  • Chili
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Canned chicken breast or tuna
  • Canned low-sodium vegetables, and fruit in its own juice
  • Dry beans
  • Rice, pasta, and pasta sauce
  • 100% whole grain cereals
EQUAL JUSTICE CENTER
  • Freestanding large white board (on wheels or stationary)
  • Stationary matching chairs
  • Bar-height table and chairs/stools
  • Standing desk(s)
  • Conference table and chairs
GOODWILL
Main office: 1015 Norwood Park Blvd., 512/637-7100, info@goodwillcentraltexas.org, www.austingoodwill.org.
  • Clothing of all sizes and types
  • Household goods of any kind
  • Computers and electronics
  • Furniture (no mattresses)
  • Shoes and purses
GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP
  • Working refrigerator
  • Projector
  • Chromebook
  • Flip chart easel
  • Interpretation equipment (www.smartbug.com/index.html)
  • Approximately $5,000 for our own set
HOUSE THE HOMELESS
PO Box 2312, Austin, TX 78768, 512/796-4366, rtroxell@trla.org, www.housethehomeless.org.
  • Weekly/daily pill box organizers
  • Mini tubes of toothpaste
  • Mini flashlights
  • Toothbrushes
NEW MILESTONES FOUNDATION
1430 Collier, 512/440-4051, fran.irwin@atcic.org, www.newmilestones.org.
  • Actively recruiting new board members
  • Website redesign
SAFEPLACE
1515 Grove Blvd, 512/267-7233, info@safeplace.org, www.safeplace.org.
  • Gift cards: Target, H-E-B, Wal-Mart, Nordstrom, Macy's, etc.
  • Baby wipes/diapers (all sizes, especially 3-6)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Menstrual hygiene products
  • New mattresses
  • Batteries: AA, AAA, C, 9-volt
  • Gifts for children (please no toy guns/knives/swords)
  • Gifts for teens, women, and men
TEXAS ADVOCACY PROJECT
  • Gift cards: H-E-B, Target, Amazon
  • Items for Hope for the Holidays gift drive needed before Dec. 14:
  • iPads
  • Gas station gift cards
  • Clothing and shoe store gift cards
  • Wal-Mart gift cards
TRANSGENDER EDUCATION NETWORK OF TEXAS
  • $35: membership
  • $50: printed materials
  • $100: registration for Pride events
  • $150: provides a basic gender presentation
  • $300: provides a cultural competency workshop