Thank you for your interest in donating to Sheltersafe.ca and Women’s Shelters Canada.

In order to reduce and eventually end violence against women, we need to address immediate needs while also working on long-term change. This is why it is important to also donate to your local women’s shelter offering on-the-ground service to women and their children fleeing violence. We encourage you to use sheltersafe.ca to find the shelter nearest you. Please click the link to the websites of the shelters you find and look for their donation links. Note that the telephone numbers listed on sheltersafe.ca are crisis lines for women fleeing abuse.

Each shelter has its own policy about accepting secondhand items. To inquire about capacity to accept household item donations, please contact shelters through their information emails or phone lines found through their websites via sheltersafe.ca. During the pandemic, capacity to accept secondhand items is lower than usual.

If you are an organization seeking to make a larger-scale donation of new items to multiple women’s shelters, please contact the Member Engagement Coordinator at info@endvaw.ca to help plan next steps.

Sheltersafe.ca is a project of Women’s Shelters Canada. Through our work, we address the continued and ongoing prevalence of violence against women in Canada. Donations go towards our work in addressing violence against women at a systemic and national level. As a national organization, we advocate for every woman in Canada to have access to comparable levels of services and protection no matter where she lives. We highlight the valuable work of women’s shelters and transition houses in responding to women and children 24/7. And we also engage in raising public awareness and creating opportunities for shelters to share best practices, which ultimately improves the experiences and lives of the women and children they serve. Check out the work we do here.