Volunteer and Donation Needs

Below is the ongoing list of emergency volunteer needs & needed items in our region. We will continue to update this information. Please contact the organization for more information on their request.

To submit your organization needs, please contact Elizabeth Harstad at or call 507-345-4551. 


The following organizations are accepting masks. Please contact the organization directly before donating. Thank you!

  • Adara Home Health: homes ewn masks accepted.

  • Brookdale Mankato: N-95 masks only.

    • Contact: Geri Svaleson at (507) 386-1779 

  • Birchwood Cottages: accepting both

    • Contact: Kim Alinder at (507) 594-8386 

  • CADA: homemade masks accepted; please donate N-95 elsewhere to medical staff.

  • Cottagewood Senior Communities: accepting both

    • Contact: Hannah B at (507) 995-4315

  • Crystal Seasons Living Center: accepting both

    • Contact: Sarah Hall (507) 508-0879

  • ECHO Food Shelf: accepting masks

    •  Contact: Deisy De Leon Esqueda  at 345-7477

  • Ecumen: accepting accepting both. Donation tote right inside front door to place donated masks

    • Contact: Laura Templin at 507-385-4364 

  • Freedom Homecare: home sewn masks accepted

  • Good Samaritan Homes: accepting both

    • Contact: Nicki at (507) 931-0949

  • Hy-Vee: accepting N95 masks and other PPE until April 2

    • Drop off at Downtown & Hilltop Mankato locations at Customer Service

  • Kaplan Woods Care Home: accepting both

    •  Contact: Lisa Fexter at 507-475-2340 

  • Lake Shore Inn Nursing Home: accepting both

    • Contact: Amanda Wheelock at (507) 835-2800

  • Laurels Edge Assisted Living & Laurel Street Memory Care: accepting both

    •  Contact: Kris Doering, Clinical Director at (507) 387-2133 

  • Lutheran Social Services Senior Meals

  • Mala Strana Assisted Living and Rehabilitation: accepting both N-95 and homemade.

    • Contact Josie Ceplecha at (952) 758-2511 

  • Mankato Clinic: Is requesting two different types of masks- the simple facemasks (pleated, rectangular with elastic straps or tie straps) that can be offered to patients and the constructed facemasks that will fit over an N95 masks for the healthcare workers. They WELCOME any and all home-sewn masks that the community is able to provide to them.

  • Monarch Meadows: call for pattern needed

    • Contact: Andrea Rupe at 507-344-1160 

  • New Perspective Senior Living, Mankato: accepting both

    • Contact: Laura Crabtree at (507) 385-7086

  • Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center: accepting both N-95 and homemade

    • Roni Urban, Director of Nursing at (507) 388-2913 

  • Oak Terrace Assisted Living of North Mankato: accepting both

    • Contact: Drew Hood at (507) 387-8340

  • Oak Terrace Senior Living of Le Sueur: accepting both

    • Contact: Tracy Oglivie at (507) 593-8500

  • Old Main Village: accepting both

  • Orchard Hill Assisted Living Community: accepting both

    • Contact: Yvonne Schell at (507) 354-2159

  • Partners for Affordable House: homemade masks accepted. 75-100 masks needed.

  • Primrose Retirement Community of Mankato: N-95, running low on PPE

    • Contact Lori Pietsch​, Executive Director at (507) 388-9292 

  • Salvation Army

  • The Beacon at Lake Crystal: homemade accepted.

    • Contact Michelle Guentzel at (507) 726-6537

  • Timberdale Trace Assisted Living: accepting both

    • Contact: Nicole Wacek at 507-446-8600

  • Traditions of Montgomeryaccepting both

    • Contact: Lisa Krohn or Emy Deppen at (507) 364-5585

  • Traditions of Waterville: accepting both

    • Contact: Jessie Schroeder at (507) 362-4155

  • ​Valley View of Owatonna: accepting both

    • Contact: Steve Friederich at (507) 451-0722

  • VINE Faith in Action: accepting only homemade

    • Contact: Adam Massmann at 507-387-1666

  • Water's Edge: accepting both

    • Contact: Julia Walker at 507-388-0646

  • Whispering Creek: accepting both

    • Contact: Amanda Wheelock at 507-231-5113

  • Whispering Oak Assisted Living Community: accepting both

    • Contact: Rachel Baldwin at 507-402-2545


To have your organization added to this list, please call United Way at 507-345-4551 or email

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Volunteer & Item Needs



American Red Cross serving Southwest MN


Volunteering & Blood Donations


Volunteering: Please see the description of volunteer needs/times on this Google doc.

Blood Donations: The Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to donate blood. We understand that people have concerns right now about all aspects of public health, but want to stress that donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give. It’s important to note that blood drives have the highest standards of safety and infection control – and they do not fall in the category of mass gatherings. To find an area blood drive and make an appointment, please visit Enter a zip code and you will see drives in your area. We are also in need of organizations or businesses willing to host a drive. Blood drive volunteer needs (see email).


To volunteer, contact Cathy Stapel at
or 507-381-2066.

To give blood: 1-800-RED-CROS


Boys Scouts Twin Valley Council


Donation: Scouting For Food Online Donations


This year’s Scouting for Food campaign will be an on-line fundraising campaign vs. Scouts and Scouters going door to door. Donors will be able to designate their gift to 1 of 33 different food banks in southern Minnesota. 100% of proceeds will go to local food banks so they can purchase supplies to help those in need. Mankato Mason Lodge #12 have generously agreed to match $1:$1 up to $1,000 any donation we get to this year’s Scouting for Food campaign to the Echo Food Shelf in Mankato. Donate at


Ray Brauer
(507) 541-3922


Committee Against Dometic Abuse (CADA)


Donation: Cleaning Supplies


Paper towels, lysol spray, disinfecting wipes, nitrile gloves, homemade masks accepted; (please donate N-95 elsewhere to medical staff)


Kristen Walters
507-625-8688 EXT. 124


Echo Food Shelf


Volunteers and Donations for Personal Care Items


Volunteer needs: 1) Pick up food from vendors (Hy Vee, Aldi, etc) and deliver to ECHO; 2) Sort food provided to ECHO through food rescue; 3) Package food orders at ECHO for people to pick up; 4) Deliver food orders to homes of people who can't pick food up. Donation needs (to be provided to individuals/families in need): hand soap, toilet paper, diapers.


Deisy De Leon Esqueda


Feeding Our Community Partners


Volunteer: Packing or delivery sessions


Each month enrolled students will receive a box containing menu items typically included in their weekly food packs as well as supplemental food items. Sign up for our volunteer packing or delivery sessions. Volunteer opportunities will be posted frequently on the FOCP Facebook page at


Sarah McDonald


Lutheran Social Services Meals on Wheels


Donation: Money for extra meals
Volunteer: Volunteers to help assemble shelf-stable meals and deliver to seniors


LSS is providing clients 14 exta meals (in forms of frozen, refrigerated and shelf stable) and clients are afraid they can't afford them. 2-3 Volunteers needed for assembly and 2-3 volunteers needed for delivery.


Jodi Zeitz


Mankato Clinic


Donation: N-95 Masks


Mankato Clinic is running low of N-95 masks for healthcare workers on the front lines of this pandemic


Marcia Bahr


Mankato Youth Place (MY Place)


Donation: Packaged Snacks


Mankato Youth Place (MY Place) is open normal hours serving youth and needs additional prepackaged snacks to provide youth. 


Erin Simmons


Partners for Affordable Housing


Donation: Basic Needs for Shelter Guest


Food, medicine, baby formula and diapers, hygiene and cleaning supplies,  monetary donations to help meet immediate needs as they arise, be it gas, transportation, food, paying for child care, masks (homemade masks accepted), etc.


Kirsten Becker
507-387-2115 EXT. 4


Salvation Army


Donation: Supplies for Meal Distribution


hand sanitizer (in desperate need) and disinfecting spray, disposable surgical masks, paper products (single-well clam shells and cutlery packets) for grab and go lunches, disposable face masks


Leslie Johnson



Step Up to Sit


Volunteer: Childcare for healthcare and other critical workers


Greater Mankato Area United Way has been working with our healthcare partners on a project to match healthcare and other essential workers with child care during this time. The Step Up to SIT website was recently created by sisters in Rochester to facilitate family/babysitter matches and this resource is now expanding to other communities including Mankato. Babysitters can either volunteer their time or request to be paid. We are currently in the process of recruiting babysitters.


Go to the website: and click on Mankato