Needs

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 ElizabethH@MankatoUnitedWay.org or call 507-345-4551. 


Volunteer & Item Needs

ORGANIZATION: 

Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center PPE Drop-Off

NEED:

Donation: Masks, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

DESCRIPTION: 

United Way has collaborated with the City of Mankato and other partners to coordinate and collect mask and PPE donations at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center. Donations of PPE may be brought to the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. Donated PPEs will be sanitized and re-packaged for distribution to long-term care facilities, front line volunteers, public safety, transportation personnel and other essential workers.

If your organization is in immediate needs of masks for staff, volunteers or clients, call 311 (use your current supplies vendor to order if possible).

Civic center drop off locations:
Community members are asked to place PPEs in green Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota dropboxes in front of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center lobby doors

Businesses or individuals with large deliveries may bring Mondays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 311 or 507-387-8600 to schedule an appointment. Please use Walnut Street to access the event center's loading dock area. Signage will help direct where to place. 

View map showing drop off locations. Direct donations to facilities accepting masks are also encouraged. Should a facility not need PPEs, please bring to the event center, and staff will provide to others. Those interested in donating N95 masks should contact health care facilities.

View guidelines for homemade mask coverings.

CONTACT:

Contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600


ORGANIZATION: 

American Red Cross serving Southwest MN

NEED:

Volunteering & Blood Donations

DESCRIPTION: 

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 www.redcrossblood.org. 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 drives are also in need of volunteers.

CONTACT:

To volunteer, contact Cathy Stapel at Catherine.Stapel@redcross.org
or 507-381-2066.

To give blood: 1-800-RED-CROS


ORGANIZATION: 

Beyond Brink

NEED:

Furniture

DESCRIPTION: 

Furniture for two new shelters for people in recovery including: Dressers (28), Night stands (28), Any and all kitchen items, Coffee tables (2), Lamps, misc household items 

CONTACT:

Brandy Brink
507-779-1075
brandy@beyondbrink.com


ORGANIZATION: 

Committee Against Dometic Abuse (CADA)

NEED:

Donation: Cleaning Supplies

DESCRIPTION:

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

CONTACT:

Kristen Walters
507-625-8688 EXT. 124
kristenw@cadamn.org


ORGANIZATION: 

Echo Food Shelf

NEED:

Volunteers and Donations for Personal Care Items

DESCRIPTION:

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.

CONTACT:

Deisy De Leon Esqueda
507-345-7477
echofoodshelf@yahoo.com


ORGANIZATION: 

Feeding Every Baby Inc.

NEED:

Donation: Infant formula, breastmilk storage bags, diapers, wipes

DESCRIPTION: 

Donations need to provide families with infant formula, breastmilk storage bags, diapers, wipes

Donations accepted at

 

AmericINN (hotel front desk)
240 stadium road
Mankato MN 56001
Hours: 24/7

 

Creekside Boutique
120 N Augusta Ct #101
Mankato MN 56001
Hours: Monday-Friday 10-5 & Saturdays 10-4
*Includes Monetary

 

CONTACT:

Contact Stacey Taber at 507-779-4323 or feedingeverybaby@gmail.com


ORGANIZATION: 

Feeding Our Community Partners

NEED:

Volunteer: Packing or delivery sessions

DESCRIPTION: 

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 www.facebook.com/FOCP.BackPackFoodProgram/

Contact: 

Sarah McDonald
507-351-7764
sarah@feedingandfueling.org


ORGANIZATION: 

Get Mankato PPE

NEED:

Volunteer/Donation:Sewers and/or sewing machines needed! 

DESCRIPTION:

Get Mankato PPE is working with local sewers to make facemasks for hospital, clinic, and other healthcare and frontline workers. Contact Priscilla Roos if you are able to help sew or if you have a sewing machine to donate. Thread, buttons and fabric (cotton, cotton-poly blend or anti pill fleece) can be dropped off at Kato Moving and Storage located at 417 Poplar Street, Mankato (please do not drop off sewing machines rather call Priscilla to donate sewing machines or to make a financial donation).

CONTACT:

Priscilla Roos
406-579-6395
getmankatoppe@gmail.com


ORGANIZATION: 

Holy Grounds 

NEED:

Volunteer: Serving Team at Holy Grounds Breakfast Ministry

DESCRIPTION:

Serving breakfast at Holy Grounds on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 9am-10am, take away breakfast. 

Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0544aca922aafa7-holy

CONTACT:

Erica Koser
erica@mankatocentenary.org


ORGANIZATION: 

Lutheran Social Services Meals on Wheels

NEED:

Volunteer to help with meal prep/ Donation of refrigerated trailor

DESCRIPTION: 

Volunteers are needed for about 4 weeks for a meal prep project (kitchen experience preferred). A donation of a refrigerated trailor is needed to store frozen meals. Email Jodi for more information!

Contact: 

Jodi Zeitz
712-229-7743
Jodi.Zeitz@lssmn.org


ORGANIZATION: 

Mankato Clinic

NEED:

Donation: N-95 Masks

DESCRIPTION: 

Mankato Clinic is running low of N-95 masks for healthcare workers on the front lines of this pandemic. Please drop off masks and all PPE at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.

CONTACT:

Ceceli Polzin
cecelip@mankatoclinic.com


ORGANIZATION: 

Mankato Youth Place (MY Place)

NEED:

Donation: Packaged Snacks

DESCRIPTION: 

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

CONTACT:

Erin Simmons
507-720-6898
erin@myplacemankato.org


ORGANIZATION: 

Partners for Affordable Housing

NEED:

Donation: Basic Needs for Shelter Guest

DESCRIPTION: 

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.

CONTACT:

Kirsten Becker
507-387-2115 EXT. 4
kirsten@partnersforhousing.org


ORGANIZATION: 

Step Up to Sit

NEED:

Childcare for healthcare and other critical workers

DESCRIPTION: 

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 in the Mankato area. Babysitters can either volunteer their time or request to be paid. 

CONTACT:

Go to the website: https://www.stepuptosit.com/signup and click on Mankato


ORGANIZATION: 

VINE

NEED:

Volunteers Needed for the One-on-one Visiting Program & Meals on Wheels

DESCRIPTION: 

VINE needs volunteers for its one-on-one visiting program, Caring Connection. If you’re willing to make regular visits (via phone or in-person with required safety protocols) to older adults who are isolated in their own homes

VINE is seeking volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels two or three times a month.  Routes take one to two hours to complete and an orientation is required.

 

CONTACT:

One-on-one Program contact Joyce Kolbet at (507) 386-5583.  

Meals on Wheels contact Adam Massmann at (507) 387-1666.

 

Masks

United Way has collaborated with the City of Mankato and other partners to coordinate and collect mask donations at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center. Beginning April 13 at 9 a.m., donations of PPE may be brought to the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. Donated PPEs will be sanitized and re-packaged for distribution to long-term care facilities, front line volunteers, public safety, transportation personnel and other essential workers.

If your organization is in immediate needs of masks for staff, volunteers or clients, call 311 (use your current supplies vendor to order if possible).

Civic center drop off locations:

  • Community members are asked to place PPEs in green Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota dropboxes in front of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center lobby doors.
  • Businesses or individuals with large deliveries may bring Mondays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 311 or 507-387-8600 to schedule an appointment. Please use Walnut Street to access the event center's loading dock area. Signage will help direct where to place. 

View map showing drop off locations. Direct donations to facilities accepting masks are also encouraged. Should a facility not need PPEs, please bring to the event center, and staff will provide to others. Those interested in donating N95 masks should contact health care facilities.

View guidelines for homemade mask coverings.

Read the press release from April 9, 2020 regarding the PPE Drop-Off