Local nonprofits offer their Christmas wish lists

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Sunday, November 24, 2013

The problem with a new boiler is that it's so hard to wrap.

Footballs, with their odd shape, present their own challenges, as do basketballs.

You might be able to wrap tires for the van, but where would you place the bow?

 Fortunately for the wrapping impaired among us, the gifts on the following list don't need to be wrapped and will be much appreciated.

Once again, the Gazette is pleased to present the nonprofit Christmas wish list.

We asked local nonprofits to tell us what they needed, both the big items, such as boilers and snow plow blades, and small ones, such as glue sticks, construction paper, winter gloves, copier paper and horse treats.

Of course, all nonprofits could use financial support and the gift of your time as a volunteer.

Organizations that would like to be added to this list should go to this link

The following is a detailed listing of nonprofits and their wish lists.

-- The Boys & Girls Club of Janesville, 200 W. Court St., Janesville: The organization provides after school and summer programming that promotes academic success, character building, leadership development and healthily life skills for youth.

 Wish list: pool table cues, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, jump ropes, age-appropriate DVD movies, board games, a commercial vacuum cleaner, floor clearing services, a new carpet in the computer lab, construction paper, crayons, colored pencils and markers, 40-gallon garbage bags, office supplies, paper towels, pool table recovering, headphones, new tires for the van, a wooden bench, a security camera, toilet paper, a new boiler and general repairs, maintenance and painting.

Contact information: (608) 755-0575, ckulinski@bgcjanesville.org or www.bgcjanesville.org.

--Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth, and Jefferson counties, 1239 Huebbe Parkway, Beloit: The organization helps children and families who are facing adversity in Rock, Walworth, and Jefferson counties by providing one-to-one mentors to children in need of support and positive role models.

Wish list: copier paper in white, cream, green, and purple; stamps, file folders, office supply store gift cards and new computer.

Contact information: (608) 362-8223, bbbsmelanie@hotmail.com, bbbs4kids.org

--Blackhawk Technical College Foundation, 6004 County G, Janesville or P.O. Box 5009, Janesville: The Blackhawk Technical College Foundation provides scholarships and emergency assistance to students attending Blackhawk Technical College campuses in Rock and Green counties.

Wish list: gift cards for fuel at area gas stations, Woodman's gift cards, bus passes for the Beloit-Janesville Express, gifts of cash or stock of student scholarships in any amounts.

Contact information: (608) 757-7704, kcameron@blackhawk.edu, www.blackhawk.edu/Alumni/BTCFoundation.aspx

--Family Respite Care Services, P.O. Box 82, Beloit: The group provides trained respite providers, special needs education and support services to children with disabilities with the goal of promoting family stability.

Wish list: game systems appropriate for teenagers, nonperishable snacks and juices, name tags, therapeutic tools such as sensory balls and weighted blankets, laminator, postage stamps, scissors, glue bottles or glue sticks.

Contact information: (608) 758-0956, family.respite@sbcglobal.net or www.rockcountyrespite.org

--St. Elizabeth Manor,  111 Commercial Drive, Footville:

The organization is a community-based residential facility that assists a variety of people from those who have been in accidents to the elderly who need more assistance with daily tasks.

Wish list: new large piece puzzles with 300 pieces or fewer that are age-appropriate for adults, postage stamps, snack items such as microwave popcorn and sugar-free drink mixes, holiday-themed napkins and paper plates, construction paper, paint, glue dots, tacky glue and tape.

Contact information: (608) 876-4056, melissahubbard@stelizabethmanor.com, or www.stelizabethmanor.com.

--Senior Services of Rock County, 120 N. Crosby Ave., Janesville: The organization provides a variety of services to Rock County residents who are 60 and older including supportive home car, telephone assistance and a housekeeping registry.

Wish list: copy machine, computer.

Contact information: (608) 757-5940, ext. 5, skm@seniorservicesrock.com or seniorservicesrock.com

--Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Rock County, 51 S. Main St., third floor, Janesville: CASA trains and supervises volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children. The volunteers spend time with children and the others involved in their lives and lets the juvenile judge know how things are going and what the children's' wishes are.

Wish list: digital Projector, projector screen, gas gift cards, Target or Wal-Mart gift cards, Forever postage stamps.

Contact information: (608) 305-0187, casarc@familyservices1.org or www.casarockcounty.org

--Friends of Clinton Public Library, P.O. Box 487, 214 Mill St., Clinton: The organization's purpose is to promote reading and other media resources used through the library and assist in finding materials, facilities and volunteers to enhance literacy within our community.

Wish list: atamps and printing services. The organization is also looking for 100 people to donate $100 to the drive for the new library.

Contact information: (608) 676-5569, bieber.mary@als.lib.wi.us, http://www.als.lib.wi.us/CPL/

--Pregnancy Helpline, 21 S. Jackson Street, Suite C, Janesville: The organization serves pregnant moms, expectant fathers and new parents.

Wish list: maternity and layette items; diapers, all sizes; baby wash, shampoo and lotion; baby bottles, car seats and batteries, all sizes.

Contact: (608) 755-9739, (608) 755-9739, onlinehelp@pregnancy-helpline.net. www.pregnancy-helpline.net.

--G.I.F.T.S. Men's Shelter, P.O. Box 788, Janesville: G.I.F.T.S. is a temporary shelter that provides homeless men a place to sleep, meals, and Christian fellowship. G.I.F.T.S. also runs a resource center staffed with a group of trained volunteers who help connect our guests to services to help them overcome some of the obstacles.

Wish list: hats, gloves, socks, long underwear, boots, bus tokens, fuel-only gas cards, backpacks and personal hygiene items for men.

Contact information:            (608) 371-3735,             director@gifts-shelter.org, gifts-shelter.org.

--The Site Of Senses Project, 1204 Columbus Circle, Janesville: The organization serves multi-handicapped vision-impaired and blind children from ages birth to 21 who experience cognitive learning difficulties caused by their multiple health and mental challenges. The group designs equipment used to support a learning process developed specifically for these children.

 Wish list: “toys” for the equipment. Contact the organization to see what is needed.

Contact information: (608) 754-1644, tableinno@charter.net or www.siteofsenses.com.

--Wilson Elementary School, 465 Rockport Road, Janesville: More than 90 percent of the students at Wilson Elementary School live below the poverty level. The school provides community outreach sponsored by its Family Resource Center.

Wish list: 9-by-12 inch green construction paper and other colors as well. Peacock-brand construction paper works best for art projects.

Contact: (608) 743-7300, slefave@janesville.k12.wi.us.

--The Salvation Army, 514 Sutherland Ave., Janesville: The Salvation Army food pantry and social service programs offer assistance to clients in need of emergency services.

The organization also offers free community meals; seasonal programs such as Christmas toys and food baskets, Santa's Workshop and Coats for Kids; a transitional housing program and a community center.

Wish list: new toys for children, gift items for teens aged 12 to 17, dry items for the food pantry.

Contact information: (608) 757-8300,            tamara_prochazka@usc.salvationarmy.org, JanesvilleSA.org.

-Spirit Horse Equine Rescue & Education Center, 4107 N. River's Edge Drive, Janesville.

The organization provides rescue, rehabilitation and adoption for all classes of equines; education in natural horsemanship and programs for schools, scouting organizations and others.

Wish list: packaged horse treats; gift cards to Jack & Dick's, Tractor Supply, Farm & Fleet, Office Max and Staples; and prepaid Visa or MasterCards to pay for veterinary bills, hay and hoof care; plastic storage bins of all sizes.

Contact: (608) 774-2526, rescue@spirithorseequinerescue.org, www.spirithorseequinerescue.org

--Project 16:49, Rock County.

Project 16:49 serves Rock County's unaccompanied homeless teens by offering safe, stable housing alternatives and assistance and support. This may include assistance with any or all of the following: food, clothing, transportation, education support, physical and mental health care, independent living skills, employment skills, career planning, community connections, and adult guidance.

Wish list: grocery gift cards, bus tokens, gas cards, full-size personal care items such as shampoo/conditioner, body wash, deodorant and feminine products; socks and undergarments; and non-perishable ready-to-eat food/snacks (not canned goods).

Contact information: (608) 314-5501, ed@project1649.org, www.project1649.org.

--Agape House,   215 S. Main St., Walworth: The organization provides a transitional living home, residential home and school for girls and young women who are struggling with addiction, mental health or come from seriously dysfunctional homes. Christian counseling provided for all participants and their families. Wish list: Microwave, computer cart for 10 to 12 computers, CD player w/separate speakers/radio/CD (not a boom box), copy machine; and snow blower.

Contact information: (262) 275-6466,jan@agapehouseforgirls.org            www.AgapeHouseForGirls.org

--ECHO, 65 S High St., Janesville: The organization assists the low-income people with 30 different services such as food, emergency rental assistance and lodging, case management, transportation, and seasonal services such as Thanksgiving baskets, toy distribution, and Christmas Dinner.

Wish list: new toys for toy distribution on Dec. 20, $20 gas cards, Janesville bus tokens,
Contact information: (608) 753-5333, office@echojanesville.org, www.echojanesville.org.

--Parker Closet at Janesville Parker High School, 3125 Mineral Point Ave., Janesville. The organization serves an estimated 225 homeless and economically disadvantaged students at Parker High School. The organization helps with everything from school supplies to toiltries and prom dresses to graduation gowns.

Wish list: bus tokens, gas cards, food cards, toiletries, school supplies, home goods and non-perishable food.

Contact information: Deri Wahlert, (608) 743-5804, dwahlert@janesville.k12.wi.us, on Facebook at Parker Closet.

--Riverfront, 1107 Barberry Drive, Janesville.

Riverfront provides support and employment to adults with disabilities through our day service program, production facility, three adult family homes and employment in the community. Riverfront helps those with mild to moderate cognitive and physical disabilities to those with more severe medical and behavioral issues.

Wish list: awnings, iPads or iPods, art supplies, gift cards to Wal-Mart or Target, DVD player.

Contact information: Sharon Fitzpatrick at (608) 757-0909, sharon.fitzpatrick@riverfrontinc.org, www.riverfrontinc.org

--YWCA Rock County, 1735 S. Washington St., Janesville.

The YWCA serves families fleeing domestic violence, children who report abuse, working families in need of affordable child care, single mothers who need help finding sustainable employment, and Spanish speakers who need help navigating government systems.

Wish list: paper products such toilet paper, paper towels; powdered laundry soap, full-size personal care products; diapers in size 3, 4 and 5; gasoline-only gift cards.

Contact information: (608) 752-5445 extension, 200, pr@ywcarockco.com,www.ywcarockcounty.org

 --Rock County Humane Society, 222 S. Arch St., Janesville.

The Rock County Humane Society serves as the holding facility for all lost and homeless pets of Rock County. More than 1,000 animals are adopted from the society every year.

Each adoptable animal includes more than $300 worth of services including spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccines and other wellness services. The organization helps pets stay in their homes with a Pet Pantry that operates in conjunction with ECHO.

Wish list: washer and dryer, snowplow attachment or truck or four wheeler with plow or in-kind donation of plowing, lawnmower with grass catcher, camera for adoption photos, paper towels, bleach, toilet paper, plastic storage bins with lids, ferret condos, blankets, cat trees, small dog and cat beds, small dog and cat houses, Kong toys, microscope, new cabinets for the medical room, vinyl exam gloves in all sizes and gift cards to Petco, Blain's Farm & Fleet, and Ace.

Contact information: (608) 752-5622,             bfrazier@rockcountyhumanesociety.com, www.rockcountyhumanesociety.com.


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