There are several ways for churches and individuals to get involved. Alpha Women’s Center relies entirely on donations from individuals and churches, as we do not receive any government assistance. If you would like to get involved, take a look below to read about a way you can help out.
All donations may receive tax receipts.
Used items: We accept used items in good condition, including: Baby clothing, size 0 to 2T, toys which can be sanitized, bottles, shoes, linens, nursing supplies, maternity clothes. We cannot accept car seats or furniture items. We do take larger floor toys, such as exersaucers, etc.
Small Toys: Small toys, rattles, bibs, and so forth may be donated. These smaller, less expensive items can be collected by churches or organizations through Awana or kids programs, Sunday School, or Scout groups. These kinds of donations are typically placed in baby baskets, which are given to new mothers. Also, gifts of lotions, shampoos, etc. for pregnant women are great donation ideas.
Garage Sales: At times individuals will donate unsold garage sale items. We give a tax receipt for these donations as we would for any other donation. Donors determine the value as AWC simply states how many boxes have been donated. We accept anything from newborn up to 2 years old – except car seats and furniture.
If you are interested in volunteering at Alpha Women’s Center, please read over our detailedVolunteer page, that gives answers to common questions and gives access to our Statement of Principle and the Volunteer Application. We are primarily a volunteer-driven ministry in our Ankeny and Des Moines locations, so we are always looking for additional volunteers to help in a variety of roles.
Events or Drives
Baby Bottle Boomerang: Our bottles are usually handed out on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (about the third Sunday in January) OR Mother’s Day. The Alpha Women’s Center will supply the bottles – usually one per family. We will also provide a bulletin insert to explain how to fill the bottles. Usually a date, about a month out, is designated to have the bottles turned in again. The church can process the change and write us a check, or we can process the money. Many churches will process the money for us, send us a check with any personal checks that may have been made out to us, and keep the bottles to use the next year. We will give each person a tax receipt who issues us a check.
Christmas Giving: When the mothers bring in their new babies, we give them a basket of new items, (outfits, sleepers, rattles, bottles, receiving blankets, onesies, pacifiers, teething rings, socks, shoes, shampoos, baby wash, lotions, etc.) and a new quilt. Some classes and/or churches have had Christmas banquets and each person or couple brings a new baby gift (from list above) and it is given to be placed in our new baby baskets.
Quilts/Fleece Blankets: Some groups are making quilts or blankets as a Ladies Night Out project. They are taught how to make them and then they donate them for our closet.
Diaper and Wipe Drive: Some groups designate a certain period of time where diapers and wipes are collected. We always need the larger sizes, especially sizes 4 to 6, but all sizes, preemie to 6 are welcome, even pull-ups. Any age group can do this.
Regular Financial Support
We do appreciate monthly or quarterly pledges that help in the budget planning. Every donor receives a tax receipt. We have a link on this website where you can make donations online through Pay Pal.
We encourage you to remember Alpha Women’s Center throughout the entire year with the following calendar reminders:
January & February – Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and Baby Bottle Campaign
March & April – Give a gift in memory of a loved one
May & June – Give a gift in honor of Mom or Dad
July – Give a gift for Alpha’s anniversary or your own anniversary
August & September – Gift for back to school supplies for girls in school
October & November – Gift for National Adoption and Walk for Life Month by adoptive parents
December – Christmas or year-end gift
Another option is to donate incentive gifts for pregnant women when they complete classes, such as:
A one month membership to a gym for after the birth.
A gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure.
A gift certificate for a haircut.
A $10.00 gift certificate for any discount or department stores.
Secure Online Donations
Click on the “Make a Donation” button from any of our webpages or by clicking below! You can also e-mail our Director or call us at (515) 285-5700 for more information.