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Supply drives are fun and easy to host. Collections are perfect for office team building, church and civic group activities, and even birthday parties. Below are our current supply drive priorities.

Mary Lou's Closet

Across the nation, Mary Lou Young is considered a national thought leader and an agent for change. As the former President and CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Mary Lou raised millions of dollars to create lasting change in her community.

Her legacy of service lives on with Mary Lou’s Closet. This year-round supply drive will help to mobilize basic need items for youth. Donations will be distributed through the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership and United Way’s family of funded agencies and partners. Needed supplies include health & hygiene items such as deodorant, tampons and pads, body wash/wipes, winter gear, and undergarments.

May-August 2022

School Supplies (Backpack Coalition)
Items Needed: Backpack, 2” Binders, Crayons 24ct, Glue Sticks, Broad Tip Markers 8ct, Dry Erase Markers, Composition Notebooks, Looseleaf Paper, Post-It Notes 3x3

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September-December 2022

Winter Coats & Gear
Items Needed: Warm Socks, hat, gloves, scarf, coat, lined hoodies, sweatpants/joggers (Size 4T to Adult 3XL)

January-April 2023

Basic Clothing
Items Needed: Underwear, athletic socks, ankle socks, sweatpants/joggers (4yrs-18yrs or 4T to Adult 3XL)

Get started? Fill out the Mary Lou's Closet Supply Drive Interest Form.

If your workplace or community group is interested in mobilizing supplies year-round, please consider sponsoring an on-site closet at one of our community schools.

For more information, please contact Jayne Thoma at 414.837.3180.


Diaper Bank

Access to a sufficient supply of diapers is essential for the health of infants and toddlers, but too many families do not have the resources to adequately provide for this basic need. Get involved by running a diaper collection drive at your workplace or organization. 

Learn more about our Diaper Bank 



Partner Agency Needs

Work with United Way in responding to specific needs, often urgent or seasonal, identified by one or more of our partner agencies. Ready to get started? Please fill out the form below.

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