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Western Dairyland helps thousands of local families each year thanks in part to the support of generous individual donors. We welcome all levels of donation, whether it's a one-time gift, a monthly donation or the establishment of a matching gifts program. For more information, please call us at 715-985-2391 or email us at

Homeless Shelter Donations

Western Dairyland operates seven homeless shelters for families with children in Western Wisconsin. Our shelters are single-family apartments which are completely furnished with bedding, furniture, cooking utensils and cleaning supplies donated by the community.

$500 provides 1 month of shelter for a homeless family

$125 provides 1 week of shelter for a homeless family

$18 provides 1 day of shelter for a homeless family

Any amount provides help for today and hope for tomorrow

Online donations of any amount may be made through our secure Paypal account. All donations will help pay rent, utilities, and building maintenance at our shelters in Eau Claire, Black River Falls, Blair, and Mondovi. Click on the "donate" button to get started.

In addition to monetary donations, we always welcome the following:

  • Personal Care Items (soap, shampoo, tooth brushes, toothpaste)
  • Bedroom pillows and blankets
  • Bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Linens (sheets, mattress pads)
  • Dishes, utensils, silverware, glasses, cereal bowls, etc.
  • Kitchen appliances (toaster, coffee makers, can opener)
  • Furniture (couch, love seat, chairs)
  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, etc.)
  • Lawn Mowing services
  • Snow Removal services
  • Handyman/Repair services
  • We also welcome small groups and individuals who are willing to do yard work, painting, cleaning and general maintenance as needed. Call our offices at 715-985-2391 for more information.

Housing First Wish List

This is a wish list for the Western Dairyland Housing First program which will house long-term homeless families in Eau Claire. These items are desperately needed to furnish the apartments these families will call home. Please consider purchasing an item or two (we need 15 of each!). Thank you!

Birthday Boxes

Donations may be made through our wish list, or dropped off at our offices in Eau Claire (418 Wisconsin Street) and Independence (23122 Whitehall Road), or at Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store in Independence. The following items are appreciated:

  • Wrapping Paper
  • Gift Bags
  • Tissue Paper
  • Cake Mix
  • Frosting
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Birthday Candles
  • Balloons
  • Party Favors
  • Birthday Cards
  • Books (primarily for ages 3 to 5)
  • Activity Books
  • Crayons
  • Quilts or blankets

Mailed Donations

Step 1: Download a Mail-In Donation Form

Step 2: Mail completed form along with a personal check, money order or credit card information to the following address:

Western Dairyland E.O.C. Inc.
23122 Whitehall Road
P.O. Box 125
Independence, WI 54747

Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store

We accept donations of new and gently used men's, women's and children's clothing, along with shoes, housewares, books, toys, jewelry and accessories.

Cents & Sensibility Thrift Store
23741 Washington Street
Independence, WI 54747
Phone: 715-985-3301

Store Hours
Tuesday - Friday, 11 am to 5 pm
Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm

Learn more about the thrift store.

Thank You

Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law.

For more information about donating to Western Dairyland, please call us at 1-800-782-1063 or email us at

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