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Donate monthly or yearly

Financial contributions enable Aid For Friends to continue providing safe shelter to families and individuals by staffing the shelter with qualified employees, providing social services, and offering products to meet the basic needs of clients. Checks or money orders may be sent to:

Aid For Friends
P.O. Box 4233
Pocatello, ID 83205

You may also send in a donation using a credit or debit card via Paypal (no account required) anytime by clicking the button below:

If you have a Paypal account, you may donate via the Giving Fund. This is a special Paypal charity account in which 100% of the donated funds will go straight to Aid For Friends, with no fees deducted before disbursement. Visit to donate to the Giving Fund.

Please visit our Events and Fundraisers page for additional donation opportunities

Aid For Friends is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization; donations may be tax-deductible.

Collect household items for “start-up” kits

Individuals and families moving out of the Shelter into their own home need assistance and a “Start-Up” kit will give them a boost. The kits could include mops, brooms, sponges and rags, cleaning supplies, dishes, pots, pans, small appliances, cooking and food supplies, linens, and towels.

Prepare, or deliver leftover food from a catered event

It is best to first call the Emergency Shelter to make arrangements for a specific night. This will allow the staff to schedule the weekly meal menu. You may also click here ( to learn more about helping with dinner and to sign up for a meal.

Volunteer for improvement projects at the shelter

There are outdoors projects like painting the fence, planting flowers and pulling weeds. Projects indoors include “Adopt A Room” which may be any room in the Shelter; bedrooms, living room, kitchen, food pantries, hallways and bathrooms. You can add that special touch with curtains, paint, comforter, lamp or nightstand.

Donate outerwear and underwear

Whenever you donate used outerwear, please ensure that the items are clean, free of stains and need no mending. We can only accept socks and underwear that are new and sealed in the package. We no longer accept general clothing donations.

Learn about homelessness and educate others

Recognize that people experiencing homelessness are not all the same. They are as diverse as the colors of a rainbow. There is no one cause for homelessness but it is the result of many different factors and situations. Aid For Friends offers a second chance in life.

Organize a fundraising event

As a group project, you can plan a fundraiser such as a bake sale, neighborhood garage sale, car wash, spaghetti dinner; the list goes on and on. The proceeds earned can be given to Aid For Friends. Contact Aid For Friends before planning the event to help with public relations and input.

Donate food, cleaning and household supplies or personal hygiene items

Items may be dropped off directly at the emergency shelter, at 209 E. Lewis. Call (208) 232-5669 for further information. Ideas include:

  • Meat, dairy products, cooking supplies, canned meats and vegetables and dry goods
  • Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, Floor Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
    Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths, Sheets and Pillow Cases, Pillows, Blankets
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Bath Soap, Combs & Brushes, Feminine Hygiene Items Diapers & Disposable Baby Wipes

Ongoing shelter needs

Cleaning Supplies

  • Laundry soap
  • Fabric Softener
  • Lysol spray
  • SOS pads
  • Scouring sponges
  • Large (33-gal) and small (8-gal) trash bags
  • Gallon-size freezer bags
  • Paper towels

Hygiene Supplies

  • Toilet paper
  • Body Wash
  • Conditioner
  • Tampons
  • Razors (men and women)
  • Deodorant (men and women)

Children’s items

  • Any size diapers, especially large size (5) diapers
  • Any size pull-ups for children
  • Diaper wipes


  • Blankets
  • Shoes and work boots
  • Winter coats and jackets
  • New, never worn underwear and socks, especially in larger sizes
  • NOTE: we no longer accept clothing donations other than what is mentioned above. Please donate clothing to St. Vincent de Paul or other thrift stores or charities.

Office Supplies

  • Copy paper
  • Manila file folders