What are the basics?
The basics are human dignity products that are not covered by government assistance. They include: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, toilet paper, kleenex, baby wipes, diapers, incontinence pads, feminine hygiene products, soap, trash bags, dishwashing liquid, laundry soap, ziploc bags, and cleaning solution.

Who needs the basics?
Everyone deserves basic human dignity products. Some of your friends and neighbors may need our products during hard times in their lives. They may not want to ask for for assistance because they may not want to expose the depth of their hardships but Giving the Basics wants to be sure human dignity products are available whenever needs occur.

Can I volunteer as an individual?
Yes! Contact us to learn more about specific opportunities we currently have.

How do I get my company or group signed up to volunteer or coordinate a product drive?
To learn more about volunteering, visit our Volunteer page. To learn more about coordinating a product drive, visit our Dignity Drive page. For questions about either of these, please contact us.

Is there a minimum number of people per volunteer group?
While we have opportunities for individual volunteers, our minimum group size to sort and work at the warehouse is 8 people. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

Where can I drop off donations of toiletries?
For an up-to-date list of all drop off locations, click here. For larger donations, we are happy to coordinate pick-up. Contact us with any questions.

Do you take open or partially used toiletries?
Yes, we take any open or partially used toiletries. However, we do not accept expired toiletries.

Our organization serves clients in need of personal care items. How can I participate in the receiving the basics?
You’ll need to register your organization to begin receiving the basics. Please visit the registration info page to learn more.

I am in need of personal care items. Do you distribute to individuals?
We do not serve individuals. Please contact us with your zip code and we will work to connect you with the nearest shelter or pantry distributing items.

Where does your funding come from?
Our funding comes from the generous support of churches, grants, schools, individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors. To learn more about supporting Giving the Basics, click here.

What are your top five most needed items?
For an up-to-date list of the most needed items, please click here.

What are the age restrictions for volunteers?
We do not have a minimum age for our volunteers. However, children under the age of 14 must be supervised and remain with a parent or responsible adult at all times who is responsible for their safety. All volunteers must have a signed waiver on file, including all participating children.