Lend a Hand: Ways to Give to Those In Need

  • January 8, 2021
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Whether you're organizing a coat and food drive or considering charitable contributions, there are many ways to help others at any time. Pulling from publicly available information, RadioACTive has organized the following list by need so you may easily match what you have to give with local nonprofits ready to put it to good use. 

  • If you or someone you know needs help, call 2-1-1 or visit 211utah.org, a free information and referral line for health, human and community services.
  • Before giving to any charitable organization, verify their 501(c3) status or confirm their legitimacy to your own satisfaction.
  • To add something to this list, email the information to radioactive@krcl.org.


Jan. 18-29: Fight Hunger with the YouthCity Government Virtual Food Drive for the Utah Food Bank"Each year, in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dedication to service, YouthCity Government (YCG) on behalf of the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office organizes the City's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project. For over 19 years, YCG students, city officials, city employees, and community partners have sorted food donations and distribute food boxes to Salt Lake City's low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Due to the pandemic and to ensure we follow social distancing guidelines, YCG students will host an MLK Virtual Food Drive, Monday, January 18 - January 29, 2021. We look forward to your support and helping us meet our goal!"  

Crossroads Urban Center Emergency Food Pantries: Distributes boxes that supply three days worth of food to hungry individuals. They specialize in supporting infant needs with formula, diapers and baby food. Food boxes are available at 347 S. 400 E. and 1358 W. Indiana Ave., SLC. 

Utah AIDS Foundation Food Bank: While the UAF Food Bank receives plenty of food from the Utah Food Bank, we must rely on donations from individuals for personal care items. The UAF Food Bank also stocks a limited supply of pet food. Please contact Brandy Romero at or (801) 634-1133. 

Utah Food Bank, 3150 S. 900 W., South Salt Lake. Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names but has always remained true to our mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide. 511,000 Utahns, which equates to 1 in 6 individuals, are at risk of missing a meal today. Even more alarming is that 1 in 5 Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from. With your support last year, we distributed 52.9 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 44.1 million meals, to people facing hunger across the state.


Salt Lake City and Volunteers of America (VOA) provides year-round support for individuals living on the street through basic need items, education assistance, employment services and housing assistance. The VOA, Utah is happy to accept new or gently used, clean and sorted donations in good condition. The VOA is also taking donations by appointment only at both donation centers located at the Youth Resource Center (888 S. 400 W.) or the Geraldine E. King Women's Resource Center (131 E. 700 S.). To view VOA's urgent needs list and to sign up for a donation drop off time, visit voaut.org/in-kind.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah: "If you are thinking of making a difference in someone’s life, you can consider donating clothes today to Big Brother Big Sister of Utah! Why Donate Clothes to BBBSU When you are thinking about Donations in Utah, you can consider BBSU because of the following reasons: The items you donate are sold or recycled through savers. The sales from your Donations in Utah in the form of used clothing items can help 350 kids annually."

Crossroads Thrift Store, 1385 W. Indiana Ave., SLC. Phone: 801-359-8837. Open: Tues.– Friday, 12:00-5:00 p.m. "The Thrift Store thrives thanks to your generous donations.  Please make sure all items are clean and in working order, used clothing has no rips/stains, and underwear is new."

Junior League of SLC's Women Helping Women Boutique, a project in which Junior League volunteers collect, prepare, and distribute donated professional women’s clothing. These clothes are given to women entering the workforce and who are in transition toward self-sufficiency. Clients are referred to the project by government and social service agencies. Women Helping Women has served over 17,000 women since 1996. For more information about Women Helping Women please call 801-328-1019 ext.1 or email whw@jlslc.org.

The Road Home: Accepts donations of gently used items. "We ask that all donations be clean and in good condition when they are donated. Did you know you can shop items from our Needs List directly on Amazon? Giving back has never been easier! Questions: 801-819-7293. The Road Home is open every day of the year to accept your donation:

  • South Salt Lake Men's Resource Center, 3380 S. 1000 W., South Salt Lake City, UT 84119. Drop-off hours: Monday - Sunday, 8a-7p, year-round, all holidays & weekends to accept donations.

  • Midvale Family Center, 529 W. 7300 S. (9th Avenue), Midvale, UT 84047. Drop-off hours: Monday - Sunday, 8a-7p, year-round. 


Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity invites people of all backgrounds, races, and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Social Enterprises: These are organizations that help folks rebuild their lives. In addition to accepting cash and in-kind donations, they provide services and goods.

Flourish Bakery teaches the art and skills of professional baking to individuals in recovery from addiction and/or incarceration. How to help:

The Other Side Academy is a free self-help school that teaches right living and vocational training for those who have hit bottom. How to help:

  • Hire The Other Side Movers. It gives TOSA students training opportunities, supports self-reliance. Residential and commercial moving services available.

  • Shop at The Other Side Thrift Boutique, 4290 S. State St., Murray. Donations and volunteers also welcome.

  • Donate. The Other Side Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your donations are tax-deductible. In-kind and cash donations accepted. 

Red Barn Farms Utah is a 2-year life skills academy for men who have had issues with addiction, homelessness and other unhealthy behaviors. How to help: