Monetary Donations

Thank you for choosing to support the H.E.R Shelter.  While much of our programming is supported through a variety of grants, may innovative projects and simple niceties of life are not. HER Shelter staff works tirelessly in the effort to provide safety, advocacy, leadership, sustainability and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, stalking and homelessness. Thanks to the support of our community we are able to provide the best possible services to the women and children who are in our shelters and in our community programs. The H.E.R Shelter is a registered non profit agency, so your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  

If you would like to make a credit/debit card donation, please click on the button below. If you would like to donate via check/cash, please make checks out to The H.E.R. Shelter  and send to PO Box 2187 Portsmouth VA 23702.

In-Kind Donations

The HER Shelter is currently on a temporary hold off from accepting general used items such as clothing, shoes, household goods, etc. to prepare for our annual Gifts of Joy Christmas Program. 

If choosing to support the families at HER this Holiday season regarding in-kind gifts, all items donated will go directly towards the HER Shelter Gifts of Joy event, where clients will shop for free from all community donations for their children and themselves for Christmas. Thank you to all who support our clients during this time. You are appreciated!

Christmas involvement:

Starbucks is hosting the HER Shelter Angel Tree this year! Stop by any participating Starbucks location in the file listed below, choose an ornament from the tree, shop and return the gift to the same Starbucks location by December 9th.


The HER Shelter Amazon Wish List will be Christmas based throughout the Holiday season for all who are hoping to give in this manner. All gifts purchased from the HER Amazon wish list are sent directly to the HER Shelter office. 

HER Amazon Wish List link:

We ask all donors who give via Amazon to fill out the virtual receipt form in the link below

Hold a donation drive by collecting Christmas gifts for children, teens and adults. Once the items have been collected, the gifts can be delivered to Central Baptist Church - 1200 Hodges Ferry Road, Portsmouth VA 23701 on Wednesday, December 15th or Thursday, December 16th between 10 am - 4 pm. *Although the list in the file attached gives suggestions, we will accept anything that will be considered a gift for a child, teen or adult. Our only requirement is for all gifts to be brand new for the HER Gifts of Joy Christmas program.


The  HER Shelter is currently also still accepting:

Items that are considered essential to shelter life (Listed on the Donation Requests List in the page below)

• "Special Requests" that are posted on the HER Facebook page when a resident or child is in urgent need of a particular item

For all questions regarding in-kind donations and/or Holiday involvement, please email our volunteer coordinator at 

HER Shelter Donation Request List

November 2021

This list consists of items the HER Shelter and residents are in need of currently. Items underlined are on a high priority level of need at this time. For questions regarding delivery of items, please email our volunteer coordinator at

Adult face masks

Cleaning supplies (All purpose cleaners, spray, wipes, etc.) 

Paper products (Toilet paper, paper towels) 

Large sized body lotion and body wash

• Hand and bar soap

• Deodorant for women and men

Size 5 Diapers 

Microwavable food items (Unable to accept canned food at this time)

Hand and bar soap

Socks for children, women and men

Large garbage bags

Full & Twin sized mattresses and box springs

Air mattresses

Laundry detergent pods, fabric softener and dryer sheets

Twin and Full sized bed sheets and comforters (Can be accepted in great gently used condition) 

Bath towels and face cloths (Can be accepted in great gently used condition) 

Pillows and pillowcases

Silverware sets

Bus passes (Hampton Roads Transit)

Convenient & Grocery Store Gift Cards (Walmart, Food Lion, Target, Kroger, etc.) 

If you are hoping to donate items on our request list and/or have any questions regarding donations, please email to discuss details. 

Thank you to all who continue to make a difference in the lives of those at HER! Our residents are grateful for your support, generosity and thoughtfulness.

  • Donate through Amazon

    Amazon is an easy way to support the H.E.R. Shelter.  There are two easy ways to help!

    • You can simply make a purchase from our Amazon Wish List.  Pick what you would like to donate and it will be shipped directly to our shelter to be shared with our clients.  When you see the list, it is some of the basic  needs for our ladies and children.  You can view our wish list here.
    • You can also donate through Amazon Smile.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchase to to the H.E.R Shelter.  It is the same Amazon we know and love with the same products, same prices and same service.  Start your shopping by logging in through  For your first purchase just search for Help and Emergency Response.  0.5% may not seem like a lot but it adds up over the year.  Check it out here.

Vehicle Donations Now Accepted!

Thanks to our partnership with Vehicles for Charity, we are now able to accept your car, boat or RV as a donation to the HER Shelter.  They can be in ANY condition including non-working! Click here to begin the process! You can also call 1-866-628-CARS.  Just be sure to tell them you are supporting the HER Shelter!

Click here for all of the answers to your questions!!

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