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, many innovative projects and simple necessities 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 hold off from accepting general used items such as clothing, shoes, small household items, etc. We are still accepting:

•  Items that are considered essential for shelter life (listed on the donation request list located on the page below) 

• Mattresses and box springs

Items listed on the HER Shelter Amazon Wish List (All donations purchased from the HER Shelter Amazon Wish List are sent directly to the HER Shelter office)

Amazon Wish List Link:

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

HER Facebook Link:

For all questions regarding in-kind donations, please email our volunteer coordinator at Thank you  for your support and thoughtfulness for our families at Help and Emergency Response, Inc. (The HER Shelter)

HER Shelter Donation Request List

This list consists of items the HER Shelter is need of currently. 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) 

Body lotion and body wash

• Hand and bar soap

• Deodorant for women and men


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!!