Donate to the Bangor Area Shelter

Donations can be dropped off at 263 Main Street. Parking is available next to our building. Please come to the front door, knock, and let staff know you are looking to donate. We will be happy to direct you. Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting summer clothing donations.  We would be happy to accept your donation of winter clothing.  Due to health regulations we are unable to accept donations of used bedding, socks or underwear. 


Money:
In order for our doors to remain open it takes money. The money you donate is put to good use and even the smallest amount makes a difference. Donating money to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter is a great way to show your support, especially if you don't have the luxury of time to give. If you would like to make an online donation to the Bangor Area Shelter, click the PayPal button below. If you would like to become a monthly supporter you can easily do so by checking the recurring donation box on our PayPal donation page.



Winter 2017

Dear Friend,

People just like you and me are on the streets without a home. Sometimes they hold signs written on cardboard. Sometimes they are sleeping outside on a heating grate trying to keep warm on a cold winter’s night. Sometimes they’ll come up to us and ask us for help.
As a compassionate person, you’ve probably given them money but also wondered, “Am I doing the right thing?” or “How will they use the money I gave them?” You may also have wondered if the person you are giving to has a real need or if he or she is taking advantage of you.
As someone who works everyday with those in need of shelter, I can assure you that the need is all too real and that the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter is doing everything it can to help. Our dedicated team of shelter aids, case managers, and volunteers continue to support and strengthen the community by providing emergency shelter and supportive services to people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

Last year alone, the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter:
•    Provided temporary shelter for 352 overnight guests, finding stable housing for 102 of them
•    Served nearly 10,500 meals in our soup kitchen
•    Supplied 472 households with food through our pantry

Serving our guests during the coming year will continue to be a challenge. Government funding continues to shrink.   And since we receive less than half of our funding from State or Federal Government, now more than ever, we are relying on your support to help us address the needs of those without a home and respond to the unexpected expenses that come with running the Shelter and maintaining our facilities.
When you support the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, your donation is making a difference in our community and getting to the people who need help. 89 cents of every dollar you give to the Shelter goes to programs that help those in need of a place to stay.
Our work has had a positive impact.  We had a 9% increase in the number of people for whom we found permanent stable housing.  Thanks to your support, we are making progress.
Unfortunately, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to eradicate homelessness. We need your help to sustain and build on the progress we have made.
Please help us respond to the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our community. The need is real and they need our help.  Never forget that before they were without homes, these men and women were someone’s neighbor, someone’s friend or coworker, someone’s child.  
It is with gratitude that we serve others during this holiday season and hope that, through your generosity, you will join us in our efforts to end homelessness.

Thank you for your support
With grateful appreciation,

Boyd A. Kronholm, LSW
Executive Director


 
Food:

Food donations go a long way—everything from leftovers from an event to canned goods.

On October 1, 1996, President Clinton signed the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to encourage the donation of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations for distribution to needy individuals. This law makes it easier to donate. Here’s how:

  • It protects donors from liability when donating to a non-profit organization.
  • It protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the needy recipient.
  • It standardizes donor liability exposure. Donors and their legal counsel no longer have to investigate liability laws in 50 states.
  • It sets a liability floor of “gross negligence” or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products.
  • Congress recognized that the provision of food close to recommended date of sale is, in and of itself, not grounds for finding gross negligence. For example, cereal can be donated if it is marked close to code date for retail sale. 

Additional Info on How to Donate
Thinking about making the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from their retirement account at the end of the calendar year? Did you know that you may be able to avoid taxes on the RMD or other distributions? A Qualified Charitable Distribution moves money directly from your retirement account to a charity (like BAHS) with no taxes due. Check with your tax adviser to see if this could work for you.