Give Help

Caring Hands helps neighbors with support from neighbors! Here is how you can help.

AmeriCorps Member Position Available

AmeriCorps members deliver support to meet the basic needs of Iowans by serving in organizations that are experiencing increased demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to work with Caring Hands as we mobilize compassionate care for our neighbors in need, treating everyone with dignity, click here to learn more and to apply. In addition to a stipend, student loan support is available and health insurance and childcare assistance are extended to qualifying individuals. Applications are due September 15.

Financial Support

Your cash donations enable Caring Hands to purchase food from economical sources that are not available to the retail consumer.  Mail a check to the address below or have your bank arrange to make direct deposits. You may also donate immediately though our secure website.

Mail to:


Caring Hands Outreach Center

PO Box 103

Altoona, IA 50009


Donate Food

Donations of nonperishable foods, personal items (diapers, feminine hygiene products, soap, toothbrushes, etc.) and fresh produce from your garden may be dropped off at Caring Hands Altoona Monday-Friday, 9 am - 1 pm


Food items may also be placed in specially-marked barrels at Hy-Vee and Fareway stores in Altoona and Pleasant Hill.

Give to Secondhand Treasures

Donate your antiques, décor, furniture, and home goods for resale and all of Caring Hands' ministries benefit. Proceeds from sales go toward the work and mission of Caring Hands. To donate or learn more, visit Secondhand Treasures' online store:

Clothing Donations 

During the Covid-19 outbreak, Caring Hands is temporarily suspending its Clothes Hanger program.  This will allow volunteers and staff to focus on keeping the food pantry operating safely.  Please direct your clothing donations elsewhere until further notice.  Thank you!

Donate Time

Caring Hands offers many opportunities to serve the community.  Over 200 volunteers pick up donations, organize inventory, evaluate collections and estates, and assist clients in the Pantry and Clothes Hanger.  If you feel called to give your time, there is a place for you!


To volunteer click this button and complete a very short form and then we will contact you


You can support the ministry of Caring Hands considerably by praying for our clients, staff, and volunteers.

Contact us to learn more about donating your time, money, or items.