Support our Cause

ERP could not exist without the kindness and generosity of many individuals, faith groups, civic organizations, student groups, and others who donate time, food, supplies, or money. If you’d like to help with the ongoing needs at ERP, here are a few things to remember…

Financial Donations

Checks may be made out to Emergency Residence Project and sent to 225 South Kellogg, Ames, Iowa 50010. Donations are tax deductable.

Donations may be made using a credit card via our PayPal “Donate” button on the homepage. (A PayPal account is not necessary to make an online donation.)

Food Donations

We have a regular schedule of faith groups who are responsible for most evening meals each month, which takes care of many of our food needs. Some items (breakfast cereal, coffee, sugar, margarine, snack foods, etc.) are much appreciated. If you would like to make a food donation, please call ahead.

Donations of Supplies

We welcome donations of many household items. Our needs vary so it is sometimes best to call ahead. Some of the things we need regularly include:

  • Grocery gift cards (ALDI’s is prefered)
  • Laundry soap
  • Cy Ride bus tickets
  • Gas station cards
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo


Some of the things our volunteers have done include:

  • Making household repairs
  • Cleaning
  • Painting
  • Caring for the flower beds

To learn more about donation or volunteering opportunities, please call ERP at 515.232.8075 between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.