Urgent Needs


We need your help! The impacts of COVID-19 are disproportionately affecting many of the people we serve, often the most vulnerable in our community, and we’re working on ways you can directly help families, and especially children.


Avivo recently featured on KARE 11:


Protective Masks

We need cloth masks to help us protect Avivo’s program participants and staff. Purchased cloth masks or homemade cloth masks (or cloth to sew masks) allow us to safely provide in-person support to vulnerable populations. Anything from just a few masks to larger quantities will make a difference! Learn how to sew your own masks

Dorothy donated 65 homemade masks to Avivo recently.



  • Shelf-stable food
  • Milk
  • Sandwich supplies and snack supplies, to create bag lunches for kids in our programs
  • Grocery store gift cards or necessities gift cards
  • Pet food
  • Consider donating toward the $300/day or $1,500/week it costs to provide meals for 25 children in our family residential treatment programs ($12/day per child). Donate at https://avivomn.org/donate/give-online/

Household Items for Families/Individuals in Housing

  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Cleaning supplies & sponges
  • Pots & pans, dishes, silverware, ice cube trays, miscellaneous kitchen utensils
  • Small furniture items (tables, end tables, air mattresses, lamps, folding chairs)
  • Shower curtains
  • Rugs (lightly worn)
  • Small electronics (toasters, countertop microwaves, coffee makers)
  • Power strips
  • Thermometers
  • Garbage cans and bags
  • Laundry baskets

Arts and Crafts/Journals/Entertainment for Adults and Children

  • Coloring books and crayons/colored pencils
  • Arts and craft supplies
  • Blank journals
  • Books

Cellular Phone & Tablets

We’re using technology to create the ability to reach at-risk communities we would typically serve face-to-face, using video technology instead. If you have any old cell phones or tablets (Apple or Android) sitting around, you could help save someone’s life by donating. Please make sure you’ve wiped the phone of any personal information and factory reset it to remove password prior to donating.

  • Apple iPhones (iPhone 4 or newer, iOS 7.0 or newer)
  • Android phones (running Android 2.3.x Gingerbread or newer)
  • Apple iPads and iPad minis (running iOS 7.0 or newer)
  • Android tablets (running Android 2.3.x or newer)

Donations can be dropped off at our 1900 Chicago location between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (or by appointment). Contact 612.752.8000  or contact@avivomn.org to alert us to any donation.