How Can I Help The Shelter

Our Needs List


Updated 11/21/2023

If you would like to help us Stuff The Shelter, you may view our Amazon wish list here.

Paper Towel
Bus Tokens
Accordion Files
OTC Cold Medications
Mattress Protectors (36″x80″)
Snack Foods
Applesauce Cups
Fruit Cups
Juice Boxes
Hand and Toe Warmers
Hats, Gloves, and Scarves
Cleaners – Window, Floor, and All Surface 

Due to very limited storage space, we are not able to accept clothing items other than warm socks and gloves/mittens.

Email or call 920-203-4536

Donation Information:

Donation hours are:
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please call Michele at 920-203-4536 or email with questions.

Donations can be dropped off at:
420 Ceape Ave. Oshkosh, WI  54901​​
Please enter the Parking Lot off Broad St. 

Did you know…?

Day By Day Shelter has a 50 bed capacity. Some evenings, we have to turn guests away when we have already reached capacity. On these evenings, we like to give each guest a blanket or sleeping bag and a gift card for a local fast food restaurant.

Because we ask our meal volunteers to prepare food for 55-60 people, we cannot allow additional guests to eat and leave for the night. The gift cards ensure that those turned away will be able to eat a warm evening meal. 

Bus token, vouchers, and passes are a crucial need for our guests. Access to public transportation allows guests to get to work, doctor’s appointments, job interviews, and other local resources.


Insulated hats & gloves are our most highly used item during our operating season. These are especially critical on the coldest winter days. Guests are able to take what they need to make it through the cold winter days.

These are also used when we are at capacity and have to turn away guests. We want them to be equipped as much as possible.

Other high frequency items include paper towel, breakfast bag items, and 33+ gallon garbage bags. 


In Honor/Memory Of

Each year Day by Day receives so many wonderful gifts either in honor of or in memory of loved ones. We want to honor those individuals on this page. Thank you to all of the families and friends who have given to us. We truly appreciate the gift of helping your loved ones legacy live on by helping others. 


In honor of the birthday of Adam Rehm
In loving memory of Nancy Brown
In memory of Roger LeBouton
In honor of the work Elizabeth Swartz does
In memory of Frederick Bastian
In honor Dr Jeremy Bell
In loving memory of Dave and Jan Metzig
In honor of Mari Hogan-Krueger
In honor of Jennifer Chandler/David Kujawa
In memory of Frederick Bastian
In loving memory of David Hayford
In honor of Tami Fletcher
In honor of Drew M
In honor of Jim Krueger


In honor of Denise Robson and Sean Butler
Many generous donations in memory of Dorothy Jungwirth
In Memory of Bob Cairns, Sr.
In memory of Modonna Tinker
In memory of Marilyn Dahl
In honor of the Withers Family
In memory of Tom Jaworski
Many generous donations in memory of William Moyle
In memory of Charles Schranz
In honor of Jim Kroeger
In honor of Randy Husman
In memory of Adam Jorgenson
In memory of Sherry Schalkowski
In memory of Thomas Galica
In memory of Steven Mallas
In memory of Mike Malchow
In memory of David Hayford


Can you lend a hand?

Volunteers are an essential part of our team. Last year,
1264 people logged over 5,000 hours of service. Volunteers serve a variety of roles, including:

Meal Teams

NEW! Meal teams are able to participate as much or as little as they would like! Want to double up your recipe, make one for you and one for the shelter? Great! Want to serve the meal, but not make a meal? We can make that happen! Want to drop off some sides or desserts to go along with picnic style dinners? Let’s talk! Call Michele at 920-203-4536 or email


Hospitality Volunteer (PM Shift)

​Hospitality volunteers engage with the guests and assist the staff with shelter operations. Volunteers on the PM shift (5:30 to 8:30 PM) check-in guests, manage the sign-in log, monitor the shower schedule, assist with laundry, and complete other tasks as needed.

Interested in becoming a hospitality volunteer or receiving more information? Call Michele at 920-203-4865, or email


Hospitality Volunteer (AM Shift)

Hospitality volunteers engage with the guests and assist the staff with shelter operations. Volunteers on the AM shift (6:00 to 8:00 AM) assemble breakfast bags, take food inventory, complete remaining laundry, wash breakfast dishes, clean the kitchen, and complete other tasks as needed. 

Interested in becoming a hospitality volunteer or receiving more information? Call Michele at 920-203-4865, or email 


2023 – 2024

Hospitality and Meal Team Volunteer Information

All volunteers must be age 18 or older.   Youth may volunteer in the shelter if accompanied by an adult.  New volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application and to speak to Michele at 920-203-4536 or prior to volunteering. 

Returning volunteer?

Please email for volunteer calendars or if you would like a Volunteer Refresher Orientation.