How Can I Help The Shelter

Season 12 Needs List

Season 12 starts October 15.  Below is a list of items that are needed to support operations.  Can you help?

Updated 9/15/22

  • Chewy Granola Bars
  • Fruit Cups
  • Juice Boxes
  • Single Serve Instant Oatmeal
  • Large Boxes of Cold Cereal
  • Jelly or Jam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Regular Coffee
  • Powdered Creamer
  • Sugar
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Twin Size Quilts
  • Bus Tokens
  • Warm Gloves/Mittens
  • Hand/Foot Warmers
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Paper Toweling
  • Plastic Spoons/Forks
  • Styrofoam Cups

Other clothing donations need to be preapproved due to very limited storage space.

Email or call 920-203-4536

Donation Information:

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

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

Donations can be dropped off at:
449 High Ave. Oshkosh, WI  54901​​

​​Wish List

Monetary donations are the most useful, but Day By Day Warming Shelter is currently in need of the following items for the next season:

  • 33+ gallon black garbage bags (use about 1000 bags per season) – Currently Fulfilled

  • Paper towels (use about 300 rolls per season)

  • Paper bowls – Currently Fulfilled

  • Plastic Forks, spoons, and knives
  • 54 cup coffee maker (1-2) – Currently fulfilled

  • Food Service Gloves (polyethylene/thin disposable)(about 100 boxes of 100 gloves)

  • Styrofoam Cups (2000 cups per season) 

  • Paper Plates-Sturdy

  • To Go Food Bags

    • Juice boxes (need about 600 individual/single juice boxes/cans)

    • Fruit Cups/Applesauce Cups (about 600 individual/single snack cups)

    • Granola Bars- soft & chewy bars please

    • Hardboiled Eggs (50-100 of each per month) 

  • Coffee (No Decaf Please) Cans (20 cans)-

  • Dry Coffee Creamer (25 cans) 

  • Instant Oatmeal (variety flavors: 50 boxes) – Currently fulfilled

  • Hot Chocolate Packets/Apple Cider Packets/Tea Bags (variety: 50 boxes) –Currently fulfilled

  • Sugar (5 lb packages and individual packets)

  • Salt & Pepper (refills or packets) – Currently fulfilled

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly (15 jars of each)

Shelter Guest Needs
  • Adhesive Full Boot or Toe Warmers (as many as possible)
  • Ear Plugs (without the cord) (about 1000 pairs) – Currently fulfilled
  • Chapstick (100 sticks)
    Hygiene and Clothing Items Needed
    • Toilet Paper – Currently fulfilled

    • Facial Tissues (personal size packs and full size boxes – Currently fulfilled

    • Insulated Winter gloves (100 pairs plus)

    • Warm Winter Hats (100+) – Currently fulfilled

    • Sleeping Bags

    • Men’s and women’s shampoo and conditioner
    • Deodorant men and women (200 sticks) – Currently fulfilled

    • Men’s and Women’s long underwear (about 50 of each in various sizes)

    • Men’s and Women’s underwear (about 50 of each in various sizes)

    • Body Wash (men’s and women’s)

    • Disposable Razors (1000 razors: men’s and women’s)

    • Shaving Cream men’s and women’s (50 cans)

    • Individual Nail Manicure Sets

    • Hair Brushes

    • Men’s Combs-New (about 100) – Currently fulfilled

    • Back packs – Currently fulfilled

    • Flip Flops (Used for shower shoes) (200 pairs: men’s and women’s in various sizes) –Currently fulfilled

    • Vinyl gloves (medical gloves/Med/Large/non-powdered) (about 50 boxes of 100) – Currently fulfilled

    • Hand Sanitizer (20 large bottles)  Currently fulfilled

      Cleaning Supplies
      • Toilet Bowl Cleaner (100 bottles per season)

      • Bathroom Antibacterial Spray Cleaner (100 bottles per season) – Currently fulfilled

      • Floor Cleaner (100 bottles per season)

      • Mesh Laundry Bags (50 bags) – Currently Fulfilled

      • Anti-bacterial Multi-surface Cleaner (100 bottles per season)

      • Empty Spray bottles (about 25) – Currently fulfilled

      • Urinal Scent blocks (15 boxes of 25)

      • Two new medium mops (we already have buckets) – Currently fulfilled

      • Spray Air Fresheners (25 canisters)

      • Bleach

      • Laundry Detergent

      • Dryer Sheets

        Shelter Needs
        • Twin vinyl, waterproof mattresses  (call in advance for specific measurements: 25 needed) –Currently fulfilled

        Gift Cards and Tokens for Guests
        • Bus tokens/vouchers/passes – ongoing need
        • Gift Cards for Hardees/Burger King/McDonalds.
        • $25 Walmart gift cards- For case management purposes, in case guests need to buy items for work such as steel-toed boots, tools, safety glasses, etc.

          Did you know…?

          Day By Day Warming Shelter has a 25 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 30-35 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 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


          In memory of Barbara Jean Baker
          In memory of Angie Schaefer
          In memory of Nina Leib
          In honor of 57th Wedding Anniversary for Pastor & Mrs. M. Dismer
          In honor of Pat Kufel-Ebben
          Many generous donations in memory of David Hayford
          In memory of Tom Walter
          In memory of Loretta Hoversten
          In memory of Grace Sawyer
          Many generous donations in memory of Robert R. Swan
          In memory of Peggy Bostwick
          In memory of Beth Heuer
          Many generous donations in memory of Adam Rehm
          In loving memory of David and Irene Alice Luebke
          In memory of Andy Schweda
          In memory of Betty and Bob Burns
          In memory of Ruth and Ray Scharpf
          In memory of Carol Brown
          In memory of Lou Palmeri
          In honor of the birthdays of:
          Jim Osborn, Jim Krueger, and Michael Belongie
          In honor of Keaton D Reissmann and Hannah-Rain E Reissmann
          In honor of Kris and Bob Baumgarter
          In memory of Rev. and Lillian ER Rapp
          In memory of Sara Scherer
          In honor of James & Verena Paulson
          In honor of Rev. Deb Swets
          In honor of Kristin Duda
          In honor of Judy Grota
          In honor of Maddie Conley and Day by Day Staff & Volunteers
          In honor of Greg Courchene
          In honor of Matt Wirth
          In honor of Glenn & Karen Wilhelm
          In honor of Joyce Burton

          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

          Meal teams prepare an evening meal for 30-35 people (guests, staff and volunteers). Meals must be prepared outside of the shelter and brought in ready to serve.

          Meal teams arrive at 5:30 PM to set-up.

          Interested in becoming a meal team or receiving more information? Attend one of our orientations, sign up below!


          Hospitality Volunteer (PM Shift)

          (October 15-April 15)

          ​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? Attend one of our orientations, sign up below! 


          Hospitality Volunteer (AM Shift)

          (October 16-April 16)

          Hospitality volunteers engage with the guests and assist the staff with shelter operations. Volunteers on the AM shift (7:00 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? Attend one of our orientations, sign up below! 


          Summer Outreach 2022

          (May 2 – September 29)

          Day by Day will be open for Summer Outreach May 2-September 29 for Guests to work towards goals with Programming Staff and also receive services such as laundry, showers, clothing and snacks.  Summer Outreach Hospitality volunteers will assist staff with Guest check-in, Guest and shelter laundry, general cleaning, donation sorting, and serving snacks and light lunch provided at the shelter.  Volunteer opportunities are available Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 2:00pm.  It is not a requirement to commit to the entire shift – any time you can spend with us is very much appreciated!  If you are interested in Volunteering, please contact for more information.


          Season 12 2022-2023

          Hospitality and Meal Team Volunteer Orientations

          All volunteers must be age 18 or older.   Youth may volunteer in the shelter if accompanied by an adult.  New volunteers are required to attend an orientation session prior to their first shift.  Orientations will cover volunteer duties, information about our agency, a shelter tour.
          All orientations will be held at 449 High Ave.

          New Volunteer Orientation Dates:

          Summer 2022 Volunteer Orientations will be held as needed. Please contact to schedule a time for Orientation.

          Season 12 Volunteer Orientations
          September 23, 2022  12:00PM
          October 7, 2022  12:00PM
          October 18, 2022 3:30PM
          November 9, 2022 3:30PM
          Please use this link to sign up for  Season 12 Volunteer Orientation
          Volunteer applications and confidentiality forms are available online!

          Please print, fill out, and bring with you to your volunteer orientation. 

          Returning volunteer?

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