Host A Drive

Food and clothing drives are what make Neighbor to Neighbor possible. Most of our food and all of our clothing come from drives conducted by churches, schools, community organizations, companies and individuals. And it’s not just at the holidays that we need donations; people in our community are in need all year long and look to Neighbor for assistance.

Please consider hosting a drive this year, and then celebrate your efforts in helping feed and clothe families in our community!

For more information on hosting drives, please contact Denise Dreskin at (203) 869-2709 or ddreskin@n-to-n.org.

Simple Steps for Hosting a Drive

Clothing:

  • Set the date
  • Depending on size of the clothing drive, determine places for collection, sorting, packing and delivery to Neighbor
  • Check with Neighbor to Neighbor to make sure they will be there to receive the clothing
  • If the van is needed, make sure a staff driver and the van are available
  1. Check website for current clothing needs and create flyer or ask Neighbor for their flyer. Feel free to be creative and think of a theme that might appeal to your group: “Shoes for Kids,” “Girls Clothing,” Boys Clothing” etc. Please make sure to remind donors that clothing needs to be in season and in wearable condition.
  2. Depending on size of clothing drive, take pictures and write press release with Neighbor to Neighbor.
  3. Distribute flyers, making sure you have collection details on it. Give to school friends, neighbors, church friends, clubs, any group you can think of who might participate.
  4. When clothing is dropped off, thank donors and offer donation receipt (get from Neighbor ahead of time).
  5. If conducting a large clothing drive, it would be great if you could sort the clothing prior to bringing to Neighbor or have volunteers come to Neighbor to sort.
  6. Clothing is sorted in the following categories: men, women, boys, girls, infants.
  7. Deliver clothes to Neighbor.
  8. Celebrate your effort in helping clothe families in our community!

Food:

  • Set the date
  • Depending on size of the food drive, determine places for collection, sorting, packing and delivery to Neighbor
  • Check with Neighbor to Neighbor to make sure they will be there to receive the food
  • If the van is needed, make sure a staff driver and the van are available
  1. Check website for current  needs and create flyer or ask Neighbor for their flyer. Feel free to be creative and think of a theme that might appeal to your group: “Pasta Dinner,” “Breakfast for Kids,” “” etc.
  2. Depending on size of food drive, take pictures and write press release with Neighbor to Neighbor.
  3. Distribute flyers, making sure you have collection details on it. Give to school friends, neighbors, church friends, clubs, any group you can think of who might participate.
  4. When food arrives, please check for expiration dates; we only accept food that is in date.
  5. If conducting a large food drive, it would be great if you could sort the food prior to bringing to Neighbor or have volunteers come to Neighbor to sort.
  6. Food is sorted into the following categories: canned fruit, soup, cereal, canned vegetables, dried or canned beans, rice/pasta, peanut butter, jelly, canned meat (i.e.: tuna, chicken, chili with meat, etc.), and extras (anything that doesn’t fit into listed categories such as condiments,  baking mixes, olives, sauces, etc.)
  7. Deliver food to Neighbor or arrange for a van pick up.
  8. Celebrate your efforts in helping to feed hungry families in our community!

Thanks so much!


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