Ways to Give

The programs and services Carpenter’s Shelter offers homeless individuals and families in our community would not be possible without the generous support of our caring community. The majority of our funding comes from individual donors. Learn more about our Donor Privacy Policy.

Donate Now using the button (or if you would like to send a check instead, mail it to Carpenter’s Shelter at 930 N. Henry St, Alexandria, VA 22314)!

Monthly Giving

Monthly donors are our greatest Shelter Helpers! Consider becoming a Shelter Helper and making automatic, monthly donations in lieu of an annual gift. Shelter Helpers ensure we have the funds to provide for our clients during our greatest times of need.

Here are examples of the impact your monthly donations can make:

  • $35: clean sheets for a new resident
  • $50: 100 diapers for a resident’s babies
  • $90: 4 sessions with a mental health specialist
  • $100: 1 night of shelter for a family
  • $200: A month of after-school snacks for the kids
  • $500: College/trade scholarship for a shelter grad

Changes can always be made to donations and can be stopped at any time. Your monthly gift is invaluable to our clients. We appreciate your generosity and continued support of Carpenter’s Shelter and our mission.


Workplace & Corporate Giving

Workplace giving is simple and easy! Through workplace giving, you can designate a portion of your paycheck to Carpenter’s Shelter instead of remembering to write a check. Carpenter’s Shelter is a proud member of both the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). UW #8228/ CFC #87293

Is your company having a charity fair? Let us know! We’d love to come talk to your company about Carpenter’s Shelter. Please contact Monise Quidley, at (703) 548-7500 x203 or MQuidley@CarpentersShelter.org.

Groups from local businesses and corporations may also be interested in organizing an Impact or Service Day for Carpenter’s Shelter. If you’re interested in hosting an event like this, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Demi Henry to discuss opportunities!


Stock Gifts

Carpenter’s Shelter welcomes gifts in the form of stock and mutual funds. Making a gift of appreciated stock can benefit you as well as our residents. In addition to a potential tax deduction, you may also avoid capital gains on the appreciation of your stocks. Please consider making a gift of stock to maximize tax savings and meet your charitable giving goals this year. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. 


  • You have the satisfaction of making a significant gift to Carpenter’s Shelter.
  • You may receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer.
  • You pay no capital gains tax on the securities you donate.
  • You can designate your gift to any purpose or program of your choosing.

To make a stock gift, notify your broker of your intention and Monise Quidley or (703) 548-7500 x203 for more information.


Planned Giving

Bequests by Will Many of our supporters have chosen to continue their investment in the future of our residents even after they are gone. By including Carpenter’s Shelter in your will, you can bring hope to men, women and children experiencing homelessness in our community for many years to come.

Planned giving is easy. All it takes is a quick phone call to your lawyer to add a charitable designation to your will. Charitable bequests allow you to designate an amount or percentage of your estate to Carpenter’s Shelter after you’ve taken care of your family.

Leave a legacy. Please remember Carpenter’s Shelter in your will.


  • Maintain control of your assets during your lifetime
  • Make a significant gift to Carpenter’s and experience the satisfaction of knowing you are continuing to help those in need even after you are gone
  • Have the flexibility to modify your bequest if your circumstances change
  • Set an example to your heirs and family of the values you cherish
  • Reduce the amount of your taxable estate
  • Pass assets on to family members at reduced tax costs
  • Increase income and effective rate of return


  1. Contact Monise Quidley at 703-548-7500, x203 for additional information on planned giving.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Carpenter’s Shelter in your plans, please use our legal name and Federal Tax ID: 54-1571849
  4. Establish your gift. All this takes is including a few sentences in your will or living trust with the help of your estate planning attorney.


Circle of Hope

The Circle of HOPE (Helping Others through Partnership and Engagement) was founded in 2010 by three Alexandria mothers who were deeply concerned about local homelessness. They hoped to make a long term difference but between raising a family, school, church and work, they were not be able to become weekly volunteers at Carpenter’s Shelter. Searching for a middle ground between weekly volunteering and anonymous yearly donations, these three women came together to form Circle of HOPE.

Rather than just making a donation, Circle members have a unique opportunity to engage with the Shelter and other Circle families by participating in special Circle of HOPE projects. Circle of HOPE members are allowed to bring their children to designated volunteer events. (All regular volunteers must be 18+) Circle of HOPE members are invited to participate in:

  • Easter Egg Stuffing
  • Cocktails and Canned Goods Garden Party
  • Back to School Supply Distribution
  • Thanksgiving Basket Assembly

If you have questions about Circle of HOPE, please contact Monise Quidley, Director of Development at MoniseQuidley@CarpentersShelter.org.

Who are Circle of HOPE members? Any family or individual who cares about ending homelessness is encouraged to join! Membership is established by making a minimum of a $250 contribution per calendar year, which directly supports Carpenter’s Shelter operations and programs.

How long is my commitment? Your commitment is on an annual basis and is renewed with a new contribution every 12 months. We hope that you will be an engaged member for many years to come, but there is no requirement to commit beyond one year.

Is my contribution tax-deductible? Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You will receive appropriate supporting documentation for tax purposes.

How can I make my membership payment? If you are ready to join now, please visit our online donation page. Check the “Circle of Hope: $250” box to make a single payment. If you prefer to be a monthly donor, input your donation amount, select “Yes, automatically repeat this gift every month,” and write “Circle of Hope” in the “Comments” box.

Are you already a Circle of HOPE member? Help us spread the word by sharing this flyer with friends and neighbors!


Young Philanthropists

Carpenter’s Shelter is excited to introduce our newest giving circle, Young Philanthropists!

Young Philanthropists offers a unique opportunity to become involved in some of Carpenter’s Shelter volunteer and networking opportunities such as service days, happy hours, and a way to connect with like-minded individuals.

The goal of Young Philanthropists is to harness the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity of young professionals to draw attention to and put an end to homelessness in the Alexandria area. There are countless opportunities available for each member to not only get involved with our established programs and yearly fundraising events, but to also connect with community members and make an impact in the lives of those working towards breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Membership is established by making a donation of a minimum of $60 per year to Carpenter’s Shelter. Donations can either be made all at once or broken up into monthly or quarterly payments throughout the year.

Young Philanthropists is more than a donation. It’s the opportunity to expand your professional network, develop your skills as a leader, and make a lasting impact in the homeless community. This annual donation not only opens up new philanthropic doors for you, but also contributes to the success of Carpenter’s mission.

Who are Young Philanthropists members? You’re never too young to start giving. Prospective members are in their 20s and 30s with a passion for ending homelessness and giving back to their community. Membership is established by making a donation of a minimum of $60 per year to Carpenter’s Shelter, which directly supports our operations and programs.

How long is my commitment? Your commitment is on an annual basis and is renewed through a new contribution every 12 months.

Is my contribution tax-deductible? Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Carpenter’s Shelter will provide you with the appropriate documentation for your tax records.

How can I join? If you are ready to become a member of Young Philanthropists, please visit our online donation page. You may make your donation of $60 in one payment or you may spread your payments out through monthly or quarterly donations.

For more information, please contact Meghan Cole, Development Associate, at (703) 548-7500 or MCole@CarpentersShelter.org.


In Kind

Carpenter’s Shelter relies on the generous in-kind support of the community to ensure that our clients’ most basic needs are met. Our supply needs change weekly so please join our email distribution list to learn of our current in-kind needs by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Demi Henry, by email or phone 703-548-7500 ext. 228.

Please note: Due to limited storage space, Carpenter’s Shelter cannot accept donations of used clothing, household items, televisions, toys, or furniture. 

Visit our Amazon Wish List to have items delivered directly to the shelter.

These are items we can always accept:

  • Visa gift cards, gift cards to Target, Walmart and grocery stores (Aldi, Giant, Harris Teeter) so newly housed families can purchase needed items
  • Twin sized bed linens
  • Air mattresses with pump
  • Full sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste)
  • Instant coffee and creamer
  • Full sized condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo)
  • Shower shoes (flip flops)

Carpenter’s Shelter accepts donations on the following dates and times:

  • Monday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm

Donation drop offs can also be made by appointment by contacting Demi Henry, Volunteer Coordinator, by email or phone at 703-548-7500 ext. 228.



Hold a Fundraiser

Join the Carpenter’s Shelter fundraising team and start a fundraiser of your own! Carpenter’s Shelter relies on our supporters to help spread the word about our mission and help fund our programs and services. Starting your own fundraiser can be simple and fun. Examples of fundraisers include:

  • Have a lemonade stand or bake sale
  • Ask for donations in place of birthday gifts
  • Host a car wash or yard sale
  • Encourage local restaurants or businesses to donate a portion of their revenue to Carpenter’s Shelter