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Did You Know

How to Help With CHAPS

CHAPS accepts a variety of donations which can be either monetary, material or volunteer/service contributions. All donations are tax deductible as CHAPS is registered as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Please see below for more information on how you can contribute to CHAPS’ programs and services.

Monetary Donations

CHAPS’ Annual Walk-a-Thon: CHAPS’ Walk-a-Thon is our primary monetary fundraiser. Each year, staff, consumers, families and friends gather together and participate in a three mile walk through the community. Local businesses and individuals in the community generously sponsor our Walk-a-Thon by donating a monetary pledge. These pledges are used to fund programs and create additional supports for CHAPS’ consumers, such as emergency assistance for homeless persons, educational and enrichment programs, and holiday gatherings for those who would otherwise be alone. For more information on contributing to this year’s annual Walk-a-Thon, call Linda Carpenter at 814-333-2924, ext. 234, or email at Sponsor sheets are also available at CHAPS should anyone be interested in acquiring pledges and/or participating in the Walk-a-Thon.

Additional Monetary Donations: CHAPS graciously accepts monetary donations, of any amount, to be used towards its programs and special events. Designated donations may fund one of our specific programs, and open donations are put towards the program which represents the most need. For more information on contributing a monetary donation, please call Linda Carpenter at 814-333-2924, ext. 234, or email at

Volunteer/Service Opportunities

Student Interns and Volunteers: A number of students from local colleges and universities come to CHAPS to fulfill internships, complete work study hours, or volunteer their time. Responsibilities include helping with administrative work and assisting with Drop-in-Center and Journey Center daily activities. Students who complete service time at CHAPS gain a better perspective on mental illness, housing and related issues, and learn more about the dynamics of a non-profit agency. For more information on interning or volunteering contact Lynn McUmber at 814-333-2924, ext. 223, or email at

Individual and Group Volunteer Opportunities: There are opportunities for both individuals and groups to provide assistance to CHAPS in a number of ways. These may be ongoing or one-time service projects. Approved volunteers would plan their service based on their skills and what support is needed. For more information on volunteering contact Lynn McUmber at 814-333-2924, ext. 223, or email at

Material Donations

Rummage Sale: The Drop-In-Center has a rummage sale two to three times a year. All of the proceeds generated from this sale help fund special trips and events for CHAPS’ consumers throughout the year. CHAPS graciously accepts donations of clean and gently used clothing, house wares, toys, books, electronics and other items to be sold in our rummage sales. For more information, please contact Laurie Combs at 814-333-2924, ext. 229, or email at

Personal Care Items: CHAPS puts together care packages for homeless and near homeless individuals who may be in need of personal items. These items include, but are not limited to, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, personal hygiene items, bedding and towels. For more information, please contact Melissa Ostrander at 814-333-2924, ext. 241, or email at

Art Supplies: The Journey Center holds a weekly art class that encourages consumers to express themselves through creativity. Art class can be used as a form of therapy or as a coping method for a variety of mental illnesses. We graciously accepts art supply donations including, but not limited to, paints, brushes, canvases, sketch paper, colored pencils, glue and beads. For more information, please contact Autumn Beers at 814-333-2924, ext. 233, or email at

Rags to Riches: CHAPS is actively involved with Rags to Riches and has many consumers who volunteer their time and contribute their craftwork to the program. Material, crafting supplies, and sewing supplies are graciously accepted as donations. Rags to Riches is always looking for more volunteers with sewing, crafting, or artistic abilities. If you are interested in more information, or on how to volunteer, please call Emily Burnett at 814-333-2924, ext. 250, or email at

Furniture Closet

CHAPS collaborates with the Crawford County Coalition on Housing Needs to assist in the operation of the local Furniture Closet. The Furniture Closet collects donated furniture and, at no cost, redistributes to individuals and families who are in need. Furniture donations include, but are not limited to, clean mattresses, bed frames, couches, dressers, chairs and tables. All furniture must be clean and in useable condition. For more information about the Furniture Closet, or to make a donation, please contact Linda Carpenter at 814-333-2924, ext. 234, or email at The Furniture Closet is supported by the United Way of Western Crawford County.