“What does UCOM really need right now?” Checking the list below on a regular basis is the best way to answer that burning question. Needs are divided into categories by program.

Last winter we got a call and our social work intern made a visit to a woman who uses a wheelchair. Because of the snow it was hard for her to leave the house anyway, but when the she needed a trip to the doctor, her neighbor called us because she had no coat. We needed a XXXL size, and we had none that worked for her. We were all set to wrap her in a couple of beautiful quilts when providentially one of our faithful supporters called and asked if there was anything she could get for us on her foray to the Thrift Store. She brought back a lovely XXXL coat that got our new friend through the winter.

Please check our immediate needs often and add your contribution to help when you can.

If you'd like to host a food drive or donate any of the ongoing needs, please contact UCOM Program Director Shawn Keener at 616-241-4006 ex 1020 or at Shawn.Keener@UCOMgr.org.

Immediate Needs


  • Blankets
  • Wallets

    New or gently used

  • Winter Coats
  • Winter Gloves
  • Womens maternity
  • Work gloves

    For use at UCOM

Healthy Foods

  • Rice (bulk)

    Brown or white rice, 20 pound bags

Ongoing Needs


  • Volunteer Drivers


  • Gardening supplies


  • Newborn outfits
  • Spring jackets

Healthy Foods

  • Almond milk, unsweetened, shelf stable
  • Brown rice
  • Cereals, sugar free
  • Coffee
  • Crystal Light
  • Fruits, canned, no sugar added
  • Jams and Jelly, low sugar
  • Jello, sugar free
  • Meats, canned

    Specifically tuna and chicken

  • Mustard
  • Oatmeal
  • Olive oil
  • Pasta, whole grain
  • Peanut butter, low sodium, natural
  • Rice (bulk)

    Brown or white rice, 20 pound bags

  • Sodium free spices
  • Tea
  • Tomato products, low sodium

    Includes  spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, and tomato sauce

  • Vegetables, canned, no salt added
  • Vinegar


  • Deodorant
  • Diapers

    Especially sizes 4,5, and 6

  • Disposable razors
  • Feminine products
  • Garbage Bags - All sizes
  • Paper Towel
  • Powdered laundry soap
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper