Our Work

The Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality (RISE) is a small 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Reno, Nevada. RISE provides emergency interventions, manages emergency housing facilities, serves home-cooked meals, and distributes clothing to thousands of adults and children living in poverty throughout the year. By fostering a raw, participatory environment, RISE allows volunteers and donors to connect with people and families in need.

Drop Off Locations:


OUR Place Women and Family Shelter

We apologize for the inconvenience, but with COVID-19 restrictions affecting our volunteer base, we have limited capacity to sort and store donations. Please see the list of needed items below and contact to schedule a drop-off time. Thank you for your support and understanding!

We Always need these items:

Not sure what to donate? Here’s a list to get the wheels turning. Your donations will be given personally to those who need it most. Every donation, no matter how small, is hugely appreciated!

Infant/Adult Diapers
Baby Wipes
Hand/Body Lotion
Chap Stick/Lip Balms
Beauty Supplies
Razors/Shaving Cream or Gel

Cold weather clothing for women and children
NEW Women’s underwear any size
Bras any size
Shoes/boots (no heels)

  • Your money stays local. By cooking locally grown food, shopping at local businesses, and banking with a member-owned credit union, RISE is a homegrown grassroots project that supports the Reno Sparks economy.
  • 100% of your contribution is used to meet needs. What do we mean by that? We seek partnerships to fund staff so that private donations go directly to those in need. RISE volunteers and staff continue direct outreach. Your donation will contribute to food, cooking/serving supplies, emergency winter resources, temporary housing vouchers, developing new programs, and transportation expenses.
  • Watch a Video and learn about our Living Room, Housing Voucher Program

Thank You for Your Support!

The Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality

The Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of Nevada. Your donation may be tax-deductible (pursuant NRS 598).
Click here to view our Public Disclosures
Federal Tax ID #: 45-5617917


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