The Conference on Community Writing is proud to sponsor a donation drive for the following organizations: the YWCA Boulder County’s Children’s Alley and Reading to End Racism programs, Attention Homes for homeless youth, and the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence. Each organization has given us a wish list that you can find below.

We encourage all conference and evening performance attendees who are capable to bring one or more of the items off of the lists below to donate. We will have a donation box in the registration area on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the conference and at the evening performances. We will honor all three organizations before the Friday evening performance. Thank you to our friends at The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition for helping to make this happen, and thank you for helping to support these important organizations!

Attention Homes
Founded in 1966, Attention Homes is a safe resource for youth in crisis; providing shelter, structure, and access to crucial services so that homeless and displaced youth can become stable, independent members of our community. In our 51 years of service we have served over 10,000 youth through a street outreach program, drop-in center, overnight emergency shelter, and residential program. Visit or contact Alex Bergland at for more information.

Donation Wish List
• New boxers (all sizes)
• New women’s underwear (all sizes)
• New socks
• Trial size deodorant
• Razors
• Chapstick
• Small hairbrushes
• Travel size hand sanitizer
• Hand warmers
• Travel pack kleenex
• Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Pads
• Backpacks

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing.

Donation Wish List
Gift cards are the best possible item to help our folks at shelter.  With a King Soopers, Safeway or Target gift card, folks can get all their most basic needs met.  Whether its bus passes, paying their heating bill, grocery shopping, personal care or basic clothing and kids care needs.

Additional Needed Items:
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Deodorant
• Disposable razors
• Tylenol, ibuprofen, Tylenol pm!
• Shampoo and conditioner
• Cereal
• Canned fruit
• Oatmeal
• Pancake mix
• Syrup
• Cooking oil
• Coffee
• Coffee creamer – shelf stable
• Sugar
• Flour
• Nut milks
• Jelly

YWCA of Boulder County
Children’s Alley
For more than 35 years, Children’s Alley has served as Boulder County’s only drop-in childcare center with sliding scale fees. We offer a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment that encourages children’s social-emotional, physical, behavioral, and cognitive development. We serve children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and offer extended hours including evenings and Saturdays.

Donation Wish List
• Diapers/Pull-Ups (any sizes)
• Unscented Baby Wipes
• Non-Latex Disposable Gloves
• Baby Formula
• Baby Purees
• A Video Baby Monitor **
• Art Supplies
o Crayons
o Markers
o Coloring Books
o Finger Paints
o Construction Paper
o Acrylic Paint
o Paint Brushes
o Chalk
o Dry Erase Markers
Play Dough (non-toxic)
Outdoor Toys
Balls (must be age 2+ at minimum), Bubble Toys
Paper Plates/Paper Cups
First Aid Kits

Reading to End Racism
Reading to End Racism, or RER, is a racial justice program that uses trained volunteers to read to children in the classroom and, through books and personal stories, stimulate an insightful conversation about discrimination. Opening this dialogue with students and teachers empowers individuals to work to eliminate racism in their lives, schools, and communities.

Books to donate
• “Daddy, There’s a noise Outside”
• “And Tango Makes Three”
• “Red: A Crayon’s Story”
• “Roland Humphrey is wearing what?”
• “All I Want to be is Me”
• “The Family Book”
• “Whoever You Are”
• “I am Jazz”
• “New Shoes”
• “Rene Has Two Last Names/ Rene Tiene Dos Apellidos”