Ways to Give

A recurring theme among parents seeking entry into our Emergency Family Shelter and Homeless Prevention Program is how hard they worked to avoid becoming homeless. By the time they reach our doors, most of our clients have tried everything to provide stable housing for their children. They've borrowed money for rent, taken second jobs, and slept on couches in relative's homes. For some it is a matter of pride and some are fearful due to the way shelters are portrayed on TV and movies.

As one young mother, Aleesa, summed up "I'm willing to do the work. I understand my choices have landed me here. I hadn't intended to be a single parent. I'm not looking for handouts, but sometimes when I'm juggling all of these things, I need some help."

This is where you - and Friends Association - come in. Because you have given your time, resources or both, we are able to help families like Aleesa's get back on their feet.

If you would like to speak to someone directly about making a gift to Friends Association, please contact:

Robin Meixner, Development Director
610-431-3598, ext 204
Email: r.meixner@friendsassoc.org

Or become a SUSTAINER OF HOPE to provide ongoing support to our families and children.

Download our printable form

Call Robin Meixner at 610-431-3598, ext 204

Friends Association is a tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent of tax laws-consult with your tax advisor.


Charity Ball Attendance or Sponsorship
United Way
Honor/Memorial Gifts
Planned Giving and Wills
Gifts of Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds
Gift Cards
Matching Corporate Gifts

United Way
United Way logoIf your workplace supports the United Way, please consider making a contribution to Friends Association through the Donor Choice program.

To identify us to:

  • United Way of Southeastern PA: use ID number 5280
  • United Way of Delaware: use ID number 2576
  • ALL other United Way Agencies: identify us by our
    name and address:

    Friends Association
    113 West Chestnut Street
    West Chester, PA 19380

Honor / Memorial Gifts

By Mail Print our donation form and choose "In Honor of" or "In Memory of." Mail it with your donation. We will send a thank you letter to you and send a letter of recognition to your honoree. Download form now

By Phone Please call Robin Meixner at 610-431-3598, ext 204, to make an Honor or Memorial gift by phone.

Planned Giving and Wills
Create your legacy by giving a gift that will ensure that the services for homeless families will continue for years to come. Include Friends Association in your will or create a planned gift now to create tax advantages for your family.

  • In your will (a bequest);
  • Designate Friends Association as beneficiary to life insurance or annuity contract, or IRA; or,
  • Create a planned gift to create tax advantages for your family.

In your will, or add as codicil (addition) to your will:
“I give ____%  or $_______ or the remainder of this estate to Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children, 113 West Chestnut Street, West Chester, PA  19380.”

*Remember that you can name FA after you have considered gifts to your family and other beneficiaries.

Contact us by email, r.meixner@friendsassoc.org, or call 610-431-3598 x204.

Gifts of Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds
Start by calling 610-431-3598 x204 or via e-mail r.meixner@friendsassoc.org . We will guide you through the process. (And it is a smart way to gift, as you have no capital gain taxes on the value gains!)

Gift Cards
Assist client families with essential needs (food, formula, clothing, shoes) with gift cards.
*Or, organize a community group in a gift cards campaign!

Matching Corporate Gifts
This is a “double your gift” opportunity. Check to see if your company is one that encourages philanthropy through a matching gift policy.



Give the gift of security
to a family
Child's Photo

Your gift will help homeless families with children achieve lasting independence.

SOS Network
Child's Photo

Would you like to help families set up a new home? It's easy—join our SOS Network.


Wish List
Child's Photo Things our Children and Families always need:
  • Giant or Acme gift cards for food
  • Kmart or Walmart gift cards for clothing and other necessities
  • NEW bed pillows
  • Rite Aid cards for formula, diapers, medications (Rite Aid is walking distance from the shelter)
  • New twin size bed sheets, blankets, and bedspreads
  • New kitchen and bath linens
  • Paper products: paper towels, toilet paper, and napkins
  • Personal care items: shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
  • And for fun . . . movie gift cards
Please call Marie Paxson if you would like to donate any items on our Wish List. 610-431-3598, ext 201.