Working to end violence

Smartphones & Cell Phones Save the Environment, Save a Life

Do you have used smartphones or cell phones you don’t need? Donate your phones to The Center for Empowerment and Education and you will be assisting someone in need! Phones that have working chargers can be used as 911 phones for our clients. Even after a cell phone’s monthly service is turned off, it can still be used to dial 911.

Phones that are broken or do not have a charger can still be donated – we send these phones to a program called Shelter Alliance which refurbishes them or uses their parts AND gives The Center a percentage of each phone’s worth. Not only will you be preventing the toxins from your old phone from harming the earth and future generations, but you will also be helping to prevent another person from becoming a victim of violence.

Drop your used smartphone or cell phone off at The Center today!

Gift Cards & Gift Certificates Preferred

  • Grocery Stores (Aldi, Big Y, C-Town, ShopRite, Stew Leonard’s, Stop & Shop)
  • Amazon, Costco, Home Depot, HomeGoods, Michael’s, Target, Wal-Mart
  • Bus Passes – HART Bus
  • Clothing Stores (Burlington, Kohl’s, Marshall’s)
  • Prepaid VISA/Phone Cards/Gas Cards
  • Movie Theaters
  • Hair Salons
  • Pharmacies (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens)
  • Cards for Parking Meters in downtown Danbury*
  • Carpet Cleaning Services

Non-Perishable Foods (packages must be sealed & not expired)

Please coordinate all collections with our Development Department prior to implementation!

  • Coffee/Sugar
  • Individual Snack Packs (granola bars, rice krispie treats, fruit roll-ups, mini chocolate bars, wrapped hard candy)
  • Juice Boxes & Canned Juices
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pasta & Sauce
  • Peanut Butter/Jelly
  • Pudding/Fruit Snack Cups
  • Soups & Stews
  • Tuna Fish/Mayo
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cereal/Pancake Mix & Syrup
  • Cases of Water

Other Needs - NEW Items Only

The Center has partnered with Savers in Brookfield to accommodate many of our residential facility clients’ shopping requirements.

Please coordinate all collections with our Development Department prior to implementation!

  • Baby DIAPERS (sizes 2, 3, 4 & 5), shampoo (especially hypoallergenic), soap, powder & wipes
  • Batteries (AA, D, 9V)
  • Cleaning Supplies (dish soap, laundry detergent, sponges, Lysol, hand soap)
  • Makeup
  • Slippers
  • Nail Kits
  • Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, plates)
  • Lotion (hypoallergenic e.g. Cerave, Cetaphil, Aveeno, Aquaphor, etc.)
  • SOCKS in all sizes
  • Toiletries, Sanitary products
  • Towels/Twin Sheets (fitted only, no flannel)/Pillows/Blankets
  • Garbage Bags
  • Light Bulbs
  • Plastic Hangers
  • Fabric Storage Bin Cubes
  • Pots & Pans/Storage Containers/Baking Pans & Sheets/Kitchen Utensils/Silverware
  • Undergarments (all sizes)

Other Ideas

Please coordinate all collections with our Development Department prior to implementation!

Create “craft packages” with fun activities for the children staying at our Residential Facility.

School supplies: buy a backpack and fill it with necessary school supplies to be given to a child staying at our Residential Facility who had to leave his or her home quickly.


$1000 Can provide one week of emergency shelter and support at Elizabeth House for a mother and her children forced to flee from domestic or sexual violence in their homes.


$500 Can provide ten sessions of a domestic violence support group with two facilitators. Or can provide a child victim of sexual assault with ten individual counseling sessions with a certified Child Advocate.


$250 Can help so many by providing approximately two weeks of “after hour” counseling and support in the middle of the night for victims of sexual assault. Or can provide five counseling sessions to a person experiencing a painful divorce.


$100 Can provide a prevention program in a local school to help keep our children safe. Or can provide two individual counseling sessions for a victim of domestic violence.


$50 Will help us purchase food and supplies for our shelter.


$25 Will help us to purchase HART bus passes or gift cards to area grocery and department stores for our shelter residents.