Ways to Give


Many activities just require a willing spirit, however, to work in the shelter, to answer the help-line, or to be a court watcher, you must go through a structured training, offered by Dove Center staff. Trainings are held periodically, and are usually announced in the local newspaper, through flyers, on the website, or social media.

Opportunities to be Involved

  • Helping at fundraisers, such as the Festival of Trees, held Thanksgiving week, and others as they arise throughout the year.
  • Court Watch: Monitor court cases and document observations, as directed in Court Watch training, and complete and return paperwork to the Dove Center office.
  • Shelter/Help-line coverage: Provide direct support services to clients, including crisis intervention. Provide supervision of the shelter facility during your shift.
  • Specialized opportunities: If you have a specialized skill that could benefit shelter clients, we would love for you to share it. Examples include: cooking skills, resume writing, job interview preparation, yoga or exercise, children’s activities, etc.


Cash donations are extremely helpful to the Dove Center. As a private, non-profit, we must raise a significant amount of money each year, in addition to our grant writing efforts, to meet the needs of our clients. Donations may be made through PayPal by clicking the button below:

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Or donations can be mailed to the Dove Center business office: 882 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550. Your donations are tax deductible, and a receipt will be mailed to you promptly.


We are able to accept the donation of stocks. For more information, contact the Dove Center business office.

Needed Items

We very much appreciate the donation of the following items:

  • Walmart Gift Cards
  • Robes and pajamas of various sizes
  • Sweat suits of various sizes
  • Socks and underwear of various sizes
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soaps
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Brushes and combs
  • Female hygiene items
  • Baby care items
  • New toys
  • Journals
  • Umbrellas
  • Cleaning supplies and laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Food donations
  • New pillows and sheet sets (full and twin)
  • Bath towels and wash cloths
  • School supplies
  • Art supplies
  • Home starter baskets