How to Help

You can support the Murphy Center in many ways:

  1. Make a financial donation
  2. Volunteer (Group or Individually)
  3. Donate non perishable food, gear, office supplies, hygiene items, and essential outerwear
  4. Organize a food, gear, hygiene, our outerwear drive
  5. Consider adding a donation to the Murphy Center as part of your wedding registry
  6. Attend or sponsor a Murphy Center Fundraising Event
  7. Pick up and/or deliver local donations
  8. Include the MC in your company/group newsletter
  9. Invite us to present to your group or business about the Murphy Center or homelessness

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Make a Financial Donation

The Murphy Center for Hope is a community driven collaborative effort to provide a single location where a wide array of agencies come together to provide resources and programs to help people stabilize their lives and regain self sufficiency. To be successful, the Murphy Center relies on the kindness and generosity of many supporters and community stakeholders. We are grateful for any support you can provide – no gift is too small. Your help will have a direct impact on the lives of those served by the Murphy Center.

It has been estimated that each chronically homeless individual costs our community more than $25,000 annually in services provided.  For every $10 donation received, the Murphy Center is able to provide one guest an array of services and programs each day.  Any given visit to the Murphy Center could be the breakthrough for any of our 3,000 guests (un-duplicated annual individuals) to receive the help they need for securing employment, housing or assistance with any of the other obstacles blocking their path back to self-sufficiency.

Help to support services like these: (typical annual results)

  • 35,000 guest visits
  • 150 guests assisted to securing employment (Hand Up Program)
  • Mail service for 850 guests
  • 1,100+ guests utilized the MC for Morning Day Services
  • 162 guest lockers
  • 462 Benefit applications completed and submitted (Dedicated Navigators)
  • 4,000 guest showers
  • $100,000+ in housing rent assistance distributed (Neighbor to Neighbor)
  • 1,100 loads of guest laundry
  • 300+ guests received mental health and substance abuse counseling (SummitStone)

How to Donate

You can donate cash to the Murphy Center in two ways:

1. Make a secure online donation using your Pay Pal Account or your Credit Card: 

Just a brief note before you click on the donate button:  Once you click the donate button below you will given the choice to either pay with your Pay Pal account or Credit Card.  If you don’t have a Pay Pal account and want to simply put your donation on a credit card scroll down to where you see the credit card symbols and the message and click on the blue “continue” link.  It will look like this:

Don’t have a PayPal account?
Use your credit card or bank account (where available). Continue

So, if you are ready to make a donation using a Pay Pal account or Credit Card click the donate button below!


2. Send a check to:

c/o The Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope
242 Conifer Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Every donation is important to the Murphy Center and those we serve and we are very appreciative of all of the wonderful people, groups, businesses, and others that donate financially.  We would also like to thank the following:

Foundations and Major Financial Support

Bohemian Foundation
United Way of Larimer County

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Volunteer:

There are a number of ways that you or your organization can volunteer with the Murphy Center:

  1. Help our guests access core services such as lockers, mail, showers, laundry, computers, gear room, and more.
  2. Organize food, clothing, gear, or hygiene drive at your work, neighborhood, school, church, etc.
  3. Help out in our Food Pantry
  4. Volunteer with the Dedicated Navigator program (help people to enroll for benefits like Food Stamps, TANF, and other essential forms of aid)
  5. Do product donation pick ups around town as your schedule permits

Check out the volunteer page of our website by clicking on this link:  Volunteer

For additional information about any volunteer activity that is listed above or below and/or to sign up for an event, please call Ken John, the Murphy Center Resource Director, at 970-581-4921 or Ken@HomelessGear.org.


Donate Food, Hygiene & Cleaning Items, Office Supplies, Outdoor Gear, Essential Clothing Items & Common Household Items:

Donations may be dropped off at the Murphy Center from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday at 242 Conifer Street Fort Collins, CO  80524

Take Away Meal Program:  (all food items in individual serving sizes please)IMG_5657

  • Juice Box, Gatorade, Capri Suns, Bottled Water
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Paper/Styrofoam/Plastic Cups, Bowls, Napkins, Paper Towels
  • Plastic Knives, Spoons, and Forks                                
  • Granola Bars
  • Peanut Butter (individual serving size)
  • Fruit Roll Ups or Fruit Snacks
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Raisins
  • Trail Mix
  • Nuts
  • Fruit Cups
  • Pudding Cups
  • Jerky

Morning Day Services Program:

  • Ground coffee
  • Sugar and creamer packets
  • Coffee Stir Sticks
  • Hot Chocolate (Individual Serving Packets–just add water)
  • Tea
  • Oatmeal or other Instant Hot Cereal (Individual Serving Packets)

Food Pantry/Family Needs Program:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Chicken
  • Pasta                                                                        
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Nuts                                                                    
  • Jams
  • Honey
  • Granola
  • Apple Sauce
  • Cereal
  • Cup-A-Noodles
  • Instant Soups
  • Instant Mac and Cheesetoiletries

Hygiene & Cleaning:

  • Deodorant
  • Tooth Brushes and Tooth Paste
  • Denture Adhesive
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shave Cream                                                   
  • Cue Tips
  • Hair Brushes
  • Washcloths 
  • Bath Towels
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Vinyl Gloves (large)
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Bleach (cleaning counter tops)
  • Deodorizer

Office Supplies

  • Blue or Black Pens
  • Clasp Envelopes
  • Filing Folders with Pockets
  • Copy Paper 8 1/2 x 11

Outdoor Gear Items:

(Please note that for safety and/or environmental concerns we do not collect or distribute any flammable items such as stoves, lanterns, etc. or knives of any kind).

  • Backpacks
  • Daypacks
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Bag Pads
  • Portable Shelters
    • Tents (small 1-3 person)
    • Tarps (small)
  • Cots
  • Stuff Sacks
  • Emergency “Space” Blankets
  • Hand & Foot Warmers
  • Water Bottles (Nalgene Type)
  • Flashlights or Headlamps
  • Battery Powered (Small) Alarm Clocks
  • Camping/Backpacking “Mess” Kits
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike Locks

Essential Outerwear Items:

Please note that while we are appreciative that you might have other items of clothing to donate, we are only able to accept the items listed below.

  • Coats (No Dress Coats Please)
    • Winter                                                         
    • Rain Coats or Rain Ponchos
  • Hoodies (Sweatshirts with Hoods)
  • Sweatshirts (No Sweaters Please)
  • Hats
    • Summer
    • Winter
  • Winter Gloves
  • Footwear:
    • Hiking Boots                   
    • Tennis Shoes
    • Winter Boots (Please, no snowboard or ski boots)
  • Socks New only please on summer socks but “reasonably used” is OK on winter socks.
  • Women’s Purses & Handbags (functional for everyday use)
  • Belts                                            
  • Sweatpants
  • Underwear:
    • Summer (New Please)
    • Thermals (Tops and Bottoms)

Common Household Items

  • Blankets
  • Ear Plugs
  • Ear Buds (listening to music)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kits and Supplies
  • Batteries
  • Personal Hygiene Items:
    • Combs/Brushes (new)
    • Soap
    • Shampoo
    • Hand Sanitizer
  • Duct Tape
  • Small Sewing Kits
  • Shoe Insoles
  • Foot Powder

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Gently Used:

  • Work Boots (Steel Toed)
  • Insulated Work Pants / Carhartt Pants
  • Work Gloves
  • Non Slip Shoes
  • Rain Gear
  • Reflective Vests / Jackets
  • Tool Belt
  • Simple Hand Tools / Hammer, Screw Drivers, Measuring Tape, Wrenches etc.
  • Heavy Work Jackets (Carhartt)
  • Coveralls
  • Safety Glasses

Thank you for your thoughtfulness!

Homeless Gear is the managing partner of the Murphy Center Collaborative and as such is the fiscal sponsor of any in-kind donation received by the Murphy Center.  Please see the attached two documents for verification of HG’s relationship to the Murphy Center and it’s 501c3 Non Profit Designation:

Relationship Document

501C3 IRS Designation Letter