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Support Center for Families
Make your mark 
- Attend, sponsor, donate to or attend one of our events

- Host an event with proceeds going to Center for Families (birthday party, garage sale, bake sale, etc. Get creative! We'll help.)

- Purchase something from our Wish List
- Planned Giving - leave a legacy for years to come

- Get social! Follow up on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, & LinkedIn
Help us strengthen families in Dane County by contributing your time and talent.

We are always looking for volunteers to perform a variety of tasks and services - from transportation, child care, fundraising and office/building help to mentoring a parent! You can view current volunteer needs at or contact a member of our management team for more information:

Group Volunteer Activites: Chris Boehm
Special Events, Fundraising: Julie Sheldon
Respite Child Care: Paige Guibourdanche
Home Visitation Support: Liz Kober
Other Interests: Julie Sheldon
Center For Families
Goodsearch and Goodshop
If you would like an easy way to raise money for Center for Families, and gain access to thousands of money-saving promotions and coupons in the process, use when shopping online. For every purchase you make, including items such as car rentals from Orbitz, jeans from Old Navy and cookie baskets from FTD. Goodshop will donate to our center up to 20% of what you spend. Simply sign up, select Center for Families as your cause and shop online!

Supported By:
Dane County United Way City of Madison
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Violence breeds violence — an abused child today can lead to an abusive parent tomorrow. We need to prevent the cycle from starting.

And you can make a difference. Every effort, big or small, has the potential to make a profound impact in a child’s life.

Send a few dollars. Volunteer time. Host an event. Refer a family…


Grassroots actions can change lives. No donation is too small. Every dollar you give makes a profound difference in the life of a child.

Help us create a safe and nurturing home for every child in Dane County.

Care to help? Yes! I want children to grow up in safe and nurturing homes.

A non-profit 501(c)3, Center for Families is funded entirely by grants and public and private donations. Donations are tax deductible.

Use Amazonsmile

Center For Families is now registered as a charitable organization with AmazonSmiles and therefore can start earning donations from anyone that selects us as their charity of choice.

AmazonSmiles is website powered by Amazon but the difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmiles, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to a charitable organization selected by the customer. There is no cost to participate in this program.

To ensure that Center For Families is getting a donation made from your future Amazon purchases, be sure to click the "Get Started" link in the lefthand column of this page.  Every bit makes a difference! 

Click Here for FAQ on AmazonSmile


These items would really help our agency support children and their families!

The Center for Families is looking for these new (or gently used, if appropriate) items:

  • Agency & Program Needs
    • Business sponsorship/donation of meals for parental education training
    • Safety proofing supplies
    • Baby gates
    • Personal first aid kits
    • Lego sets with Little People
    • Gas cards for families to attend programs
    • Gift cards to give to parents
    • AA and AAA batteries
  • Formula
    • Similac, Enfamil, Good Start (with iron, soy, and lactose-free)
  • Clothing (new or gently used only) & Personal Items
    • Diapers (sizes 4, 5, & 6)
    • Pull-ups
    • Baby wipes
    • Winter coats and boots (children)
    • Costumes and dress-up clothes
    • New children’s underwear (preschool to teens)
    • New socks for children (preschool to teens)
    • Gym shorts for children
    • Changing pads
    • Bobby pillows
    • Hair care supplies (combs, bands, clips)
  • Toys & Gifts
    • Lego kits (small)
    • New or gently used board books (bilingual English/Spanish a bonus)
    • Current Disney and Pixar movies and cartoons episodes (SpongeBob, Dora, etc.)
    • Art supplies and art kits
    • Bath/water toys
    • Crayola watercolors
    • Non-toxic temera paint
    • Children's tool bench

Please note that we are unable to accept cribs, used car seats and stuffed animals.

Click Here for Printable Wish List

To donate, contact Development Manager, Julie Sheldon, at 608.729.1142 or, to make arrangements.

We appreciate your support!