How to Help

There are many ways you can help Home of the Sparrow…

Get Involved today and Make an Impact!

Cash Contributions

Making a cash contribution is easy. You can make an Online Donation Here. Your support will positively impact the lives of women and children who are experiencing homelessness. Thank you!


Companies may become sponsors of our benefits, fundraisers, and other popular events. To learn more about our Sponsorships, click here.

Attend HOS Events

HOS’s annual fundraising events provide needed revenue to support our mission, women and children, and services. You can have fun while helping the clients of HOS achieve self-sufficiency. Click here to see HOS’s events calendar.

Community Fundraising Events

Businesses, clubs, individuals, and organizations can host community fundraising events to benefit HOS. Previous events include walks/runs, restaurant nights, auctions and raffles, fashion shows, car shows, luncheons, and more! Learn More Here.

Donation Drive

Before hosting a donation drive for items on HOS’s Shelter Needs Wish List or for a special project, please call HOS at 815-271-5444 to check what items the agency is currently in need of. Learn More Here.

Leave a Legacy

Leave a legacy by remembering Home of the Sparrow in your will, estate plan or other long-range financial arrangement. Your legacy gift can assist you and your family through tax benefits and reduced estate and income taxes. Your bequest can leave real estate, stocks, certificates of deposit or a life insurance policy.


Donation of time is a very valuable asset. To see what opportunities are available click here. If you have any questions about volunteer opportunities, please contact

Shop Our Thrift Stores

When you shop at or donate to any one of our Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores you have the satisfaction of knowing your proceeds are supporting Home of the Sparrow programs and services. You are helping homeless women and children achieve self-sufficiency.


Home of the Sparrow is always in need of housing. You can donate land, housing or offer rental opportunities within McHenry County.

Memorial & Tribute Gifts

A thoughtful and appropriate way to honor a loved one in sympathy or as a living memorial. Or a perfect way to celebrate accomplishments or draw attention to special occasions such as birthdays, Bat/Bar Mitzvah, anniversaries, weddings, Mother’s Day, graduations, etc.

Corporate Partnerships

Customized sponsorship opportunities are available! They provide excellent exposure for your company while showing support for your community! There are many ways for your company, vendors and employees to get involved. For details, contact Allyson Gluth at

In-Kind Gifts

Donate company services, products, or any item from HOS’s Shelter Needs Wish List.

Social Media Support

Be an advocate and share Home of the Sparrow’s content with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, and YouTube! By sharing our posts and following us on social media, you have the power to spread more awareness about homelessness and Home of the Sparrow’s mission.

Foundation & Corporate Grants

Home of the Sparrow relies on a large portion of financial support from charitable grants. Corporate, Foundation and Family Foundation grants provide the support to expand and sustain our programs.

Payroll Deduction Plans

Ask your employer if you can contribute through a payroll deduction plan. Often times employers offer this as a way of contributing with a corporate matching gift.

Involve Your Church

Churches often partner with Home of the Sparrow by providing volunteers, hosting wish list drives, hosting community fundraising events and/or by donating money towards supporting the mission of Home of the Sparrow.

Donate Your Vehicle

Donate Your Motor Vehicle & Receive a Tax Write Off! We can take your car, truck, boat, motor home or motorcycle working or not!
Making a donation is EASY and pick up is FREE!

There are three main things to look at when evaluating a charity:

  • Financial health of the organization
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Results

Home of the Sparrow is a GOLD STAR member on demonstrating a commitment to transparency.

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