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We Can Heal and Transform our Community Together

Each year, thousands of people come to Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI) seeking shelter, support, and the means to give themselves and their children a life free from violence. They are our mothers, fathers, our sisters, our brothers, coworkers, and friends. Their journeys are never the same, and they are never easy. But one thing never changes: each person who has the courage to seek help still needs hope.

Right now, someone is walking through the door at WAVI. You can ensure that help is always there, 24 hours a day. Together, we can break the cycle of violence.

There are several ways you can support WAVI:


All contributions are welcome and greatly appreciated. Every gift is used to further our vision of empowerment and safety to women, men and children struggling to break free of the cycle of violence. All gifts to WAVI are tax deductible, and you will receive a thank you letter to document your gift for tax purposes.

Make a Donation 

Planned Giving

A simple way to leave a planned gift to WAVI is to make a bequest in your will or living trust. With a charitable request to WAVI, you can provide WAVI with important long-term support for general operations. Your estate will receive a charitable estate tax deduction for the full value of the donation, so your estate will not pay estate tax on these assets.

Learn More About Planned Giving

There are various volunteer opportunities within WAVI, including helping with childcare, facility maintenance, and working in the donation room. Grab a group of friends and make it a fun day of giving back to the Black Hills community! Click here for more about current volunteer opportunities.

WAVI Wishlist

Consider hosting a donation drive from our Needs List. WAVI refers furniture and stuffed toys to area thrift stores. 
Needs List

For security reasons, we accept donations at the back entrance Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call us ahead of time if you are bringing a large donation. Food may be dropped off at anytime. If these times do not work for you, please call in advance to set up a time.

WAVI refers all furniture donations to The Cornerstone Mission Thrift Store (716-2768) or Love, INC. (718-5683)

Children's Items

  • Porta-cribs*
  • Single and Double Strollers


  • New Swimsuits for Client Recreation
  • New Underwear Socks & Bras for Women and Children*
  • Pajamas for Men, Women and Children (new & gently used)
  • Plain Black, Grey or White T-Shirts and Sweatshirts* Men, Women, & Children (new or gently used)
  • Plain Athletic Shoes or Tennis Shoes (all sizes)*

Food Donations

  • Cold Cereal and Non-Perishable Items*
  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables*
  • Gift Certificates to Family Thrift Center and Wal-Mart/Sam's Club*
  • Meat

General Supplies

  • Notebooks or Journals*
  • Art/Craft Supplies
  • Blue/Black Ink Pens*
  • Copier Paper*
  • Pocket Calendars
  • Calendars/Agendas
  • Envelopes (any size)
  • Ink Cartridges (HP 56 & 57)*
  • Letter Sized Pastel-Colored Paper*
  • Forever Postage Stamps*

Other Program Needs

  • Cell Phones/Chargers
  • Monetary Donations
  • Phone Cards* Verizon, Straight talk
  • Rapid Ride Bus Ticket*
  • Movie Tickets
  • Passes to Community Events
  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Starbucks)

Personal Grooming Items (new items only)

  • Full Size Lotion*
  • Full Size Conditioner* 
  • Full Size Shampoo*
  • Disposable Razors*
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (Pads and Tampons)
  • Full Size Deodorant*
  • Elastic Hair Ties*
  • Lice Kits
  • Single Pack Combs/Brushes*
  • Individually Wrapped Toothbrushes and toothpaste (adult and children)

Shelter Supplies

  • Bath Towels and Washcloths
  • Zippered, Waterproof Pillow Protectors
  • Plastic Mattress Pads
  • NEW Twin & Full Size Sheet Sets/Blankets/Quilts
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes*
  • Dishwasher gel packs or tablets
  • Glass Plus (brand specific)
  • Paper Towels*
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Toilet Paper*
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
  • Lysol Spray
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Trash Bags 13 & 33 gal

If you have any questions, please call 605-341-3292.
* These items are in great need.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about supporting WAVI.
Thank you for understanding and for making a difference in the lives of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.


Fact: Half of all homeless women and children in the United States are escaping domestic violence.