Ever year, Briarpatch programs serve approximately 2,000 unduplicated youth. While cash donations are always appreciated, in-kind items are also accepted. When making this type of donation, we ask that you complete and include an in-kind gift receipt (click here to download) for tax purposes. Please see the list of items currently needed by our youth below.


Gift Cards & Bus Tickets

Many of our programs depend on providing transportation for our youth.  Please consider donating ten-ride bus passes from Madison Metro.

Gift cards are also very useful.  Life for at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth is tough. We work to mitigate the feelings of shame and guilt these youth often carry by providing opportunities to purchase clothing and hygiene items with a counselor. This act alone can help preserve a youth's diginity and help instill a sense of empowerment in a rough situation. For this reason, we also accept donations of gift cards to places such as Walgreen's, Wal-Mart, Target, Woodman's, Subway, or other local establishments that offer food, clothing, and hygiene items. 

We also accept gift cards for entertainment venues (e.g. movie theaters, mini-golf courses, etc.) for outings with Briarpatch youth.


If you have further questions about donating in-kind items/gift cards, please contact our (608) 245-2550 x 1215