What Can You Do?

We greatly appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. We are in need of donations in three areas: supplies, funds, and volunteers; see details below.1042763.large


To donate supplies, we ask you first to contact us at 915-545-4509 with your name, phone number, and what specifically you would like to donate. Then, we will set up a specific time with you to receive the donation. This allows us to minimize the time volunteers must spend receiving and storing donations, and lets us direct donations to the locations where they are most needed. Please do not bring donations without arranging a drop-off time and place first. Muchissimas gracias!

We would greatly appreciate the following items:

  1. Food – the entire range of food, but without chile since most Central Americans don’t eat spicy food
  2. Clothing – we especially need new children’s underwear, new women’s underwear (panties and bras, sizes small and medium), socks, inexpensive shoes (especially for children), towels, simple bed sheets
  3. Hygiene – Feminine  items, diapers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, chapstick, toilet paper,
  4. Toiletries – Shampoo, deodorant, hair brushes
  5. Medical – Over the counter medications (infant, children, adult): acetaminophen, ibuprofen, cold medicine, antacid, rash (calamine) lotion, non-powdered disposable gloves, band-aids
  6. Janitorial – pine cleaner, Ajax powder, bleach, disposable gloves, paper hand towels for bathrooms


The funds we receive are being used to purchase some bus tickets, provide some families with a small amount of spending money for the bus trip, and to pay for prescriptions, perishable food, cleaning supplies, specific clothing items, and stationery. We also have had to pay for some facility expenses, such as plumbing services and utility fees. You can donate funds in person or by mail, or online here on our website (look for the green ‘Donate Now’ button on the right hand side of the page).


Our greatest need is for volunteers. We’re looking for extremely responsible, committed, organized and trustworthy people. If you have experience working in one of our houses (or with a similar organization), we could really use you. Even if you don’t live in the border region but are willing to come down for a week or even a few days, we would welcome this help. Spanish proficiency is useful, but not a requirement; we have many areas of responsibility that don’t depend on speaking Spanish. Volunteers are needed to help with the following:

  • Welcome/intake
  • security
  • travel arrangements
  • local transportation
  • food and meals
  • clothing bank
  • care package assembly
  • stocking supplies
  • laundry
  • medical issues
  • legal issues
  • set-up and clean-up

Interested in volunteering? UPDATE AS OF 7/7/2014: there is a (temporary?) lull in releases of additional migrant families, so we are not requesting additional help at this time.

  • Local folks from El Paso area: Please fill out this questionnaire and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
  • Out of towners: please email volunteercoordinator@annunciationhouse.org .
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