How You Can Help

SHAWL is funded through a combination of government, foundation, fundraising events, service fees and private support. Your support is crucial. You can help immediately by making a secure on-line donation.

Please Make a Difference

The ability to continue with the work we do to help women in need depends on you. Your financial support is crucial to SHAWL! Without your help, it is not possible to provide the quality programs and services that are essential to a women’s recovery. Your donation can assist in breaking the destructive cycle of addiction, violence and homelessness.  Your donation can be a significant factor in giving a woman the chance at a life she never imagined possible. Your donation can help a woman once again be a mother to her children, this time as a positive role model…clean and sober living in a violence-free environment.

Your donation is a positive investment in our community’s future. Please help us to provide dignity, hope, worthiness and serenity to those we serve.

$25 provides a welcoming kit of essential items for each woman upon arrival to SHAWL

$50 provides 21 nutritious meals and snacks for 1 woman for a week

$100 funds an outdoor excursion for 13 women giving them an opportunity to visit and learn about something new

$193 funds one woman’s participation in our 6-week job training workshop

$266 provides housing in our primary program for 1 woman for a month

$500 funds one month of educational groups for 13 women to learn the skills needed to achieve personal stability

$750 funds one month of 1-on-1 counseling and case management for 13 women providing essential services needed for a strong recovery

$1,000 provides vital support to the ongoing mission of SHAWL

Donate by Mail

Checks can be mailed to the following address:

ATTN: Laurie Whalen-Martinez
P.O. Box 948
San Pedro, CA 90733-0948

In-Kind Donations

Thank you for thinking about SHAWL for your donations. We accept new and gently used items including but not limited to: clothing in good condition (washed and/or dry cleaned, no tears or stains), new, unopened personal items and household items. We accept donations Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 A.M and 5 P.M. Our Wish List includes the following:


  • New underwear and bras (all sizes)
  • New Socks
  • New Pajamas
  • Shoes (all sizes)
  • T-shirts
  • Pants
  • Business Attire

Office Supplies

  • Reams of Paper (white)
  • Rolls of Stamps


  • Tickets to the Movies (13 minimum)
  • Gift Cards to Restaurants


  • New Twin Size Sheet Sets
  • New Twin Size Blankets
  • New Twin Size Pillows
  • New Bath Towels and wash cloths
  • Dish Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Dish Soap & Sponges
  • Laundry Detergent (HE only)
  • Cans of Lysol
  • Paper Towels
  • Lysol Cleaning Wipes
  • Hair Nets
  • Flatware
  • Dish Sets
  • Beverage Cups

Event Auction Items

  • Each year we hold a fundraising event where we auction off items. 100% of the proceeds of our auction directly support the women of SHAWL.
  • Airline Tickets
  • Hotel / Timeshare Stays
  • Restaurant Gift Certificates
  • Tickets to Museums and Attractions
  • Jewelry
  • Luxury Items

Personal Items

  • Toothbrushes / Toothpaste
  • Bars of Soap
  • Tampons
  • Maxi Pads
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Band-Aids

Volunteer Opportunities

Currently, we are in need of volunteers in the following areas:

  • General Handyman
  • Computer/Technology Generalist
  • Tree Trimmer/Gardener