Shine a light for survivors this holiday.



As we are quickly approach mid-November, all of us at Harbor House are gearing up for the holiday season, but our community plays an intricate role in our plan to support and service our survivors and to bring holiday cheer. If you are looking for a way to be involved and make a difference during the holidays, we put together a list of opportunities for you. ūüôā

Participate in Giving Tuesday 

Giving Tuesday is November 27, 2018! We have a full line up of activities for the day including; a building tour, live Q&A interview, matching gift opportunities, hourly challenges, giveaways and more! A simple way to participate in Giving Tuesday is to wear purple – and take a selfie using #HHGivingTuesday. Every selfie in purple using #HHGivingTuesday, $5 will be donated to Harbor House thanks to Harbor House’s Board of Directors! We also have a $10,000 matching gift, which will match all gifts made to Harbor House on November 27 (up to $10,000)!

During the 12:00 pm hour we are having Impact Hour. This means. from 12:00 – 1:00 pm all new recurring gifts will be matched 3:1! In addition, if we have 20 people sign up as a recurring donor, the staff at Harbor House will Facebook live us singing a holiday song with our mouths full of marshmallows! It is going to be embarrassingly awesome – make us do it! By making a monthly gift you join our, Community of Hope,a passionate community of change-makers who are working hard every day to empower communities to be free from domestic abuse through safety, knowledge, and engagement. See all of the benefits of joining this exclusive group! Giving Tuesday is going to be fun whether you watch, share, give or engage – there are lots of ways to participate!

Be a part of Adopt-a-Family 

Join our Adopt-a-Family (AAF) program by adopting a family, volunteering, or sharing information about our Adopt-a-Family with your network. Our AAF program allows our families, who have been experiencing challenging times, to put together a wish list of items they need and want for the holidays. When you adopt a family, you at matched with a family and given their list of items. You get to go shopping for them, return the items to us, we wrap the gifts up and schedule a time for the family to pick up their presents. When you adopt a family, you are providing the joy, laughter and the magic of the holiday season for children and their parent.

We also need a number of volunteers to make AAF possible. Volunteers are needed for donation drop off, wrapping presents and for when families come to pick up their gifts. For more information on AAF contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie at or at 920-955-9113.

Start a Facebook fundraiser

Facebook has made it easier than ever to start a fundraiser for any cause you feel passionate about. In one click, you can select your non-profit, set a goal, tell your network why you are fundraising and then invite your friends to donate! Facebook fundraisers are a great way to not only raise money, but spread awareness for causes you are passionate about!



Send us your Wish of Hope 

We are asking our community to send us their Wish of Hope for the Holiday.¬† This can be an uplifting quote, positive thoughts, hopeful messages, etc. All wishes sent in to Harbor House will be added to our ‚Äėhope tree‚Äô that will be placed near the front entrance for residents, clients, volunteers and staff to see each and every day. Consider sending your Wish of Hope¬†today to provide a light for survivors during the holidays. Send your wish to¬† or mail to Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs at 720 W. Fifth Street, Appleton,WI 54914.

Join our Community of Hope

Our Community of Hope is a passionate group of change makers who are working hard every day to empower communities to be free from domestic abuse through safety, knowledge, and engagement. This exclusive group have made the choice to put their monetary gift to work year round by making a monthly donation. By joining our Community of Hope you are providing life-changing support to your community 365 days a year, you can enjoy hassle-free, automatic monthly donations, lower administrative costs for us allowing  your gift to have a greater impact on survivors, funding that we can count on allows us to sustain and grow our programs and services and you will have VIP access to Harbor House events, updates and happenings! Join our Community of Hope today!

Donate an item off of our Adopt-a-Shelter list

We rely 100% on the generosity of our community for all of the items we provide in shelter for residents, clients and staff. We are able to provide residents with food, personal care items, pillows, blankets, diapers, toys, clothes, towels, etc. only because of the donations we receive. Our goal at Harbor House is to provide a safe, trauma-informed space that treats survivors with dignity and respect, an example of  how we do this is every individual that comes into shelter get a brand new pillow, set of sheets and welcome basket of personal care items that is theirs to keep.

Every year we put together our Adopt-a-Shelter list with items that we currently need for our residents, clients and staff to keep our organization running. Please consider picking an item or two off of our Adopt-a-Shelter list to support survivors who come to us in crisis (we also have the list on Amazon!).

Give to support children and families this holiday season

A simple, straight-forward way is to give. Donate to support Harbor House this holiday season. From October – December, nearly 40% of our income is received for the year. With our newly renovated and larger shelter, our expenses are at a all time high. We need your support to keep our shelter warm, secure, clean and to allow us to utilize all of our new spaces for programming and services. Consider shining your lights for survivors by donating today.


Thank you for your continued support! We are overjoyed, awed and proud to be a part of such a generous, giving community. Together we can end domestic violence in the Fox Cities and beyond!

From all of us at Harbor House, peace and blessings this holiday season.