November 4 - December 18, 2020 

The Greatest Needs Drive is an effort to gather and distribute items identified as being in the highest demand by organizations who serve people in need in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area. This drive is an opportunity for generous community members to give where it’s needed most.

We are currently seeking volunteers to sign up to champion the collection of items from among your classmates, colleagues, coworkers, neighbors, friends, family, or others in your social group.

Volunteers will be asked to:

  • be the main point of contact for your group members, 
  • communicate needed items to your group members, 
  • send out occasional reminders or updates to encourage donations, 
  • collect donated items, and 
  • deliver them to the United Way office by no later than December 18, 2020.

Please complete the Greatest Needs Drive Volunteer Form to sign up to manage a collection point. United Way will send you a list of specific items for your group to collect. To avoid duplication of categories and an overabundance of some items and a shortage of others, please hold off on starting the collection until after we confirm your category and share the list of specific items to be collected. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jo Benjamin at or (540)434-6639 x108.

Detailed list of items for the Greatest Needs Drive

Please complete the Greatest Needs Drive Volunteer Form and wait for United Way to confirm which category of items your group will collect. This will help avoid collecting too many of some items and not enough of others. Thank you!

First Aid Items

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Band-Aids 
  • Q-tips
  • Non-prescription painkillers or fever-reducers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aleve)

Hygiene Items

  • Soap, shampoo, deodorant, combs, hairbrushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Unscented lotion (small bottles)
  • Tampons and pads
  • Toilet paper
  • Small packs of tissues

Cleaning & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant hand wipes
  • Tall kitchen trash bags
  • Disinfectant surface wipes (Clorox or Lysol)
  • Durable & disposable face masks (adult & child sizes)
  • Non-latex disposable gloves (small, medium, large sizes)

Clothing (adult and child sizes)

  • Ponchos, rain jackets
  • Clothing, pajamas
  • Diabetic socks
  • Winter clothing (coats, boots, hats, gloves)

  Educational Items

  • White cardstock 
  • Power strips 
  • Electric pencil sharpeners 
  • Packs of markers
  • Construction paper
  • Child-sized scissors
  • Coloring books
  • Children’s books
  • Arts & crafts modelling clay (Play doh) 
  • Small radio with CD player
  • Headphones

Baby Care Items

  • Pacifiers
  • Diapers 
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby Formula
  • Newborn size hats
  • Baby blankets
  • Mommy’s Bliss probiotics

Mother Care Items

  • Postpartum supplies 
  • Bed pads 
  • Disposable underwear 
  • Absorbent nursing pads 
  • Nipple guards for breastfeeding

Elder Care Items

  • Nutrition drinks
  • Disposable adult undergarments

Car and Tools

  • Vehicle engine oil
  • All-season windshield wiper fluid
  • Antifreeze & coolant fluid
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Hammers
  • Household tool sets (plyers, screwdrivers, etc.)
  • Adjustable wrenches 

Food Items

  • Individually wrapped snacks (fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.)
  • Gallon jugs of water
  • Nutrition drinks


  • Quart size ziplock bags
  • Emergency blankets
  • Wrist braces/splints (non-prescription)
  • Gift cards to grocery stores, gas stations, etc. 
Please complete the Greatest Needs Drive Volunteer Form to sign up to manage a collection point.