Giving

Cash Donations

Cash donations may be mailed to Self Help Center at

8301 Crest Industrial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63123.

Please make checks and money orders payable to Self Help Center.

Donations may be general or restricted.  Examples of restricted donations would include Rent, Utilities, Helping Hands Scholarships, Real Voices Real Choices Conference Attendance, Peer Specialist continuing education, or social activities funding.

Non‐Cash Donations

There are numerous ways to give to Self Help Center without any out of pocket cost to you.  We invite you to support our efforts by participating in some or all of the following:

Schnucks Community Card
  1. Pick up a card at any Schnucks,
  2. Register your card online or using the 800 number on the card stating that you wish to support Self Help Center in St. Louis, Missouri,
  3. Have your card scanned when checking out at Schnucks.

Your purchases create automatic contributions of up to 3% of your purchase price.  Access your personal reports online to see how much you have earned.

Schnucks Customer & Community Card Contributions

1% on monthly purchases between$0$300.2% on monthly purchases between$301$600.3% on monthly purchases between$601$999.

Note: Purchases exceeding $999 receive no additional contributions.

Here’s how it works.  If your monthly purchases totaled $650.00, your contribution earned would be $10.50, like this:

$300.00× 1%= $3.00, $300.00× 2%= $6.00, $50.00× 3%= $1.50; total    = $10.50.

Cards Accepted

Schnucks card: Rectangular, red on top, white on bottom, with the Schnucks wordmark and the text “My Schnucks Card” on top in white and a row of red icons on bottom.

Present your registered Schnucks Community Card or Customer Card when making your purchase.

Use of your registered card is required at checkout to automatically track your purchases and contributions to your organization.

Exclusions

Excludes purchases of lottery tickets, gift cards and taxes.  Merchant reserves the right to exclude additional purchase transactions in the future.  Purchases made at Schnucks Fuel Centers are excluded from Schnucks eScrip contributions.

During tough economic times many supporters have found themselves participating in the SNAP program.  Even if using SNAP (foodstamp cards) a portion of your purchase is still given to our organization.

The Schnucks Comminity Card is part of the eScrip program that offers many other opportunities to raise funds for Self Help Center.  For more information please visit eScrip.com.

Good Search/Good Shop

Good Search logo: A rainbow-colored spiral of dots on the left, followed by the word “good” in teal and the word “search” in cyan.

Here’s an easy way to raise money for Self Help Center.  Just start using Yahoo! powered Goodsearch.com as your search engine and they’ll donate about a penny to your favorite cause every time you do a search!  In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall, Goodshop.com, where you can shop at more than 2,600 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to Self Help Center.  You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to Self Help Center!  You can also enroll in the Gooddining program.  Eat at over 10,000 participating restaurants nationwide and you can earn up to 6% of every dollar spent on the meal as a donation for Self Help Center.

To sign up to participate visit www.goodsearch.com.

Workplace Giving Match

Many workplaces offer a dollar for dollar match when you donate to Self Help Center.  Please check with your employer to see if they match employee donations and how you should proceed if they do.  Be sure to drop us a line so we can expect the donation and offer a receipt for your kind donation as some companies do not give an address to the employee who made the initial donation, which prevents our sending out the donation receipt and thank you letter.

Donating Goods

Self Help Center has numerous on‐going needs that are often met by our supporters.  Here is a simple list of items that would help us eliminate our out of pocket costs for such:

Miscellaneous Needs
  • Creamer Packets
  • Sugar Packets
  • Sweetener Packets
  • Coffee
  • Bunn Coffee Filters
  • Paper Towels and Napkins
  • Plasticware
  • Paper Plates and Bowls
  • Dessert Plates
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Copy Paper
  • Postage Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Hanging File Folders
  • File Folders
  • Cleaning Products
  • Disenfecting Wipes
  • Dry Erase Markers
Specific Needs

New Computer Systems: Donations in this area will help us to maintain updated computer systems for our offices and the Center’s Computer Lab.  Self Help Center needs approximately $3000 to purchase new computers for our Offices, which would allow us to move older computers to our computer lab and resource room for our participants to use.

Utility Costs: Donations in this area will help us reduce our monthly costs.  With utilities running at $350–$400 per month for our 4,500 sq. ft. facility, coverage will benefit our bottom line greatly.

Telephone: Donations in this area will help us reduce our monthly costs.  By using a VOIP system we are able to cover the cost of our telephone system with no long distance charges.  Such costs also cover our internet‐based fax system.  Our participants have their own phone in the social room so they may be able to make and receive calls to medical providers, friends, and family.  Without such service those with family outside the local area are often left without a way to communicate with them.  Typical monthly charges are $125 per month.

Website: Donations in this area will allow us to reduce our annual cost by approximately $110 per year.

Marketing: Donations in this area will allow us to cover the cost of marketing our programs to those within the community who may be unaware of our free programs.  Items such as rack cards, brochures, posters, and flyers help get the message out at hospitals, medical provider offices, libraries; while advertising dollars would allow us to purchase ad space at local venues or in newsletters.  There is no limit to the need in this area as it is on‐going.

Outreach: Donations in this area would support our outreach efforts to area in‐ and outpatient psychiatric facilities.  Our costs include wages, travel, brochures, schedules, posters, and flyers.  Currently outreach is provided at Mercy and St. Mary’s Behavioral Health Units each Tuesday; however, numerous hospitals have requested similar services that we cannot currently fill.  There is no limit to the need in this area.

Staffing: Donations in this area would support cost associated with staffing our center.  As a private 501(c)(3) non‐profit we have the ability to offer 24 hour, 7 day per week drop‐in center services to the community.  Staffing financial support would allow us to one day expand services to include evening and weekend support groups to those who are unable to visit during the typical 9–4 daytime hours.

Educational Supports: Donations in this area would help us to provide education to those who serve, receive services, or those who would benefit from additional services through community efforts.  Specifics such as:

  • QPR Suicide Gatekeeper Training — Free intervention skills for the community at large.  Funds would support targeted advertising and minimal per person costs for materials.
  • Real Voices Real Choices Participation — Annual educational conference attendance by our participants and staff.  Provided by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Missouri Mental Health Foundation, this 3 day event brings education to those living with symptoms or who have lived recovery experience and includes sessions for those with mental illness, addictions, and developmental disabilities and their supporters.  Funds would support transportation costs and meals not covered by the registration fee.  Annual expenses are $1000 or less.
  • Suicide Intervention Continuing Education — Participation by staff at the Missouri Show‐Me You Care About Suicide Intervention conference.  Funds would support transportation, hotel, food, and registration for our staff/volunteers who have received training in suicide intervention.  Costs vary, but basically remain around $300 per person.
  • Depression Bipolar Support Alliance — Participation at this national conference by DBSA Facilitators would provide continuing education to the benefit of those served.  Funds would support transportation, hotel, food, and registration for our staff/volunteers who facilitate our DBSA support groups.  Costs vary depending on where the event is held.
  • Social Reintegration Programming — Funding in this area would support monthly social activities including family‐style meals, holiday celebrations, day trips, and event attendance that supports helping with social interactions to improve the well-being of our participants’ lives.  There is no limit to this funding need.
  • Support Group Enhancements — Funding in this area support purchase of materials needed for our support groups and may include books, workbooks, copies, notebooks, pens, etc.  There is no limit to this funding need.