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Why Your Donation Matters

The River Valley Shelter needs your support to continue to innovate quality, cost-effective services to victims of domestic violence and to provide leadership in the struggle to end domestic violence. We are committed to the highest quality of fiscal management to ensure that all contribution are used with integrity, transparency, and in a manner that will have the greatest impact for our clients. 

Each day, domestic violence takes from those who experience it. In many instances, those experience domestic violence lose everything, including their homes. The River Valley Shelter provides a safe place for survivors and their families while they overcome the trauma caused by domestic violence and embark upon their journey of recovery. Shelter is just the first step in a long journey. While at The River Valley Shelter, survivors are able to meet with advocates to plan the next step, and The River Valley Shelter offers programs designed to make that next step possible, positive, and permanent. Transitional support includes referrals to agencies that can help with employment, transportation, and utilities with dedicated case management. 

Your support will provide a lifeline with access to critical information, safety planning, and referrals for those calling our 24 hour confidential, domestic violence hotline. 

Your contribution will also connect survivors with safe, affordable housing. The River Valley Shelter operates in Russellville, Arkansas-equipped with a confidential location, warm meals, access to resources, case management to empower clients as they break free from abuse and rebuild. 

With your support, The River Valley Shelter will continue to play a pivotal role in advocating for a safer future. The River Valley Shelter and it's allies are at the forefront of advocating for change for survivors in domestic violence situation and you can be too! Donate today! 

How to Donate 

Donate Online Today

Help us walk with survivors on their healing journeys and create safe communities. Make a monetary contribution to The River Valley Shelter online. 

Give by Check 

When donating by check, please make checks out to: 

The River Valley Shelter 

ATTN: Donations 

PO BOX 2066 

Russellville, AR 72811 

Charitable Distribution 

A Charitable Distribution is a direct transfer of funds from a traditional IRA account to a public 501c3 nonprofit, like The River Valley Shelter. A Charitable Distribution can count as all or some of the IRA owner's required minimum distribution (RMD), and the QCD amount is not added to taxable income as an RMD normally would be. 

The QCD is an effective smart giving option, particularly for those who take the standard deduction and would miss out on writing off charitable contributions. But even those who itemize can benefit from using a QCD because keeping taxable income lower may reduce the impact of other tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare. 

Here are some things to remember about IRA qualified charitable distributions: 

  • A donor must be 70 1/2 years of age or older to make a QCD 

  • The amount gifted to charity is not counted toward the donor's ordinary income 

  • Donors can request multiple direct transfers from their IRA to qualified charities in a year, but only up 10 $100,000 (your spouse is also eligible to contribute this amount from their IRA 

Organization Tax Information 

Legal Name: The River Valley Shelter for Battered Women & Children, Inc. 

Federal Tax ID: 71-0558388

Other Types of Donations

Many of our survivors come into shelters with nothing, so your donations are a big part of making sure that they have everything that they need. In order to keep the location of our shelter private, we ask that you please take your donations to our thrift store, The Thrift Store. 

For more information about our thrift store and what donations they take, please click here

Are you wondering what kind of times are MOST needed at our shelter? These items are the items that we are always in need of when aiding clients. 

  • Cleaning Supplies

    • Dishwashing liquid, sponges, magic erasers, multipurpose cleaner, antibacterial spray, glass cleaner, oven cleaner, laundry detergent, fabric softener, bleach, trash bags (small, medium, and large), toilet paper, shower cleaner, paper towels, hand sanitizer, freezer bags, and plastic bags, batteries, and light bulbs

  • Pantry Safe Food Items

  • Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, bath rugs

  • Over-the-counter medications for clients to use while at the shelter

  • Personal Hygiene Items

    • Body Wash, hair products, and tampons

Want to donate something else? No problem, we are always happy to accept donations! Not sure what to get? Here are a few ideas:

  • Bed sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths, and similar items

  • Sports Equipment, exercise equipment, bicycles

  • Kitchenware such as pots, pans, utensils, china, vases, dishes, cutlery, glassware, and silverware

  • Small electrical appliances such as power tools, irons, blenders, mixers, stereos, CD players, speakers, DVD players, lamps, fans, and humidifiers

  • Miscellaneous Items such as jewelry, crafts, mugs, candles, pictures/frames, baskets, ornaments, and hand tools

  • Furniture such as chairs, sofas, couches, loveseats, recliners, footstools, storage dressers, armoires, bookcases, cabinets, entertainment centers, dining tables, kitchen tables, coffee tables, end tables, patio sets, and more

  • Entertainment items such as books, records, tapes, videos, DVDs, Toys, videogames

  • Clothing Items (for men, women, and children): shirts, pants, dresses, shorts, sweaters, etc.

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