Home Sweet Home
Assists families, through community partners, with donated, new household items.
Home Sweet Home Collaborative Program
Home Sweet Home is a collaborative program between United Way of Will County and the Cadence Cares Foundation.
How Home Sweet Home Works
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, Home Sweet Home receives truckloads of new, household items, that are made available at no cost, to community partners. The donated items are ineligible for retail sale due to packaging not meeting manufacturer specifications, thus the Home Sweet Home program is able to receive these items as donations, while providing much needed relief to families and turning houses into homes.
Home Sweet Home operates on a community partnership basis only. Meaning, only qualified, community-based organizations may request items from the program, who then make the items available to clients. Neither United Way of Will County, nor the Cadence Cares Foundation, take direct client requests for the Home Sweet Home program.
Available inventory is released once per month to eligible community partners, and each partner will receive a confirmation of order fulfillment indicating what items have been fulfilled in their request. Due to the number of existing partners and program growth, it is rare that we can fulfill every item on an organizational request.
Home Sweet Home pallets ready for distribution.
Salvation Army Home Sweet Home pick up.
How to Become a Home Sweet Home Partner
If you are a community-based organization that serves Will County residents and would like to become a Home Sweet Home partner, please complete the Home Sweet Home partner application.
New Community Partner requests will be reviewed monthly, and confirmation of eligibility will be sent upon approval.
Requirements for Community Partners:
- Pick up fulfilled items at a pre-determined date and time, while providing both ample vehicle space and volunteers to assist with loading.
- Track demographic information of clients receiving items and share with United Way of Will County
- Cannot sell items received for income, or accept monetary payment/donation from clients receiving items
United Way of Will County, nor the Cadence Cares Foundation, guarantees the items received through the Home Sweet Home Program. Should an item be broken or damaged, it is the responsibility of the receiving organization to properly dispose.