American Bear Association / VSWS Needs List

The American Bear Association and Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary are in constant need of donated items - anything from stationery to batteries to food - not to mention people's donated time and skills! Any help you can give us is greatly appreciated.

The American Bear Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The value of your donated item(s) is deductible to the full extent of the law. We will provide you with documentation for your tax records. If you have any questions about making a donation, please contact us.

  • Packaged and canned foods ( soups, juices, snacks, chips, sauces, pastas, tuna, meats)
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Gallon jugs of drinking water
  • Matches and long Bic Lighters
  • Battery powered carbon monoxide or smoke detectors
  • D cell flashlights with batteries
  • Strong plastic 30 to 33 gallon trash bags
  • Dish detergent (eco-friendly preferred) and cleaning supplies.
  • Plastic totes to fit under beds in cabins and for storage
  • Paper goods such as plates, cups, bowls, towels, napkins, wipe-its, toilet paper, etc (recycled products preferred).
  • Hand and push brooms
  • Sturdy carpet sweepers
  • Caution signs & cones- WET FLOORS, SLIPPERY WHEN WET, WATCH YOUR STEP etc.
  • Floor scrapers with replacement blades
  • Office supplies and postage stamps
  • Weather-proof materials for deck displays
  • Bear books for ABA Resource Library and other natural resource books (including birding)
  • Hand tools - hammers, wrenches, pliers, pipe wrenches, socket sets
  • Electric tools - cordless drills, cordless saws, corded tools
  • Quiet and powerful generators
  • Roto-Tiller
  • Lawn mowers, brushcutters, and weedeaters with replacement cord
  • Deep cycle Marine/RV batteries
  • Batteries - AA, C, D and 9 volt
  • Solar power battery chargers
  • 110 Volt power inverters
  • Radio-CD/ cassette players (battery powered) for gift shop, cook shack, and food shed
  • Tandem axle trailer with removeable sides to haul mulch and large boxes
  • Bobcat / Skidsteer with attachments
  • Native flowers, trees, bushes especially fruiting ones
  • Clover seeds and other wildlife grasses
  • Feeding tiles 18" x 18" or flat rocks
  • Fertilizer / top soil / cedar mulch
  • Gravel for road improvement
  • Lumber for building projects
  • Garden tools
  • Appliance/cargo dollies, garden wagon
  • Gourds, coconuts (in shells) etc
  • Bird seed
  • Hummingbird feeders equipped with ant/bee deterrents
  • Osprey platform & duck boxes
  • Natural looking sturdy bird feeders with catch trays
  • Metal 2-cup food scoops
  • One Ton flatbed truck
  • One Ton box side cargo van
  • Fuel efficient station wagon
  • Minivan
  • 4x4 ATV
  • Snowmobile
  • Engine oil, tires, wiper blades
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Camp cooks
  • Secretarial services
  • Computer experts
  • Sign makers
  • Landscapers and horticulturalists
  • Small engine mechanic
  • Alternative energy experts (solar)
  • Truckers to transport food from Cities to Sanctuary
  • Heavy equipment operators and the machinery for habitat and road improvement projects
  • Volunteer groups to gather natural foods such as acorns, hazelnuts, walnuts, hickory nuts, etc
  • Copy and printing services
Bear Sanctuary News

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Membership of the American Bear Association

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Wildlife Volunteers

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Information on Bears

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Facts about bears, including FAQ, Bear Biology and Bear Species around the world
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