Support Us


Find information about volunteer opportunities here or see a current list of signup links on our Linktree. We welcome everyone and anyone to give as much or as little time as they can.

Financial Contributions

Please make checks payable to the UMBC Foundation and note “Retriever Essentials” in the memo line.  Mail checks to UMBC Foundation, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250.

Alternatively, you may make a secure credit card donation through the university’s giving site:  Note “Retriever Essentials” in the Other Designation field.

All contributions are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.

Food Donations

Amazon Wishlist

You can order items that we specifically need from our Amazon Wishlist. All orders will be delivered to us.

Donating on Campus:

  • Please check this page for a list of our current needs.
  • Please consider bringing perishable items to The Essential Space during our open hours!

Supplies: paper bags and canvas/reusable grocery bags

We collect toiletry items. If you or people in your office travel frequently, please consider asking your coworkers to bring unused hotel room toiletries to donate!

We are especially in need of canned items with pop-top lids to address the issue of homeless students who don’t have easy access to a kitchen or a can opener.

Donation Bin Locations:

Donations can be brought to one of our donation bins on campus: Admin building, Commons, AOK Library, Sherman 205, or the Campus Police Station.