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Support and funding

Interfaith Emergency Services receives no government funding for our day to day operations. For more than 3 decades our financial support has come from churches, individuals, organizations and businesses providing both monetary and in-kind support for our programs and services. Special events are held throughout the year to raise additional financial support. Interfaith operates one thrift store in Ocala,  which generates funds to support our prescription program. All donations are tax-deductible.

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When you provide a donation to Interfaith Emergency Services, we believe you become part of our team. Whether you are providing a monetary donation, or cleaning out your closets to give clothes to those experiencing homelessness, your support is appreciated throughout the community. We can provide a complete list of food and hygiene items we need the most – whether it’s for an individual at Walmart catching the “buy one get one” sales or a group that wants a community service project. Other examples of donations include: clothing and winter coats, shoes and work boots, furniture, jewelry, appliances & other household items.

How to make a donation to Interfaith Emergency Services

There are various ways you can make a financial donation. You can contact us in person by contacting Kayla at (352) 629-8868 x202.

Consider becoming part of the solution for those in need by donating monthly. A recurring donation can be setup by contacting Kayla or through our online donation form here.

Please note that your phone number and address provided for your donation are only requested pursuant to the bank authorization request. Any information provided is secure and will not be shared or used in any way other than transactional purposes. A copy of our Donor Privacy Policy is available here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

To mail a donation, make checks payable to Interfaith Emergency Services, and send to:

Interfaith Emergency Services
P.O. Box 992
Ocala, FL 34478

Other Ways To Give
In Honor of/In Memory of Donation:

If you would like to honor someone special in your life or give a donation in a loved one’s name, any gift may be given “In Honor of” or in “Memory of” a friend or family member.  The individual honored or family of the departed will receive a tribute or memory letter. Please indicate on your payment the person’s name, and whether it is in honor or memory, and the contact information for the acknowledgment (name and complete mailing address). Contact Kayla  at (352) 629-8868 x202 for more information.

Donating Items:

We always appreciate donations, whether financial or physical.  Donations of food, hygiene items or clothing can be dropped off at our Warehouse, located across the street from our main office. Our Thrift Store takes donations of household items, furniture, estates, appliances, clothing, baby items, jewelry and collectibles, just to name a few.  If you have larger items you would like picked up, please call our store at (352) 351-3541.

Food Drives:

Local churches and businesses that support Interfaith Emergency Services will sometimes do food and hygiene drives, which provide an enormous support to our pantry. If you would like more information about how your local group can start a food drive for us, please contact Steve at (352) 622-4204.

Give a gift that will keep giving. Support the Interfaith Emergency Services Endowment Fund.

Interfaith has established an Endowment Fund to support our mission into perpetuity.  These funds are managed in long-term investments to maximize the impact of the gift and provide ongoing support well into the future.  Gifts designated for the Interfaith Endowment will be added to the portfolio and managed according to our adopted Investment Policy.  This policy is available to donors upon request.  The Interfaith Endowment may accept the following types of gifts:



-Real Estate

-Life Insurance

-Charitable Remainder Trusts

-Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designations


-Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations

If you are considering leaving a legacy gift to the Interfaith Endowment, please contact Karla Grimsley at 352-629-8868 or

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 or visiting Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

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