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    There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
    Graham Greene

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    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces. I would still plant my apple tree. Martin Luther

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    The last thing a child should ever have to worry about is what clothes to wear to school. Find out how to make a clothing donation.



    Are you interested in sharing a few hours a week helping others? Charitable Union can use your help. Check out the "Ways to Give" tab.

    Bonus! Volunteers receive a 20% discount at our Gift Shop.

What's Happening at Charitable Union?

Winter Coat Distribution

The nip of fall is in the air and here at Charitable Union we’re getting ready for the winter coat distribution for kids. This year’s distribution will take place October 20-25 at W.K. Kellogg Gym. Times are: October 20 – 24 (Monday – Friday) Noon – 6:00pm and October 25 (Saturday) from 9:00am to noon. Clients MUST get a voucher at Charitable Union prior to shopping for coats.

Adult coats are already available in the client store.  Let’s hope that this winter is calmer that last year’s!

Change in Hours


Monday thru Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm - You must be signed in by 4:00 but may shop unil 4:45
Friday Closed for shopping
2nd Saturday 9:00am - noon

Welcome to Charitable Union

The Journey Out Of Poverty Starts Here.

Founded in 1887, Charitable Union is a non-profit organization that helps provide clothes and bedding to children, families and veterans. Donations from local residents make it possible for us to help more than 11,000 people in Battle Creek and throughout Calhoun County every year.

A few things set us apart from other places such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army in Battle Creek. For one, we provide clothes, bedding and household items for free to those in need. We also help people prepare for independence and self-sufficiency so they won’t need us anymore—this allows us to continually help new people who need our services.

We’re extremely thankful for each and every one of our donors and volunteers because we would not exist without their help and generosity. Please consider making a tax-deductible financial donation or by donating clothing, baby supplies or household items today.