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Our Purpose: To contribute to human dignity.

Our Work: Provide clothing, bedding and small household items at no charge and connect people to resources in the community.


Our Values:
Honor and respect the people we serve.
Collaborate and partner with stakeholders.
Respect diversity within our community.
Be an exemplary organization.
Use resources responsibly.
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Our Impact This Year

  • Households Served in 2021


  • Volunteer Hours in 2021


  • Backdoor Donations in 2021

    54,651 bags/boxes

Prom Dresses Available

Free Prom Dresses Available

Battle Creek, MI – Prom season is back.  That is why Charitable Union is offering free prom dresses to area high school-age students starting Monday, April 4. This includes students that live outside of Calhoun County.  The local not-for-profit wants to be certain all students can attend these special events.

“This is the fifth year we have offered free prom dresses to students,” said Teresa Allen, Charitable Union CEO. “We have a large selection of dresses available and hope that no student misses prom because of the cost of a dress.”

Here is what you need to know:

Charitable Union is open Mon. – Wed. 9 – 4, and the 2nd Sat. 9 - noon (April 9 – May 14)

Bring your school I.D.

Sizes available x-small – 20 (some larger sizes may be available)

Students do not need to have a guardian with them

No income guidelines

Please note Charitable Union offices will be closed on Monday, April 18.

Have a dress you would like to donate? Charitable Union is taking them during normal donations hours, Monday-Thursday from 11 - 5. “We are especially interested in plus-size dresses (over size 20 and up) this year as our inventory is extremely limited,” continued Allen.

“We can always use extra pairs of hands to restock our Free Store,” added Kip Wofford, operations manager. “Even an hour of your time can make a huge difference.”  If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at or call (269) 964-7234 x108.

About Charitable Union

The Charitable Union is located at 85 Calhoun Street, Battle Creek MI 49017. The Charitable Union’s Free Store is open Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekly. It is also open on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. – noon. People needing assistance should bring their Bridge, WIC, or Medicaid card with them, along with a photo ID showing their residence in Calhoun County. For more information, please call: 269-964-7234 or visit our website:

Donations may be given Monday-Thursday 11 - 5 p.m. Due to limited staffing and limited volunteers we are forced to abbreviated our hours. Once staffing levels return to normal, our hours will reflect those as well. 

The Charitable Union provides FREE OF CHARGE clothing, personal care, baby formula, steel-toed shoes, and household items to Calhoun County residents relying on Bridge, Medicaid, and WIC cards. The Charitable Union serves seniors, adults, the homeless, and children at our store, located at 85 Calhoun St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, and via events such as our Back-to-School and Winter Coat distributions throughout the county.


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Charitable Union

Our Hours of Operation for all areas. Please check the area of service below that you would like information on:

Donation Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Due to COVID donations must be held 72-hours before processing.


Free Store Shopping:
Mon, Tues and Wed
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2nd Saturday of month
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Closed Thurs and Fri


The Gift Shop :
Beginning July 27 Re-Opening with limited customers. Gift Shop Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

85 Calhoun Street
Battle Creek, MI 49017
  • -A.J. Jones
    -A.J. Jones

    Dear Friends,
    We are blessed to live in a compassionate community that cares deeply about the basic needs of our citizens…. Charitable Union has served on the very front lines of this effort – helping thousands of local families and children from all walks of life.
    Founded in 1887, Charitable Union thrives today because it has been faithful to its mission of providing clothing and other essential items to our neediest residents.

    No one likes to admit that they can't afford clothes, shoes or baby supplies. Yet, more than 11.000 unique people visited Charitable Union in the past year. That's because they treat everyone with respect, dignity and caring.

    So, I want to congratulate our community for supporting Charitable Union across the generations with gifts of clothing, money, and volunteerism. Without you, many would suffer in silence. Please pledge your much-needed financial support again this year. Thank you!

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