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Help that brings hope

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.
Learn more and get involved.

Giving thanks is an outwardly focused activity. It is a personal opportunity to express gratitude towards those in our lives who mean so much to who we have become over the last year. With this intent in mind, I would like to give thanks to you for everything you provide the Charitable Union.

There is no doubt spirit gets you down your path, but at the same time concrete reality keeps you on it! Your gifts to Charitable Union are the solid background of our mission – the reality to our strivings.  Because of you we:

  • clothe children all year long; including our special efforts to clothe school children for the first day of school and for our bitter Michigan winters
  • support new mothers and their newborns with baby layettes, formula and diapers
  • provide the homeless with weather-appropriate gear such as sleeping bags, tents, and thermal underwear
  • assist school girls with free prom dresses and feminine hygiene materials
  • help disaster victims with immediate and longer-term assistance, such as with clothing and household items as they move away from the disaster to rebuilding their lives
  • aid low-income seniors with incontinence materials, and,
  • facilitate the full involvement of adults in the work-world with steel-toed work shoes, business suits and attire, scrubs, and hospitality uniforms

While we recognize all of the gifts you have given us in the past, we earnestly ask you to continue to support our efforts to bring help that brings hope in Calhoun County! Please consider giving a year-end contribution to our on-going operation.

On behalf of the board of directors and myself, I wish you the very best for 2022 and the continued well-being of your family. Happy holidays!


Teresa Allen
Executive Director


Our Impact This Year

  • Households Served in 2020


  • Volunteer Hours in 2020


  • Backdoor Donations in 2020

    36,249 bags/boxes


Accepting Donations on Monday though Thursday 11 to 5

News & Notes

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

  • -Celeste Clark
    -Celeste Clark

    Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself... Serve and thou shall be served."

    Charitable Union is a gem in our community that lives up to this mantra. It is a place that serves---in its support of families with their clothing needs, securing jobs, and advocating for other services. Have you ever heard of a student at the start of the school year in need of school clothing, or during winter without a coat and boots?

    These are just two examples of the many programs that Charitable Union undertakes to assist our children in this community. Equally, if not more important is "how" Charitable Union goes about its work. They take great care to show dignity and respect, and to create a feeling of "family." Whether you are receiving the services offered, dropping off a donation, or shopping in the gift shop, there is a feeling you are among friends. Those who work and volunteer at Charitable Union embody the spirit of their mission and purpose: "To contribute to human dignity by providing resources at no charge to help lead people out of poverty."

    Charitable Union is only able to accomplish this mission through your generosity! The need is so great and the time is now to invest in our children so that they can be positioned for a successful future. I hope you will join me and many others in supporting the wonderful work of the Charitable Union by continuing your commitment…. If you have not given in the past, please consider becoming a 'giving' friend and touch the lives of others!

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