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Our Mission
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.

Our Story

Founded in 1887, Charitable Union is a small, local non-profit organization that helps provide clothes and bedding free of charge to children, families and veterans in Calhoun County, Michigan.

Donations from local residents make it possible for us to help those in need every year. We’re extremely thankful for all our donors and volunteers because we would not exist without their help and generosity. Please consider making a tax-deductible financial donation, volunteer your time and talents or help us by donating clothing, baby supplies or household items today. DONATE - We depend on you!

Services at a Glance

Sometimes life comes at us in unexpected, unwanted or tragic ways. From time to time we need someone on whom we can lean. That's why Charitable Union is here. We are a program delivery partner of the Greater Battle Creek United Way's Clothing for Children and Families in Need program. While we would like to help others outside Calhoun County our resources are limited and can only serve the people in our immediate area. If you live outside the Greater Battle Creek Michigan area we suggest you call your local agencies for help.

Clients from Calhoun County may shop in our "free store" monthly using a Medicaid, WIC, VA or Bridge Card. (Click for more Information) Additionally, we ask for Social Security numbers and dates of birth for each person for whom you will shop. To receive help, fill out a copy of our Client History Form which you can download here or en español aqui

Programs to help all those in need

A Deeper Dive into Clothing Needs

We have clothing for adults and children of all ages

In August we provide a Back-to-school outfit for children that includes a new or gently used top and bottom, new socks and new underwear. 

In October we provide a Winter Coat for children.

In November and throughout the winter months coats are available for all.

We have men's suits, wedding gowns, prom dresses.

Is there a newborn in your family? We will provide them with a layette filled with items for baby's first days (Bring proof of birth). 

With a WIC card we can provide formula and diapers for the baby

Household Items

Small household items, bedding and other items for the home, books, toys for the kids and lots more


Personal Needs

Each month, those who need them, may receive a supply of feminine products to help during their period 

We have adult diapers

Defining Moments

Looking for a Job?

​​​​We have interview attire to help you get a job

Steel toed boots for clients who are beginning a new position where steel-toe-boots are needed. A referral must be received prior to qualifying for them. (Click for more information)



When Tragedy Hits

If you are the victim of a fire or other disaster that has destroyed some or all of your belongings, Charitable Union can help. (Click for more information)

Our Impact This Year

  • Households Served in 2023


  • Volunteer Hours in 2023


  • Backdoor Donations in 2023

    59,975 bags/boxes

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