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  • Wish List / In Kind Donations Overview
  • Overview of Volunteer Opportunities

    Wish List / In Kind Donations Overview

    Taking care of 28 families at a time means we always need things like paper products, cleaning supplies, and food staples.

    Unfortunately, we are unable to accept donations of clothing & used magazines

    If you find something on our wish list you are able to donate please drop it by 1005 Yale NE (north of Lomas on Yale), us or call us at 277-9880

    To view our latest list, please scroll down

    Casa Esperanza Wish List

    • Small ice scoops and salad tongs
    • Cooking Utensils (no non-stick, please)
    • Large salt and pepper shakers
    • Microwave cookware
    • Large serving spoons
    • Spatulas – rubber and metal
    • Small appliances (mixers, blenders,
      toasters, crock pots)
    • Cutting boards
    • Children’s dishes and silverware
    • Adult dishes and silverware
    • Drinking glasses and coffee mugs
    • Cereal bowls and sugar bowls
    • Sharp kitchen knives
    • Manual can openers
    • Kool-Aid containers/pitchers
    • Large mixing bowls
    • Cake pans/cookie sheets
    • Cake and pie servers
    • Food storage containers
    • Sponges and scouring pads
    • Dishwasher detergent/liquid detergent
    • Cheese graters and pasta strainers
    • High chairs/booster seats
    • Disposable silverware, cups, plates and bowls
    • Silverware (spoons, forks, butter knives)


    • Coffee (drip grind, regular & decaf)
    • Tea bags (regular & decaf)
    • Sugar and sugar substitute
    • Non-dairy creamer
    • Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard
    • Salad dressings
    • Butter/margarine
    • Peanut butter/Jelly
    • Pasta/pasta sauces
    • Dry cereal/hot cereal mixes
    • Drink mixes/juices
    • Canned goods (veggies, fruits, tuna, soups, pie fillings, canned milk, etc.)
    • Non-perishable food (soup mixes, instant potatoes, baking mixes, macaroni & cheese)
    • Jell-O/ pudding mixes
    • Flour, corn meal, corn starch
    • Baking powder/baking soda
    • Cooking oil/cooking sprays
    • Salt/pepper
    • Herbs/spices
    • Meats (cold cuts and freezer packaged beef, chicken, pork, bacon, etc.)
    • Tortillas/bread
    • Zip lock baggies – all sizes and types
    • Heavy duty tin foil and plastic wrap
    • Coffee filters (large basket type)/Coffee stirrers
    • Copy paper (white, letter/legal size)
    • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
    • Business size envelopes
    • Office Max gift cards
    • Blank computer CDs and DVDs
    • Stationery/Envelopes
    • All occasion greeting cards


    • Light bulbs – 60 watt
    • Facial tissue
    • Toilet paper/Paper Towels/Napkins
    • Disposable plastic/latex gloves
    • Powdered/Liquid laundry detergent
    • Fabric softener sheets and bleach
    • Trash bags (10, 13, 45 gallon sizes)
    • Lysol
    • Pledge
    • Floor cleaner
    • Brooms/mops
    • Iron, ironing board, pads and cover
    • Pruning clippers – large and small
    • Vacuum cleaners – heavy duty
    • Uprights in good repair and vacuum cleaner bags
    • Pictures for rooms


    • Bed Pillows-standards size (new non-allergenic fiber)
    • Flat Sheets-twin and full size (white only)
    • Pillow cases-standard size (white only)
    • Pillow protectors (white only)
    • Mattress protectors-twin and full size (white only)
    • Blankets (clear colors)
    • Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths (white only)
    • Bath mats (white only)
    • Shower curtains
    • Dish cloths/dish towels


    • Combs and brushes
    • Bath soap (travel size)
    • Toothbrushes (all sizes)
    • Toothpaste/mouthwash (travel size)
    • Dental floss
    • Emery boards
    • Shampoo/conditioner (travel size)
    • Deodorant (travel size)
    • Hand and body lotion (travel size)
    • Disposable razors
    • Sewing kits


    • Children’s books – new or gently used
    • Large toys - new
    • Pre-paid phone/gas cards/grocery cards

    Volunteer Opportunities at Casa Esperanza

    Casa Esperanza is a home away from home for families facing cancer and other critical medical needs. We provide low cost lodging for those who travel from out of town to receive treatment in Albuquerque.

    Our Family Dining RoomIn addition to cancer families when there are rooms available we work to accommodate other families with medical emergencies such as kidney transplants or families with premature babies. We have the ability to lodge 28 families at a time. Our house has all the amenities of home such as a kitchen, laundry room and family meeting areas. As I am sure you can understand that it takes a lot of work to keep a 28 room house running like a home. This is where we need your help.

    We need people who are interested in serving the community in many ways-such as planning resident activities, washing laundry, putting linens away, preparing snacks or meals, cleaning, setting up rooms for our families, and office work. You may be interested in volunteering for a specific holiday, an activity or a period of time. Some volunteers in the past have purchased groceries for families on Thanksgiving, collected new slipper socks, purchased phone cards or planned a holiday party. Each volunteer makes an incredible difference for the families who stay at our home. Like at you own home, there is much to do at Casa Esperanza.

    We have the ability to accommodate volunteer groups and clubs of all sizes or just one individual. There are many projects we have planned, and we rely on our volunteers to help us get through them. We also rely on them to help us create and plan new projects.

    People who have volunteered in the past have found the experience very rewarding. Most volunteers walk away with the feeling that they have received the greater gift by giving of their time.

    Individual volunteers can commit to as little as 2 hours per week. Each volunteer is required to fill out a volunteer application, and we do check references.

    I urge you to think about ways to help make our community a better place and to contact our guest services team or myself to discuss innovative ways to incorporate them with Casa Esperanza’s mission and the families we serve.

    Please call our Guest Services Team to schedule a time to come and tour our facility and to fill out a volunteer application. You can reach us Monday thru Friday from 8am to 6pm, Saturdays 8am to 1pm or Sundays 8am to 3pm at (505) 277-9880.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you,
    Debbie Trujillo
    Community Outreach

    Other Volunteer Opportunities

    Car Auctions

    Volunteers needed: 1+
    Duties: (1) assist with security; (2) assist with registration at the car lot during each auction; and/or (3) assist with cleaning and organization at the car lot the week before each auction

    When: second Saturday each month—8am to 12pm. Visit for more information.

    Group Dinners

    Volunteers needed: 5-10
    Duties: preparing dinners for residents of Casa Esperanza (on average for 35-40 people)
    When: ongoing

    Facilities Projects

    Volunteers needed: 1+
    Duties: landscaping, painting, cleaning, renovation, maintenance, carpet/floor cleaning, linens, etc.
    When: ongoing

    Cancer Information & Resource Center (CIRC)

    Volunteers needed: 1-2
    Duties: inventory items in the CIRC; help order items to re-stock
    When: monthly

    Special Events

    Volunteers needed: 1+
    Duties: varies
    When: Day of the Tread charity bike ride/run (Oct.); charity volleyball tournament (July); other events

    Administrative Support

    Volunteers needed: 1+
    Duties: organization, stuffing packets for bulk mailings, answering phones, other clerical work
    When: ongoing

    Outreach Support

    Volunteers needed: 1-2
    Duties: Provide information to community members at health fairs, conferences, and other cancer events
    When: ongoing

    Resident Activities

    Volunteers needed: 1+
    Duties: Lead recreational activities for families at Casa Esperanza
    When: ongoing

    *Contact Debbie Trujillo at 277-9880 or for information.

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1005 Yale NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87106
PO Box 40472, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87196-0472
 505-277-9880        Fax: 505-277-9876       

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Member of the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses
Member of the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance and its Albuquerque Cancer Coalition workgroup
Participating Organization - United Way of Central New Mexico

Casa Esperanza receives a portion of its funding from a contract 
with the New Mexico Department of Health.

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