Buckets of Hope

Buckets of Hope is a program where 5 gallon buckets are shipped to disaster areas when it has become safe for people to start the cleaning process. Each bucket contains 14 common cleaning items. We have partnered with organizations such as Catholic Charities, local disaster coordinators, The International Union of Operating Engineers and various moving companies to move filled buckets to a place of need. HOTW raises the money to purchase buckets. These buckets are then distributed to local parishes in the Chicago Archdiocese. Parishes have either fund raise to purchase the items for the buckets or distributes buckets to families to fill them on their own.

To date, we have shipped 2,900 filled Buckets of Hope valued at $87,000 worth of cleaning supplies to disaster areas. This has been accomplished through the generosity and cooperation of many pastors, deacons, parish staff, and may interested individuals. Thanks Be To God.

A “Bucket of Hope” contains the following items:

  1. Five-gallon bucket with lid furnished by: Hope’s on the Way
  2. Liquid laundry detergent, one 50 – 62 oz. bottle
  3. Liquid household cleaner, 48 oz. mixed with water.
  4. Dish soap 30 oz. bottle, any brand
  5. One can of air freshener (aerosol)
  6. One scrub brush, plastic
  7. 18 cleaning handy wipes or reusable wipes. Two packages
  8. One large auto-style sponge
  9. Three to five scouring pads, one pack
  10. 36 to 50 clothes pins
  11. Clothes line (one 100-foot)
  12. 18 (3 packages) heavy-duty trash bags, 30-45 gallon
  13. One package of dust masks
  14. Two pairs of disposable waterproof gloves
  15. One pair of work gloves (leather palms necessary)

Buckets sent to:

November 2018: 264 buckets shipped to St. Dominic Church (Catholic Charities) in Panama City FL

April 2018: 200 buckets shipped to Bishop of Marquese PR

January 2018: 100 buckets shipped to Catholic Charities in Yarourgh, NC

2017: 230 buckets shipped to Diaconate office in Shreveport LA

2017: 200 buckets shipped to International Operating Engineers office in Houston