Donating is a great way to ensure that your unwanted items will be able to continue their lives in a new home. There are many charitable, and non-charitable, establishments throughout the Twin Cities who will accept a wide array of good condition, clean, usable items. Before donating, make sure all components of the item are present and working. A quick cleaning is always appreciated. Below is a list of my favorite places to send donations.
WHERE TO DONATE:
- SHARING AND CARING HANDS: www.sharingandcaringhands.org. From their website, “Sharing and Caring Hands was founded in 1985 by Mary Jo Copeland as a safety-net organization to help those who could not obtain help from the welfare system...” They accept food, clothing, household items, car seats, strollers, diapers/wipes, personal hygiene items, and vehicles. They do NOT accept FURNITURE. Convenient parking lot in the back. Just drive up and someone will meet you outside to help carry in your donations. Tax deductible receipts are available. For more information call: 612-338-4640.
- DRESS FOR SUCCESS: twincities.dressforsuccess.org. From their website, “Dress for Success Twin Cities empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life….” They accept women's clothing suitable for an interview. This includes: suits, jackets, blouses, shoes, scarves, accessories, hats, gloves, winter coats. All items must be in ‘ready to wear’ condition with no stains, or tears. They have a back parking lot, and an attendant will meet you by the door to help unload donations. They send tax deductible receipts via email, so be prepared to fill out a short form on their ipad. To schedule a drop off call: 651-646-6000.
- RESTORE: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: restore.tchabitat.org. A great place to donate new or gently used tools, buidling materials, and furniture. Items are sold at their public store at discounted prices. Proceeds fund Habitat for Humanity home builds throughout the Twin Cities. They are fairly specific about what they will accept, so be sure to click the link and visit their website. Call 612-588-3120 to schedule a donation pick up, or drop off.
- FISHING FOR LIFE: www.fishingforlife.org "Fishing for Life serves kids, families, veterans & communities through fishing and outdoor programs." Accepts fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation gear. Contact Tom for donation information: 612-987-5466, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MINNESOTA LIONS VISION FOUNDATION: www.mnlionsvisionfoundation.org. Accepts eyeglasses, and redistributes to the poor in developing countries. Collection sites are abundant. Follow the link above and scroll to your town or city.
- BRIDGING: www.bridging.org. "Bridging distributes furniture and household goods to local families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Every year we serve more than 4,000 local households in need (over 14,000 people)." Accepting mattresses, household items, furniture, small appliances. Two locations: Bloomington, Roseville. Drop-off is free. $75 to schedule a pick-up.
- CELL PHONES & BATTERIES: www.call2recycle.org Type in your zip code, hit enter, and choose a drop off location that is convenient for you. Many places such as local libraries, The Home Depot, and (ENTER HERE) collect cell phones and batteries for recycling and reuse. Many charities partner with recycling companies to help raise money for the charity, so dropping off your old cell phone serves local charities like the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project. Be sure to clear all personal data, and cell plans from phones prior to dropping off.
VALUATION GUIDES: Donation values are pretty consistent across the board, so if you drop off items to a location that does not have a valuation guide available, use one of the guides below.