One of the first thoughts that comes to mind when you begin a massive decluttering of your home is, “What do I do with all this stuff?!” There are several ways to deal with it.
Many times rather than storing it until we can have a yard sale or taking the trouble to list on eBay, most of us would love to pass items on to someone who could really use them. We hear everyday about needs in our own city or region, but aren’t always sure how and where to donate items. I have worked as a case manager for a foster care agency and a substance abuse clinic and have often been in contact with non-profits such as the few listed and I can assure you that they are grateful for the items and are in need of them on an on-going basis.
Because of the overwhelming need that many of these places battle, here are some Best Practices so that your donation is a help and not a hindrance:
-Take a few minutes to check their In-Kind Donation list for items they accept and are in need of. Sometimes there is a list of items they cannot accept.
-Unless repair services are specifically noted, ONLY donate items in good condition and that are clean.
-If there is not a donation box/drop off area, call ahead and see if it is a good time to drop off. This is especially helpful for smaller organizations.
Consider donating to the same place repeatedly. It gives you a chance to get to know the staff and maybe even some of those who are recipients of your items. I know there have been times that I have wanted to volunteer or take my kids to serve “somewhere” but just wasn’t sure where. By becoming familiar with the people and the place when drop off things, you will be more likely to make relationships with staff and feel comfortable going there for other purposes. Also by being familiar, you’ll have the opportunity to share with others about the organization and their needs. It can be a great benefit to you and the organization to form an ongoing relationship.
If you’re not in Central Kentucky, but would love to find a great place to donate search online for these options:
-women & children shelters
-some day care/preschool centers accept items
-check with a local church and most likely they will know a variety of organizations or have their own that could accept your items.
For my friends here in Central Kentucky, I’ve been working on a guide. I have spoken with some of these places and have included information they have responded with. There is also a link to each organization’s Needs List. Please let me know if you have a favorite place to donate to that is not on my list as I’m happy to edit it to include new places I learn about.
Kentucky Refugee Ministry. Their list. KRYM offers a variety of services to refugees that the State Dept. sends to Lexington. They are with the refugees from the beginning, from airport pickup, having housing set (which is why they so desperately need household items), they assist in finding jobs, dealing with immigration issues, learning English, adjusting to life in America (bill paying, education, employment, transportation, etc).
We really need gently used household items – especially all kitchen items, linens, lamps, alarm clocks and of course furniture.
Clothing should go to Goodwill and please tell them to credit to Kentucky Refugee Ministries through the Agency Assistance Program.
Donors can call Marlee Mirre at 859.226.5661 or email her at email@example.com and she can arrange a pick up or they can drop things off at our office at Arlington Christian Church at 1206 N. Limestone. They need to ring the doorbell at the double glass doors at the back side of the church. We can help carry donations upstairs.
Assurance Pregnancy Center. Their list. Assurance is a crisis pregnancy center and offers a variety of services. Drop off in Suite 405 at 1517 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, KY 40503 . M, W, Fri 9-5, T, TH 9-8.
The Hope Center. Their list. The Hope Center serves homeless and at-risk people with many types of services. They have different locations, so check to see where you should take items (women have a separate location).
Lexington Rescue Mission.. Their list. Helping homeless and hurting people with a variety of services.
The Salvation Army. Their list. Variety of services.
Dress for Success. Their list.
Accepting gently used, nearly new professional attire. They need to be freshly cleaned and ironed as many women go directly to an interview. If they are hired, they receive a week’s worth of work appropriate attire. Because some jobs may require specialty items such as scrubs, no-skid shoes, navy and white polo shirts and button downs, black ties, and steel toed boots, we are in need of those items as well.
One Parent Scholar House. Their list.
We have 80 families who reside here, and bring their children to our child development center. We have ages 18-45 in adults, many styles of clothing are needed at different times.
Children clothing 12mo-14yrs. If you wanted to donate household items, or linens, they can always use those also. We accept furniture however, do not have the means to pick up.
The Nest. Their list.
We also accept substantial in-kind contributions of clothing and other items used in the Crisis Case Management Program, such as:
• Baby Wipes
• Baby Toiletries
• General Toiletries
• New or Gently used Baby Equipment
• New or Gently used Children’s Clothing (Birth to Size 5)
• New or Gently used Children’s Toys
• Nonperishable Food Items
• Cleaning Supplies
Habitat for Humanity, Restore. Their list.
-Free pickup in Fayette County.
United Methodish Children’s Home. Their list.
**They accept ink cartridges and old phones.
KY United Methodist Children’s Home, Versailles Campus
(859) 873-4481 phone
2050 Lexington Rd. Versailles, KY 40383
Southland Christian Church’s Helping Through Him.
Donations accepted 7 days a week, 8AM-8PM at Building N (back of property, Harrodsburg Rd. Location). Their biggest need is furniture of all kinds and appliances, but they accept clothing as well. Working with 25 partners mostly in Fayette and Jessamine, but a couple in Eastern KY as well, these partnering orgnazations let HTH know the needs of their people. If you need help unloading please go on Mon, Wed, Friday between the hours of 8:30AM-10AM and someone will be available to help. Large items may be left by the overhead door with roof and small items go to the southside of the building in a shipping container labeled N-2.
Cedar Lake. Their List.
Cedar Lake helps those with disabilities.
Again, please let me know if you have a favorite organization that takes In-kind donations. Also, please share this list with others!