Charity Choices

A Resource for Donors

Where to Give Away Your Stuff in the DC Area -- List of Charities that Accept Donations

We get many calls asking where things like cars, computers and furniture can be donated. Below is a list of who takes what in the Washington, DC area. Here is a list for the San Francisco Bay AreaHere is a list for Southern California.

We tell you what each charity accepts, where and whether they will pick up. These charities are listed alphabetically by name in this list.

There is also a list organized by types of items they accept.

Many of these charities have a page in this website where you can learn more about their work. To go to this page, simply click on the charity’s name. Here is a list of all charities that serve the DC area in this website. 

For additions or changes, email us: [email protected].

Thank you for taking the time to donate.

4 Paws Rescue Team

(703) 715-6369

Accepts: Hand towels and sheets, cat litter and/or cat food, cat carriers, cat beds, small cardboard boxes (used as litter boxes at adoption fairs), cat toys, stamps, calling cards, gift cards.

Donated items can be taken to any adoption fair.  Dates and locations are available at or call 703-715-MEOW to make other arrangements.


A Woman's Choice

6201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 220, Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-4305 

Accepts: New and/or slightly used baby clothing from newborn to size 5 Toddler, maternity Clothes, baby accessories, cribs (with all parts and instructions), car seats (with all straps) and strollers

Items can be dropped off at the Center Monday through Friday from 10 am until 2 pm or by special appointment. Donate your vehicle at 1-888-638-1171

Email: [email protected]


Second Story - The Abused and Homeless Children's Refuge
PO Box 694, Dunn Loring, VA 22027

Deliveries: 2100 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22182.
(703) 506-9191

Accepts: Toiletries, cleaning supplies, hotel samples, storage containers and storage bins, and office supplies, (copy paper, ink cartridges, etc.). We do not accept TVs, furniture or any stuffed toys.

 We accept Monday-Friday, 8am - 9pm, and Saturday/Sundays, 9am - 9pm.


Animal Welfare League of Arlington
2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 931-9241

HOUSEHOLD GOODS:  Towels, wash cloths, hand towels, pillow cases, Shoeboxes, Plain non-electric blankets (new or in very good shape)


  • Animal beds (only those small enough to be washed)
  • Stainless steel or ceramic bowls
  • Unopened cat or dog food and treats ,
  • Hard rubber and nylon toys (not chewed)
  • Dog leashes in good shape
  • Dog and Cat collars in good shape
  • Crates in good repair (no rust and all parts in good working order)
  • New Cat litter boxes and Clay, Care Fresh or Non-clumping litter
  • Plastic or rubber cat toys (nothing fuzzy or furry),
  • Wooden chew items and accessories for rabbits and small rodents (new only)
  • Bird toys and accessories
  • Cages for birds/ferrets and aquariums in good shape
  • Hay


Clorox Cleaning Wipes, Reams of Colored and White Paper, Pens (blue or black), Video Cameras for animal control trucks, Postage Stamps, Avery Labels, especially #5266 and #5260

We often need large quantities of food and other supplies, including new items for prizes for special events such as the Annual Walk for the Animals and Casino Night and Silent Auction.

To make a donation, contact the Development Manager at 703-931-9441 ext.220 or [email protected]


Bikes for the World
(703) 740-7856

Accepts: Bicycles, bicycle spare parts & accessories, hand tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, and hammers of all types), portable sewing machines.

Visit website for local collection schedule or call 703-740-7856 to make arrangements. Bikes for the World picks up bikes at bike shops such as Bob’s Bikes in Poolesville, MD.


Black Student Fund
3636 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Accepts: School supplies, toys, office supplies, clothes, etc.


Capital Area Food Bank

645 Taylor St. NE, Washington, DC   20017: (202) 526-5344                                                         

6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA   22079: (703) 541-3063

Accepts: Non-perishables only
Call or email to arrange your donation today!

Mike Gillespie (202) 644-9865 ext. 865
[email protected]


Capital Hospice Thrift Shop
Willston I Shopping Center, 6172 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA
(703) 532-5355
Turn your goods into gold for patient care.

We accept gently-used clothing (boutique and other), household items (glass, ceramics, small appliances) and some furniture (not upholstered), Wednesdays through Sundays.

Open 10 am - 5 pm Mondays through Saturday, 11- 4 Sunday


Christ House

1717 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC
(202) 328-1100

Accepts: Clothing, toiletries, some computer equipment, musical instruments and art supplies for the Kairos Program.


DC Coalition for the Homeless


Accepts: Clothing items, household items in good conditions such as sofas, beds, and dressers. We pick up and accept drop offs at our various programs sites that are listed on our website.


DC Habitat for Humanity Wish List
(202) 882-4600

Accepts: Tools, Van, Pickup truck, Warehouse space, Printing Services, Lunch donations for volunteers, Office supplies, new cordless drills, new power tools

Drop-Off Location

843 Upshur St. NW (Near the Georgia Ave. Metro).


Days End Farm Horse Rescue
15856 Frederick Rd., Lisbon, MD 21765
(301) 854-5037     (410) 442-1564

Accepts: Working cars, good grass hay, office supplies.

Call to arrange drop-off or visit our Wish List for much needed items..


Food & Friends
219 Riggs Road NE, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 269-2277

Please call 202-269-6837 to learn what Food & Friends is currently accepting. 


Goodwill of Greater Washington
(202) 636-4233

ACCEPTS: Clothing, furniture, small appliances, house wares, computers (Pentium I and newer), electronics and toys. Visit for a more complete list of accepted items and drop off locations/time.
Cars (202) 715-2636. Vehicles must be in running and drivable condition. Visit for more information. 

NO: Mattresses or box-springs, sofa beds, large appliances, hazardous material, construction material, CPSC-recalled items, or items that are soiled, broken or missing pieces.


Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia

(703) 521-9890


Cars, Lunch Donations for Volunteers, Power tools, Printing Services

Drop-off Location: 4451 First Place South, 04 Arlington, VA 222


Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Home improvement items including: Appliances, Furniture, Antiques, Doors, Windows, Tile and Lighting Fixtures.

Drop off locations:

Metro Maryland

1029 E Gude Dr., Rockville, MD 20850

(301) 947-3304

8380 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 990-0014

Northern VA

869 South Pickett Street, Alexandria, VA 22304

(703) 360-6700

4311 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 20151 (703) 953-3747


The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington
(301) 770-8329

Accepts: Cars, trucks and other vehicles. Call to schedule pick-up.


His Hidden Treasures

9264 Mike Garcia Dr., Manassas, Virginia 20109 

(703) 966-9301

E-mail: [email protected]

We will pick up from your location. We service all of Northern Virginia including the following cities and counties: Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, and Fauquier.

Accepts: We come into your home and receive your donations of wood furniture, antiques and vintage pieces, household kitchen items, lamps and decor. Upholstered items need to be in LIKE NEW condition. No mattresses.

At His Hidden Treasures, our goal is to assist those in the midst of recovery and restoration. We are meeting needs and transforming lives in our local communities by ministering to those transitioning from homeless shelters through donations and resale of furniture and household items.

Please send photo and information about your donation using this form:  



370 S. Washington St., Suite 400, Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 237-2035

Accepts: cars, computers, household items, and furniture.

We will pick up from your location. We collect donations from houses, apartments, and businesses in
Northern Virginia, Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm., call or e-mail to arrange a pick up: [email protected].

Items can also be brought to the Homestretch office in Falls Church.


Interfaith Works

Glassware, Clothing, Household Items, Toiletries, Books, CDs, Electronics, and Toys.

Please note that items can be dropped off at Interfaith Works Clothing Center on Monday and Friday between 9:00am - 7:00pm. Tuesday through Thursday items may be dropped of between 9:00am - 5:00pm.


Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington (JCA)
11820 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD 20852

301-255-4200 (DC, MD) 703-425-0999 (VA)

Accepts: Cars, trucks and vans.

For more information about vehicle donation, call the JCA development office at 301.255.4231 or 703.652.1511.


Jewish Foundation for Group Homes

(301) 984-3839
Accepts: Cars, trucks and vans

To learn more please contact Lew Fontek, Chief Development Officer, at 240.283.6000.


Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
301-838-4200   703-204-9100
[email protected]

Accepts: Donate your USED CAR by calling JSSA's Car Donation Hotline at 301.585.CARS (2277) to arrange free pickup. Provide the signed title and car keys to driver upon pickup and receive a tax-deduction letter in the mail once the car is sold.


Jubilee Jobs

Donate used and new interview clothing. For men, we accept dress shirts, ties, slacks, business suits and casual dress shoes. For women, we accept blouses, dark-colored skirts, professional dresses, and casual dress shoes.
Donated items may be dropped off at our Washington, DC, office. To schedule a donation drop off, please contact George Burdine, Building Manager (202) 667-8970 or [email protected].


Legal Services of Northern Virginia

(703) 778-6800

Accepts: Office supplies and computer equipment. 


Miriam's Kitchen

2401 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 452-8926 ext.4

Accepts: Food: Ground coffee, old fashioned oatmeal and old fashioned grits


N St. Village

1333 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Hours: Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm

Accepts: Gently used, or new household items and clothing that is clean, free of tears or stains, and appropriate for the current season. Donations listed at:

Call the Community Outreach Coordinator at 202-939-2075 to talk about current needs and set up an appointment to drop of donations.


The National Center for Children and Families
6301 Greentree Road, Bethesda, MD 20817 (Behind Building 3)
(301) 365-4480 ext. 109
Accepts: Gently used and new clothing (all ages), baby items, new toiletries, school supplies and furniture.

Your gently used or new items have the ability to turn a house into a home, provide a homeless family with hope and bring a smile to the face of a neglected high school youth. At NCCF, you can be confident that you clothing, furniture and household goods are making a difference.

Our donation store, Dr. C’s Boutique, allows clients from all of our 24 programs throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area to enjoy a shopping experience without spending any money.

Contact Jermaine Lemons, In-Kind Donations Specialist, on his office phone (301) 365-4480 ext. 109, cell phone (240) 743-7252 or email [email protected].


Neighbors' Consejo
3118 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010
(202) 234-6855 x 27

Accepts: Household furniture appliances, household items, toiletries, glassware and landscaping services.


Operation Paws for Homes, Inc.
P.O. Box 90813, Alexandria, VA 22309
Fax: (804) 302-7975

Accepts: Crates, dog beds, collars, leashes, unopened dog food, puppy pads, sheets, blankets, toys for dogs.

Contact Shannon Shackleford, [email protected]  for more information.



Rebuilding Together Montgomery County  

3925 Plyers Mill Rd., Ste. 202, Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 933-2700

Accepts:  Pick-up trucks, new hand tools, new power tools, printing services, graphic design services, warehouse space in Montgomery County


Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League
(202) 544-1306

Accepts: Cars. Go to web site for instructions:


Sights & Sounds Black Cultural Expo Museum

Accepts: Art, Antiques, Books, Computers, Office Supplies, Building Materials, Electronics and a van.
Acceptance policies: call 404-966-2137 any time between 9am -5pm, Monday – Friday. Willing to work out delivery arrangements.


Smithsonian's National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-3042

The National Zoo is no longer able to accept donations for its animals.  Instead it asks that people wanting to support the Zoo's animals make a donation to the Zoo Toy Box or purchase an item from its Animal Enrichment Wish List.

Suited for Change
1010 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 293-0351

Accepts: Professional women's clothing including suits, dresses, blouses, jackets, sweaters, trousers, coats
Women's Accessories including handbags, shoes suitable for the office, boots, scarves, belts and new tights and pantyhose.
Welcomes clothing in plus sizes. Clothing should be in good condition and on hangers. 

Clothing can be dropped off at Suited for Change's office one Saturday each month when there is curbside collection and on Thursdays at Suited for Change offices.
Visit for full details


Wheels for Wishes

Accepts:  Vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, RVs, and boats, regardless of condition.



Donation Town

Use the step by step guide to find a charity in your zip code that will pick up your items.

Excess Access

This national organization matches items that you have to donate with nonprofits' wish lists. A donor must register on their website and pay a fee.

Accepts most items. All info on website.


Montgomery County Volunteer Center

The Center puts out a weekly list of products that local donors want to give away. To put a product on this list, go to:

On this page you will also find a list of Montgomery County organizations that accept donations of clothes.