With winter well behind us, it’s time to say “out with the old.” Spring is the season of rebirth, so why not give new life to like-new or gently used items? In the spirit of spring cleaning (and per reader request), we’ve rounded up a few Raleigh organizations that accept donated items, help locals in need, and support community causes.
- The Salvation Army and Wheels for Wishes accepts car donations.
- The Green Chair Project and Habitat for Humanity Restore offer furniture pickups.
- Habitat for Humanity of Wake County uses donated equipment and furniture to build homes. It will also pick up pre-approved car donations.
- Raleigh Rescue Mission relies on donations of linens and gently used items to provide clothing and a place to stay for individuals experiencing housing insecurities.
- The Women’s Center provides clothes and hygiene items to at-risk and homeless women.
- Healing Transitions provides clothes and staple goods to individuals who enroll in their recovery program.
- Donate new or gently-used children’s clothes and shoes to Note in the Pocket. You can even volunteer at the organization’s Raleigh location.
- Donate professional outfits to Dress for Success so they can properly distribute clothing to women who are searching for careers.
- Donate diapers to The Diaper Train to aid young children in low-income families.
- Give baby formula to Wake County parents through this Facebook group.
- The Wake County Animal Center accepts donations such as new or lightly used blankets and large towels, pet food, and indestructible toys.
- If you have usable tech like laptops, monitors, or smartphones, the Kramden Institute collects technology to refurbish and give to disadvantaged students throughout the state.
- Goodwill even has some technology recycling centers for bigger donations.
- The Hope Center at Pullen accepts cooking utensils and supplies that are new or underused.
- Welcome House Raleigh collects kitchen items and cleaning supplies to help welcome our immigrant and refugee neighbors.
- Clear space on your shelf for new reads by donating, selling, or trading books.
- The Salvation Army accepts non-perishable food donations for its Food Pantry.
- Stop by a local little free pantry to drop off food, toiletries, and other small necessities.
- Don’t have much to get rid of this year? The Blood Connection is always in need of blood if you are able to donate.