Donate On Guide

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Arts & Crafts Supplies, Office Supplies & Greeting Cards


Women’s Lunch Place 67 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116 (617)267-1722 The Women’s Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. The Creative Expressions Program provides opportunities for women to express themselves through art both freely and in facilitated groups and classes. The Resource Center is a self-advocacy center where women can check their email, look for housing and jobs, work on resumes & cover letters, send and receive mail & faxes and coordinate medical care and other needs. Accepts: Creative Expressions Program: Yarn, Knitting & Crochet Needles, Watercolor Paper, Canvas, Sketch Books, Acrylic & Watercolor Paint & Paint Brushes. Resource Center: Copy Paper, Pens, Manila Envelopes, Notebooks, Folders, Flash Drives, General Office Supplies (Paper Clips, Whiteout etc.) and Greeting Cards. How to Donate: Items may be dropped off during donation hours. Donation Hours: Mon-Sat: 8:00am-1:30pm




Bicycles, Bicycle Gear, Tools & Rags


Bikes Not Bombs 284 Amory St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (617)522-0222 Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. BNB reclaims thousands of bicycles each year and creates local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs and sustainable transportation. BNB’s programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation. Accepts: Bicycles (Road, Hybrid, Mountain, BMX and Tandem), Bicycle Parts, Tools of any kind, Cycling Clothing and Accessories (Helmets, Bags, Lights, Pumps, Locks etc.). Cannot Accept: Anything that has rust, kick scooters, Exercise Equipment or anything motorized. How to Donate: Donations can be dropped off during BNB shop & volunteer drop-in hours noted below. See their website for bike drives and additional volunteer drop-off points. BNB also asks for an optional donation of $10/bicycle to cover shipping costs for bikes sent overseas. Donation Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri: 10:00am-7:00pm Thurs: 10:00am-10:00pm Sat: 9:00am-5:00pm




Books & Media


More Than Words Located in Boston & Waltham More Than Words aims to empower youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless or out of school. Youth are provided employment skills training, personal transition planning and case management to support their progress towards further education and employment. Accepts: Hardcover or Paperback Fiction & Non-Fiction, Antique Books, Audio Books (CD or Cassette), Music CD's, Movies (DVD) and video games (all items must be in good condition). Cannot Accept: Encyclopedias, VHS tapes, audio cassettes or magazines/periodicals. How to Donate: Donations may be dropped off at either the Waltham or Boston locations (addresses, hours & instructions are noted below) or at any of their conveniently located donation containers. Donations can also be dropped off at donation containers here. To arrange a donation pick up in Eastern MA please call (617)674-5555 or email bookdrives@mtwyouth.org. More Than Words kindly asks for a monetary donation at the time of pick-up to support the continued good work and skill development of their youth team. Waltham 56 Felton Street Waltham, MA 02453 (781)314-9330 Donation Hours: Tues-Fri: 10:30am-6:00pm Sat: 10:30am-4:00pm Donation Instructions: Look for a white building with a More Than Words sign. Pull into parking spot #1 located closest to our entrance. If this is taken you may park by the glass sliding doors. Go in and let them know you’re there and youth will be out to assist you! Boston 242 East Berkeley Street, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02118 (781)788-0035 Donation Hours: Mon–Thurs: 10:00am–8:00pm Fri–Sat: 10:00am–9:00pm Sun: 10:00am–6:00pm ​Donation Instructions: Look for a brick building located immediately after the Troy residential complex. Take a right turn just before the building into the driveway and pull up to the marked donation drop off spots. Please ring the bell and someone will be out to assist you! Prison Book Program 1306 Hancock St. Quincy, MA 02169 (basement of the United First Parish Church) (617)423-3298 Prison Book Program mails books to people in prison to support their educational, vocational and personal development and to help them avoid returning to prison after their release. ​​ Accepts: Paperback fiction & non-fiction in good to new condition that is 25 years old or newer. Topics in high demand include: African-American, Native American, Mexican, Aztec, Mayan and Puetro Rican Studies, English Dictionaries & Thesauruses, Foreign Language Dictionaries, GED Prep, Spanish/English Dictionaries, How to Start a Small Business, Consumer-Level Legal Materials, General Health, GLBTQ Studies, Trades (i.e. woodworking, automotive), Spirituality & Religion, History, Psychology & Philosophy, Secret Societies & The Occult, Mysteries and Westerns. Cannot Accept: Hardcover books, Encyclopedias, Legal & Academic Journals, Textbooks printed before 2000, Books with spiral or comb bindings, Books with stickers or writing in the margins (light highlighting OK), and children's picture books. Prison restrictions and prisoner requests determine which books are sent to prisoners and which are not. For a more detailed list of books The Prison Book Program can and cannot accept go here. Due to space limitations the Prison Book Project can accept a maximum of 4 boxes or bags per donation. How to Donate: Donations may be dropped off during regular the volunteer hours listed below. Additional donation hours can be found here. Donation Hours: Tues & Thurs: 6:30pm-9:00pm




Building Materials


Resource Center at Boston Building Resources 100 Terrace St. Boston, MA 02120 (617)442-2262 The Resource Center at Boston Building Resources provides high-value, affordable materials, both new and used, for home maintenance and home improvement. Customers can find expert advice, technical assistance and home improvement workshops. BBR provides low-cost rain barrels, home compost bins, weather stripping and materials made from recycled components. Anyone can shop at the resource center. Additional discounts are given to "plus members", those who meet income guidelines and non-profit charitable organizations.
Accepts: Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops, Sinks, Faucets, Appliances, Bathroom Vanities, Sinks, Faucets, Tubs & Enclosures, Ceramic Tile, Windows, Doors, Lumber, Plywood, Drywall, Flooring, Electrical and Paint. For a detailed list of what the Resource Center at Boston Building Resources can and cannot accept go here. How to Donate: Contact BBR via phone at (617)442-2262 or by filling out their "Donation Offer Form" here to ensure your donation will be accepted. After you have received confirmation that BRR can accept your donation you may drop off your donation at BBR or request a pickup. Donation Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:00pm Sat: 9:00am-2:30pm Donation Pickup Up: BBR requires a pickup fee ($25 inside Route 495; $50 outside Route 495) to help cover vehicle and staffing costs associated with collecting your donation. This fee can be paid here after receiving confirmation that they can accept your donation and before scheduling your pickup.




Children's Clothing, Toys & Other Items


Children’s Clothing Exchange 1151 Massachusetts Avenue
(Old Cambridge Baptist Church) Cambridge, MA 02138 (617)401-5335 The Children's Clothing Exchange provides homeless and low-income parents with clothing and other items for their children which can then be traded for more age-appropriate clothing, books and toys as their child grows for an annual membership fee of $50 or $25 and 25 volunteer hours. Accepts: Children’s Clothing, Footwear, Infant Items (formula, diapers, bottles etc.), Baby Equipment (car seats, cribs, carriage etc.), Toys (board games, puzzles, dolls etc.), Children’s Books and School Supplies. See website for detailed list of acceptable items. How to Donate: Items that are clean and in good condition may be dropped off during the hours listed below. There is only metered parking at this site, please do not park in the church parking lot for you will be towed. Please call Princess (617)460-0589 or Tara (617)401-5335 before bringing you donation so someone can be outside to assist you. Donation Drop Off Hours: Tues-Thurs: 10:00am-4:00pm Catie's Closet 63 Sprague Street
Boston, MA, 02136 (617)272-3621 Catie's Closet improves school attendance by providing an in-school resource of clothing, toiletries and basic necessities to students living in poverty in MA & NH. Accepts: Clothing, Shoes, Accessories and Hygiene Items for Children in grades Pre-K-12. A detailed wishlist and urgent needs wishlist can be found here. How to Donate: Donations may be dropped off during the distribution center hours listed below. For the safety of volunteers, kindly bring donations in household bags or smaller. Donation pickups can be arranged for donations of 10 bags or more by filling out the form here. Donation Drop Off Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00am-4:00pm Cradles to Crayons 155 North Beacon St. Brighton, MA 02135 Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, who are low-income or experiencing homelessness, with the essential items they need to thrive-at home, at school and at play. Accepts: Children’s Clothing & Footwear, Books, New Arts & Crafts Supplies, Toys, New Baby Gear (strollers, car seats etc.) and New Baby Supplies (safety, feeding, bedding etc.). For a more detailed list of what can and cannot be accepted please go here. How to Donate: Items may be dropped off at various drop boxes that you can find by zip code here. Birthday Wishes 24 Superior Dr, Suite B1
Natick, MA 01760 (866)388-9474 The mission of Birthday Wishes is to improve and empower the lives of homeless children and their families by providing joy, play and hope through the magic of a birthday party. Their goal is to ensure that children experiencing the trauma of homelessness have the opportunity to celebrate their birthday joyfully, surrounded by family, friends and others who care. Accepts: Themed Plates, Cups & Napkins, Themed Plastic Tablecloths, Themed Birthday Banners, Streamers, Party Hats, Blowers, Balloons, Disposable Cake Pans, Wrapping Paper, Silverware, Toddler Toys, Toddler Books, Action Figures, Legos, Sports Equipment, Lotion Sets, Hair/Makeup Accessories, Drawstring Bags and Water Bottles. *All items must be new and in their original packaging. Does Not Accept: Used Items, Clothing, Stuffed Animals, Pinatas, Candy, Violent Toys, Knives, Religious Items, Birthday Cards & Invitations, Electronics, Computer Games, DVDs, Room Decor, Furniture, Confetti, Gift Cards, Ride on Toys, Open Packages of Paper Goods, Paper or plastic cups (juice boxes are used at their parties), and goody bag items that present a choking hazard to children younger than 3 years old.
How to Donate: To schedule donation drop-offs at their office please fill out the contact form here.




Computers


MAAP is in need of newer Apple desktop or laptop computers for staff and participant use. Please reach out to Cassie Hurd, MAAP's Executive Director, if you may have a compute to contribute to us. Unfortunately, our previous partner organization who provided refurbished computers to low-income individuals recently closed. If you know of an organization that refurbishes computers for people in need please contact us so we may add them to our list. For now, www.cristina.org enables your to search for local non-profit organizations that are accepting material donations of specific technology.




Eyeglasses


Lenscrafters Onesight Onesight is dedicated to providing healthy vision, eyewear and sun protection to those in need. Onesight operates temporary optical clinics, vision vans and builds sustainable vision care centers worldwide. Collected glasses are refurbished and dispensed to patients. Accepts: Prescription Eyeglasses, Bifocals and Sunglasses. How to Donate: Eyeglasses may be dropped off at any Lenscrafters, Pearle Vision or Sears Optical locations.




Furniture


Furnishing Hope
131 Mount Auburn Street Level B
Cambridge, MA 02138
(857)229-7528 Furnishing Hope provides access to new and gently used furniture and home goods transitioning from homelessness into stable housing. We also provide help with moving that furniture and guidance in what is necessary to set up a “home” that meets the basic needs of a family. Accepts: Mattresses (new only), Box Springs, Headboards, Night tables, Bureaus, Dressers, Armoires, Sofas and Loveseats, Upholstered Chairs, Coffee Tables, Bookcases, Side Tables, TV Stands, Computer Stands, Small Dining or Kitchen Tables and Chairs, and Children's Bedroom Furniture. For a more detailed wishlist go here. How to Donate: Email info@furnishinghopema.org or call (857)229-7528 to schedule a donation pick-up. For more information go here. Household Goods of MA 530 Main St. Acton, MA 01720 (978)635-1710 HGRM matches the great need for household items with the generosity of the surrounding communities. HGRM accepts and distributes recycled household goods free of charge to individuals and families in need through the use of volunteers and in cooperation with community agencies and organizations. Accepts: Metal Bedframes, Mattresses & Box Springs, Dresses & Bureaus, Night Stands, Kitchen & Dining Room Tables & Chairs, Sofas, Loveseats, Sofabeds & Recliners, Coffee & End Tables, Computers (5 years or newer), Flat Screen Monitors, Printers (3 years or newer), Car Seats, Changing Tables, High Chairs, Pack-N-Plays, Safety Gates, Strollers and Toddler Beds. For a detailed list of items that can and cannot be accepted go here. How to Donate: Items may be dropped off during the hours of operation. Donation Drop-off Hours: Tues, Thurs & Sat: 9:00am-Noon If you are unable to arrange donation of your good quality furniture through either of these organizations please see the "Out of Season Clothing, Small Furniture, Sporting Goods & Misc. Items" category below for how to donate furniture to Boomeranges.




Medical Supplies & Mobility Aids


Cambridge Council On Aging 806 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139 (617)349-6220 The Cambridge Council on Aging aims to improve and enhance the quality of life of older persons in Cambridge. Accepts: Crutches, Canes, Walkers and Wheelchairs. How to Donate: Contact Council to arrange a drop off time.
​REquipment MassMATCH
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
(877)508-3974 (Toll Free) The MassMATCH mission is to promote the use of assistive technology and assistive technology services to enhance the independence of people with disabilities, enabling equal participation in all of life's activities. REquipment provides free refurbished durable medical equipment to adults and children with disabilities and elders in MA. Accepts: Power and Manual Wheelchairs, Scooters, Sling Lifts, Portable Ramps, Tub/Shower Chairs, Rollator Walkers, Adapted Strollers, Standers and Gait Trainers, and Specialty Cushions or Mattresses. Equipment must be in good condition or easily repaired and less than 5-6 years old. Cannot Accept: Beds of any kind, Metal Walkers, Canes and Crutches, Geriatric/Cardiac Lift Chairs, Commodes, Medical Supplies, Custom Installed Stair Lifts, Ramps, Oxygen Products, Feeding or CPAP Machines. How to Donate: Fill out their donation form here and, if possible, provide a photo. H.E.L.P. (Hospital Equiptment Loan Program) 500 West Cummings Park Suite 1150 Woburn, MA 01801 (781)322-1052 H.E.L.P. leds home-use medical equiptment to those in need free of charge for as long as it is needed. Accepts: Canes, Four-Prong Canes, Crutches, Rollators, Forearm Crutches, Walkers, Wheelchairs, Blanket Supports, Over-The-Bed Tables, Sides for Beds, Under-mattress Supports, Commodes, Toilet Supports, Toilet Seat Extensions, Hoyer Lifts, Tub Seats, Transfer Benches, Tub Rails, Transport Chairs, Electric Lift Chairs, Electric Hospital Beds and Electric Scooters.
Cannot Accept: Anything Broken or Unclean, Medicine, Blankets or Fabric Bed Covers, Opened Packages of Supplies, Non-Electric Beds, Electric Wheelchairs.
How to Donate: Equipment can be delivered during donation hours. Donation Drop Off Hours: Sat: 9:00am-11:30am




Musical Instruments & Gear


Girls Rock Campaign Boston
Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) empowers girls, women, and youth and adults with marginalized gender identities to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance. GRCB is a volunteer-driven music and mentorship organization that offers year-round programming. Accepts: Short Scale Basses, Short Scale Guitar, Lefty Basses, Lefty Guitars, Pedal Cases, Drum Rugs, Hardware Bags, Cymbal Bags, Universal Keyboard Adaptors, Korg Midi Controllers, Microphones, Microphone Stands, Extension Cords, Power Strips, Ear Plugs, Sound Blocking Ear Muffs, Guitar Stands, Guitar and Bass Picks, New Drumsticks. Cannot Accept: Due to space constraints, GRCB is currently only accepting donations of the Instruments, Equipment and Accessories listed above. For the most up-to-date list of instruments and gear GRCB is accepting go here. How to Donate: To arrange a donation contact GRCB at donate@girlsrockboston.org.




Out of Season Clothing, Furniture, Sporting Goods & Misc. Items


Boomerangs Thrift Store Locations in Central Square, Jamaica Plain & West Roxbury. Boomerangs is AIDS Action Committee's family of thrift stores, providing critical funding for AAC's work to prevent new HIV infections and improve the lives of people already living with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts. Accepts: Clothing, Small Furniture, Sporting Goods, Office Supplies, Housewares and Decorative Items (including vases & baskets). Cannot Accept: Mattresses, Futons, Sleeper Sofas. How to Donate: Donations may be made at stores during the hours listed below. Cambridge 563 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139 (617)758-6128 Donation Hours: Mon–Sat: Noon–6:00pm
Sun: Noon–5:00pm Small donations are welcome through the front door during regular business hours. Jamaica Plain​ 716 Centre Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (617)524-5120 Donation Hours: Mon–Sat: 10:30am–6:00pm
Sun: Noon–5:00pm Small donations are welcome through the front door during regular business hours. West Roxbury 1870 Centre St.
West Roxbury, MA 02132 (617)323-0262 Donation Hours: ​ Mon-Sat: 10:00am–6:00pm
Boomerangs also provides furniture pick up through a self scheduling system that can be found here. Appointments are scheduled up to 30 days in advance, with a typical wait time of 3-4 weeks. If you receive a message stating “all available dates for this address are already booked,” it means that all slots have been filled over the next 30 days in your zone/neighborhood. There is a 2 item minimum for appointments to be scheduled. Pickups are performed on 1st and 2nd floors (1 flight); anything above the 2nd floor must have an elevator with adequate space to move the pieces.





There are many material goods MAAP is not able to accept due to limited space and organizational capacity. However, there are many amazing organizations that will happily accept your donations of quality material goods where they will either provide direct aid or otherwise support community members living in poverty in the Greater Boston Area and stay out of landfills. If you know of an organization or service provider who is in need of material donations, please contact MAAP’s Executive Director, Cassie Hurd, at churd@maapma.org, so we may add them to our list.

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Cassie Hurd,
Executive Director
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