Okay, here it is! After an overwhelming response to an innocent Instagram story, you all flooded my DMs with suggestions about where to donate clothing, housewares, etc. Since we’re in-between New Years and Spring Cleaning, I felt obligated to share all these responses with you because 1) many of you are seemingly looking to turn over your closet 2) and give to local, Baltimore organizations that can directly benefit from donated pieces.
I’ve compiled your suggestions with the results with a few Google searches into the list below!
Dress for Success
Contact Information: (410) 528-1799 (Greater Baltimore Chapter)
Dress for Success is an organization helping women on their search for new employment opportunities. In the spirit of supporting women make a lasting impression for a job that may change their life, Dress for Success asks that your donated clothes be “interview ready” by simply washing and ensuring there are no wrinkles. The organization also accepts work-appropriate shoes, scarves, jewelry, and handbags!
House of Ruth
Details: Donating Goods and Services
Contact Information: 410-889-0840
House of Ruth accepts donations that support their mission of helping victims of intimate partner violence. Their Donation Guildelines spell out acceptable items for donation, as well as when and where donations are accepted. Check out their Wish List for those preferred donation items (including home goods!) House of Ruth also accepts unlocked, cleared cell phones; we take the ease of communication for granted so you can also consider donating your old phones!
Disclaimer: House of Ruth seemingly accepts a lot of NEW items for donation, as outlined by their Wish List. If you have used items that you’re looking to donate, please be responsible and send them elsewhere (like some of the organizations below) that take gently-used as opposed to new.
Priceless Gown Project
Priceless Gown Project strives to make high school Junior and Senior women feel like queens on one of the most exciting days of the year – Prom! We can all agree that prom dresses can be exceptionally expensive and often, that money can be used for other more immediate needs. That’s why Priceless Gown Project gives FREE prom gowns to girls headed to prom. If you have old event wear, please consider donating it to this local non-profit aiming to empower young women in our community!
CO-ED & HOMEGOODS
Contact Information: 410-625-0775
Paul’s Place accepts both men’s and women’s clothes (gently used and IN SEASON), as well as home goods and other household necessities such as towels, blankets, dishes, pots, pans. They also accept gently used bags such as duffels and backpacks. In addition, the organization encourages donations of:
- New Men, Women, and Children socks, underwear (all sizes)
- Disposable Double-edged Razors
- Reading Glasses
- Hotel Size Toiletries (especially deodorant)
- Diapers (Sizes 1-6)
- Laundry Detergent
Students Helping Honduras
Students Helping Honduras has local chapters all over the country aimed to empower youth and help end the poverty cycle in Honduras. The Towson chapter accepts donations for their pop-up thrift shops; anything they don’t sell goes with them to Honduras to help community members in need!
Contact Information: 410-837-1400, ext. 210
Project PLASE helps to deliver housing and services for Baltimore’s homeless community members. Donations of clothing, purses, furniture, and household items go directly to clients, supporting the organization’s mission to equip clients’ new homes and lives. Furniture donations go directly to client’s homes. Project PLASE also collaborates with Dress for Success to help client’s prepare for job interviews!
Donations are accepted: Mon-Fri between 8:15 am and 3:45 pm at the reception desk at 1814 Maryland Avenue
Contact Information: (410) 435-3244, @jlofbaltimore
Wise Penny is a shop run by the Junior League of Baltimore, a woman-run educational and charitable organization committed to “promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women” in our community. Please check HERE for acceptable and non-acceptable donation items. All proceeds are used to fund the JLB’s community projects.
Donations are accepted during all regular business hours!
Soccer Without Borders
Soccer Without Borders works to inspire our youth through soccer, emphasizing growth, inclusion, and personal success. The organization works with refugees from 60+ countries, and they accept in-kind donations for kids! To coordinate a donation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Contact Information: Find a Baltimore Pick-Up Location OR 1-888-944-3767 (to schedule pick-up)
Arguably one of the most efficient routes of donation, Green Drop allows you to schedule a pick-up for your donated clothing, furniture, and home goods! Dropping it off is half the work, and one of the main reasons that most donations make it in the trash instead of at a non-profit. Green Drop serves Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Red Cross, American Federation of the Blind, St. Vincent de Paul.
Sharp Dressed Man
Sharp Dressed Man was founded in Baltimore but runs donation centers out of both Baltimore and Los Angeles. The organization aims to help men change their lives through supporting their efforts to re-enter the workforce.
All donated clothing must be in good condition and ready-to-wear. Before donating – ask yourself, “Would this item help a man to make the best first impression at his interview?” For more information and success stories, visit Sharp Dressed Man’s Facebook Page.
Baltimore Drop-Offs are: FRI & SAT 12-5PM at 1400 Aliceanna St, Baltimore MD 21231
Okay, so I hope you found this where-to-donate breakdown helpful! Personally, I’ve started to divide up my donations by “type” – business attire, casual attire, shoes, home goods, etc. To maximize the chances of donated items being utilized by the community, I consulted this list to divide the goods to best match their accepted donations. Contact, donate, and voila! Your space is less cluttered and the Baltimore community benefits.
In addition, your donations are tax deductible. Most of the websites above give details on obtaining a tax receipt for your donation. Although not a main concern, it may help you get some $ back come tax time!
If you know of other non-profits in Baltimore accepting donations, please feel free to reach out via my Contact Page and let me know! I’d be happy to update this post so it serves as a resource for our community.
Until next time, keep donating!