Where to Donate Practically Everything
Here's a list of places to donate all those items you really don't need anymore. If you don't find your item on this list, search online for "donate (item name) (place name)" for example: "Donate yarn Milwaukee"
Donation criteria can change due to budget, storage, and constituent needs.
If you're not absolutely certain what an organization accepts, "call before you haul."
Choose one or two agencies and donate everything to them. Don't waste your time picking the perfect recipient for each of your belongings.
("Goodwill, etc" refers to all of the agencies listed farther down this page under the heading Clothing and Household Items.)
Appliances (working) - ReStore, Salvation Army
Art and craft supplies - Elementary school art or classroom teacher
Auto parts and supplies - High school career/technical education coordinator. Some high schools offer woodworking and auto repair classes and may welcome your donation.
Baby clothes, bedding, and supplies - Homeless Shelters and Women's Shelters
Camping Equipment - Boys and Girls Club
Cars, Trucks, RVs and Boats - Google for "donate cars" and pick your favorite charity!
Cell Phones - http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/
CDs & audio tapes - School or library
Clothing and accessories - Women's Shelters, Homeless Shelters, Goodwill, etc.
Computers and related equipment - http://www.computerswithcauses.org/
Goodwill is recycling computers and electronics.
Cookware and utensils - Goodwill, etc.
Curtains and drapes - Goodwill, etc.
Eyeglasses - http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/how-we-serve/health/sight/eyeglass-recycling.php
Fabric, sewing supplies, and patterns - High school family & consumer education teacher
Food (Unexpired) - Food Pantry, Homeless Shelter
Furniture and home accessories - ReStore, Goodwill, etc.
Furs - http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/fur_fashion/fur_coats_for_cubs.html
Hangers - Wire hangers can be returned to the dry cleaners. Check with the local thrift store to see of they'll take plastic and wood hangers.
Hardware - ReStore
Jewelry - Goodwill, etc. and DIVA/DIVO Closet
Linens and towels - Homeless Shelters, Women's Shelters, Goodwill, etc.
Magazines and Books - Senior Housing: Independent, Assisted Living, and Extended Care facilities
Medical Equipment - Katy's Kloset http://www.teamupwithfamilies.org/
Musical instruments - Middle school or high school band or orchestra director
Office supplies - School office, art or classroom teacher, Boys and Girls Club
Old towels and bedding - Humane Society, animal shelter/rescue group
Paint - ReStore, high school performing arts department or local Theater company
Paper products - Homeless Shelter
Pet supplies, food, toys, bedding, cages and carriers - Humane Society, animal shelter or rescue group
Shoes and boots in good shape - Homeless Shelters, Women's Shelters, Goodwill, etc.
Sports Equipment - Local sports organizations, Boys and Girls Club
Toiletries, Cosmetics, Cleaning supplies - Homeless Shelter, Women's Shelter
Tools - ReStore, Goodwill, etc.
Toys and games - NEW - http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.asp
Toys and games - used - Homeless Shelters, Women's Shelters, Boys and Girls Club
TV and converter box - Salvation Army
Videotapes and Books - Schools, Library annual book sale
Wedding Gown - http://www.donatemyweddingdress.org/
Window shades and blinds - Goodwill, etc.
Woodworking supplies (see Auto above)
Wrapping paper and ribbon - Schools
Clothing and Household Items
see websites for specific guidelines
(Homeless Shelters and Women's Shelters may also accept clothing and household items. Check with your local shelters for specific guidelines and requests. See websites below.)
Easter Seals - http://www.easterseals.com/
Goodwill Industries -
Hope Center - Waukesha - Clothing for all ages and professional clothes for adults. Household items. See website for further info. http://www.hopecenterwi.org/
Lake Country Caring - Serving Waukesha, Dodge, and Jefferson, WI counties. Items are not sold, but are given to pre-registered clients. Accepts donations of clothing and household items. See website for details. http://www.lakecountrycaring.com
Love, Inc. in Burlington, WI - Accepts donations of many clothing and household items as well as rags which are recycled. See website for further info. http://www.love-inc.net/
Our Kids Closet located in Columbia St Mary's Clinic in Germantown, WI - Accepts gently used children's clothing which is given to needy families. http://www.ourkidscloset.blogspot.com/
St. Vincent de Paul Society -
Salvation Army -
Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin - Household items and personal care products for men and women. Pick-up and drop-off services.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
DIVA/DIVO Closet - Excellent condition clothes & accessories to wear to a job interview. http://www.divadivo.org/about.php
Frequent Flier Miles
There are many organizations that can put your unused miles to good use. Visit your airline's website to access their mile donation programs.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
New and gently used building materials, hardware, tools, furniture, appliances, new unopened paint, roofing, lumber, new carpet, tile. Also recycling all electronics. Call first to be sure they can take your items. Some pick-up service available.
Homeless Assistance -
Milwaukee Rescue Mission -
Another place to donate a wide variety of items - Check with your local school district to see if they have an office serving the needs of the homeless families whose children attend school in the district. (Sometimes referred to as "Families in Transition.")
Sojourner Truth Family Peace Center -
The Women's Center, Waukesha -
Milwaukee Women's Center -
Women's Resource Center, Racine -
Wisconsin Veterans Museum -