Chicago-area Organizations Accepting Donations

Amvets
Phone: 708-388-7800
Accepts: Household items and clothing
Benefits: Veterans
Pickup: Suburbs: Yes   City: depends on Zip code

 

The Ark
Phone: 773-862-5011
Accepts: Household items, furniture, clothing, appliances under ten years old, but no baby items, mattresses/box springs or TVs
Benefits: Low income families in the Chicagoland Jewish community
Pickup: City and northern suburbs. Requires at least two large pieces of furniture to send truck.
Drop Off: During regular business hours: 1302 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL or 3100 Dundee Road #802 Northbrook 9-12 1st Sunday of the month.

 

Bridge to Success
Phone: 312.733.9742
Accepts:  Men & Women’s professional/business clothing (especially plus size, tall, and men’s shoes) and contemporary/in season men & women’s casual clothing, shoes, and accessories. Clothing must be clean and in good condition
Benefits:  Low/no-income men, women, and youth job-seekers
Pick-up:  Not available at this time
Drop off: 1236 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607 

 

Brown Elephant
Phone: 773-549-5943
Accepts: Furniture, clothing, housewares, artwork, electronics, and books/media.     Does NOT accept: Tube-TV’s, beds, or bed-related items.
Benefits: Howard Brown Health Center
Pickup: Yes
Drop Off: Various Locations

 

Cancer Federation
Phone: 800-962-3260
Accepts:  Household items, clothing, toys, books, instruments (no pianos or organs)  No computers, humidifiers, mattresses or box springs
Benefits: American Cancer Society
Pick-up: Suburbs: Northern Yes  City and Southern Suburbs: depends on Zip Code

 

Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance
Phone: 312-655-7510
Accepts: Clothing, household wares and Hygiene Kits
Benefits: The needy
Pickup: Yes
Drop Off: 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL

 

Cell Phones for Soldiers
Accepts: Cell phones
Benefits: Troops stationed overseas
Drop Off: Through the mail (free shipping)

 

Charity Pick-Up Services
Phone: 877-337-3873
Accepts: Clothing, shoes, linens, toys and other household items as well as
special pickups from garage sales, estate sales, household downsizing or pre-move clean-ups
Benefits: Vietnam Veterans of America and the Military Order of the Purple Heart
Pick Up: Yes

 

Chicago Abused Women Coalition
Phone: 773-489-9081
Accepts:  Call  They have an ever-changing “wish list”
Benefits: Abused women
Pickup: No
Drop Off: 1160 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL

 

Clearbrook
Phone: 847-577-0267
Accepts: Clothing, furniture, household items  No computers, TV, curtain rods mattresses/box springs
Benefits: Children and adults with developmental disabilities
Pickup:  Furniture only Monday-Friday City and suburbs
Drop Off: 1815 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL

 

Computers for Schools
Phone: 800-939-6000
Accepts: Computers and cell phones
Benefits: Schools and other nonprofits, both city and suburbs
Pickup: Yes – fee for small pickups, no charge for 30 or more computers
Drop Off: 3053 N. Knox, Chicago, IL

 

Cradles to Crayons
Phone 773-879-9002
Accepts: Clothes, shoes, books and school supplies
Benefits: Low income & homeless children from birth to age 12
Pickup: Local pickup available, call Langston @ 773-879-9002
Drop Off: Multiple locations call for more information

 

Encore and More
Phone: 847-853-8888
Accepts: Clothing, accessories, small furniture and appliances
Benefits: National Council for Jewish Women – Northshore Section
Pickup: Call to arrange
Drop Off: 107 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL

 

Epilepsy Foundation
Phone: 855-968-3662
Accepts: See online list here
Benefits: Offers counseling, advocacy and educational services to people with epilepsy, their families, and the communities in which they live.
Pickup: Schedule online
Drop Off: Multiple Locations

 

Family Rescue
Phone: 773-375-1918
Accepts: Clothing, household items, new toys, computers and office supplies    No used mattresses/box springs
Benefits: Victims of domestic violence and their children
Drop Off:  Thursday only (call  773-375-8400 to schedule)

 

Goodwill Industries
Phone: 888-353-6400
Website: amazinggoodwill.com for location nearest you
Accepts: Household items, furniture, used computers, clothing, but no large appliances or mattresses
Benefits: Training programs for the disabled
Drop Off: Various Locations

 

Habitat for Humanity
Phone: 312-265-6625
Website: www.chicagolandhabitat.org/
Accepts: Building materials, furniture and appliances
Benefits: Low income families who partner with Habitat as new homeowners.
Drop-off:  8 locations in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will counties.

 

Hopline from Verizon
How to Donate:
In Person: Drop phones at any Verizon Wireless communications Store. To find a store visit the online store locator at: www.verizonwireless.com/storelocator
By Mail: Print a postage-paid label at www.verizonwireless.com/hopelineshippinglabel, adhere it to the box/envelope and mail. Review all shipping instructions carefully and include a return address on the label.
Benefits: Victims of domestic violence

 

The Inner Voice
Phone: 312-666-8110
Accepts: Clothing, cleaning supplies, office supplies and household items, mattresses and box springs   No large furniture
Benefits: Chicago’s Emergency Shelter Network
Pickup: Call to  schedule large donations
Drop Off: 1621 W. Walnut, Chicago, IL

 

Lamb’s Farm Thrift Shop
Phone: 847-327-9053
Accepts: Household items, furniture, clothing  No appliances, mattresses, or box springs
Benefits: Residents of Lambs Farm
Pickup: No
Drop Off: Hwy 176 & I94, Libertyville, IL

 

Lions Club
Phone: 630-571-5466
Accepts: Glasses and sunglasses, hearing aides
Benefits: Low income individuals
Pickup: No
Drop Off: at various locations or Walmart or mail (300 W. 22nd Street, Oakbrook, IL  60523)

 

Mt. Sinai Hospital Resale Shop
Phone: 773-935-1434
Accepts: Household items, clothing, small appliances, computers, cell phones and furniture  No mattresses/box springs
Benefits: Mt. Sinai Hospital
Pickup: Large donations only…Call to scheduled in advance
Drop Off: 814 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL

 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Phone: 303-839-1852
Accepts: Cell phones
Benefits: Victims of domestic violence
Drop Off: By mail

 

One Sight
Phone: 888-935-4589
Accepts: Prescription glasses, sunglasses and bifocals
Benefits: People around the world who cannot afford eye care
Drop Off : Bins at local Lenscrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, Target Optical and Sears Optical stores

 

ORT Thrift Shop
Phone: 847-433-1697
Accepts: Household items, clothing, small appliances, books, toys   No non-digital TVs, computers, encyclopedias or furniture
Benefits: Women’s American ORT education/community services
Pickup: Evanston area only
Drop Off: Evanston & Highland Park Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

 

Pacific Garden Mission
Phone: 312-243-2480
Accepts: Clothing for families and hygiene kits
Benefits: Homeless
Pickup: No
Drop Off: 1458 S. Canal Chicago, IL

 

Poised for Success
Phone: 630-691-1455
Accepts: Women’s in-season business attire
Benefits: Working women on financial assistance
Pickup: No
Drop Off: 312 S. Westmore Rd. Lombard, IL on the 2nd Saturday of the month

 

Purple Heart Veterans
Phone: 708-396-8995
Accepts: Household items, clothing and gently used shoes
Benefits: Veterans
Pickup:  www.charitypickupservice.com

 

Sabra Books
Email: Sabrabooks@yahoo.com
Accepts: Books
Benefits: YOU! They will pay for some books and donate what they do not want to Culture Stock.
Pickup: Yes, minimum pickup 150 books. Based in Naperville, limited coverage area, please email for details.

 

Salvation Army
Phone: 888-574-2587
Accepts: Used computers, all household items, furniture, clothing, mattresses, used electronics and children’s books   No medical equipment, textbooks encyclopedias, or office furniture
Benefits: Salvation Army programs
Pickup: Yes
Drop Off: Call for location nearest you

 

Sarah’s Circle
Phone: 773-728-1991 ext. 301
Accepts:  Toiletries (trial size): toothbrushes/toothpaste, mouthwash, shower caps, women’s razors, shampoos, conditioner, lotions, etc…
Benefits: Homeless women
Pickup: No
Drop Off: 4750 N. Sheridan Road, Suite #220

 

Share Our Spare
Accepts: New and gently used clothing, toys and supplies with children ages four and under
Benefits: Chicagoland children in need
Pickup: No
Drop off: 935 W. Chestnut Street on the first Saturday of every month from 1pm-4pm.

 

The Sharing Connection
Phone: 630-971-0565
Accepts: household furniture, baby furniture and certain appliances in good working condition   No office or exercise equipment
Benefits: Various community agencies
Pickup:  Furniture only
Drop off:  5111 Chase Ave., Downers Grove, IL

 

Soles 4 Souls
Phone: 866-521-SHOE
Accepts: Shoes
Benefits: Low-income families around the globe
Pickup: No
Drop Off: Various Locations

 

The Sports Shed
Phone: 847-719-7320
Accepts:  Gently used sporting equipment
Benefits: Sports programs for under-resourced areas
Pick-up: Large donations only.  Call to arrange
Drop Off: Various…Far Northern suburbs (See website)

 

Swap.com
Turn what you have into what you want via swapping
Drop Off: Through the mail

 

Tri-County Thrift
Phone: 847-526-0383
Accepts: Clothing, toys, books, household items  No large appliances, pillows, mattresses/box springs or computers
Benefits: Tri-County Pregnancy & Parenting Services
Drop Off: 457 W. Liberty, Waconda, IL

 

Vietnam Veterans of America
Phone: 708-371-4418
Accepts: Household items, clothing and gently used shoes
Benefits: Vietnam veterans
Pickup: Suburbs:  Yes  City: depends on zip code  Call to schedule

 

Women’s Club of Evanston – Dreams Delivered
Phone: 847-475-3800    Carol Short
Accepts:  Evening wear and accessories
Benefits: Underprivileged girls go to prom
Pickup: No

 

World Computer Exchange
Accepts: Computers and computer hardware
Benefits: Schools and institutions in developing countries
Pickup: Yes for 8 or more computers only
Drop Off: 9717 S. Damen Ave Chicago, IL

Zealous Good
Accepts: All items
Benefits: Hundreds of local Chicago non-profits
Pickup & Drop Off: Yes
How it works: Donate to charities that need your specific items using ZealousGood.com. Submit your donation and they’ll find you the best match.


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