Spring signals that time to throw open the windows, clear the dust bunnies, and make space by moving out some of that ever-accumulating “stuff”. We all know the trappings of squirreling stuff: the sentimental clinging, the “just in case” stockpiling, the constant stream of a family’s things that flow in at a faster rate that than they go out. The internet has myriad resources for how to de-clutter, but I want to address that block that happens once we decide we no longer need something, and don’t know what to do with it. As I’m preparing for a move myself, I find it’s much easier for me to let go of a thing when I know it’s going to find new life by giving it to someone in my own community who will use it.
Here is a list of ways to give locally:
Serving Rhode Island immigrants and refugees, two services that Dorcas International provides are The Providence Clothing Collaborative and Refugee Resource Center, made possible with community donations of professional clothing and housewares.
How to donate: Items accepted during walk-in hours Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (or by appointment) at 645 Elmwood Avenue, lower level, Providence, RI . Clothing Collaborative donations also accepted at additional locations in East Providence, Woonsocket, Westerly and Warwick.
Items accepted: For Clothing Collaborative – men’s and women’s seasonal business professional and business casual clothing and shoes, formal dresses, scrubs. For Refugee Resource Center – basic home necessities including clean clothing for all family members, unused toiletries, bed & bath linens, dinnerware and cookware.
Foster Forward helps to provide foster parents with the clothing essentials they need for the children in their care through our clothing bank.
How to donate: Contact Stacy Smith at 401.438.3900 ext. 124 for questions or to schedule a drop-off at 55 South Brow Street, East Providence, RI.
Items accepted: New and gently used clothing and bedding, especially pajamas and sheets/blankets.
The Junior League of Rhode Island is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. One Junior League program, Home Makeovers, is for youth aging out of foster care and their families.
How to donate: Contact the Junior League at 21 Meeting Street, Garden Level, Providence, RI, (401) 331-9302 to coordinate.
Items accepted: Furniture, linens, beds, kitchen essentials, baby items etc.
The Sojourner House Safe House and Transitional Housing Apartments serve domestic violence survivors in transition. They rely almost entirely on donations to keep apartments furnished, stocked and comfortable.
How to donate: Email info@sojournerRI.org to coordinate drop-off.
Items accepted: Metal and plastic furniture, appliances, dishes and cookware, cleaning supplies, etc. Due to bed bug crisis in shelters in the state, currently not accepting fabric and wood donations.
TAPIN is an all-volunteer outreach organization that provides resources and services for East Bay residents in need.
How to donate: Drop off items Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at 281 County Road, Barrington, RI.
Items accepted: Non-perishable food, children’s items (books, clothes, toys), household items, toiletries, furniture, office supplies.
Some in-kind donations are accepted for programs and families in the many programs offered by Amos House, including transitional housing and education programs.
How to donate: By appointment to drop off at 460 Pine Street, Providence
Items accepted: See website for full wish list including gently used strollers, bedding, dishes sets, craft supplies
The Johnnycake Centers provide assistance to those need of food, clothing and household items. Items are sold in their thrift shops that directly fund food pantry and operations.
How to donate Peace Dale: Donation Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM at 1231 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, RI. Significant clothing and furniture donations can be picked up. Donation bins are also available outside donation center anytime.
How to donate Westerly: Donations of items for the Thrift Store accepted Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9-4, Thursdays from 9-6:30, and Sundays 10-2 at 23 Industrial Drive, Westerly, RI. You may also schedule a time for at-home pick-up of large furniture donations.
Items accepted: Gently used clothing and accessories, furniture, homewares, etc.
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation pleads Rhode Islanders to keep these unwanted textiles out of the landfill and instead bag them up and deposit in any clothing donation bin in Rhode Island. Clothing not suitable for reuse is sorted for textile recycling.