As you’re spring cleaning or doing other spring home improvement projects, we want to share some options for disposing of your unwanted household items. By donating to local non-profits, you’ll reduce waste and give others the opportunity to make use of your gently used things.
CEDAR RAPIDS/MARION AREA
- Cedar Valley Habitat Restore– is a home improvement store that will accept your gently-used furniture, appliances, housewares, and building materials. Proceeds from the store help Habitat for Humanity’s work to provide affordable housing in Linn and Benton Counties.
- Olivet Neighborhood Mission– restores hope to families which are in need of the basic things such as food, clothing, and other household items. The aim of the organization is to foster self-sufficiency among all people and to make them capable of living with respect. The organization accepts household items and clothes (no TVs or furniture, please). Donations are accepted during open hours Tuesdays through Saturdays.
- The Young Parents Network– provides support for young families by making sure they have access to services that support self-sufficiency. The We Care Shop is an incentive shop where families can purchase items with the help of points which they gather through participation in events organized by YPN. The shelves at We Care Shop are filled through donations of baby items like toys, furniture, clothes and others.
- Treasures– The proceeds from Treasures benefit Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center. Your donation helps women, families and couples in need of essential items. Proceeds from sales support Christian Missions and missionaries which have been approved by the organization’s directors. The organization is open Mondayto Saturdayand you can drop in at their office anytime during the working hours.
- Drop Inn Resale Store– Funds generated from the Drop Inn store in Cedar Rapids are used to finance a youth center in Cedar Hills and outreach to other nations.
IOWA CITY/CORALVILLE AREA
- Drop Inn Resale Store– Funds from the sales at the Iowa City Drop Inn store support a medical clinic in Africa, as well as local non-profits: Safe Families for Children, Iowa City Compassion and Retrograde Ministries.
- The Salvation Army Family Store– Proceeds from sales at The Salvation Army Family Stores are used to fund their Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those struggling with drugs and alcohol find help, home and a second chance at life.
- Crowded Closet– is a non-profit thrift store and international gift shop. Profits from sales in the store go to support Mennonite Central Committee, a global relief and development agency, as well as local relief and service organizations.
- Goodwill– Proceeds from Goodwill stores support programs that serve people dealing with specific barriers that might prevent them from getting or keeping jobs.
With any of these organizations, please check out their donation guidelines before you donate. Some do not accept certain items and some limit the amount you can bring in.
These are just a few local organizations to consider. See one of our previous blogs for more options.