8 Organizations That Pick Up Your Donations for Free
Moving to a new home is a great time to declutter and get rid of household items you no longer need. Not only will decluttering help you stay organized, but it will also be a huge time saver when it comes time to pack.
Don’t know what to do with the items you won’t take with you? Many organizations offer furniture donation pick-up services, where they’ll take things off your hands, such as tables, clothes, and other household goods.
By the way, if you need a little nudge to part with your stuff, check out these tips first.
Where to donate: Charities that have free donation pick-up
Here’s a list of organizations that will pick up your donations, free of charge:
GreenDrop is a program serving the east coast, selected by the American Red Cross, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia to raise funds through donations.
In addition to the free donation pick-up, GreenDrop offers Home Clean-Out, a free service that helps you sort and donate large volumes of clothing and household items — ideal for pre-move organization. A professional concierge identifies which items can be donated, and helps you prepare for the drivers who will pack and remove your donation.
Currently, this service is only available in the Philadelphia metro area, New Jersey, Delaware, Baltimore metro area, DC, and Northern Virginia.
How your donation helps: After collecting your items, GreenDrop sells your donations to area thrift stores, and the funds go to support the charities listed above. In 2018, proceeds from these sales totaled over $3.1 million.
Items that GreenDrop accepts: GreenDrop accepts a variety of items such as clothing, household goods, electronics, tools, toys, and more.
Learn more: GoGreenDrop.com
2. The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international organization that was founded in 1865. They help people across a variety of different needs, including disaster relief, hunger, poverty, addiction, human trafficking, and more. Donation pick up services is just one way they support their programs.
Online services for scheduling aren’t available for all ZIP codes, but The Salvation Army website provides a local phone number you can use to arrange a furniture donation pick-up. There’s also an online form to schedule a pick-up for a future date.
Due to recalls or government rules on re-selling, there are certain things The Salvation Army won’t accept, such as particleboard furniture, metal desks, TV armoires, and baby items (such as high chairs and car seats). Don’t sweat it, though. You can use an app to sell those things.
How your donation helps: When you donate items to The Salvation Army, they sell your items in their Family stores. Proceeds go toward their Adult Rehabilitation Centers, which help those who are struggling with drugs and alcohol to overcome their addictions, build work skills, and restore their families. The Salvation Army assists 25 million people each year.
Items that The Salvation Army accepts: They will take your furniture donations (other than those listed above), clothing, appliances, kitchen items, automobiles, and more.
Learn more: SalvationArmyUSA.org
3. Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps build safe and affordable homes for families who need them. They work in all 50 states across the U.S., as well as 70 countries internationally.
Habitat for Humanity offers free donation pick-up once a week. Call the Habitat for Humanity location closest to you to schedule a pick-up.
How your donation helps: Furniture donations are sold at their ReStores, Habitat for Humanity’s improvement/furniture resale locations that sell gently used furniture, appliances, and building materials to the public. Proceeds from sales go towards building homes, as well as the repair of homes by the organization.
Items that Habitat for Humanity accepts: Habitat for Humanity will accept furniture , appliances, and building materials. They also accept most vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, farm equipment, construction equipment, and even airplanes.
Learn more: Habitat.org
Goodwill stores work on the local level to provide job training and employment services. They have 157 community organizations across the U.S., Canada, and 12 other countries, as well as 3,300 stores across North America. In 2018, the organization served over 35 million people and helped train more than 242,000 individuals for new careers.
Most Goodwill locations offer donated furniture pick-ups for free. Visit the website to find out whether or not pick-up service is available in your community.
How your donation helps: Goodwill sells your furniture donation in Goodwill stores and on Goodwill’s online auction site to raise money for employment training and job placement services for people in your community.
Items that Goodwill accepts: Goodwill takes furniture donations, clothing donations, accessories, dishes and glassware, collectibles, and electronics. They also accept most cars, trucks, SUVs, boats, RVs, campers, riding lawn mowers, and more (they don’t even have to be in working condition!). If you have a junker car or a rusty mower that you don’t want to transport to the new house, arrange for a free pick-up.
Learn more: Goodwill.org
5. Pick Up Please
Pick Up Please is a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). Pick Up Please handles scheduling through an easy-to-use online calendar, and your furniture donation can often be picked up within 24 hours — you don’t even have to be home when the truck arrives. Just box up the items and label them “VVA Donation Pickup,” and the driver will load the boxes and leave a tax deduction receipt.
Currently, the service is available in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. You can visit its website to see where to donate.
How your donation helps: VVA sells the items you donate to private companies in order to fund their local, state, and national programs.
Items that Pick Up Please accepts: They will accept your gently-used household goods, clothing, toys, electronics, and smaller furniture, such as nightstands and office chairs.
Learn more: PickUpPlease.org
6. Furniture Banks
Everyone deserves to have basic furniture in good condition. Your furniture donation to the Furniture Bank help battered women and children in retreat, immigrants, the unemployed, the working poor, and the previously homeless set up their home with the furnishings others probably take for granted.
How your donation helps: When you donate furniture to Furniture Banks, they redirect your items directly into the hands of families in need.
Items that Furniture Bank accepts: In addition to furniture, they also accept cars and recreational vehicles in any condition, and they offer free pick up and towing.
Learn more: Furniturebank.org
7. The Arc
With over 600 local chapters and over 1,000 national and community programs, the Arc helps those who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. One of their key initiatives is free donation pick-ups.
You can see if your local chapter accepts free donation pick-ups by visiting The Arc’s website.
How your donation helps: The arc sells your donated items in its thrift stores in order to support its programs.
Items that The Arc Accepts: The Arc will take your furniture, clothing donations, shoes, books, toys, kitchen items, electronics, decor, cars, and more.
Learn more: TheArc.org
AMVETS, or American Veterans, supports local veterans and their families by providing assistance, jobs, and other service programs.
To see where to donate in your area, you can visit its website to fill out the donation pick-up form. If they offer pick-up services, you’ll pack everything into boxes, mark them for AMVETS, and leave them outside of your door by 7:30 a.m. the day of pick-up. For larger items such as couches, you’ll want to contact the local chapter to see how they handle these services.
How your donation helps: AMVETS sells your items in thrift stores in order to generate revenue for its Veterans Programs.
Items that AMVETS accepts: AMVETS needs clothing donations (for men, women, and children), electronics, small appliances, kitchenware, lamps, curtains and drapes, books, bicycles, bedding, and more. They also take flat-screen TVs, computers, and exercise equipment if they are less than 5 years old. If you have an item not on this list, they may still be able to take it! Just call and ask.
Learn more: AMVETSPickup.org
The bottom line
Donating items you no longer use is a great way to get organized and make your packing process easier. When charities pick up your belongings for you, it removes the hassle of having to move and dispose of your bulkier things. Plus, it will feel great to know that your donations will be put to good use for someone else.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I donate furniture?
Many local charities like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity will take gently used furniture. You can also use the app NextDoor Neighbor to see if anyone is in need or wants free furniture. Lastly, you could check with local civic or church groups, as some have furniture banks.
Does Goodwill pick up donations?
In many cases, Goodwill will pick up your donations. Visit Goodwill’s website to see if they offer these services in your area.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, your items can be tax-deductible. If you plan to itemize your tax deductions, you’ll need a receipt from the charity you donated the items to. Additionally, many charities such as Goodwill offer prices on commonly donated items like clothing and furniture. And it’s always a good idea to follow the IRS’s rules on charitable contributions.
What condition do my items need to be in for donation?
Generally, charities accept gently-used items, especially in the instances of furniture and other household goods, since they’ll be used for resale.