Donating? Do it the right way

Numerous agencies and non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC, area that provide social services, including the provision of food, clothing, and household goods to low-income individuals and families. These social service organizations rely on non-monetary donations from the general public. To optimize the use and value of donations, donors need current information about the various organizations that accept donations, their needs, and their donation policies. We want everyone to be the best donor possible.

With this in mind, seven social service organizations have joined together to coordinate an education campaign. We want to help create a giving city model for the Washington D.C. area.

When donating please keep these things in mind,

  1. Most importantly, check each organization’s donation policy for their best practice.
  2. All items should be clean and functional.
  3. Ask the organization what they are in need of by checking their website for top needs, especially if you are hosting a donation drive.
  4. Many organizations are tight on storage space and therefore appreciate seasonally appropriate clothing items.
  5. Some organizations will only accept items that are new, others will take used items. Make sure to ask.
  6. Ask about drop off procedure, if there is an open window of time to donate or by appointment only.

Click on the logo to learn more about each organizations donation policy.

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N Street Village
Anne Steeves (asteeves@nstreetvillage.org; 202-939-2075)

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Martha’s Table
Michael Bartscherer (mbartscherer@marthastable.org; 202-328-6608)

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Miriam’s Kitchen
Jen Dean (JDean@miriamskitchen.org; 202.452.8926 x221)

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Bread for the City
Emily Schneider (eschneider@breadforthecity.org; 202-480-8908)

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Thrive DC
Emily Flanagan (volunteer@thrivedc.org; 202-503-1528)

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Bright Beginnings
Heidi Bluming (hbluming@brightbeginningsinc.org; 202-842-9090)

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Rachel’s Women’s Center
Michelle Durham (michelle@rachaels.org; 202.682.1005)

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Need ideas for even more places to donate? Check out Charity Choices for a comprehensive list.

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