Your leftovers are someone else’s lifeline.
Everyday, we do things that impact the planet. Let’s make meaningful, environmentally friendly choices by choosing to donate. Consider donating your unwanted items to a charity that is close to your heart before you throw them out. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
Cancer Care Thift Shop: free, professional services for people with cancer and their loved ones. Accepts art, jewelry, furniture, china, crystal and designer and couture clothing and accessories. www.cancercare.org/support_us/thrift_shop.php or call: 212-879-9868.
Earth911: type in your zip code and it will give you recycling centers where you can drop off random items such as cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, clothing, eyeglasses, sporting goods, tools, and household items. http://earth911.com or 800-CLEANUP.
Housing Works: provide health care, housing, advocacy, job training and vital supportive services to homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. Accepts items in sellable condition including clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, art, books and housewares. www.housingworks.org or call: 212-352-1618.
Baby Buggy: providing NYC’s families in need with essential equipment, clothing and products for their infants and young children. www.babybuggy.org or call: 212-736-1777.
Room to Grow: enriches the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first 3 years of development. Accepts new and gently worn clothing, books, toys and other baby essentials. www.roomtogrow.org or call: 212-620-7800.
Books/ Educational Material:
New York Cares Literacy Projects: brings vital volunteer support to more than 850 non-profit agencies, public schools and other deserving organizations throughout the five boroughs. Accepts new and gently used children’s books for elementary and middle school students, which will go directly to children learning to read through various literacy projects. www.newyorkcares.org or call: 212-228-5000
Prisoners’ Reading Encouragement Project: new and gently used books, educational materials, audio and videotapes for donation to adult and juvenile prison libraries in New York State. www.prisonreader.org/ or call: 212-349-6741.
Clothing & Accessories:
Career Gear: accepts interview clothing, accessories and shoes for men. Provides motivation and follow-up support that helps them get and keep jobs. www.careergear.org or call: 212-577-6190.
Dress for Success: helps low-income women transition back into the workforce. Accepts business clothing, shoes and accessories. www.dressforsuccess.org or call: 212-532-1922.
LensCrafters: donated used eyeglasses/sunglasses are cleaned, repaired, classified by prescription and distributed to the needy in developing nations. www.lenscrafters.com.
Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation: they grant wishes to people who have been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Accepts bridal gowns and complete sets of bridesmaid dresses, veils, slips, shoes, mother’s dresses and flower girl gowns and other wedding accessories. www.makingmemories.org
Nike Reuse-a-Shoe Program: recycles athletic shoe material and turns it into basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields or running tracks. http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/
Pearle Vision Centers: donated, used eyeglasses/sunglasses are cleaned, repaired, classified by prescription and distributed to the needy in developing nations. www.pearlevision.com
Wireless Foundation: cell phones are refurbished and programmed to dial 911 and/or a local women’s shelter. The phones are distributed free of charge by police departments and shelters to victims of domestic violence. Call: 888-901-7233
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation: keeps rechargeable batteries and cell phones out of our nation’s solid waste stream and preserving natural resources. Most commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. Contact to find a complete list of collection sites near you, including Duane Reade, Radio Shack, Verizon Wireless, Staples, Office Depot, Home Depot, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. www.call2recycle.org or call: 800-8-BATTERY
Furnish-a-Future/The Partnership for the Homeless: helps formerly homeless families turn bare rooms into comfortable functional homes. All items must be immediately reusable. Accepts kitchenware and small household appliances. You can drop items off at any Manhattan Mini Storage facility. http://www.partnershipforthehomeless.org/programs.furnish.php5 or call: 718-875-5353.
Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C): Rescues and finds homes for abandoned animals in all five boroughs. Accepts gently used towels, sheets, and blankets. www.nycacc.org or call: 212-788-4000.
ASPCA (The Animal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals): provides effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals in the United States. Accepts donations of towels, sheets and blankets. www.aspca.org/donate or call: 212-876-7700.
Community Environmental Center: salvaged and surplus building materials. www.cecenter.org or call: 718-777-0132.
Habitat For Humanity: donate a vehicle. www.habitatnyc.org/donate_now.html or call: 718 246 5656.
UNICEF Change for Good: donate your leftover foreign currency to help children in more than 157 countries around the world. Drop-off at any Thomas Cooke Travel Agency Location or mail to:
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
ATTN: Change For Good Program
29 West 38th St., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Musicians on Call: bring live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. They practice healing from all types of sickness through the power of music. Volunteer artists give live in-room performances for patients undergoing treatment or who are unable to leave their hospital beds. Accepts gently used CD’s and new, unused CD discmen. http://www.musiciansoncall.org or call: 212-741-2709.
Recycle-A-Bicycle– dedicated to youth development, environmental education, recycling, bicycle mechanics and everyday bicycle transportation in NYC. www.recycleabicycle.org or call: 212-475-1655
Police Athletic League: provides NYC boys and girls with recreational, educational, cultural, and social programs. Accepts sports equipment and games that are complete and in good condition. www.palnyc.org or call: 212 477 9450 ext. 391