Donate household goods

Imagine coming to a new country with your entire family and only a few suitcases.
You would need some help to get started in your new home!

Our staff, volunteers, and donors help refugee families feel welcome in their new community. Monetary contributions and donated gift cards are also greatly appreciated by refugee families. Donations to us, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are tax-deductible.

If you are interested in donating (or hosting a donation drive) in Vermont, please first connect with Anna Wageling, Housing Coordinator, at awageling@uscrivt.org or 802-338-4632 extn 7720 to see if we are at capacity. The current donation list for Vermont can be found here. Please see below for donations for all other Field Offices:

Household items

Below is a list of the items most needed to set up a household for a refugee family. While there are many other things that may be useful, we have limited storage space and have to prioritize these essential items. We accept new and gently used items and cannot make repairs or launder items.

ACCEPTED DONATIONS

KITCHEN

Dishes; glasses; silverware; pots; pans; woks; rice cookers; cooking utensils; mixing bowls; can openers

BATHROOM

Bath towels; bath mats; shower curtain and rings; toilet paper; facial tissue

HOUSEHOLD

Paper; notebooks; pens; pencils; school supplies; scissors; light bulbs; lamps; flashlights

PERSONAL HYGIENE

Toothbrushes; toothpaste; soap; shampoo; deodorant; disposable razors; sanitary napkins; diapers; other baby items

BEDROOM

Sheet sets (twin/double); comforters; blankets; pillows; pillowcases; alarm clocks; clothing hangers; window curtains/rods

Vermont welcomes twin, double, and queen-sized mattresses, bed frames, and box springs.

FURNITURE

Dining tables; chairs; couches; sofas (no pull-out beds); love seats; dressers

CLEANING SUPPLIES

Mops; buckets; brooms; dustpans; toilet brush and holder; wastebaskets; trash bags; paper towels; dish soap; sponges; kitchen cleanser; all-purpose cleaner; laundry detergent

WINTER WEAR

Coats; boots; gloves; mittens; hats; scarves

It’s hard to say “no, thank you,” but we graciously cannot accept

  • Beds or bed frames (with the exception of Vermont, where we welcome twin, double and queen-sized mattresses, bed frames and box springs)
  • TVs
  • VCRs
  • DVD players
  • Washing machines/dryers; microwaves; stoves; non-essential items (baskets, knick-knacks, decorations, etc.)
  • Clothing (with some exceptions for winter clothing and children’s clothing)
  • Books except for children’s books, books for English learners, and dictionaries.

Please check with your specific Field Office location if they currently have the capacity to accept winter clothing. Our Vermont locations are currently not accepting children’s clothing. We appreciate your consideration and support!