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.
Please click here for a specific list of donations accepted in Colchester, VT. Please see below for donations for all other Field Offices:
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.
Dishes; glasses; silverware; pots; pans; woks; rice cookers; cooking utensils; mixing bowls; can openers
Bath towels; bath mats; shower curtain and rings; toilet paper; facial tissue
Paper; notebooks; pens; pencils; school supplies; scissors; light bulbs; lamps; flashlights
Toothbrushes; toothpaste; soap; shampoo; deodorant; disposable razors; sanitary napkins; diapers; other baby items
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.
Dining tables; chairs; couches; sofas (no pull-out beds); love seats; dressers
Mops; buckets; brooms; dustpans; toilet brush and holder; wastebaskets; trash bags; paper towels; dish soap; sponges; kitchen cleanser; all-purpose cleaner; laundry detergent
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)
- 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.