Looking to donate and reuse goods instead of throwing them away? Whether it’s kitchen appliances, furniture, used clothing or toys and games, there’s a chance someone else wants those things more than you. Even better, it can help decrease waste, conserve energy save money and help give to those in need. Here’s some places to do that in and around Bushwick:

Hope Gardens Multi-Service Senior Center

718-455-1100 | [email protected]

Affiliated with RiseBoro, Hope Gardens is one of several, multi-service community adult day care centers that are located at 195 Linden Street. The folks at Hope Gardens are looking for drop-off donations of clothing, personal accessories, appliances and kitchen items and footwear. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Upon entering the facility, ask for Gina or Joanne regarding donations. 

Stockholm Family Shelter

718-574-2200 | [email protected]

A family shelter and social service organization, Stockholm Family Shelter is located at 99 Stockholm Street. The shelter is a part of SCO Family of Services, a nonprofit that describes its mission as to helping families across New York City and Long Island build a strong foundation for the future.

The shelter at Stockholm Street is looking for donations of electronics, appliances, toys, games, clothing and household furniture. Drop-off hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Setting up pick up-times for donations is also available. 

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services 

718-497-6090 | [email protected]

A not-for-profit community-based family service agency established in 1990 services Latino children and families who are living below the poverty level in North Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Bushwick. CHFS, has a mission that focuses on a variety of family services. Services are available in English and Spanish and include foster care and adoption, treatment family foster care, outpatient mental health services, children’s community residence, parenting support programs and child abuse prevention. 

CHFS picks up donations from donors which include a wide variety of items like appliances, electronics, clothing, furniture and more. 

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Big Reuse

718-732-4143 | [email protected]

Give your used items a second life with the Big Reuse. The Brooklyn environmental nonprofit accepts donations of reusable items like as appliances, home goods, home decor, furniture, clothing, books, media, plumbing, lighting, kitchens, tiles, paint, tools and renovation supplies. For further details about accepted donations, reference the Big Reuse donations guide

Larger items such as furniture and appliances, require a donation inquiry form with photos and the organization reserves the right to refuse any donation that has not been pre-approved or doesn’t meet qualifications upon delivery. Currently, Big Reuse offers pick-up services for large volume donations. Paid for by the Attorney General’s office, the nonprofit uses an all-electric truck to pick up donations.

Hour Children

718-433-4724 | [email protected]

The Queens-based group Hour Children targets women and their families returning from incarceration. The group provides prison-based family services, community programming and runs a number of thrift stores. 

The group also offers free furniture pickups; according to their site, photos of furniture must be emailed to Fran McMurry at [email protected] or call him at 347-632-8293. 

Housing Works 

212-366-0820 | [email protected]

If you’re willing to pay for it, Housing Works will pick-up your furniture for a small fee (which the non-profit began charging amid the ongoing pandemic.). Giving away your furniture to the group allows them to sell your items their chain of upscale thrift stores in the city and money from that goes toward funding their “mission to provide lifesaving services to homeless, low-income and marginalized men, women, and youth,” according to their website.

To inquire about setting up a pickup, the group has a comprehensive request form that outlines what is and is not accepted, pickup details, and a way to send over photos of what you’re trying to donate. 

Go to donateNYC to find more places across the city that will take your donations. 

Featured image courtesy of Coalition for Hispanic Family Services’ Facebook page. 

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