Your Spring Cleaning Guide to Giving Back in Central New Jersey
Would you like to donate your unneeded items to good causes and people in need? Spring is right around the corner, and for many of us, getting things clean is a priority! And of course, many of us would love to see our unused items benefit those who need it. Bookmark this comprehensive guide to make it easier to find new homes and new life for the things you'd otherwise just throw away!
Here are 14 places to consider donating to while spring cleaning this year in Central New Jersey:
CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Located at 509 W. Union Ave. Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Since 1902, Goodwill has worked to strengthen the dignity and quality of life for individuals and families across the nation. The revenue from every donation of new and gently used clothes, toys, and other household items funds employment training and job placement services to give those less fortunate the skills they need to thrive. While you’re de-cluttering your closet this Spring, help yourself and your community by packing up a box for your local Goodwill.
Located at 40 Hillcrest Rd. Watchung, NJ 07069
A truly vital part of the Wilson Memorial Union Church, the Frippery Thrift Shop sells a wide array of locally donated clothing and household items. For 45 years this spot has assisted in fulfilling the financial needs of the church as well as the Salvation Army and other areas in emergency need, like the Family Development Day Care Center and Plainfield’s High Scope Curriculum Program. If you have clothes and items that you just can’t bear to throw away, consider giving back by donating them to the Frippery Thrift Shop.
Put your shipping box to good use with Amazon’s new GiveBackBox. Started in 2012, this innovative new program works to encourage both recycling and giving back to the community. You just unpack any merchandise received from Amazon or other participating retailers, obtain a special shipping label from the GiveBackBox site, and pack up your empty box with clothes and items you no longer need. Shipping is free and all donations go to local Goodwill stores, so you can clean with purpose this Spring with Amazon’s GiveBackBox.
Located at 9 Market St. Morristown, NJ 07960
For almost 130 years, the Market Street Mission has been catering to the hungry, homeless, and downtrodden members of the Morristown community. Providing food, lodging, and other necessities, the Mission hopes to lift people physically, emotionally, and spiritually so they can lead responsible and productive lives. Have leftovers from a party that you don’t know what to do with? Pack them up for delivery. You can also encourage supermarkets to set aside unsold or damaged goods. No matter how you help the Market Street Mission, you will be part of a change that will give countless people the hope they need for a bright future.
Located at Emmanuel Church 100 Grant Ave. Somerville, NJ 08876
Demonstrating true caring at its best, Feeding Hands has been serving the community of Somerville since 2014. Food is just the tip of the iceberg for this nonprofit, as they provide over 220 families each month with the empathy, connections, and stewardship they need to live successful lives. If there is food in your house that you know won’t get eaten, consider cleaning house and donating those items to Feeding Hands. They also accept gift cards for gas and monetary donations to assist those in transition from homeless life. Every little bit helps, so donate to Feeding Hands and fill the stomachs and hearts of those in need today.
Located at 225 Mountain Blvd. Watchung, NJ 07069
Working closely with St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, as well as other donation programs, St. Mary’s provides faith and outreach opportunities for members of the community of Watchung. Their Samaritan Homeless Interim Program, or SHIP, provides full nutritious homemade meals to those in need. Aluminum trays and suggested recipes can be found in the narthex of the church, as well as bins for non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. If you love to cook or need to clean out your pantry, St. Mary’s gives you many wonderful opportunities to give back to your community through the gift of a good meal.
FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Located at 10 Court St, Morristown, NJ 07960
Providing support and prevention services for victims of domestic violence, the mission of the Jersey Battered Women’s Service is to protect and empower victims, rehabilitate family members, advocate for social reform, and educate the public about domestic abuse and its consequences. Among the services they offer are a 24 hour helpline, safe housing, counseling for both women and children, and prevention programs. Their online wish list includes a number of items needed now, including clothes for women and children, medicines, and toiletries. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get rid of those one-size-too-big sweatpants, make a donation to the Jersey Battered Women’s Service.
Located at 10 Rockefeller Plaza Ste. 1007 New York, NY 10020 (Main Location)
Created in the aftermath of the events on September 11, 2001, Tuesday’s Children provides support services to families and children affected by acts of violence and terrorism. Counseling, career guidance, family programming, and community service are only a few of the programs this organization offers to provide those impacted by loss with the skills and help they need to heal and rebuild. Though primarily located in New York, the organization runs a donation pickup service, so all you have to do is pack up your old clothes and household items and you can help your community from the comfort of your own home, thanks to Tuesday’s Children.
Located at 19B Dellwood Lane Somerset, NJ 08873
Homelessness can be scary, especially when you are a woman who is pregnant or parenting. Luckily, the Center for Great Expectations provides services that can help to protect these individuals and give them the tools to break dangerous generational cycles of abuse, trauma, and addiction. With treatment plans, an onsite child development center, and supportive housing, each woman and child can receive care tailored to their needs, encouraging greater health, happiness, and success for all involved. Both monetary and physical donations of clothes and baby supplies are accepted at the center, so show a mother that you care by donating to the Center for Great Expectations today.
Located at 200 Mt. Airy Rd. Basking Ridge, NJ
Since 1904, the VNA of Somerset Hills has been providing people with much-needed home and hospice care, regardless of ability to pay. Private care, rehabilitation therapy, and community health and wellness are only some of the programs this wonderful organization provides for Basking Ridge and surrounding towns. Every Fall and Spring, the VNA hosts a Rummage Sale, the proceeds of which provide care and wellness needs to families that are not covered by insurance. On April 8-26, you can bring your donations of furniture, housewares, food, and more to the Far Hills Fairgrounds; the sale begins May 5. So, start packing some boxes for the VNA Rummage Sale and Spring clean for good this year.
Located at 45 N. Gaston Ave. Suite 1A Somerville, NJ 08876
An all-volunteer nonprofit organization, the Giving Network is dedicated to recycling items in the community through the help of charitable donations. It began in response to the flood from Hurricane Floyd that devastated Bound Brook and surrounding towns in 1999 and has since grown into a full collection of people working to show support for those in need. This organization accepts donations of furniture, appliances, and other household items, which will be picked up directly from your home and moved to their Sorting Center in Somerville. There are restrictions on certain items, so be sure to check out their website before deciding to make a donation. If you’re making big changes to your home this Spring, don’t pass up the opportunity to give back by donating your furniture to the Giving Network.
Located at 465 Springfield Ave. Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922 (Adoption & Grooming Center)
If you’re looking to give back to our four-legged friends, Home for Good Dog Rescue is definitely a place to keep in mind. 100% foster-based, the dogs from this rescue are removed from high-kill shelters and immediately placed in loving temporary homes while they await adoption into their forever homes. As each dog is placed in a foster home instead of a shelter, it is up to the individuals homeowners to ensure that they have all of the supplies the dog needs for a happy stay. Therefore, donations are always being accepted for doggie blankets, toys, leashes, and more. Give that outgrown collar a second life by donating it to Home For Good.
Located at 100 Commons Way Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Taking in approximately 1,000 animals every year, the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter helps both pets and owners live successfully. With services that include 24/7 animal control, pet retention programs, behavior modification, and spay and neuter services, this shelter encourages and provides resources for ensuring each adopted pet is healthy, happy, and a perfect match for its owner. Their online wish lists include toys, beds, food, and medical items, plus office and other needed supplies to ensure the shelter can operate at the highest level. If you want to help change the life of an animal, visit the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter’s website and check an item off of their wishlists today.
Located at 575 Woodland Ave. Madison, NJ 07940 (Main Offices)
Have any old baby blankets or ripped towels lying around? Consider donating them to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. This locale attends to the daily needs of companion animals as well as farm animals and wildlife that come into the care of the center. Each individual shelter is equipped to meet the health and happiness needs of the animals housed and animal control and wildlife resources ensure that every animal receives the proper respect and care needed for a full life. Food, toys, and supplies are among the lists of items the center is in need of and they often use blankets and towels for their foster kittens and other pets. If you want to helps animals of all kinds live a better life, make a donation to St. Hubert’s.
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