Whether you’re trading in your city condo for the suburban life, or you’re an empty nester ready to downsize, many moves require getting rid of your current furniture and belongings. Instead of leaving your spare couch curbside, consider giving your gently-used items to charity organizations. Give back during your move by donating to one of the six national charities below.
Move for Hunger
During a move, most food is typically thrown away. Don’t do that! Read our guide on moving food first, you’ll find great tips on tricks on what to do with food as your move day approaches.
Move for Hunger is an organization that works with moving companies across the country who donate their time to deliver your food to a local food bank. Choose from their network of movers and donate your food here.
Goodwill prides itself on using revenue made from donated items to fund employment programs for veterans, seniors, single mothers and people with disabilities. There are over 165 Goodwill locations across the country where you can drop off your gently-used items. Learn how to donate here.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture and home accessories to the public at a fraction of the retail price. You can donate at several locations in the U.S. and all proceeds from your donated items will go to building homes and communities across the country.
When you donate gently-used furniture to the Salvation Army, the proceeds fund 142 Adult Rehabilitation Centers across the world. These centers provide housing, work opportunities and therapy for people struggling with addiction. Learn how to donate here.
Furniture Bank Association of North America
The Furniture Bank Association collects gently-used furniture and household items and provides them at little or no cost to families struggling to furnish their home, including those impacted by domestic abuse, homelessness, fire and other natural disasters. Find a furniture bank in your area here.
GreenDrop collects gently-used household items and sells them on behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the National Federation of the Blind. All proceeds from your donated items will go to organizations that support military veterans and the visually impaired. GreenDrop also provides a free Home Clean Out Concierge Service, where a representative will come to your home to pack your unwanted items and prepare them for pickup.
After you clean house, pack like a pro with our top packing and moving tips here.