Sometimes, the simplest way to deal with moving furniture to a new location is to not move it at all. It’s always nice to buy new things for a brand new home, and sometimes it even ends up costing more to have the long distance movers deal with them than to buy new. Other times, while you truly don’t wish to part with certain items, they just don’t fit in your new home. Whatever the case, donating furniture to charity is a great solution for used household items and there are numerous charities throughout the country that will take these furnishings off your hands.
Before you say it’s just easier to just stick it by the curb, remember your donation of furniture could make an immense impact on someone’s life. That old couch might be too worn out for your taste, but to a recovering addict, homeless person or struggling family, it could be the nicest thing they’ve ever sat or slept on. You may also be saying that since you don’t have a truck, you can’t deliver your stuff to the organization. Well, no more excuses. There are plenty of charities that pick up furniture across the country so you don’t have to lift a finger to do a good deed.
This list will tell you where to donate furniture and have it picked up from your home- you can also just think of it as free furniture removal:
Disabled individuals and those with minimal education or job experience can be empowered to earn a decent living with Goodwill. This charity is more than a century old and provides free job training as well as employment placement. This all amounts to stronger communities, as a community is only as strong as its weakest link. Items you donate help in two ways. First, furniture can be purchased by people at a Goodwill shop which they may not otherwise be able to afford. Second, the cash earned through sales helps fund job training and community-based programs. There are more than 2,700 donation locations in North America and the vast majority of them has a truck. All you have to do is use the Goodwill Locator on their website to find one near you, and call to schedule a pickup.
With more than 7,000 locations in the United States, chances are pretty good there is one near you. Even if the center nearest to you doesn’t have a store, it will still pick up furniture. If there is not a family on their list in need of the item you are donating, the driver will take it to the closest store. This religious organization reaches out to drug addicts, at-risk youth, the elderly, victims of human trafficking and natural disaster victims. It also provides meals and gifts to families in need around the holidays.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity helps make decent and affordable living a reality. The charity has ReStores, which sell furniture, appliances and building materials to the public. Proceeds from sales go towards funding the building and repair of homes by the organization. Donation pickup is offered once a week. You simply need to call the location closest to you and schedule a pick up for your items.
Vietnam Veterans of America
The Vietnam Veterans of America organization’s mission is to ensure all U.S. military vets receive quality healthcare. The charity operates thrift stores across the country and will happily accept just about any gently used items you interested in donating. Find the office near you and schedule a pickup. If you cannot be home the day of the pickup, you can move the item somewhere visible outside (weather permitting), and the driver will even leave you a donation receipt.
Hope Services strives to change the lives of people with developmental and learning disorders. There are a number of different programs for children, adults, and the elderly that range from providing assistance with daily personal hygiene tasks to providing an education to operating health-related programs. This charity operates only in California.
The National Furniture Bank Association
The National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA) is a nonprofit organization which provides furniture to families struggling financially or transitioning from homelessness across the U.S. and Canada. The NFBA has a list of local donation centers in the U.S., many of which can pick up donated furniture from your house. The organization, which aids over 100,000 families every year, accepts gently used furniture and certain household goods. Items accepted for donation include mattresses, couches, tables, and chairs as well as kitchen items like dishes, pots, and pans, utensils and cutlery.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a non-profit organization which gives children of all ages across the nation the opportunity to meaningfully connect with a supportive adult in ways which will inspire and empower them. It is among the earliest and largest youth mentoring organizations in America. The organization operates thrift stores which help fund their mentoring programs, so when you donate used furniture to this organization you know it will directly impact a child’s life. In most locations, a pickup can be set up easily.