Donate/Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in making a positive impact in the fight to combat homelessness. Your contributions will greatly benefit our providers and provide comfort and help to people experiencing homelessness.

Donations

The Office of Homeless Services is currently accepting new sweatpants, hats, and gloves for men for the winter season. New items only may be dropped off at:

Roosevelt Darby Center
802 N. Broad Street
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Listed below are current links to the donation pages of the OHS providers who together end homelessness for thousands of Philadelphians every year. There you will find information on how to donate to the provider and the items they are currently accepting. This list only indicates in-kind donations for providers. Please contact the providers to coordinate the drop off of the items.

ProvidersWebsite
Action Wellnesshttps://www.actionwellness.org/donate/easy-ways-to-support-action-wellness/
Bethesda Projecthttps://static1.squarespace.com/static/58480f0e197aeacfc6654038/t/5942bcb8a5790a9157b503b0/1497545915033/Donation+Guide.pdf
Dignity Housinghttp://dignityhousing.org/donate-3/
Drueding Centerhttp://www.druedingcenter.org/InKindWishList
Episcopal Community Serviceshttps://ecsphilly.org/get-involved-2/donate-goods/
Families Forward Philadelphiahttps://familiesforwardphilly.org/thank-you-for-your-donation/donate/
Horizon Househttps://www.hhinc.org/ways-to-give/
Northern Children's Serviceshttp://northernchildren.org/in-kind-donations/
Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospital Networkhttp://philashelter.org/index.php/how-to-help/recycle-used-goods/
Pathways to Housing PAhttps://pathwaystohousingpa.secure.nonprofitsoapbox.com/makeadonation
PathWays PAhttp://www.pathwayspa.org/index.php/donate-2/items-needed/
People's Emergency Centerhttps://www.pec-cares.org/donations.html
Philabundancehttps://www.philabundance.org/get-involved/donate-food/
Project HOMEhttps://projecthome.org/how-to-help/kind-donations
Resources for Human Developmenthttps://www.rhd.org/make-a-difference/
SELF, Inc.http://www.selfincorp.org/get_involved
St. Francis Inn Ministrieshttp://stfrancisinn.org/volunteer/donation-needs/?doing_wp_cron=1539720197.4121661186218261718750
St. John’s Hospicehttp://saintjohnshospice.org/give-back/wish-list/
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Missionhttps://sundaybreakfast.org/ways-to-give/give-in-kind/
The Veterans Grouphttp://www.theveteransgroup.org/donate/
Utility Emergency Services Fundhttp://uesfacts.org/support-uesf/
Whosoever Gospel Missionhttp://www.whosoevergospel.org/wp/donate-items/
Women Against Abusehttp://www.womenagainstabuse.org/donate/donate-goods

Here are additional providers who will happily accept donations of the items they have listed.

Achieveability

Please contact Development@achieveability.org

Website: https://www.achieveability.org/

  • Blankets and bedding
  • Pots and pans
  • Cleaning supplies: broom, mops, buckets, cleaning products
  • Dishes and cups
  • Small appliances: toasters, microwaves, etc
  • Diapers

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha for Everyone (APM)

Please contact 267-507-7988 or kathy.cruz@apmphila.org

Website: http://apmphila.org/

  • Warm clothing
  • Toys

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha for Everyone – 4301 Rising Sun Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19140

Please contact (267) 953-4614

  • Winter clothes
  • Coats
  • Hygiene products
  • Shoes

Chosen 300 Ministries

Please contact: admin@chosen300.org

Phone: 215-243-0300 or 215-765-9806

Website: http://chosen300.org

  • New and gently used clothing, brand new toiletries as well as paper products.
  • Paper products including, but not limited to napkins, paper towels, paper plates, paper/plastic cups, plastic forks, knives and spoons, 50-gallon trash bags, bleach, and Clorox all-purpose cleaner.

Drop-off locations:

  • Chosen 300 Center City
    1116 Spring Garden Street
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Chosen 300 West
    3959 Lancaster Avenue
    Philadelphia

Covenant House Pennsylvania

Please contact: Development@covenanthousepa.org

Website: http://covenanthousepa.org/

We ask that items be brand new. Professional Attire can be gently-used and dry cleaned.

Daily Needs

  • Washcloths & Towels Twin Sheets and Blankets Pillow Cases
  • Hygiene Products (Full/Travel Size)
  • Men’s and Women’s Socks Women’s Underwear & Bras (all sizes) Men’s Underwear (all sizes) Men’s and Women’s T-shirts (all sizes) Thermals for Men and Women (all sizes –Winter only)

Outreach

  • Bottled Water, Drawstring Bags/Book Bags
  • Canned Vegetables/Soup (tab to open) Easy Mac and Cheese Pasta/Rice Peanut Butter & Jelly Hats, Gloves & Scarves (Winter only)
  • Gift Cards: (Visa, Target, Wal-Mart, Supermarkets, McDonalds)

Education/Vacation

  • Blouses Skirts Dress Shirts Ties/Belts Suits (M/F) Dress Shoes (M/F) Dress Pants (M/F)
  • Book Bags, Notebooks, Pens/Pencils, Non-Slip Shoes, Highlighters Markers 3 Ring Binders Folders, Loose Leaf Paper, Laptops (College), Flash Drives Headphones, Umbrellas/Ponchos

Grace Cafe Meal Serve program at Arch Street UMC

Website: http://archstreetumc.org/

Only accepts donations that are scheduled with us before the collection and drop-off occur. People need to email gracecafephilly@gmail.com for more information before a donation can be accepted and then a drop-off is scheduled.

  • Brand new, plain, packaged underwear for men and women size M-XXXL
  • Brand new travel sized hand lotions, Vaseline, & Chapstick Brand
  • New men’s winter socks

Friends Rehabilitation Program

Please contact info@frpinc.org

Website: http://friends-frp.com/

  • Men’s clothing (business attire) for interviews

Methodist Services

Please contact Carole Boughter, Director of Development Methodist Services via cboughter@methodistservices.org

Website: http://www.methodistservices.org/

All New!

  • Toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Women’s underwear (all sizes)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry detergent
  • Linens – sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases (twin or double size)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower caps and shower shoes
  • Warm-weather clothing, such as sweatpants, sweatshirts, coats, hats, scarves, gloves (men’s and women’s)

My Place Germantown (Horizon House Inc.)

Please contact Andrene Grizzle 215-848-2892

Website: http://myplacegermantown.org/index.html

  • Men’s coats, scarves, hats, and socks.

Old First Reformed UCC

Please call our office number: 215-922-4566, office email is:  admin@oldfirstucc.org, and the Outreach Coordinator’s email is: athomas@oldfirstucc.org

Website: https://oldfirstucc.org/

  • Currently accepting donations for our men’s clothing cupboard, which happens every Saturday. We accept clothing donations such as pants, shirts, sweaters, jackets, and toiletries.

Pathways to Housing

Our participants move into their homes with very little. They receive basic furniture from our Furniture Bank and bring the clothing and personal items they’ve been able to carry from place to place as they sleep unsheltered (sometimes for decades). We provide necessitates but often don’t have the resources to provide a full move in kit for each participant. Donations of the following (brand new) items would allow every participant to have what they need to feel truly at home in their new apartment.

  • Alarm clocks
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bath towels and washcloths
  • Bathroom rug
  • Bed pillows
  • Bleach
  • Brooms and dust pans
  • Can openers
  • Coffee makers
  • Comforters or blankets
  • Cooking utensils
  • Dinnerware sets
  • Drinking glasses and coffee mugs
  • Drying racks for dishes
  • Flatware sets
  • Food storage containers
  • Gift cards to Target, Walmart, etc.
  • Full sheet sets
  • Kitchen and bathroom trash cans
  • Kitchen towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Non-slip shower mat
  • Plungers and toilet brushes
  • Pot and pan sets
  • Shower curtains and hooks
  • Swiffer mop & supplies

We accept donation drop offs between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday at our office: 5201 Old York Road, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19141
Download our flyer or our food donation list.

If you’d like to organize a collection drive, Sign up Genius is a great software program that helps to coordinate and organize drives to put together move-in kits. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to pick up donations.

Please contact our Development team at development@pathwaystohousingpa.org or 215.390.1500 x1510 with any questions.

Potter’s House Mission

Please contact pottershousem@aol.com

Website:  http://www.pottershousemission.org/

  • New bed linen for twin size beds (Bedspreads, pillow cases, pillows, fitted sheets and top sheets),
  • Towels, face cloths and hand towels,
  • Pots and pans (new), silverware and plates

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley

Please contact 856-854-4660 x137

Website: https://www.voadv.org/

Clothing

New clothes are preferred.  However, gently used is accepted as well. Please clean/wash all items before donating them.

  • Current weather appropriate clothes; coats for the winter, shorts for the summer, etc.
  • Emphasis is put on interview attire. (Button down shirts, blouses, slacks, khakis, dress shoes, ties, etc.)
  • No clothes with rips, tears, stains, or strong odors (smoke, pets)
  • No shoes that are visibly dirty or with torn soles.
  • Underwear must be new and packaged.

Household items

  • Small appliances, cooking instruments and utensils, décor, pots and pans, cups, dishes, laundry baskets, food containers, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries; shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, soap, lotion, shower gel, dental products, deodorant, etc.
  • Any bedding/blanket donations must be new.

Food

  • Non perishables

Youth Service Inc.

Before any donations are accepted, it would be best if the potential donor contacted me at dbrightcliffe@ysiphila.org or 215-222-3262 ext. 1029 to schedule a time to drop off the donations, plan a donation drive, etc.

Website: http://ysiphilly.org/

PROGRAM: Youth Emergency Service Teen Shelter
GENDER: Girls and Boys AGE RANGE: 12 – 17 yrs old

TOILETRY ITEMS

  • Shower Caps
  • Shower Shoes
  • Large bathroom towels
  • Washcloths
  • Full size shower gels
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush Holders
  • Full size Mouthwash
  • Full size Shampoo
  • Full size Conditioner
  • Combs
  • Hairbrushes
  • Hair Gel
  • Full size Lotion
  • Male & Female Deodorant (no aerosols)
  • Soap dishes

CLOTHING (ALL SIZES) NOTE: WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT NEW CLOTHING ITEMS FOR TEENS

  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Bras
  • Robes
  • Socks
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Coats

HOUSING ITEMS

  • Bed sheets (twin size)
  • Quilts/Comforters (twin size)
  • Pillows
  • Hangers

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Board games
  • Books

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

  • Umbrellas
  • Duffle bags
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

PROGRAM: Crisis Nursery
GENDER: Girls and Boys AGE RANGE: Birth – 5 yrs old

  • Car seats/booster seats
  • Winter hats and gloves
  • Twin Stroller
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby wash
  • Pampers (all sizes) 4-6 Sizes
  • Infant bassinet
  • Baby wipes
  • Washcloths
  • Pajamas sizes 5T-12 boys & girls
  • Bath towels
  • Boys sneaks & girls sneakers/shoes sizes 6-1
  • Pacifiers
  • Clear storage bins
  • Sheets for cribs and toddler beds
  • Twin bed sheets
  • Sock

PROGRAMS: Family-Based Services
GENDER: Girls and Boys AGE RANGE: Children and Adults

  • Uniform clothes (khaki and black pants/collared
  • shirts) or gift cards for uniforms
  • Bed sheets/comforters (twin, full, queen sizes)
  • Baby clothes (newborn to 12months)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Onesies/undershirts
  • Pots/pans
  • Crib sheets
  • Lamps
  • Baby bouncers
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Strollers
  • High chairs

PROGRAM: Community Navigator (Housing for Youth Collaborative)
GENDER: Girls and Boys AGE RANGE: 18 – 25 yrs old

TOILETRY ITEMS

  • Shower Shoes
  • Large bathroom towels
  • Washcloths
  • Travel size shower gels
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush Holders
  • Travel size Mouthwash
  • Travel size Shampoo
  • Travel size Conditioner
  • Combs
  • Hairbrushes
  • Full size Lotion
  • Male & Female Deodorant (no aerosols)
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Shaving equipment/shaving cream
  • Laundry Detergent

CLOTHING (ALL SIZES) NOTE: WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT NEW CLOTHING ITEMS FOR TEENS

  • Underwear
  • Bras
  • Socks
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Coats
  • Interview Clothing Male and Female

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

  • Umbrellas and ponchos
  • Duffle bags
  • Gift Cards for haircuts
  • Gift Cards for laundry
  • Gift Cards for clothing/shoes
  • New quilts and sheets

Volunteer

If you have an interest in volunteering with one of the OHS providers, please reach out to them individually. You can find a list for all of the OHS providers here: http://philadelphiaofficeofhomelessservices.org/find-a-place-to-stay/emergency-housing/provider-network/

You can also find volunteer opportunities posted by OHS providers here: https://serve.volunteermatch.org/


 

Thank you again for taking part in the fight to end homelessness in Philadelphia.