This list is just a sampling of available opportunities – we can match your items to an appropriate charitable source.
Note that fair market value for all donated items should be discussed with your tax preparer. to find recycling locations

Phone: 708-388-7800
Accepts: Household goods, clothing, sport/exercise equipment, furniture, books, medical equipment (full list available on website)
Benefits: Veterans
Pickup: Yes 8AM-6PM, items must be at door by 7:30AM labeled Amvets
Drop off Mon – Sat 8AM – 5PM, Sun 9AM-5PM various locations

The Ark
Phone: 773-248-1117
Accepts: Kosher nonperishable food, in-dated Medication, Household items, furniture, clothing, appliances under ten years old
Benefits: Refugees of Eastern Europe
Pickup: Northern Suburbs only. Requires at least two large pieces of furniture to send truck.
Drop Off: Mon – Thurs 10AM – 6 PM, Fri 10AM – 4 PM Sun 10AM – 5 PM at 1302 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
First Sunday of month donations accepted at 3100 Dundee Road, Suite 204, Northbrook

Bridge to Success
Phone: 312-733-9742
Accepts: Men & Women’s professional and business casual clothing, coats and accessories (especially plus size, tall, and men’s shoes) Clothing must be clean and in good condition and on hangers
Benefits: Low/no-income men, women, and youth job-seekers
Drop off: 1236 S. Halsted, Chicago

Brown Elephant
Phone: 773-549-5943
Accepts: Clothing, wedding gowns, party wear, furniture, housewares, books, electronics, crutches, wheelchairs and walkers
Benefits: Howard Brown Health Center raising money for families and individuals without healthcare
Pickup: Yes
Drop Off: Daily 11AM – 530PM at 2 Chicago, 1 Oak Park location

Cancer Federation
Phone: 888-875-4066
Accepts: All clothing, accessories, furniture, kitchen items, housewares, electrical appliances smaller than a microwave, bedding, toys, bikes, sporting goods, books, music, movies, tools and hardware, yard tools
Benefits: American Cancer Society
Pick-up: 8AM-6PM, items must be at door by 7:30AM labeled CF

Cell Phones for Soldiers
Accepts: Cell phones
Benefits: Troops stationed overseas
Drop Off: Through the mail (free shipping)

Charity Pick-Up Services/ SAVERS
Phone: 877-337-3873
Accepts: Gently used clothing, shoes, toys and household items as well as small furniture. Driver must be able to carry items.
Special pickups from garage sales, estate sales, household downsizing and more.
Benefits: Vietnam Veterans of America and the Military Order of the Purple Heart
Pick Up available

Computers for Schools
Phone: 800-939-6000
Accepts: Computers and related equipment, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD Players, Video Game Consoles, Cell Phones. Hard drives will go thru digital data destruction.
Benefits: Schools and other nonprofits, both city and suburbs
Pickup: Yes –contact for details
Drop Off: 4734 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago Mon – Thurs 8AM – 5PM, Fri 8AM – 1130AM

Donation Town
A nationwide directory of charities that will pick up clothing, household goods, books, cds, toys and more – see website for specifics
website for tips on where/how to recycle

Encore and More
Phone: 847-853-8888
Accepts: Gently used men and women’s and children’s clothing, toys, jewelry, bric-a-brac, collectibles and small furniture.
Benefits: National Council for Jewish Women North Shore
Pickup: Yes, call for details
Drop Off: 1107 Central Street, Wilmette Mon – Sat 10AM -5PM

ERS International – Electronic Recycling
1500 Busch Parkway, Buffalo Grove
Phone: 847-537-4000
Hours: M-F 9-5
Drop off at location is free*
*1 tube tv per local household, addtl tv’s $20 each
*1 monitor per local household is free, addtl monitors $5 each
Pick up is available and priced competitively.
Computers, networking equipment, misc electronics and business equipment, batteries and more

Freecycle Network
Its all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills

Genesis Electronics Recycling
151 Hastings Drive, Buffalo Grove
Batteries, all obsolete or outdated Computers, Microwaves, Cameras and thousands of other devices commonly used in homes and offices.
6 large items, multiple small items for $95* including up to two console tvs , addtl tvs $15 each
*w/in a 15 mile radius of Buffalo Grove, if further, fuel surcharge of $1 per mile each way
No charge for drop off on electronic items other than tvs
M-F 630am – 3pm

Goodwill Industries
Phone: 888-353-6400
Accepts: Clothing, household items, furniture, computers.
Benefits: Training programs for the disabled
Drop Off: Various Locations 9AM-6PM An attendant will help you remove items from your car

Garment Collecting
All stores accept garments in any condition
Garments are sorted into re wear, reuse or recycle
Don’t let your fashion go to waste!

Habitat for Humanity
Accepts building materials, furniture, appliances.
Visit website for locations,

Home of the Sparrow
Benefits: Homeless women and their children in McHenry County & Northern IL
Accepts gently used clothing, furniture and household items.
Drop off at any of the Five “local” thrift stores M-F 10AM-7PM, Sat 1-AM-5PM

Hopeline from Verizon
 How to Donate:
In Person: Drop phones at any Verizon Wireless communications Store. To find a store visit the online store locator at:
By Mail: Print a postage-paid label at, adhere it to the box/envelope and mail. Review all shipping instructions carefully and include a return address on the label.
Benefits: Victims of domestic violence

Junior League of Evanston
Phone: 847-328-5778
Accepts: Business appropriate Women’s clothing that is current or timeless, like new or gently used items, clean and on hangers.
Benefits: J.L. operations and community outreach.
Drop off: J.L. Thrift House, 920 Chicago Ave, Evanston M-F 11-5, Sat 10-5
Pick up available:

Lamb’s Farm Thrift Shop
Phone: 847-327-9053
Accepts: New and gently used clothing, toys, furniture, jewelry, home décor, books, housewares, electronics and shoes.
Benefits: Residents of Lambs Farm
Drop Off: Tues – Sat 10AM – 3PM  14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville, IL

Lions Club Intl
Phone: 630-571-5466
Accepts: Eyeglasses, hearing Aides, Ink Cartridges, Cell Phones, Keys, Aluminum Cans/Tabs
Benefits: Visually and Hearing Impaired
Drop Off: Call for local sites, at some Walmart stores, or send by mail (300 W. 22nd Street, Oakbrook, IL 60523)

Merit School of Music
Accepting musical instruments in working order. Also able to coordinate a piano donation to a deserving student

Mt. Sinai Hospital Resale Shop
Phone: 773-935-1434
Accepts: Household goods, designer clothing, furs, small appliances, computers, cell phones and furniture. No mattresses/box springs
Benefits: Mt. Sinai Hospital
Pickup available for: mint condition furniture and other large items
Drop Off: 814 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL Mon, Weds, Thurs, Sat 10AM-5PM, Tues, Fri 10AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-4PM

ORT Thrift Shop
Phone: HP 847-433-1697, Evanston 847-864-6099
Accepts: Quality housewares, clothing, accessories and furniture
Benefits: ORT students’ worldwide
Pickup available for furniture items only in the Evanston area
Drop Off: in Evanston Mon – Sat 11:30AM – 6PM & Highland Park Mon-Sat 10AM-4PM

Poised for Success
Phone: 630-691-1455
Accepts: Women’s in-season or timeless design business appropriate attire on hangers, and accessories
Benefits: Women in the job market
Drop Off: Second Saturday of every month 10AM-1PM 312 S. Westmore/Meyers Rd. Lombard

Purple Heart Veterans
Phone: 708-396-8995
Accepts: Household items, clothing and gently used shoes, No children’s car seats, high chairs, cribs or other items that are sold with safety instructions
Benefits: Veterans and their families
Pickup: Visit their website:

Salvation Army
Phone: 888-574-2587
Accepts: Clothing, furniture and other resalable items including motorized vehicles
Benefits: Provides services to people in need in Greater Chicago, Northern IL and Northwestern IN
Pickup: call 1-800-728-7825
Drop Off: Call for location nearest you

Sarah’s Circle
Phone: 773-728-1991×303
Accepts: In kind donations of toiletries, books, art supplies.
Benefits: Women who are homeless or at risk
Drop Off: 4750 N. Sheridan Road, Suite 220
Any day (except holidays) between 9:30AM -5PM
Call ahead and someone will help you carry your items

The Sharing Connection
Phone: 630-971-0565
Visit website for full list of acceptable items to donate
Benefits: families that are struggling with poverty, fire, flood, job loss, domestic violence relocation, Veterans and more
Pickup: For Furniture only Mon – Thurs
Drop off: Mon – Fri 9AM-3PM, Sat 9AM – noon, closed Sun
5111Chase Ave, Downers Grove

One of the largest recyclers of used goods in the world
Accepting clothing, media, housewares, furniture
330 locations worldwide for drop off
Pick up also available
visit:, click donating or

Soles 4 Souls
Phone: 866-521-SHOE
Accepts: Shoes
Benefits: Low-income families around the globe
Drop Off: Various Locations

The Sports Shed
Accepts: Gently used sporting equipment
Benefits: Sports programs for under-resourced areas
Drop off Locations in Libertyville, Mundelein and Vernon Hills

The Stuff Stop
Phone: 314-221-5232
A FREE nationwide community resource website that provides information to match up your stuff with local charities, ministries and companies that connect your stuff with people in need
Info is also provided that will enable you to recycle or dispose of your unwanted stuff in a green way rather than having it end up in a landfill Valet service trading pre-owned kids items, books and DVDs by packing items into a box & send it via UPS
Learn about websites to swap books, dvd’s, cd’s video games and more

World Computer Exchange
Accepts: Pentium 4 Computers and  hardware,  working CRT large screen monitors (see website for specifics), webcams, digital cameras, USB thumb drives, modems, cell phones, printers
Benefits: Schools and institutions in 44 different developing countries
Pickup: Yes for 8 or more computers only
Drop Off: 9717 S. Damen Ave Chicago, IL

Zealous Good
Connects people with items to donate with local charities that need them most.
Fill out a brief form online and info will be provided to you on what to do next.