Tomorrow, July 15, we will be celebrating a wonderful, unsung holiday, National Give Something Away Day. It’s a day that reminds us to give back to our communities and those in need.
There are many ways in which you can give back. Whether you decide to pay it forward and pay for someone else’s meal or groceries, donate unused items you no longer use, donate blood, or just buy someone some flowers. This is a great day that reminds us that we don’t necessarily need to spend money, or exorbitant amounts of money, to be able to give back. Take the time to clean out the rooms in your homes, garages, storage lockers, etc. and see what items you have that would benefit someone else more.
Once you decide what you want to donate, where should you go? The following list are just a few places where you can donate all of your unused goods.
Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh
There are Goodwill stores all over Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Donating your stuff is as easy as taking it to a drop-off center. Not only do they accept clothing and home goods, but they will also accept books, computers, all types of automobiles, motorcycles, boats, etc. All you have to do is ask if they will accept the item.
Vietnam Veterans of America
This organization makes the donation process extraordinarily easy. They have trucks that will come and pick up your household items. They will not pick up large furniture, however, smaller items like clothing, small appliances and furniture, etc., they will pick up. All of your items go towards helping veterans of the Vietnam War. Call to schedule a pick up and make sure your items are easily accessible. You don’t even have to be home in order for them to pick up your goods.
Washington City Mission
Washington City Mission is passionate about providing clothing, shelter, and food to the homeless and those in need. Located in Washington County, this mission is always happy to accept clothing, smaller home goods, furniture, and even automobiles. The most in demand items however, are children’s clothing and winter coats. There are several drop off locations to donate your stuff or you can call them to set up a home pick-up.
Free Ride is committed to teaching people about bicycle repair and maintenance, and promoting bicycle use. Located in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh, they accept all types of bikes, parts, and accessories. By recycling your bikes, old parts, and accessories, you are helping to keep them from sitting in landfills. You can donate in two ways. When the shop is open, Free Ride accepts all donations. However, when the shop is closed, Construction Junction (see below) will accept all donations on their behalf.
Dress For Success
Dress For Success’ focus is to empower women to achieve success and independence by providing support networks, professional clothing, and developmental lessons. Their vision is to create a world “where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.” How can you get involved? First, you can donate your gently- used clothing which helps boost women’s confidence and get them set up to achieve success at interviews and future jobs. Second, you can donate your money, which is used to finance great developmental programs for women who are striving to become financially independence. Third, volunteer your time working with these women, planning events, teaching, inventory, picking up donations, etc.
Hopeline Cell Phone Donation
Hopeline collects old cell phones, accessories, chargers, and batteries in all conditions and from any service providers. These phones are for survivors of domestic violence. Many survivors are unable to use their old phones and so your unused phone will go towards helping these survivors get back on their feet. There are a few ways to help. You can donate your own unused, old phones at any Verizon Wireless retail store. Or, you could host a phone drive, collecting phones from everyone in your office, at your gym, from friends and friends, etc.
Did you just clean out your garage or shed and find a bunch of unused building materials that are wasting away? Well, now there is a place to take those unused items. Also located in Point Breeze, (point of fact: Free Ride is located within Construction Junction) Construction Junction is a retail store that is committed to providing affordable building materials for low-income families and help protect the environment. If you have large materials, they also have a free pick up service, all you have to do is call and set up a time to have your items picked up.
Light of Life
Located right down the street from Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side, Light of Life is dedicated to providing a place for the hungry and homeless to be taken care of and learning how to turn their lives around. They provide programs that are designed to equip those in need with the education, resources, and stability needed to gain employment and housing. Light of Life provides a safe space for women and children escaping abuse and helps them get the counseling they need, and provides education and shelter. They are also committed to helping people who are homeless because of mental illness. They are always accepting clothing, food, and volunteers.
All of these organizations are committed to not only helping people in their times of greatest need, but also protecting the environment and education. Don’t forget to celebrate National Give Something Away Day tomorrow, July 15!