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Have an item you’d like to donate to a nonprofit agency? The Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s "Hotlink" may be just the resource you are looking for!

We send our weekly Hotlink email list of items available for donation to the 1,000+ agencies registered with us. Interested organizations then contact you directly to arrange pick up. Good items usually go fast! As one recent donor noted, "Your newsletter is a great resource. Over the past three years, we have been able to donate bedroom furniture, folding tables and chairs, a rototiller, and now the computer! All went within a day or so of the newsletter's publication!"

We list donations of home and office furniture, equipment, medical equipment, and much more. All items must be in good condition or better. We do not include clothing, books, televisions (except flat-screen TVs), or food. (See the bottom of this page for lists of organizations that may accept these items.)

If you would like to list items for donation, please email the following information to

  • a brief description of the item
  • the condition of the item (must be in good condition or better)
  • the city where the donation will be picked up
  • how you would like to be contacted (email and/or phone)

Information Regarding Tax Deductions: In order for donors to deduct the value of a charitable donation from their taxes, the organization receiving the donation must be considered a qualified organization by the IRS. Organizations are required to provide the donor with a receipt acknowledging the donation. The receipt should include the name and address of the organization, along with the date and a description of the item donated. This can be in the format of a letter on the organization's letterhead.

While the majority of organizations in our database are nonprofit or government organizations qualified to receive donations, some are not. There are some for-profit nursing homes registered with us, as well as some nonprofits such as sports clubs that may not be qualified to receive donations. If you have a question about the suitability of the organization, you can email us or use the IRS's online organization check tool.

More information about charitable donations can be found in IRS Publication 526: Charitable Contributions. This document also includes information about how to calculate the value of donated goods.

Quick Guide to Organizations that Receive Donated Goods:

Books: Friends of the Library of Montgomery County has three locations where you can drop off books. Velocity of Books also accepts a wide variety of books, audiobooks, and magazines for people of all ages. Email Carolyn Thompson or call 301-674-3056 for more information. 

Furniture and Household Items: These local nonprofits--as well as others listed in the chart below--accept furniture and other household goods:

  • Habitat for Humanity's ReStore accepts furniture, appliances, building materials (and may be able to work with you when remodeling or demolishing a home to remove salvagable items). 
  • Family Services Inc., through its Upscale Resale thrift store, accepts furniture, electronics, artwork, and other household items as part of its aim to improve the lives of people living with serious mental illness. Pickup service available.
  • A Wider Circle accepts furniture and household items to help furnish the homes of neighbors in need. 

Medical Equipment: Donors have found new homes for their medical equipment through these resources:

  • Medical Loan Closet of the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew generally accepts walkers, bedside commodes, crutches, canes, wheelchairs. motorized carts, disposable underwear, dressings, prescription formulas, knee immobilizers, enteral feeding, and stoma suppies/equipment. Contact Marilee Tollefson, 301-384-4394 or
  • DC Shares provides accepts manual wheelchairs, walkers, and other items, which the organization provides to DC residents with an income of less than $20,000 annually.
  • Some local fire stations accept crutches, wheelchairs, and related equipment for loan to area residents.

Clothing, Toiletries, Sports Equipment, and More: The following organizations accept donations of clothing and other items (as outlined here) in good condition: 

Organization Name

Location / Phone

Types of Items Accepted

A Wider Circle 9159-C Brookville Road 
Silver Spring 
men and women's professional clothes (suits, dresses, blazers, dress pants, skirts), furniture, linens, household items, infant supplies, toiletries, non-perishable food

Abused Persons Program

1301 Piccard Drive

adult and children's clothing

The Arc Montgomery County's
Urban Thrift
10730 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

adult’s and children’s clothing and shoes, furniture, lamps, linens, household items, books, CDs, DVDs, DVD and CD players, sports equipment, toys, electronics, appliances and tools.

Auted, Inc. 

Germantown, MD                    Phone: 800-442-1938              Phone: 301-793-9333 

used automotive tools and equipment in good condition.

Baby’s Bounty

15729 Crabbs Branch Way

playpens, car seats (new), diaper bags, infant clothing, supplies, toys

Bethesda Cares

7728 Woodmont Avenue

food, clothing, computers

Carroll House Men's Shelter

9625 Dewitt Drive
Silver Spring

food, toiletries, household items, linens

Goodwill of Greater Washington

619 South Frederick Avenue

clothing, furniture, computers, linens, cars, boats, household items, books, DVD and VCR players and disks/cassettes, sports equipment, toys, electronics

Dorothy Day Place

251 N Stonestreet Avenue

women's clothing

Dress for Success

101 Q Street NE
Washington, DC

dry-cleaned contemporary women's suits, gently used shoes, blouses, accessories (by appointment only)

Ethiopian Community Development Council

8121 Georgia Ave., Suite 800
Silver Spring

large furniture (couches, bed frames, mattresses)

Interfaith Clothing Center

751 Twinbrook Parkway
(former Broome Middle School)

clothing, shoes, small household items, toys, children's books, linens, school supplies, infant supplies, calculators, toiletries

International Rescue Committee

8719 Colesville Road, Floor 3
Silver Spring

new or gently used clothing for all ages, baby items, household goods, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies, small furniture items

Leveling the Playing Field 

9170 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

used or new sports equipment 

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless

600-B East Gude Drive

new men's clothing, household items, toiletries, cleaning products

Master Gardeners of Montgomery County Derwood 
gardening tools and equipment in good condition (rakes, shovels, hoses, planters, 5 gallon buckets, etc.)

Montgomery County Women's Shelter


new or gently used clothing for women, shoes, jewelry, accessories, computers, TVs, DVD players

National Center for Children & Families/Greentree Shelter 6301 Greentree Road Bethesda
household items, clothing, computers, furniture, automobiles, toiletries, cleaning supplies, school supplies, infant supplies, books (no textbooks, encyclopedias), sports equipment
Organization for Advancement and Service to Individuals with Special Needs

Gaithersburg, MD

farm equipment and supplies

Rainbow Place for Women

Rockville Presbyterian Church
215 W Montgomery Avenue

sweat suits, pajamas, winter accessories, umbrellas, flip flops, toiletries, individual packs of pain relievers

Shepherd’s Table

8210-A Colonial Lane
Silver Spring

safety razors, toiletries, gently used clothing, shoes, blankets, stamps, non-perishable food

Stepping Stones Shelter Rockville


clothing, household items

Suited for Change

1010 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 420
Washington, DC 

new or nearly new women's professional attire on hangers (suits, dresses, blazers, dress pants, skirts, jewelry, shoes, scarves, purses, briefcases)

Upscale Resale/Family Services Inc.

15130 Frederick Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Clothing and household items

Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program

1301 Piccard Drive

cell phones and toiletries

Wells Robertson House

One Wells Avenue

household items, comforters, business attire, linens

Clothing/Textiles, Electronics, Appliances, and Other Items for Recycling: Have items that organizations aren't interested in as donations? The county's Shady Grove Transfer Station accepts a variety of materials for recycling, including clean, dry clothing/textiles, old appliances, and electronics. Click here for more information.

                Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station        Open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                Public Unloading Facility                                                      Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   
                16101 Frederick Road, Rockville                                           Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

If you have items that are too large for you to take to the transfer station, you may be eligible to request a scrap metal or bulk trash pickup. Call 311 for more information or to request a pickup.

Additional Avenues: Many donors have also had luck listing their items on Freecycle or Craigslist, or even selling phones and other small electronics through online trade-in programs operated by Amazon, Best Buy, and Gazelle.