Where can I donate in Austin? List of Where & What for Donations

Places in Austin to Donate Various Items

Your first thought may be to drive it over to Goodwill, and that’s great. They accept most household items, clothing, books and media, toys, and anything you’d find in a garage or attic. But maybe you’d like to explore an alternative nearest donation center or donatrion drop off in Austin where you can donate your stuff.

Where can I donate my stuff?

We have broken down the best charities to donate clothes and household items by category of things they accept as donations.  This first list is “General Goods”. Many of these are places that accept furniture donations.

Easter Seals

Easterseals Central Texas is proud to be a partner with Austin area Savers Thrift Stores. We collect donations of clothing, household items and small furniture through scheduled pick-ups, donation bin sites, and clothing drives. Items can also be dropped off at Austin area Saver’s Thrift Stores. Every time you donate reusable clothing and household items either to Easterseals Central Texas or directly to Savers Thrift Stores, it benefits our mission of promoting independence and creating opportunities for people with disabilities. LINK

Goodwill Central Texas

Residential, commercial, and all Group Bulk Pick-Ups have been temporarily suspended. However, you may donate curbside through our Clothing & Housewares Curbside Collection program. We appreciate every donation. We apologize that we are unable to accept mattresses, box springs, paint, hazardous material or tube TVs.  LINK

Manos de Cristo

The mission of Manos de Cristo is to empower low-income individuals with a loving hand of assistance and without regard to age, gender, race, or religious preference. Manos de Cristo promotes dignity and self-reliance by meeting basic needs with food and clothing, providing essential oral care, and furthering educational development. LINK

Manos de Cristo, 4911 Harmon Avenue, Austin, TX 78751 Phone: (512) 477-7454

Salvation Army Austin

When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at our Thrift Stores. And the proceeds are used to fund our Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those struggling with drugs and alcohol find help, hope, and a second chance at life. As one of the largest disaster relief organizations in the country, The Salvation Army recognizes the need to be prepared. We educate other first responders and the public about how to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and aid in the development of emergency disaster plans. LINK

SafePlace

Particularly during a time of crisis, we rely on community in-kind donations to help us provide basic needs, clothing, and household items to assist survivors and their families. We could not do the work we do without your ongoing support – so from all of us at SAFE, thank you. All new or like-new in-kind donations, which serve a client need, go directly on the shelves in the SAFE donation warehouse for clients and advocates to select. There is no charge to SAFE clients to accept the items you donate. LINK

The SAFE Alliance, P.O. Box 19454, Austin, TX 78760, 512-267-7233

The Settlement Home

Each year, more than 10,000 shoppers flock to The Settlement Home for Children’s Annual Garage & Estate Sale at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road) to get their hands on unique items and bargain-priced merchandise. Shoppers browse in our 21 different “departments,” such as clothing, shoes, jewelry, toys, furniture, books, linen, art, holiday items and so much more. All proceeds go to The Settlement Home for Children. The 45th Annual Garage & Estate Sale will take place November 6–8, 2020 at the Palmer Events Center. LINK

The Settlement Home for Children, 1600 Payton Gin Road, Austin, Texas 78758, (512) 836-2150

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store offers a variety of items including clothes, furniture, household goods, toys, electronics, and accessories. We help those in need by providing them clothes and household items. We are also a donation drop-off center where we accept gently used items. Revenue generated from sales supports our programs that help those in need in our community. The Society has thrifts stores in Austin and Bryan. Contact your local store to schedule a donation pickup. LINK

Austin Society of St. Vincent de Paul Store ,901 W. Braker Lane,Austin, Texas 78758, (512) 442-5652

Treasure City Thrift

At Treasure City, we believe that thrift stores by definition should be thrifty. So we are. By selling items in our store at lower prices than other local retail and thrift shops, we are affordable to all, opening our doors to a truly diverse set of folks. And unlike other thrift stores, we work towards zero-waste: we throw away as little as possible, we partner with Ecology Action to recycle whatever we can, and we give away unsold items each month at the Really Really Free Market. We are a constantly evolving hybrid of many things. LINK

Treasure City Thrift, 2142 E. 7th St. Austin TX 78702,(512) 524-2820

Top Drawer Thrift

(supports Project Transitions)

Top Drawer Thrift, 4902 Burnet Rd  Austin, TX 78756, (512) 454-5161.

Specific Donations

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The ReStore and the donations received play a key part in how Austin Habitat for Humanity builds homes with local families. We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we navigate the best way to keep our staff and donors safe while also supporting our mission. LINK

ReStore Austinm 500 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Austin Creative Reuse

Austin Creative Reuse accepts donations and promotes the use of items and materials for reuse in creative projects. Austin Creative Reuse collects clean and reusable supplies for the creative community in Austin.  Organize your donations prior to bringing them in. A little goes a long way!Secure items such as yarn, thread, ribbon, etc. Bag loose items such as pom poms, beads, paper clips, etc. Bundle like items together. LINK

Austin Creative Reuse, 2005 Wheless Lane, Austin, TX 78723, (512) 375-3041 

Austin Partners in Education

Make a difference in your community by providing school supplies, equipment, other essential items or partnering with a local school today. In addition to fostering volunteer partnerships and school supply drives, APIE’s partner portal facilitated approximately $20,000 worth of in-kind donations to Austin ISD schools. LINK

Imagine Art

Imagine Art is a beautiful place of purpose, a place where artists gather to experience restoration in God’s Presence.  It is a place where they receive provision and opportunity to be who they were created to be.  Our long-range vision seeks to establish a live-work residential community where artists live, work, play and pray together.  Help to become who we were created to “bee”. LINK

Imagine Art, 2830 Real Street Austin, TX 78722

Recycled Reads for Austin Libraries

Recycled Reads receives all of Austin Public Library’s discarded material, as well as donations from the public. We sell, recycle or repurpose this material, and all our proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library. The bookstore accepts anything printed or recorded, except magazines as well as e-readers and tablets. For the safety of our staff and volunteers, donated items should be in sturdy grocery bags or standard sized boxes that you do not mind parting with. If the quantity to be donated is more than 10 boxes, please call to make an appointment. LINK

Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX, 78756

Inside Books Project

Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 140,000 people are incarcerated. Give your gently used books a second life by donating them to Inside Books Project. Prisoners request specific books and educational material and volunteers match those requests with books donated from our community. LINK

Inside Books Project has a drop box at 3106 East 14 1/2 Street, Austin TX 78702.

BookSpring

We are the only Central Texas charitable organization focusing on building literacy skills and the motivation to read through increasing book ownership and reading activities for children at home. Books in the home build successful futures. Your gift will create positive experiences for children and their families through reading aloud and book ownership. LINK

BookSpring, 2006 Greenbrook Parkway, Austin, TX 78723, (512) 472-1791

Ronald McDonald House Vehicle Donation Program

Did you know that you can donate a car, truck, RV or boat to RMHC CTX and the proceeds from the sale of this donation supports our families? Your unused or unwanted vehicle can be sold to support our programs that help keep families close to their hospitalized children. What can I donate? Cars, trucks, RVs or boats are considered acceptable vehicles for donation. LINK

Easter Seals Car Donation Program

Donate your used car, van, truck, boat with a trailer, or recreational vehicle to Easterseals Central Texas, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. ree Towing whether it’s running or not, you can donate your automobile anywhere in the U.S. Eliminate the hassle of repairing, advertising, and selling your car by letting courteous, trained staff handle all the details. Qualify for an IRS Tax deduction. Rest assured that your donation directly supports our programs and services. Maximize Your Car Donation Tax Deduction in Moments. LINK

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans. Your contributions keep troops and families connected by providing military members with precious talk time through our Minutes That Matter program. LINK

Habitat for Humanity Re-store

In addition to furniture and homewares, the Habitat for Humanity Re-store accepts donations of building materials, tools, and pretty much anything related to home building, maintenance, and renovation—just be prepared for scrutiny, since what they accept depends on quality and their current inventory. Habitat also offers pickup for very large donations.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success offers support and assistance to women identifying and striving towards their professional and personal goals. Mapping out the future through financial planning makes the achievement of objectives an attainable reality rather than a dream. Our clients emerge from these programs as leaders who are self-sufficient and economically independent forward thinkers. Your donation could provide another woman with the confidence make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life.  Currently, we need like-new, professional, on-trend clothing and shoes in all sizes! Please review our guidelines prior to making a donation. LINK

Austin Public Schools

Most public schools accept clothing for their “clothes closets” for students

Austin Free-Net

Austin Free Net, Austin ISD (AISD) and the City of Austin teamed up to collect, refurbish and distribute used computers to AISD families, as well as internet access.   As an organization that offers free digital literacy training and community access to technology, Austin Free Net’s main focus since the summer has been getting these resources to students and teachers ahead of the school year. LINK

Austin Partners in Education

Austin Partners in Education provides resources for Austin-area middle schools to host the TechKnow after school technology training courses that educate 450 students each year in valuable IT skills.  Austin Partners in Education creates and fosters effective community and school partnerships that provide all Austin Independent School District students preparation for college and career. Through the Austin Partners in Education Classroom Coaching program, the Austin community and classrooms work together to ensure academic excellence and personal success for all students. LINK

Austin Pets Alive

We are always in need of computers to ensure we have updated technology to make our jobs as efficient as possible! Have a computer that runs Windows 10 with at least 6 GB RAM? We can use it! We also accept pet and human medications! Contact [email protected] if you’re able to help us help pets. LINK

Goodwill Computer Works

Out-of-date workstations and devices are worth a lot to Goodwill. In fact, we’ve partnered with Dell’s Reconnect program to help you easily and responsibly recycle household electronic wares. Bring computers and peripherals to any participating Goodwill collection location and we’ll give you a receipt. Helping your community and saving the planet isn’t just tax deductible.  LINK

8965 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758, Inside Macfarlane Retail Store, Phone: (512) 637-7501

Austin Diaper Bank

Austin Diaper Bank supports diaper need in all age groups, from newborns to the elderly. Your donations help us keep Central Texas families clean and dry. The Austin Diaper Bank is open each Wednesday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to accept donated diapers.  You can also leave them in the outdoor bin outside our door or at the outdoor bin at the Whole Foods Market downtown.    LINK

See General Donations above, specifically those with thrift stores

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Wish List items comfort families that rely on RMHC CTX. We accept new, unused and unexpired items and environmentally-friendly products. Wish List donations can be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Rooms. For more information, contact our Volunteer Manager. We still welcome your support and need it more than ever! We do request that all donated items are sent through a delivery service such as Amazon. We will no longer accept in-person deliveries of items collected for families, such as decorations, children’s toys and activities, and toiletries until further notice.  LINK

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX 78723, (512) 472-9844

Austin Smiles

Help Austin Smiles continue to Create Smiles and Improve Lives in Latin America. Please note that we are unable to take any EXPIRED medical supplies or medicines to partner countries. For specific questions on donations of medical supplies and medications please call (512) 451-9300. LINK

Manos de Cristo

Austin Pets Alive

We are not able to use open bags or containers of food (unless it is prescription food), homemade treats, plastic food or water bowls, plastic litter boxes or scoops, litter pan liners, cat scratch posts, carpeted cat trees, newspapers, couch or patio cushions, or bed linens (including pillows, comforters, and large/heavy blankets). Please consider sharing these items with individuals or organizations that can fully utilize these donations.

Austin Humane Society

Creative Action

Latinitas

Austin Bat Cave

Austin Bat Cave continues to leverage our creative community of poets, novelists, journalists, musicians, and educators for an exciting year of programming with our partner schools and nonprofits. We have expanded our one-on-one college essay support services during the COVID crisis for high school seniors in Title 1 schools, and we’ve developed a virtual writing workshop program to mitigate learning loss for K-12 students. Help us continue to build creative communities and offer quality writing instruction to the students who need it most.

Austin Bat Cave, PO Box 4762, Austin, TX, 78765

Austin Partners in Education

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