Area Listservs and Other Online Social Networks
Offering still-useful castoffs to other Capitol Hill residents via area listservs and other online social networks is always appreciated.
Putting items on the sidewalk with a sign indicating they are free for the taking can be an effective way to give them away. Just be sure to collect any items that remain at the end of the day so that you aren’t fined for illegal dumping.
The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,293 groups with 9,088,588 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free. For the Washington, DC Freecycle, click here.
Donation / Junk Removal & Recycling Pick-Up Service
College Hunks Hauling Junk offers a a home donation pickup service that includes “the labor, sorting, loading, unloading, and transportation to local donation centers. From there, any items that are not accepted by charity will be relocated to a recycling center or waste-to-energy facility at no additional cost.” It will also “remove all non-hazardous items from anywhere on your property and recycle, donate, and dispose of all unwanted clutter” with its Junk Removal & Recycling Service.
Organizations That Accept Donated Items
(pick-up service offered by some; accepted items vary)
“Amazon and Goodwill® are working together to make donating easier for you. Using the Give Back Box® platform, a free shipping service, you can donate items you no longer need to Goodwill with ease and bring new life to your empty Amazon box.” Click here for more information.
- Donation Nation
- Purple Heart
- Salvation Army
- Bread for the City (clothing: especially in need of plus-sized items,children’s clothing, and men’s clothing)
- Washington Humane Rescue Alliance, New York Avenue Adoption Center (accepts some used items, including used towels)
- Neighborhood public libraries (books)
- Capitol Hill Books (books)
- Community Forklift (used building & landscaping materials, appliances, tools, antique and vintage housewares, some furniture)
- Back Porch Thift
- A Wider Circle (furniture and household goods)
- H&M Stores (clothing)
- Nike Stores (athletic shoes)
- Suited for Change (women’s professional clothes and accessories)
- So Others Might Eat (SOME) (food, clothing, household times, toiletries)
- Bread for the City (food and clothing)
- Capitol Hill Group Ministry (household items, toiletries, food, and clothing)
- Martha’s Table (household items, food, clothing)