Household Goods & Food Drive
We collect items for donation to neighbors in need twice a year as part of our Community Service Weeks. Your donations will be distributed through:
- the International Rescue Committee’s Welcome Home program (we are organizing groups to furnish apartments for newly-arrived refugee families - learn more about this program and let us know if you’d like to join (or co-lead!) a group);
- Identity, Inc., a great, Rockville-based organization that creates opportunities for Latino and other historically underserved youth to realize their highest potential and thrive; and
- September House MAJ, a local organization that provides support for everyday life for Japanese people living in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Donations of the following items would be appreciated:
Kitchen items, gently used (forks, knives, spoons, plate sets, bowls, cup sets, teapot, glasses, saucepan, cooking pot, frying pan, baking dish, mixing spoon, ladle, spatula, mixing bowl, can opener, cutting knife, cutting board, kitchen towel, microwave)
Linens/Other Household Items, gently used (bath towels, set of sheets and pillowcases, twin and full comforter, pillow, pack of clothes hangers, floor lamp, table lamp, area rug)
Cleaning items, new (dish soap, bucket/mop, broom/dustpan, trash bin, pack of trash bags, bathroom bin, laundry baskets, laundry detergent, toilet brush, sponge, paper towels roll)
Toiletries, new (masks, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, razors, shaving cream, toilet paper, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, diapers sizes 1-6t)
School supplies (pens, pencils, backpacks, folders, new notebooks)
Activity items (arts and crafts supplies, board games, puzzles, stress balls, baby dolls, cars, drawing kits, slime kits, coloring books, smartwatches, fitness equipment)
Food** -non-perishables only-** (granola bars, chips, baking supplies, canned food like tomato paste or beans, box of black tea, jar of jelly, pourable sugar, iodized salt, pepper, cooking oil, rice)
Gift cards (Giant/other grocery stores, Target, Footlocker)
Where to Donate
Collection boxes will be placed on the curbside at the following addresses, daily, from 8 am to 8 pm, from September 8th - September 19th.
- 8509 Howell Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
- 6901 Winterberry Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817
- 9404 Spruce Tree Circle, Bethesda, MD 20814
- Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
In addition, you may drop donations at English Now!, 4963 Elm Street, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814, on Tuesday, September 14; and Friday, September 17, 8am to 4pm.
Furniture items will be used by groups participating in the IRC Welcome Home program to furnish apartments for refugee families. We need gently used larger furniture items (couch/armchair, dining table w/ five dining chairs, clothing storage/chest of drawers, area rug, coffee table, side table, table lamp w/ bulb television, laptop, bicycle, new twin and full size mattresses, box spring and bed frame).
Furniture will be collected on Sunday, September 19th, from 10 am - 4 pm.
If you have furniture to donate, please email Claudia Mansmann or Anna Hauache with a photo of the item, description, and your address and phone number.
Please wait for the pick-up confirmation before placing the item on your curbside.
Information About Our Partners & Online Donations
See information about our Donation Drive partners below. If you prefer to give financially, we are also happy to recommend online donations directly to them:
- International Rescue Committee - donate here
- Identity, Inc. - donate here
- September House, MAJ - see their Amazon Wish List here
And we invite you to learn more about co-sponsors of Community Service Week, the Washington Center for International Education and English Now!
Please join us to THINK GLOBALLY, SERVE LOCALLY. We’re very grateful for your help!