Here are ten places in Prince William County and Haymarket area to donate unwanted household items that will benefit others…
It’s that time of year again. It’s time to get organized, clean out and get ready for Spring. Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or just trying to eliminate clutter, there are several local organizations that could use your unwanted items and can help the local community in many ways.
I have compiled a list of local non-profit organizations that will take a variety of items including furniture, appliances, clothing, bicycles, tools, toys … even cars. So before you haul your extra belongings to the curb, consider one of these worthwhile alternatives. Visit their websites for guidelines and more information about what they accept and donation procedures.
Books, music and movies can accumulate, especially if you have a large family. Used media generally doesn’t yield a high price and may not be worth the time trying to sell on Amazon.com or yard sales. Hold on to your favorites and donate the rest. The Prince William Public Library System accepts donations of current books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs that are in good condition. Some items may be added to the Library System’s collection, however any donations that are not added are given to the Friends of the Library and sold through annual and ongoing book sales. Visit website.
If you are remodeling part of your home, especially the kitchen, items that you are replacing like appliances, sinks, cabinets, lighting and windows can be donated to the Habitat for Humanity Prince William County if they are working and are in decent condition. Habitat does have guidelines—like appliances should be five years old or less—so check their website for details. Items that cannot be used directly in home building are sold at ReStore in Manassas to the general public at a forty to ninety percent discount off retail prices. The proceeds then go towards the building program. Visit website.
Northern Virginia Family Service has been addressing the needs of the community since 1924 with a wide range of programs designed to deal with the current problems of today. Programs include Workforce Development, Foster Care, Anti-Hunger and housing such as SERVE in Manassas. Donations needed at SERVE are limited to items like meal supplies and paper products however you can donate gently used clothing, household items, sporting goods, toys and more to the Save ‘N’ Serve Thrift Store in Manassas. Proceeds help fund all of NVFS programs as well as provide discounted goods to community members. Visit website.
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The weather will be getting warmer in our area soon, however there is still a great need nationwide for warm winter coats. Children outgrow coats fast and warm coats can be expensive, especially for large families. Bulky coats occupy a lot of “closet real estate” and will free up oodles of space once donated. One Warm Coat is a national organization that assists in the donation of coats. They help individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need. To find a local coat drive, or to start a local drive of your own, visit the website.
ACTS of Prince William County is a private, nonprofit organization serving the residents of greater Prince William County. Years ago, ACTS started as a food bank and used furniture distribution center and later formed into homeless shelters at local churches. Services now also include a comprehensive domestic violence prevention and intervention program. The ACT Thrift Store in Dumfries, which started in 1974, accepts gently used clothing, shoes, toys and household items including large items such as appliances and furniture. Profits from sales of these items are used to fund ACTS Client Support, Housing and Trauma Services. Thrift Store vouchers are also distributed to eligible clients to “purchase” items for no cost. Pick-up and delivery service is available for furniture and large appliances. Visit website.
Cleaning out your garage? Based in Arlington, VA, Bikes for the World accepts donations from around the region and distributes bicycles and parts all over the world. It’s purpose is to make quality, used bicycles and parts affordable and available to lower income people and select institutions in developing countries, as well as generate skilled employment in bicycle repair and maintenance overseas. There are several drop off locations at participating bike shops in our area including Haymarket Bicycles in Haymarket and the Bike Stop in Warrenton. You can drop off a bike at any of these locations at your convenience and they will see that your bike gets to them. They ask for a $10 donation to help get your bike safely overseas and into the hands of a new foreign owner. See their website for specific types of bikes and parts they are in need of. Visit website.
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You may be familiar with the Salvation Army Family Store (thrift store) in Manassas however you may not realize that proceeds help fund the Adult Rehabilitation Program which provides spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Rehab Centers offer residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The community benefits too. The Manassas Salvation Army Family Store is full of great values and bargain prices on clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books, electronics and much more. They accept all kinds of donations: clothing, furniture, appliances, computer systems and more. You can schedule pick up by visiting the website and choosing the Manassas location. Visit website.
Similar to the Salvation Army program, Goodwill provides free training programs and career navigation to help every individual obtain competitive employment. It also provides employment opportunities through Federal contracts to those with significant disabilities. The Goodwill Stores accept donations by which sales of help fund their programs. They accept a wide variety of items including clothing, household items, accessories, some electronics and more. They provide very specific guidelines for what they do and do not accept and offer home pick-ups. Visit website.
Transitional Housing BARN, Inc. provides homeless women and their children with transitional housing and access to supportive services to promote healing, growth and self-sufficiency. Located on the grounds of the Monastery in Bristow, BARN was started by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, a small Order of Catholic Sisters, who are devoted to meeting the needs of the local community. While this organization is in constant need of monetary donations and new items, they will accept used items that are in good condition like clothing, children’s toys, small kitchen appliances, shoes and purses and can use them in their monthly yard sale. Visit website.
(Pictured are Tammy Perkins, Community Resource Manager for Transitional Housing BARN, Inc. and Bob Tuccillo, volunteer, at the monthly BARN yard sale held every second Saturday of the month starting March 14, 2015 at the Dairy Barn in back of the Monastery.)
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What do you do with old computers, televisions and other outdated space hogs that are beyond being useful to anyone else? Like hazardous waste materials, they can’t just be thrown out. County residents are urged to properly dispose of, or recycle electronics at the County Landfill or Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. There is no charge to county residents for this service. Collections are held Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Landfill and the second Saturday monthly, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Compost Facility. Visit website.