Charities We Work With

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Your donated items go to MORE donation centers, ending up in the hands of those in need, while you see BIGGER tax deductions. Don’t see who you’re looking for? Let us know about your favorite charity and who to talk to! Meanwhile, someone wants to thank you at:

Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Big Brothers & Big Sisters is one of the most respected mentoring networks in the United States, helping children work towards realizing their potential and building a better future. Donated clothing and toys help shield underprivileged children from harsh realities while enabling them to develop better self esteem and confidence.

Build it Green! NYC

Build It Green! NYC, is the only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged or surplus building materials in New York City. Their warehouse holds a variety of items ranging from doors, flooring, sinks and toilets, lighting fixtures, windows, trim, cabinets, metal studs – even refrigerators and movie props! Their mission is to keep materials out of the landfill, while offering awesome discounts on their resale. They are sponsored by the Community Environmental Center.

Christian Community Action

Christian Community Action is a faith-based not-for-profit social services agency in New Haven, Connecticut. They help provide transitional housing, emergency shelter, material support by way of donated items, and more, to those who are poor. In particular, they work with families that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Furniture Sharehouse

Furniture Sharehouse is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, that provides individuals and families with the basic household furnishings that enable them to rebuild their lives and live with dignity. Furniture Sharehouse works only with the clients from member social service agencies, ensuring that aid goes directly to those who most truly need it. Some of the people they help are those moving out of homeless shelters into permanent housing, battered women and children escaping domestic violence, working families struggling to stay above the poverty line, young adults coming out of foster care, and victims of fires or other natural disasters. Furniture Sharehouse distributes items free of charge.

Goodwill/Goodwill Industries

Goodwill/Goodwill Industries is a nationwide organization with the mission of putting people to work. Goodwill’s Retail Services collect donated clothing and household goods, then sells the items in their stores for affordable prices. Revenue from sales of donated items provides funding for vocational training and other programs and services that Goodwill offers. It is important to note that 93 cents of every dollar they spend goes directly to their programs and services. Goodwill is consistently ranked among top charities that make your donation go further.

Green Demolitions

Green Demolitions provides people with the opportunity to purchase recycled luxury kitchens, appliances, bathroom fixtures, home décor, estates, and surplus at a fraction of the retail price (approximately 50%-75% off!). Items are collected from homes that lie within different territories of CT and NY and are in the process of being demolished and renovated. All donation proceeds benefit Recovery Unlimited, a nonprofit organization supporting a highly successful addiction recovery program established in 1964.

Habitat for Humanity, ReStore

The ReStore accepts donations of new or nearly new building supplies, furniture and appliances from individuals, contractors, and businesses. Some of the materials will be used to build Habitat homes, and any extra materials will be sold at the Habitat ReStore. Proceeds from the ReStore benefit Habitat for Humanity in its applicable region.

Homes for the Brave

This group works hand in hand to give veterans with disabilities the support they need to obtain or maintain housing. Our Milford territory makes the biggest impact with this group by helping to furnish the veteran’s accommodations with furniture we lug on jobs. Homes for the Brave, in conjunction with the VA CT Healthcare Systems, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Department, also does outreach in New Haven, CT.

Housing Works

Housing Works is the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the United States. Since their founding in 1990, they have have provided lifesaving services, including housing, medical and mental health care, meals, job training, drug treatment, HIV prevention education, and social support to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. Donated items are sold in their upscale thrift shops and used bookstores.

Laurel House

Laurel House, based out of Stamford, CT, helps to create opportunities for people with serious mental illness obtain work, attend school, have a place to live and experience improved health and an overall better quality of life. It is also a place where recovery begins. The Laurel House thrift shop, based in Stamford does two things; it provides people within the Laurel House system an opportunity to work, and it generates the revenue needed to keep the Laurel House active.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has many facets, but we primarily work with the The Salvation Army Family Stores which are the core of their Adult Rehabilitation Center philosophy. The Salvation Army community stores provide quality clothing, furniture and other goods at bargain prices. The proceeds from these stores are used to fund their Adult Rehabilitation Centers which are thus self sustaining. The Salvation Army helps employ rehabilitating adults in their Family Stores which provide great deals and bargain prices on clothing, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, books, electronics and much more.

Savers

Savers is a leader and pioneer in the retail thrift industry. They have more than 120 nonprofit alliances with local charities in the areas they service. Their stores are filled with current looks, authentic vintage finds, housewares, collectibles, furniture and more. Items donated to Savers help positively impact their nonprofit alliances and associated programs – items also make their way to individuals in developing countries that help fuel local economies by making quality goods available at affordable prices.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is an international Roman Catholic voluntary organization that provides assistance directly to the disadvantaged and impoverished. Donations help fulfill the requests of individuals and families in need by supplying basic furniture and clothing. Items that are not given away are placed in SVdPS’s Thrift Stores and priced affordably. Proceeds from those items help fund the operation of their thrift shop and other programs operated by SVdPS.

Other Local Organizations

Because it pains us to throw usable junk into the landfills, we are constantly looking for places that will accept the great items we find on jobs. In our search, we have found local synagogues, churches and community centers more than happy to help us redistribute books, clothes, shoes, appliances, household goods and more… Digging deeper we have found special cases where individuals have made it their life’s work to get great toys to kids, baby carriages to less fortunate new mothers, etc. Some of these people let us pull up to their front yards, and leave it on their doorstep! The greatest Junklugger discovery thus far has been that there truly are amazing people everywhere you look. Sometimes you just have to be a part of the giving to find them. If you run or know of a charity that would benefit from donations made by The Junkluggers, let us know where else you’d like to see on our list of donation centers!