In our beloved New York City, most of our unused (but reusable) items and furniture — no matter their condition — end up either sitting on the sidewalk or taking up space in a landfill. We founded The Junkluggers to find a better way.
Now, along with our amazing charity partners, we’re proud to say we’re doing something about it. The Junkluggers of NYC are always building our network of charities in service of our number one mission—to donate (or recycle) as many of our customers’ items as possible. We’re deeply passionate about our work — not only because it’s great for the environment, but because it benefits our local community, too.
Those in need receive much-needed furniture, clothing, and critical items — and our customers receive a tax-deductible receipt accounting for every item we’re able to donate, which helps offset the costs of our removal services.
In the last year alone, The Junkluggers kept over 10 million pounds of furniture and junk out of landfills. We donated couches to formerly homeless veterans, brought toys to children in need, and delivered shoes and clothing to help keep our neighbors warm. We brought much-needed furniture to the FDNY, to youth settlement houses, and to nonprofits and schools that couldn’t afford these critical items.
Wondering where your stuff will end up? What follows is a list of some of our awesome partners in the charity and nonprofit worlds. It’s not comprehensive, but it will give you an idea of the kinds of people, causes, and organizations that your furniture, “junk,” and other items can help to support.
Is your favorite local charity not listed below? Or are you a non-profit looking for donation partners? Let us know! We are always looking to form more lasting relationships with local charity partners in our community.
Big ReuseBig Reuse is New York City's only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Their centers house everything from high-end appliances to reclaimed lumber, kitchen cabinet sets, and salvaged flooring. We visit them in Gowanus every day to donate building materials.
Goodwill/Goodwill IndustriesGoodwill Industries is an international organization with a simple mission: putting people back to work. Their New York and New Jersey retail stores collect a wide variety of donations—from clothing and household goods to furniture and books—selling the items in their stores at affordable prices. Their retail locations employ individuals with disabilities and other barriers, helping them find work and take the next step in their careers. Of every dollar spent at their stores, 93 cents goes toward funding their programs and services, including vocational training. Goodwill is consistently ranked among the top charities that make your donation go further.
Habitat for Humanity ReStorePart of the Habitat for Humanity nonprofit organization, ReStores—which include NYC locations in Queens and lower Manhattan—accept donations of new or nearly new building supplies, furniture, and appliances. Some of the donated materials are used to build Habitat homes, and any extra materials are sold at the Habitat ReStore at steeply discounted retail prices. In NYC, Habitat for Humanity helps low-income New Yorkers find affordable housing and thrive in their communities.
Housing WorksHousing Works is a New York City-based healing community with a dual mission to end the crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts. They help homeless and at-risk New Yorkers with comprehensive services that include housing, job training, legal assistance, and healthcare. We donate furniture and other items to Housing Works several times per week.
Jericho ProjectThe Jericho project encourages people to envision a healthier future for themselves and their families and empowers them to take the necessary steps to achieve it. Their programs touch the cornerstones of a person’s life — housing, employment, wellness and family stability. This holistic approach to helping people enables individuals to access extensive, results-based programs at their level of need — whether they are coming to us from a shelter, or are one paycheck away from homelessness.
Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army of Greater New York is a division of the 150-plus-year-old charitable organization. The Junkluggers primarily work with the Salvation Army Family Stores, which form the core of their Adult Rehabilitation Center philosophy, providing quality clothing, furniture, and goods at bargain prices—which in turn supports their mission of employing rehabilitating adults and funding their Adult Centers.