7 Ways to Support Non-Profits Without Opening Your Wallet
Ridding yourself of clutter can be a great opportunity to give back to your community. Every time you donate your used goods at Value Village, it benefits a local nonprofit. Here are some of the items they happily accept.
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Is your treadmill being used as a coat rack? Think of giving it a new life and helping someone else get into shape. Hand weights, workout accessories and exercise machines can all be donated.Value Village gives a second life to over 1.8 million pounds of reusable items every day, which is the equivalent as 600 mid-sized cars.
Kids tend to outgrow toys almost as quickly as they outgrow their outfits. Luckily, items like dolls, stuffed animals, board games and video games make great donations. You can also teach your children the importance of giving back by having them part with used playthings.
Take a good look around your house. Do you have an extra folding chair shoved in a closet or a desk collecting dust? Give unused furniture a new home by giving it away. If moving it on your own seems too daunting, don’t fret. Some Value Village non-profit partners will pick up large items from your home.
Old Music and Equipment
Don’t worry about whether your gear is outdated. Walkmans may be considered vintage but they’re still welcome donations. The same goes for records, CD players and tapes.
Sentimental items can lose their meaning over time and turn into clutter. If that’s the case with your turquoise bracelet or BFF necklace, drop it off for donation. Your junk might be someone else’s treasure.
Giving away used goods never goes out of style. Dig deep into your closet for clothes that are just taking up space and eliminate any piece you haven’t worn over the past year. The good news is that you can donate any clothing item, at any time of year. You’ll also be doing your part to preserve the environment. Even though nearly 100 per cent of clothing is recyclable, 85 per cent ends up in landfills.
If your cutlery drawer is overflowing with underutilized utensils, it might be time to pare down. Value Village accepts all kinds of kitchen items-from blenders and mixing bowls to China and table linens-regardless of brand or date of purchase.