Spring has officially arrived, and it often brings the urge to clean! Whether you plan to go through a few closets or Marie Kondo your entire house, you’ll likely end up with a pile of items you’d like to donate. Here are some places in Bayview-Hunter’s Point where you can donate items you no longer need, and someone else will love!
Donate clothes at Goodwill
Located at 3801 3rd St. between Evans and Galvez, the Bayview Goodwill accepts men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories that are not damaged, stained or soiled. Donated items are sold in Goodwill Industry stores, and proceeds fund job programs and other services for people overcoming issues related to limited education, lack of job skills, prior incarceration and homelessness. Presorting your items—putting clothes, shoes and accessories in separate bags—helps Goodwill employees get them on the shelves sooner.
Donate canned foods at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank
If you’re pantry clean-out leaves you with canned foods you know you won’t eat, let them inspire you to lead a food donation drive for Marin Food Bank. The non-profit organization’s website provides a step-by-step guide for registering and running your own food drive—and, if you pledge to collect at least 400 pounds of food, Marin Food Bank will deliver two collection barrels to you. However, if you’d prefer to just drop off your pantry’s overflow, the food bank is open for drop-offs from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday at 900 Pennsylvania Ave.
Donate old furniture to the Salvation Army
While the Salvation Army’s new Bayview Impact Center on Revere Avenue at 5048 Third St. is not a donation drop-off center, you can take old furniture donations to a location about 2.5 miles away at 1500 Valencia St. The location is open from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. every day except for and early closing on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. The location opens at 10 a.m. on Sundays for donations, which must be left at a trailer on site. If you don’t want to move heavy furniture yourself, call 800-728-7825 and schedule a free pickup.
Donate old art supplies at SCRAP
If it’s time to let go of your art and crafting supplies you never use, take them to SCRAP. This “creative reuse center” was established in 1976—the first of its kind in the world—and for decades it has provided everything from metal to wood to fabric to arts projects, creative crafters, community organizations, and public schools. SCRAP is open for donations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at its warehouse at 801 Toland St., and be sure to check the acceptable donation list and donation guidelines on its website before heading out.
While sorting, delivering, and donating your spring-cleaning items can be time consuming, each of these organizations will use your donations for a good cause. You’ll end up with a cleaner house and the good feeling of knowing your unwanted items are helping others.