I bet you’ve got a pile or piles of ‘stuff’ lying around your house that you rarely ever use or think about, stuff that just gets in the way. Decluttering can be liberating because letting go of unnecessary things frees up, not only your space, but also the stress associated with needing to clean or organize a bunch of items that you don’t even care about.
What if, by letting go of items that you don’t have a physical need or emotional connection to, you are enabling them to have a new life of purpose somewhere else? Instead of them just collecting dust in a corner of your house, or in a drawer you never open, they can be sent to a place where they will be used and appreciated? This makes the process of donating your items more meaningful – for you and for others in your community.
Then the next step – where to take all of it? Choosing a charity for your donations can feel daunting. Just dropping them off at your local Goodwill may not be as emotionally satisfying as giving your things away to a local charity focused on a cause you care about. That’s why we found nine unique Colorado charities for you that will not only take your things but are also impacting your area in the best ways possible. Don’t just feel good about letting stuff go – know that by letting it go you are helping people in your own community.
Denver Rescue Mission
Denver Rescue Mission serves the homeless and needy in the Denver metro area. They need non-perishable food items, blankets, gloves, warm clothes, and more. Check out their greatest needs list.
Denver Dumb Friends League is dedicated to reducing pet homelessness and animal suffering. They rescue sick, injured, and neglected dogs, cats, horses, and other small mammals. They need regular volunteers, foster sponsors, and equine volunteers. There are so many ways to donate. Dog and cat food aren’t needed at this time, but they do need paper towels, scouring pads, trash bags, house training pads, meat-flavored baby food without onions or garlic in the ingredients, and more. Gift cards and other donations are also welcome.
Hope’s Attic supports your local community through its food pantry program. They help people from various backgrounds: homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, single parents, and working families. Their food pantry is in need of unexpired dairy products, eggs and meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, coffee and tea, kitchen staples, and canned and other non-perishable food items. Check their Food Pantry list for more.
The Treasure Trunk Thrift Store provides innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. They have a wish list of items as well as volunteer and internship opportunities. Hygiene items, washcloths, bus passes, gift cards for food or clothing stores, towels, backpacks, school supplies, baby items, and more are desperately needed.
Mother House provides a safe haven for pregnant women who are at risk. This charity is in desperate need of diapers. Every few months they update their list of critical items. Check out their list of needs, as well as their ongoing list of volunteer opportunities.
Most foster care children carry all their belongings in a garbage bag as they move from home to home. They’re expected to move seven times on average while in foster care. Suitcases for Kids gives them something of their own. Donations needed include large backpacks, large duffle bags, and suitcases. Hard or soft luggage is okay.
Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence through a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools needed to help women thrive in work and life. This charity welcomes clothing donations, monetary donations, and volunteers.
Judi’s House is one of the most unique Colorado charities on our list. Judi’s House believes no child should be left alone to grieve after the death of a loved one. This charity offers research-based care to grieving children and their families at no cost. They have volunteer opportunities as well as a wish list of items, even showing how they’re to be used.
Did you know that between 20-40 million mattresses end up in landfills in the U.S.? Spring Back Colorado lets you give back to the environment and support those who would otherwise be unemployed. They break down over 90% of each mattress and recycle or repurpose those pieces and parts. You can drop off your mattress at one of their warehouses or schedule a pick-up at your home or property.
Each of these unique Colorado Charities serves those who need it the most right here in our community. You can make a difference with a donation or by volunteering.
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