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Charity & Donating In AZ – Turn Your Stuff Into Something Someone Can Use.

In Phoenix, there are tons of different groups and organizations willing to take donations. We did a little research and crafted this brief rundown of some of our great charitable organizations for you to donate all those unwanted items.

After you’ve finished a big declutter the last thing you want to do is try to figure out what to do with your donatable junk. So we’ll do the thinking for you. All you have to do is, grab a cold beer or sweet tea and read on.

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Charity Pickup & Drop Off Locations in Phoenix

Breakingdown & Reviewing Organizations in AZ

Goodwill

One of the largest and most well-known organizations is Goodwill. Now, these guys have been taking some heat in the social media world in the Goodwill vs. Salvation Army battle.

PHoenix az 85016

Goodwill Donation Centers in Phoenix  | 602-513-8444

Some say Goodwill is for-profit and the CEO makes too much money, while SA is non-profit and their employees make squat. A little looking into will teach you that yes, the CEO of Goodwill makes a nice chunk of change but Goodwill also used more than 87% of the revenue generated from donated items to fund programs in their communities. That's $.87 of every dollar. That's not too shabby.

So maybe their executives make more money than those at SA, they are still making a huge positive impact in our community.

That 87% is spent on Goodwill education and tools that train, mentor and teach people the skills they need to find and keep a job. Their mission is to “enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.”

Their efforts have helped employ almost 300,000 people. That's just the tip of the iceberg, they also help with assisted living, issue emergency clothing vouchers and recycle tons of computers, 280 tons actually.

Don’t let the echo chamber fool you, Goodwill is a great organization to support.

Goodwill Breakdown:

Their cause: Employment

Locations: 89 locations plus donation boxes

Pickup: Free

Accepted Items: Almost anything

 

Salvation Army

Unlike Goodwill, the Salvation Army is faith-based. It is  “an international movement and an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible.

628 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Salvation Army Throughout Arizona | 1-800-SATruck

Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”  Their mission while poetic lacks focus. But if you look into their programs, you will see they attack  poverty and try to assist “those imprisoned by it.” A noble cause.

A lot of SA’s work is through partnerships like the one it has with the Dallas Cowboys, and most of their projects are funded through monetary donations rather than by the sale of donated items. You know the Red Kettle Campaign. The peeling of the handbells is everywhere during the Christmas season. And it's pretty effective too because they usually raise over 100 million dollars a year.

That doesn’t mean your donated items don’t help make a difference. The Salvation Army used $.88 of every dollar spent at their thrift store to invest in social service programs and centers.

Salvation Army Breakdown

Their cause: Poverty

Locations: Only 30 across the Valley

Pickup: Free

Accepted Items: Almost anything

 

St. Vincent De Paul

Another religious organization, St. Vincent De Paul “is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families in our community.”

963 W Elliot Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225

St. Vincent De Paul Organization in Central Arizona | 602-266-HOPE (4673)

Last year they provided more than 1 million meals in their dining halls and delivered over 400,000 food boxes to needy families. They use the revenue from their thrift stores to fund programs that focus on homelessness prevention as well as medical care and dental clinics.

St. Vincent De Paul Breakdown

Their cause: Homelessness

Locations: Less than 10 across the Valley

Pickup: Free

Accepted Items: Almost anything

 

Big Brother Big Sister

Big Brother Big Sister “provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”

4745 N 7th St #210, Phoenix, AZ 85014

Big Brother Big Sisters Pickup in Phoenix | 602-230-8900

One of the ways BBBS raises money is by placing donated items in their partner thrift store, Savers.

While Big Bro/Sis has a significant impact on the lives of tons of kids their donation centers are scarce in the Valley. If you happen to live near one of their few centers, then this would be a great place to drop off old items.

Big Brother Big Sister Breakdown

Their cause: Mentorship

Locations: Only a handful

Pickup: Free

Accepted Items: Almost anything

 

Sojourner Center

The Sojourner Center houses and helps victims of domestic violence.

2330 E. Fillmore St. Phoenix, AZ 85006

Sojourner Center  in Phoenix | 602-253-9180 | One Location in Phoenix | Drop Off Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

The Center “provides shelter and support services to women, children, men and pets that are affected by domestic violence and human trafficking.” Sometimes when women and children flee an abuser, they leave with nothing but the clothes on their back. That's why the Sojourn Center needs gently used clothes and children’s items. They also accept small appliances and other household items.

SC’s programs support over 800 people annually, either sheltering in one of their crisis centers or in transitional housing until victims can get back on their feet.

Sojourner Center Breakdown:

Their cause: Domestic Violence

Locations: 1 donation center open 3 days a week

Pickup: None

Accepted Items: Gently used clothes, baby items, household goods.

 

Teacher 4 Teachers

Teachers for Teachers started out as a small garage shop and has grown into a superstore for teachers in the Tempe area.

3025 S 48th St #101, Tempe, AZ 85282

Teachers for Teachers Donation Center in Tempe |Click for a list of donatable items | Single Location in AZ |Donation Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 9:30-4:30 Saturday: 8:30-3:30 | (480) 751-1122

Teachers are able to get supplies for their students and classrooms at super low rates thanks to donations.

T4T wants that “anyone who works closely with students to have access to a wide selection of materials, resources, and training that will enhance and expand the learning process.” As such they are typically looking for school-related items, such as folders, binders, writing utensils, paper. But they also need things like carpet squares, fabric, and other creative learning supplies (think empty ice cream tubs.) T4T has opened its own thrift store in Tempe where other donated items like household goods, clothes, and accessories can be purchased to raise money for more classroom supplies.

Teachers 4 Teachers Breakdown:

Their cause: Educational supplies

Locations: 1 in Tempe

Pickup: Free

Accepted Items: Household items, clothes, and accessories, furniture and toys.

Final Two Cents on the Donation Centers

In summary, you can’t go wrong with any choice you make. If you're looking for the easiest route then Goodwill is the way to go, they have the most drop off locations so it should be pretty easy to find one. If you have large items, almost every one of these organization will come pick it up for free, just choose your cause.  And remember all donated items qualify for a tax write off, just get a receipt and jot down the value of your stuff, then give it to your accountant at tax time.

AZ Junk is a Great Choice for Donation Pickup

Why Choose Us?

Don’t let the term “junk removal” confuse you. We haul off junk, but that doesn’t mean we take everything we pick up straight to the landfill.

"Just because it’s junk doesn’t mean it’s trash"

"one man’s junk is another man’s treasure"

"beauty is in the eye of the beholder"...

and all that cliche nonsense.

We know quoting phrases that lack original thought is not really our thing, but in this case, they’re spot on. Your old stuff can be new stuff to someone else.

 

It's Me, Brad, Owner of AZ Junk Removal
We Love Our Community and Environment

Taking care of our environment is a huge priority at AZ Junk; we are anAZJunk-Recycle-Icon eco-friendly junk removal service. We know it's easier to simply drop it all off at the dump, but we feel we have a responsibility to our community to do better. We recycle or donate all possible items and try to leave a little as possible in our landfills. It is our goal to donate or supply your unwanted items to a family that can use them. If you have old items you wish to be donated instead of dumped, AZ Junk can take care of it for you.

Many Items Need To Be Donated, Not Thrown Away

In fact, a lot of the things we pick up are not ready for the dump. Much of it is in good condition, it just doesn't fit in a person’s life anymore. People get rid of things all the time for reasons beyond it being total garbage. We just hauled away an old bedroom set from Arziona’s own, Rick D'amico – while it no longer matched there style, they were looking for another family who was more than happy to call it their own.

Stuff We Donate

Appliances to Donate

  • Refrigerator
  • Chest Freezer
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • BBQ Grill

Furniture to Donate

  • Couch / Sofa / Loveseat
  • Sleeper / Recliner
  • Coffee Table
  • Dining Room Table
  • Cabinet / Hutch
  • Bookcase
  • File Cabinet
  • Desk
  • Night Stand
  • Dresser

Other Items to Donate

  • Office Equipment
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Lawn Mower
  • Television
  • Computer
  • Bicycle
  • Pool Table
  • Clothing
  • Games
  • Toys

AZ Junk will take care of all of these needs.

We collect and donate tons of different items. Some of the most common items include refrigerators, stoves, dryers, furniture even clothes and toys.

We all know you’re never going to do anything with that old fridge. Or when you redecorate your bathroom we know you kept those old cabinets because they were just too nice to throw out. And when your aunt gave you a new couch you just didn’t have the room for your old one anymore.

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For all of those parents out there, we know your kids have overflowing toy boxes full of things they have outgrown or just don’t play with anymore. It's time to clear that junk away and make room for their new electric guitar amp. When you’re ready AZ Junk has got you covered.

Call AZ Junk and we’ll turn that junk into treasure.

Remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that.

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