Donate, Don't Dispose
Donate, Don't Dispose
Instead of throwing away books, unwanted household items in working order, clothes, bikes, building supplies and other reusable things, consider donating them first.
Baby and Household Items: Lowell Wish Project helps more than 91 non-profit agencies in the Merrimack Valley get needed goods for their low-income clients Call 978-441-9474 or check out their website at: http://www.lowellwishproject.org/
Hands Across the Water seeks to reuse and conserve books by taking the surplus of books in the United States and giving them to people in Third World countries free of charge. Call (781) 438-4051 or check out their website at: http://www.surplusbooksforcharity.org/
Donate almost any kind of book to Got Books? Got Books? is a registered professional fundraiser that sells donated books and gives the proceeds to local non-profit organizations. Donations are not tax deductible. Call (978) 664-6555 or check out their website at: http://www.gotbooks.com/
Bicycles: Bikes not Bombs, a non-profit organization located in Roxbury, is working to promote community development and alternative transportation. Donated bikes are shipped to third world countries and used locally to train young people as bicycle mechanics. Kids can also build/recondition a bike through the Earn-A-Bike program. Part of the program involves the kids participating in community service. Call (617) 442-0004 or check out their website at: http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/
Solutions at Work reconditions every bike they give away to homeless or needy people. They also accept bike parts, locks, chains, and helmets. Call (617) 576-0039 or check out their website at:
Building Materials: Homeowners and contractors can donate good quality used and surplus building materials to Building Materials Resource Center. Save on disposal fees and earn tax deductions. Call (617) 442-8917 to schedule a pick-up or check out their website at:
For more options and information visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Check out their website at: http://www.mass.gov/dep/recycle/
Children's Clothing, Baby Equipment and Toys: Solutions at Work barters used children's and baby clothes and other items with families in need. Call (617) 576-0039 or check out their website at: http://www.solutionsatwork.org/
Furniture: To arrange a pickup of furniture and other items at your home call Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Call (617) 423-9162 x101) or check out their website at: http://www.mahomeless.org/
Second Time Around Call toll free (866) 768-3325.
St. Vincent DePaul Call (800) 675-2882) or check out their website at:
Salvation Army Call (617) 542-5420) or check out their website at: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf#
Household Goods: Bring items in good condition like clothing, linens, household goods, etc. to the manned trailer at Stop & Shop in North Woburn. Hours posted onsite.
Sneakers: Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old sneakers of any brand. This program grinds up the shoes and uses them in the surfacing of playgrounds and athletic courts in underprivileged communities. See the website for details on where you can drop off or mail your old sneakers. Check out their website at: http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/
Vehicles: Many non-profit organizations accept donated vehicles. The person donating the vehicle also gets a tax deduction. Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and countless other charities
Women's and Men's Professional Clothing: Dress for Success provides career attire to low-income women seeking employment. Accepts donations of used professional clothing items and accessories that are in good condition. Call (617) 323-7544) or check out their website at:
Solutions at Work accepts donations of used professional clothing for both men and women seeking employment. Call (617) 576-0039) or check out their website at:
Your Trash is another Person's Treasure: Use websites such as:
FreeCycle:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Freecycle_WoburnMA/ Craig's List: http://boston.craigslist.org/
EBAY: http://www.ebay.com to get rid of your unwanted household items.
One of my personal favorite sites: http://www.enviromom.com/ It is a site for anyone who wants to live lightly on the planet. Whether you are just starting down the road to greener living or have been doing it for years, you'll find a supportive and respectful community of like-minded souls here. We subscribe to the 'baby-step' approach, which is the path we've both taken. Making lifestyle changes can't happen overnight, but it can happen over time with support and encouragement. That's what we want to provide. As we navigate these environmental waters ourselves, we hope that our readers will see that if two busy moms can do it, so can they.