Where to make spring cleaning donations in San Jose, CA

Hope Services accepts donations of clothes, homegoods, and more. | Photo by Autumn Kelley, Hope Services

With spring in full swing, it’s time to say “out with the old.” It’s the season of rebirth, so why not give new life to like-new or gently used items? We’ve rounded up a few San Jose organizations that accept donated items while helping locals in need.

Hope Services accepts donations of clothes, homegoods, and more. | Photo by Autumn Kelley, Hope Services

📦 Large Hauls

If you’ve got a lot to give, like clothing, furniture, appliances, entertainment + toys, these organizations provide reused goods for those in need at affordable prices.

🍽️ Kitchenware

🍼 Childcare

📎 Office + School Materials

  • RAFT is always accepting new materials that can be used in classrooms — like pens, staplers, straws, scrap wood, and more.
The Unicorn Thrift Shop raises money for Uplift Family Services. | Photo via @unicornthriftsj

👕 Clothing

  • CityTeam is seeking donations of clothing, diapers + hygiene items for individuals experiencing housing insecurities.
  • Sacred Heart Community Service provides quality clothes, shoes, and accessories to families dealing with emergency situations.
  • Unicorn Thrift Store accepts clothing, small appliances, and homegoods for resale. 👚 (Thanks Lita K. for this recommendation.)
  • Have professional outfits? Donate them to Dress For Success so they can properly distribute clothing to those who are searching for careers. 

💻 Technology

  • Goodwill of Silicon Valley has technology recycling centers for bigger donations like TVs, printers, and computers.
  • If you have usable tech like laptops, smartphones, or digital projectors, the World Computer Exchange collects technology for educational use. 

💪 Blood

  • Don’t have much to get rid of this year? The American Red Cross is always in need of blood if you are able to donate.