Our Standards of Excellence
HIAS PA is only able to accept new or gently used items that are clean and in good and working condition.  We do not have the capacity to clean or fix items. Consider: Would you give this item to a loved one?

What We Do Accept

Please refer to the next section of this page for specific procedures regarding donating household goods.

What We Do Not Accept

  • Furniture: As of March 2020, HIAS PA is thrilled to announce our new partnership with the Philadelphia Furniture Bank and thus ask that all donors look to donate there.
  • Clothing and Shoes
  • Decorative Items and Knickknacks
  • Used and worn pillows
  • Large Electric Appliances

If you are hoping to donate something we do not accept, please refer to our partners who also accept donations.

If your donations match our needs, please read about our donation procedures.  Please note we are best able to accommodate your donation if you follow these procedures, and that phone calls to our office will not expedite a donation. Thank you for your understanding.

Donating Household Goods

Currently we accept the household goods listed in this document.  If your items match our needs, you can donate as follows:

Please carefully review our process (including updated COVID-19 procedures and hours) to drop off household goods at our volunteer-run center based at Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA. If you have questions, contact community@hiaspa.org with the subject line “Household Goods Donation.”

Donating Furniture

As for March 2020, HIAS PA has forged a new partnership with the Philadelphia Furniture Bank.  The Philadelphia Furniture Bank collects furniture donations from the public and in turn, provides furnishings to Philadelphians in need. In the past, this has included families coming out of shelters, reentering citizens, and other folks at turning points in their lives. Through this partnership, the Philadelphia Furniture Bank can now add HIAS PA’s immigrant and refugee clients to its list of beneficiaries of the incredible work it does.

What does this mean for HIAS PA and our supporters like you? We will now be directing our potential furniture donors to the Furniture Bank. The Furniture Bank is able to provide pickup if needed – and it can also accept drop offs, which we were previously unable to accommodate.  The Furniture Bank is not able to take everything, but it does outline what it takes here

HIAS PA knows that this partnership means we will be able to provide high-quality furniture to even more of our clients, including outside of our refugee resettlement program, because of the expertise and capacity that the Furniture Bank brings. We are looking forward to this collaboration and we thank you for being a part of it!

Donating New Items

Thank you for considering donating new items.  We have identified our top needs and shared them on our Target Registry. When you purchase here, the items will be shipped to our office and you will receive a receipt of contribution in the mail. We thank you for your generosity.