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

  • Household Goods
  • New and much needed items donated through our Target Registry

Please refer to the next section of this page for specific procedures regarding 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 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 Household Goods

Currently we accept the following, in clean and working condition.

  • Cutlery, Dishware, and Glassware
  • Pots and Pans
  • Bedding and Towels

Our donations dropoff center is located in Wynnewood.  It will reopen on September 21st, 2020 and is able to accept donations Mondays through Thursdays between 9:30am and 4:30pm.  If you have questions, contact community@hiaspa.org with the subject line “Household Goods Donation.”

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.

As of March 2020, HIAS PA has forged a new partnership with the Philadelphia Furniture Bank, which collects furniture donations from the public and in turn, provides furnishings to Philadelphians in need. We know 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 now directing our potential furniture donors to the Furniture Bank – you can learn about their process for donating here