There are plenty of other fantastic organizations in Austin ready to accept your donation! If you've sorted your items and would like to spread the bounty between multiple causes, here are some other great options!
Organization: Safe Place
SafePlace is a fantastic organization that is committed to ending sexual and domestic violence. They provide safety and support to individuals and families affected by this kind of violence, who often bring none of their possessions with them. Their wish list itemizes things that they are critically low or out of, making it easy to see where your gently used items might make a big impact.
Needs: Food, Clothing, Cell Phones, Infant & Toddler Products, School Supplies
Wish List: here
Drop Off: 1515 Grove Blvd; Tuesday-Friday 10-3 and Wednesday 10-6
With the mission to provide "a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency," Caritas is helping the underprivileged in Austin every day. Through assistance with housing, food, education and employment, Caritas is helping families and individuals in need.
Needs: Household items (from furniture to flatware--think about what you would need in your first apartment) and food for their pantry.
Wish List: here
Drop Off: call 512.479.4610 for drop off specifics
Organization: Cell Phones for Soldiers
It seems like we all have one or two old cell phones lying around. Cell Phones for Soldiers will take your gently-used mobile phone and turn it into free communication tools for service men and women. Working with recycling partner ReCellular, they are given money for the phones, which they use to purchase calling cards and other communications devices.
Needs: well, cell phones!
Drop Off: Locate a drop-off location near you
Organization: Austin Libraries
All of the local Austin Libraries accept donations of books that are then sold via their Recycled Reads store at 5335 Burnet Road. All of the proceeds then directly benefit Austin Libraries. While they do not accept magazine donations, many of the branches have "giveaway tables" where customers can leave magazines for others. Bolster your local branch, whose focus is to provide "easy access to books and information for all ages, through responsive professionals, engaging programs, and state-of-the-art technology in a safe and friendly environment."
Drop Off: Any branch location, and Recycled Reads, during open hours
Organization: Dress For Success
The foundation of Dress For Success is based in promoting the economic independence of women "by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life." Your "conservative interview-appropriate clothing [and accessories] that any woman can wear year round can help one woman get a job.
Needs: Professional attire, accessories (like shoes and purses), cosmetics and undergarments.
Wish List: here
Drop Off: 701 Tillery Street, Suite A-5 Monday-Thursday 10-4, Saturday 10-2 or any West Bank Dry Cleaning location.
Perhaps this list will even encourage you to give more, to declutter more, and to realize that there is value in your belongings long after you've stopped appreciating them! Clean out those closets and stock someone else's!
Where else to you enjoy donating your gently used goods?