Donating Items

 

We would be unable to meet the basic needs of all of our clients without help from community members like you. Your donations make a difference to all of our clients, year round.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CURRENT NEEDS 


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       Items ship directly to YWCA! Make sure to select YWCA Pierce County as the shipping address during check-out.

NATURAL HAIR CARE NEEDS
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TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT NEEDS


 

OUR IN-KIND DONATION PHILOSOPHY

At the YWCA Pierce County, we only accept new, unused, unexpired donations. We do this because we firmly believe that the dignity that comes from being able to have new items when fleeing domestic violence brings healing and encouragement to our clients.

Everyday items that you may take for granted can help survivors begin to feel confident about beginning their path towards an independent life. Whether they are staying in our shelter or are a community member, receiving new items help to create a comfortable, beautiful environment where survivors can feel more independent and able to begin their path towards healing.

DONATION DROP OFF

Please do not take donations to our shelter. Due to security reasons they cannot accept donations. Our administration offices are open for donations Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm, at 405 Broadway in Tacoma.

DONATION DRIVES

Does your group or organization want to do a donation drive? Our donation needs fluctuate throughout the year so please contact us to see what the greatest need is currently.

PLEASE DO

  • Contact our Volunteer and Community Resource Coordinator to determine if the items you’d like to donate are needed and can be accepted. If we’re unable to accept your donation, we will do our best to direct you to other organizations in need. Please note that agencies we refer you to may or may not be able to accept your items.
  • Schedule all donation drop-offs with our staff. You can drop off without calling ahead, but it is appreciated as it gives our staff time to be prepared to assist you in unloading your items.
  • Donate brand new, unopened, unexpired items.
  • Donate only full-size toiletry and household items.
  • Complete an in-kind donation form. It is required if you’d like a tax acknowledgment letter and it helps us keep up with donations received. You can download the form here

WE CAN ACCEPT

  • New, unused, unexpired donations
  • Items outlined in the Current Needs List
  • Cell phones – See Below

WE CANNOT ACCEPT

  • Travel size, used, expired, or opened toiletries
  • “New” donations in which items have been removed from the packaging (i.e. a box of tampons that has been opened and only a couple have been removed)
  • Used, expired or recalled baby items, including cribs, strollers, and car seats
  • Used items (including books, toiletries, etc)
  • Clothing (We partner with other organizations to provide clothing to our clients, since we do not have the space or staff to sort and store large quantities of clothing.)

CELL PHONES

Donate your used cell phones to YWCA Pierce County--working or not. Some will become emergency phones for domestic violence survivors and others will be recycled by the YWCA. For every phone we recycle, YWCA Pierce County will receive funding to support our programs and services.

DONATION REFERRALS

Can’t donate something to us but still want to find somewhere? We partner with the following organizations often and would encourage you to reach to them! (Please note: Just because an organization is on this list does not mean that they will accept your donation.)

  • Miscellaneous Clothing
    • Fircrest Methodist Clothing Closet – Phone: 253-564-7862
    • Hope Sparks – 253-565-4484
    • Share and Care House 253-564-4177
  • Used Items & Travel Size Toiletries
    • Nativity House – Phone: 253-502-2780
    • Tacoma Rescue Mission – Phone: 253-383-4493; Email: bobk@trm.org
    • Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center – Phone: 253-593-6641
    • Tree House – 253-403-8510
  • Furniture
    • NW Furniture Bank – Phone: 253-302-3868
    • Home Start – 253-988-8487
  • Other DV/Women-Centered Organizations/Shelters
    • Family Renewal Shelter – Phone: 253-475-9010
    • Korean Women’s Association – Phone: 253-535-4202
    • Salvation Army Family Lodge – 253-627-3962

 
If you have any questions please contact our Fund Development Manager at 253-272-4181 ext. 246 or  jbohlin@ywcapiercecounty.org