Donating in RIYour Newport, RI home is under agreement. You’re preparing to move. You realize some of your possessions won’t be coming with you. They’re in good condition, and you know someone could use them, but you don’t know where to turn. Here’s a comprehensive guide on who takes what in greater Newport.


All of the following non-profits stress that they are interested in donations that meet certain quality standards and are suitable for re-use and/or resale.It is important to note that they are not an alternative cleanout option for items that should be dumped and/or put into the RI Resource Recovery Recycling stream.Non-donatable items that should be recycled include: regular household recycling items that are eligible for curbside pickup, cardboard, metal, rigid plastics, electronic waste, styrofoam, and Eco Depot hazardous materials.All of the aforementioned have specific drop-off locations. To learn more read A-Z: How to Dispose of? from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation.

1. Amos House (401.272.0220):

Accepted items: furniture, linens, towels, rugs, and household items; no decorative items

Amos House operates 98 housing units for people in recovery. Donations become part of the inventory in the apartments and houses that they own and manage that their guests transition through.Contact the housing coordinator Reina Castro .The Executive Director, Eileen Hayes, will make an appointment to verify that the items are a fit and that the quality is up to their standard. They will schedule a pickup with their staff. A recent seller told us this was the only non-profit that would even consider taking pillows and mattresses.

Chief Philanthropy Office, Jessica Slater adds,

Each year, almost 200 men and women enter Amos House’s Recovery-based shelter.  Our goal for all of them is to help them move into permanent housing, but affordable housing is limited.  When we do have an available housing option, we need furniture and household items to help them get set up for their fresh start.  Donations from community members help turn housing into homes for men, women, and families.  While we are not able to accept all donations, the best way to find out if you have some things that we can use is to give us a call at 401-831-9866.  Someone in our development department will take your information and talk to our housing staff.”

newport moving truckJessica Salter, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Amos House, 460 Pine Street, Providence, RI 02907

office:401.272.0220 x210

2. Salvation Army Newport (401.421.5270):

Accepted items: furniture, household items including decorative items, books, clothing

They sell donations in their thrift stores around the state and the sales benefit their programs.

Call early to schedule a pickup to get on the list. Prior to your pickup date, you can add or remove donation items or change the pickup date.Everything they take is at the discretion of the driver at the time of pickup.Can also drop off donations at certain Salvation Army Stores around the state, but not the Newport store.

3. Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop (401.847.8441):

Accepted items: furniture, household items including decorative items, clothing

They sell donations in their thrift store on Broadway.The store sales benefit the McKinney Shelter.

Call to schedule a pickup and discuss donation as they don’t always have room for certain larger items.Pickup days are Mondays & Tuesdays. Prior to pickup, can add or remove donation items. Everything they take is at the discretion of the driver at the time of pickup.

4. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of RI (401.921.2434):

Accepted items: only bagged clothing and household linens (bedding, sheets, towels, table linens) for curbside pickup

They sell donations at Savers locations around the state.Cloth items that don’t meet the standard to be sold are ragged.

They pickup weekly in different cities/towns around the state.Schedule pickup online and schedule early as the spots fill up fast.Can also drop off at Savers donation centers located next door to Savers thrift stores around the state. In addition to the curbside pickup items listed above, they take small furniture and household items at the donation centers.

5. Planet Aid:

As an easy alternative, bagged clothing and household linens (bedding, sheets, towels, table linens) can be taken to the Broadway/Admiral Kalbfus drop-off location. Their focus is keeping things out of the landfill that are recyclable.

6. Newport Library Bookstore:

Accepted items: books

Sales benefit library programs.

Since COVID, the drop-off is at the loading dock at the Newport Public Library or books can be left inside at the ground floor bookstore during library hours.

7. Lucy’s Hearth (401.847.2021) and Women’s Resource Center (401.846.5263).

Their ability to receive donations fluctuates, dependent on whether they are transitioning clients into their own homes, so call to verify current need.

Pass along your “good stuff” to a few of these non-profits, and you’ll save money on your move, lessen the load on Rhode Island’s landfills and help someone else in the process.  What could be better than that?