Many families who are getting ready to move decide to use their relocation as an opportunity to purge all of their unneeded and outdated belongings. We’re often asked by our customers if we can make an extra stop to a local non-profit or a waste facility before bringing the rest of their items to their new home. And while we absolutely don’t mind adding a Point C to the moving day, we also know that scheduling that extra stop can be a pain. Most Nashville charities require you to schedule an appointment to drop off a massive donation (or even just a few furniture pieces), and most waste facilities do not appreciate or allow free junk drop-offs.
To help your family get rid of these items on your timetable, and to support Nashville non-profits who could use your donations, we decided to compile a list of our favorite charities that offer free pick-up of bulk donations!
We LOVE Safe Haven! (In fact, we love them so much, we host a giant charity drive called Movers for Moms for them every spring leading up to Mother’s Day.) Safe Haven is the only family homeless shelter in Middle Tennessee; the other homeless shelters are unfortunately unequipped to accept whole families, and must separate them into Men’s and Women’s & Children’s shelters when they arrive. Not only does Safe Haven work to find these families new and affordable housing, but this organization also provides assistance in finding employment for the parents, tutoring for the children, counseling services, financial training from the Dave Ramsey program, and basic furniture when the families are ready to move into new housing, all at no cost to the homeless families who enter the shelter.
Habitat is another great partner of ours. While most believe that Habitat for Humanity provides free houses to deserving homeless families, the organization actually provides a zero-interest loan for the families to purchase houses built by Habitat volunteers. The families are also required to have employment, have adequate earnings to make house payments, go through financial training courses, and participate in the building process before being able to own one of the homes. The ReStore is a thrift store operated by Habitat volunteers, and all profits support Habitat for Humanity of Middle Tennessee.
Many of our managers and employees are Catholic, and we love being able to support Catholic Charities’ many amazing local programs that help those in need in Nashville. While we will often transport donations for Catholic Charities by appointment, they also complete pick-ups every Wednesday morning at no cost!
Our first time working with ThriftSmart was this past July during our Christmas in July Coat Drive! ThriftSmart is another thrift store, but they sell all types of goods outside of just the furniture and home decor accepted by the ReStore. All of ThriftSmart’s profits are donated to support Nashville-based charities. The supported non-profit organizations serve a range of needs, from training Christian leaders in Africa to bringing healthcare to Belize to providing various resources to Middle Tennessee kids in need. You can find a list of the organizations supported by ThriftSmart here.
As huge proponents of education in Davidson County, we also appreciate The Arc’s work in our community. The Arc’s mission is to provide support and advocate for those who suffer from intellectual and developmental disabilities. We especially love that The Arc works with Metro Nashville Public Schools to provide education of soft skills to students suffering from educational disabilities.
This refugee support organization provides invaluable support of families who have escaped hardship in other countries by coming to Nashville. World Relief provides housing placement, employment services, and youth programs to help refugee families settle as quickly and seamlessly as possible in the Greater Nashville area.
While most people are aware of Goodwill’s thrift stores, fewer know about the Goodwill’s mission as a non-profit organization. All of the thrift stores’ profits support Goodwill’s Career Solutions Centers, which strive to find employment opportunities for anyone facing barriers to the workforce. These job applicants could have language barriers, physical or mental disabilities, criminal records, or simply need assistance finding job opportunities and learning job skills.
If none of these non-profit organizations seem to fit your philanthropic goals, or if you have some items to give away that aren’t usable to the organizations listed above, please give us a call! We would love to help you with any moving needs that come up, including disposal and recycling of items you don’t need anymore. For further information, please visit our website or give us a call or text at 615-248-6288!