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Donation Guidelines

The IRC in Baltimore provides clients with basic necessities to rebuild their lives in Maryland. To do this, we rely on new and gently-used donated items from community partners. Please review the guidelines below if you are interested in donating needed items to the IRC. Note that some additional safety procedures are now in place due to COVID-19.

Steps to donate needed items:

  1. Review the list of needed items below. Our storage space and donation appointment times are limited, so we are only able to accept items on this list.  
  2. Complete this Ryan.Coster [at] Rescue.org (subject: In-Kind%20Donations, body: *Note%20from%20IRC%3A%20please%20fill%20out%20the%20information%20below%20to%20help%20us%20process%20your%20donation%20inquiry.%20Thank%20you!%20%0A%0A1.%20Your%20name%3A%20%0A%0A2.%20How%20did%20you%20hear%20about%20the%20IRC%3F%20%0A%0A3.%20What%20items%20would%20you%20like%20to%20donate%3F%20Please%20reference%20our%20website%20for%20current%20needs%3A%20http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2FIRCin-kind-donations%20%0A%0A4.%20When%20would%20like%20to%20deliver%20the%20items%20to%20the%20IRC%20office%3F%20%0A%0A5.%20Are%20you%20interested%20in%20getting%20involved%20with%20the%20IRC%20in%20other%20ways%3F%20If%20so%2C%20have%20you%20attended%20an%20IRC%20info%20session%3F%20Upcoming%20dates%20are%20listed%20here%3A%20https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rescue.org%2Fvolunteer-opportunities%2Fbaltimore-md.%20%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A) (email form) to let us know which needed items you would like to donate. 
  3. IRC staff will reply within 1-2 weeks to confirm whether we can accept items.
  4. Donations are accepted by appointment only. IRC staff will set a drop-off time and meet you outside the office to pick up items.  

Needed items include: 

  1. Items from our Amazon Wish List, including Visa and Giant giftcards to provide additional support to clients during the coronavirus pandemic. These purchases are delivered to the IRC office and staff distribute directly to clients.
  2. Specific items for new apartment set-ups and deliveries to clients include:  ​
  • Kitchen items: plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, utensils, pots, pans, electric kettles
  • Personal hygiene items: *deodorant, *lotion, *shampoo, *soap, *toothbrush, *toothpaste, *feminine products (pads), *razors, *shaving cream, *toilet paper
  • Backpacks and school supplies: backpacks for K-12 students, *paper, *spiral notebooks, *folders, *pens, *pencils, *markers, *colored pencils, *crayons
  • Baby items: strollers, blankets, small toys, *car seats
  • Linens: bath towels, hand towels, kitchen towels, sheets and blankets for twin and queen mattresses, *pillows. Gently used items must be washed. Sheets and blankets must be labelled twin or queen size.  
  • Household items: hangers, table lamps, small garbage can, organizers such as drawer sets, bins, baskets​
  • Cleaning supplies: *detergent, *sponges, *all-purpose cleaner, *paper towels, broom, dust pan, vacuum
  • Winter coats and clothing: may be accepted on a case-by-case basis or as a group collection project. See details below. 

*Starred items must be new. 

Note: We are not able to pick up or accept furniture donations. We recommend contacting Habit for Humanity of the Chesapeake ReStore.

Group collection projects for needed items: 

Please contact us before starting your collection, to ensure items are needed and we have sufficient storage space.  

  1. Collect 30 (or more!) backpacks filled with school supplies: 10 elementary, 10 middle school, 10 high school. Backpacks may be gently used but supplies should be new. Please VolunteerBaltimore [at] Rescue.org (subject: Interested%20in%20backpack%20collection, body: *Please%20complete%20the%20following%20to%20help%20us%20process%20your%20request.%20Thank%20you%20for%20your%20interest%20in%20the%20IRC!%20%0A%0A1.%20Your%20name%3A%20%0A%0A2.%20How%20did%20you%20hear%20about%20the%20IRC%3F%0A%0A3.%20How%20many%20backpacks%20will%20you%20or%20your%20group%20plan%20to%20collect%3F%20What%20is%20the%20approx.%20date(s)%20the%20backpacks%20will%20be%20ready%20to%20deliver%20to%20the%20IRC%3F%20%0A%0A4.%20Have%20you%20or%20anyone%20in%20your%20group%20attended%20a%20monthly%20info%20session%20to%20learn%20more%20about%20IRC's%20work%20and%20volunteer%20opportunities%3F%20This%20is%20not%20required%20for%20a%20collection%20project%2C%20but%20encouraged!%20Upcoming%20info%20session%20dates%20are%20listed%20here%3A%20https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rescue.org%2Fvolunteer-opportunities%2Fbaltimore-md%0A) (contact us) to receive the school supply lists and arrange a drop-off time. 
  2. Collect 30 (or more!) new or gently used winter coats: 15 children sizes, 15 adult sizes. Other winter items (boots, hats, scarves, gloves) are also welcome. Please Ryan.Coster [at] rescue.org (subject: Interested%20in%20coat%20collection%20project, body: *Please%20complete%20the%20following%20to%20help%20us%20process%20your%20request.%20Thank%20you%20for%20your%20interest%20in%20the%20IRC!%20%0A%0A1.%20Your%20name%3A%20%0A%0A2.%20How%20did%20you%20hear%20about%20the%20IRC%3F%0A%0A3.%20How%20many%20coats%20and%2For%20winter%20items%20will%20you%20or%20your%20group%20plan%20to%20collect%3F%20What%20is%20the%20approx.%20date(s)%20the%20items%20will%20be%20ready%20to%20deliver%20to%20the%20IRC%3F%20%0A%0A4.%20Have%20you%20or%20anyone%20in%20your%20group%20attended%20a%20monthly%20info%20session%20to%20learn%20more%20about%20IRC's%20work%20and%20volunteer%20opportunities%3F%20This%20is%20not%20required%20for%20a%20collection%20project%2C%20but%20encouraged!%20Upcoming%20info%20session%20dates%20are%20listed%20here%3A%20https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rescue.org%2Fvolunteer-opportunities%2Fbaltimore-md%0A) (contact us) if you are interested and to arrange a drop-off time. 
  3. Join the Welcome Home Project to collect household items and set up an entire apartment for a new family. This is a great project for a small group or family. Kids are welcome to join with adults! 
  4. Ryan.Coster [at] Rescue.org (subject: Interested%20in%20a%20collection%20drive, body: Please%20include%20the%20following%20information%3A%20%0A%0A1.%20Your%20name%3A%20%0A%0A2.%20How%20did%20you%20hear%20about%20the%20IRC%3F%20%0A%0A3.%20Have%20you%20attended%20an%20info%20session%3F%20Upcoming%20dates%20are%20listed%20here%3A%20https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rescue.org%2Fvolunteer-opportunities%2Fbaltimore-md%0A%0A4.%20What%20type(s)%20of%20items%20would%20you%20or%20your%20group%20like%20to%20donate%3F%20%0A%0A5.%20What%20is%20the%20time%20frame%20for%20your%20project%3F) (Contact us) about creating a special donation drive for your group. Donation drives typically include backpacks and school supplies, winter clothing, or personal hygiene items.