Items needed for refugees in Charlottesville

Last updated 

*Updated October 2018

The IRC in Charlottesville is committed to bringing our beneficiaries from harm to home. As a part of that commitment, we provide them with necessities they will need to start rebuilding their lives here. To do this, the IRC relies on donated items from community partners that are passed into the hands of our beneficiaries free of charge either through our Resettlement Store or as part of an initial apartment setup.

The IRC’s Resettlement Store is stocked with donations from community members and is open twice each week for IRC families to “shop” for free. See below for an extensive list of acceptable and most needed items. We accept both new and gently used items. This list is updated regularly to reflect current needs and changes in the kinds of items we can and cannot accept. Due to space constraints we cannot accept most adult clothing items (although we can accept coats and other winter items beginning in the fall). We also do not accept single mugs or wine glasses. Please check here for a more extensive list of items we do not accept:

Deliver donated items to 609 East Market Street, Suite 104 (our office entrance is on 7th Street) during the following hours. There is temporary parking available on the corner of 7th and Market for donation drop-off.

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am-12pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2pm-5pm
  • Fridays, 9am-5pm

If you are interested in donating items or have any questions, please contact or 434-979-7772 ext. 102.


  • Bowls and plates
  • Utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Mixing bowls
  • Water glasses
  • Microwaves
  • Mixers/blenders
  • Electric tea kettles
  • Rice cookers

Household items:

  • New, unused cleaning supplies: all-purpose cleaner, dish soap, sponges
  • Laundry detergent
  • Towels
  • Light bulbs
  • Irons
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Rugs
  • Sewing machines
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Space heaters (wintertime)
  • Fans & window AC units (summertime)

Personal hygiene products (new only):

  • Shampoo
  • Bar soap
  • Tooth brushes
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitary napkins (please, no tampons)


  • Computers (laptop only)
  • Televisions (flat panel only - no box TVs)
  • Tablets/iPads

Infant/child items:

  • Diapers (especially size 4) and wipes
  • Car seats (especially larger, forward-facing seats for toddlers - please be sure that all donated car seats are unexpired)
  • Strollers
  • Pack 'n Plays (no cribs, please)
  • Baby clothing


  • Umbrellas
  • Digital alarm clocks
  • Rugs / Carpets
  • Backpacks
  • Picture Dictionaries
  • Paper or plastic grocery bags (we re-use these to bag up items for clients when they shop)

Our New Roots team is currently looking for:

  • Small sizes of gardening gloves
  • High quality harvest baskets
  • 5 gallon buckets
  • Tiller
  • Panorama paydirt
  • Cow manure
  • Grub hoes
  • 6' to 8’ metal stakes
  • Fencing
  • Lawn mower
  • String trimmer
  • Watering cans
  • Bug netting
  • Enclosed trailer
  • Any gardening tools

*Please call or email before dropping off large-item donations to ensure we can accept them.

We are unfortunately unable to accept:

  • Adult clothing
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses 
  • Items requiring repairs in order to work
  • Food items
  • Single wine glasses and mugs
  • Large, older-model televisions or computers
  • Printers
  • Candles