Items needed for refugees in Charlottesville

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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 Shore 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. An extensive list of acceptable and most needed items is below. Most needed items right now? Sheets, towels, and blankets!

As of February 2018, we are also looking for some strollers for newly-arrived refugees with young children, and have started accepting car seats (good condition, unexpired) again. Please check back as needs change!

Deliver donated items to:
609 East Market Street, Suite 104.
Our office entrance is on 7th Street.

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. 114.

Below is a list of items that are in-demand as we strive to meet the needs of our refugee clients. We accept both new and gently used items. Please check this list often as items we accept can change frequently based on need and space.

Due to space constraints we are currently not accepting clothing items. We also cannot accept single mugs or wine glasses. Please see below for a longer list of items we do not accept, and check back soon.


  • 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
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Blankets
  • Rugs
  • 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) + wipes
  • Car seats (especially larger, forward-facing seats for toddlers - please be sure that all donated car seats are unexpired)
  • Strollers
  • Pack 'n Plays


  • Umbrellas
  • Digital alarm clocks
  • Rugs / Carpets
  • Backpacks
  • Picture Dictionaries

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 your items.

We are unfortunately unable to accept:

  • Furniture
  • Items requiring repairs in order to work
  • Food items
  • Ripped, torn, or stained clothing
  • Large, older-model televisions or computers
  • Printers
  • Candles


Vehicle Donations

With the vehicle-dependent culture that is so prevalent in most of the U.S., a donated car can be life-changing for a new refugee struggling with mobility. Donated vehicles help refugees fleeing conflict and oppression travel to work, regain control over their lives, and achieve self-sufficiency. A tax-deductible donation, a new vehicle is certain to be the "lift" a refugee needs to move from surviving to thriving in Charlottesville.

Ready to donate your car to the IRC? Want to learn more? Contact or call (434) 979-7772 ext. 114 to get started!

The IRC only accepts donations of vehicles that are in running condition and have a current inspection sticker.

Functioning bicycles, if possible with helmet, lock, and lights, are also a valuable mode of transportation for employed refugees during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.