The IRC in Missoula is committed to supporting newly arrived refugees on their journey from harm to home. As part of that commitment, we provide refugees with the basics they will need to start rebuilding their lives here in the U.S. Join our efforts by gathering much-needed in-kind donations to assist newly arrived refugee families and individuals as they work to regain control of their future and positively integrate into our community.
Due to an outpouring of support from our Montana community, we are in good shape when it comes to many household items. There are a few items, however, that we are running short on.
Current high-priority donation needs include the following:
- Twin Bedding Kits - includes 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, 1 pillow and pillowcase, 1 comforter, and 1 blanket (all bedding items must be purchased new)
- Heavy throw blankets (must be purchased new)
- Couches (we do not accept sleeper sofas)
- Kitchen tables and dining chair sets
- Nightstands/end tables
- Large cooking pots with lids
- Giftcards (VISA or grocery such as Walmart or Albertsons)
- Diapers (all sizes)
- Baby wipes
You can also visit or Amazon Wishlist to purchase items that are always needed. Items purchased from the Wishlist will be sent directly to the IRC Missoula office and be distributed to those we serve.
Financial contributions are accepted and can be madehere.
How do I get my donation to IRC Missoula?
Donations will be accepted by appointment only. To schedule a donation drop-off, please email our Development Manager, Sarah Howerton, at [email protected] with a detailed list of the items you have for donation and photos of furniture. We will follow up to confirm that we can receive the items and schedule a drop off time and location for our off-site storage.
Can IRC Missoula pick up a donation from my house?
For small and easy to move items, it can typically be arranged for and IRC staff member to pick up a donation from someone, as long as they are in Missoula.
For larger furniture items, such as couches, tables and dressers, we do not have consistent access to a pick-up truck and so it is not always possible for us to pick up a donation. If a donor does not have a way to get a large furniture item to us, they may elect to store it until we are ready to collect it.
We do not have the ability to pick up any donations from outside Missoula at this time.
Does quality matter for furniture donations?
Yes! Refugees should begin their new life with dignity, therefore, we have high expectations for furniture donations. Upholstered furniture should be in good condition without any tears, rips, scratches, smells or stains. If pets are allowed on upholstered furniture, the items should be well-vacuumed and cleaned before they are donated. All furniture should be structurally sound without any need for repairs.
Are there any items IRC Missoula does NOT accept?
Yes, we cannot accept the following
- Sleeper sofas/futons
- Used mattresses
- Box springs
- Used bedding of any kind
- damaged, worn, stained, stained, ripped items of any kind