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The IRC in Salt Lake City is committed to supporting newly arrived refugees on their journey from harm to home. As a part of that commitment, we provide refugees with the basics they will need to start rebuilding their lives here in the U.S.

If you are looking for additional ways to get involved with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City, there are various donation opportunities available outside of our regular volunteer opportunities. In-kind donations, in addition to monetary donations, assist refugee families and individuals as they strive to reclaim control of their future and become integrated into the Salt Lake community. By providing in-kind donations to the IRC in Salt Lake City, we can ensure that refugees build a firm foundation in the United States.

In addition to in-kind donations, private donations contribute greatly to the success of the IRC's work. The IRC is consistently awarded top marks by charity watchdog groups for our efficient use of donor contribution and the effectiveness of our work. Every bit of support helps!

Make your online contribution today! Other monetary donations can be sent to our office in Salt Lake City:

International Rescue Committee
Attn: Donations

221 South 400 West
PO Box 3988
Salt Lake City, UT  84110

Please note that in-kind donations may be dropped off at the above location between 9am and 5pm weekdays with advance notice. To RSVP for a donation drop off, kindly contact our development coordinator, Jesse Sheets, at DonateSLC [at] Rescue.org.

Our current in-kind donation needs include the following:

  • New Roots2 new or like-new fuel-powered weed trimmers. One new or like-new rototiller.
  • Furniture: Gently used or new couches, dining tables, or dining chairs. Learn more about scheduling a donation pickup.
  • Home Cleaning/Hygiene: laundry detergent, dish soap, size 3-5 diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and personal hygiene kits (see below). 
  • Home Goods: New or like new window A/C units. Floor or box fans. New Tupperware/food storage sets. New, large food storage containers. Picture dictionaries.
  • Gift Cards: for large stores like Walmart, Target or Smith's
  • Wishlist: Warehouse Space

Kindly note that we are unable to accept everyday clothing donations. View our list of nonprofits who are able to accept clothing donations.

DIY Donation Drive Opportunities:

  • Gift Card Drive: gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target and Smith's offer newly arrived refugees the opportunity to choose for themselves the things they need. In addition, gift cards offer refugee families and individuals an important acculturation opportunity as they will need to traverse a new bus route to get to the store and also interact, in English, at the store once they arrive.
  • Adult Work BagAfter a newly arrived refugee receives a job, there are basic items that make the commute to and from work easier.
  • Personal Hygiene Items: include oral hygiene products, soap, shampoo and body wash. Full-size items are preferred.
  • Home Necessities Bundle: include multipurpose cleaners, laundry detergent and dish soap. These items are often expensive and difficult for newly arrived refugees to purchase within their first few months of arrival.
  • Basic Baby Bundle: currently we are in need of newborn baby bundles. Click the link to learn more!
  • Women's Welcome KitRefugee women face many challenges as they resettle into their new home, and we don't think managing their periods should be one of them. We are currently able to accept this kit on a limited basis. Kindly contact our donations coordinator to inquire about this need.

Seasonal In-Kind Donation Opportunities:

Throughout the year, the IRC in Salt Lake City reaches out to the community to provide specific items for donation drives and other needs, including our Back to School donation drive in August and our Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive in October.

  • Light One Candle: join us in welcoming refugees to Salt Lake City by sponsoring refugee families or individuals during our annual holiday gift drive.
  • Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive: throughout the month of September, the IRC in Salt Lake City calls upon the community to donate winter coats, boots and other items to distribute to newly arrived refugees in October.

Donation FAQs

Have the recent Executive Orders concerning the Refugee Travel Ban affected your donations program? 

Yes. Unfortunately, due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the misguided Travel Ban, we are only accepting a limited number of furniture donations at this time. We hope to begin our regular donation pickups again once the Travel Ban has been lifted, but it will all depend on the federal government’s decisions moving forward concerning refugee resettlement. We resettled our final family on Thursday, July 6th before the 120-day Travel Ban took effect.

To discuss the effects of the travel ban on our donations program, kindly contact our develpoment coordinator at DonateSLC [at] Rescue.org or by phone at 801-883-8457. 

Kindly note, we are still accepting small in-kind items including the items listed under our DIY and Seasonal Donation Drive opportunities above. 

How do I schedule a donation pickup?

Before scheduling a donation pickup, please take a moment to review the rest of our Donations FAQs.

  1. Kindly review our donation pickup range to see if we can schedule a pickup in your area.
  2. Furniture items for pickup should be in good condition, no rips or tears, and all pet hair should be removed prior to the pickup.
  3. Contact our development coordinator, Jesse Sheets, at 801-883-8457 or by email at DonateSLC [at] Rescue.org to discuss current furniture needs and the possibility of scheduling a donation pickup.
  4. Once items are picked up, our donations coordinator can offer you a tax-deductible donation receipt for your in-kind donation.

Does quality matter for furniture donations?

Yes! We like to say, “If you wouldn’t give it to a loved one, then it won’t work for a refugee family.” 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 or stains. If pets are allowed on upholstered furniture, the items should be well-vacuumed and cleaned before scheduling a donation pickup. All furniture should be structurally sound without any need for repairs.

Is the IRC able to make repairs or take time to deep-clean furniture?

No. Unfortunately, due to staff capacity and limited resources, we are unable to repair furniture or spend great lengths of time cleaning furniture. Please make any repairs or take time to deep-clean upholstered furniture, if necessary, before contacting the IRC to schedule a donation pickup.

Are there any items the IRC isn't able to accept?

Yes! We cannot accept the following items:

  • Mattresses/Box Springs
  • Bed Frames/Headboards
  • Sleeper Sofas
  • Futons
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Glass-top Furniture
  • Wicker Furniture
  • Entertainment Centers
  • Large Desks
  • Large Dressers
  • Large Bookcases
  • Cabinets
  • Dish Washers
  • Some electronics: VCRs, Sound Systems, Cameras, Telephones

We can only accept the following items new:

  • Car Seats
  • Toys
  • Bicycle Helmets
  • Linens/Towels
  • School Supplies
  • Hygiene Items
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Bed Pillows

We cannot accept computers over 4 years old. Additionally, we cannot accept washers, dryers and TVs over 10 years old.

Can the IRC accept clothing donations?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept clothing donations. However, during our Winter Clothing Drive, we can accept new or like-new winter coats, warm hats, scarves and gloves. Kindly review our list of nonprofits that are able to accept everyday clothing donations in addition to Deseret Industries.

Where does the IRC pickup furniture?

We’re glad you asked! Please view our Donation Pickup Range for a rough estimate of where we are able to schedule donation pickups. If you are slightly outside of the donation pickup range, please contact our donations coordinator to discuss the possibility of a donation pickup.

Can the IRC always accept furniture donations and other in-kind donations?

Most of the time, we are able to accept all eligible in-kind donations. However, storage space is limited. For donation pickups, we focus specifically on living area seating, dining tables and dining chairs—we are required to provide these items in refugee homes. If we have available space, we can accept additional furniture items. 

Will all items be accepted during a donation pickup appointment?

If our donations coordinator deems any items ineligible during a donation pickup, they will not be able to accept them for donation.

If we have collected items for bundle kits, how should we go about delivering those items to the IRC?

Our development coordinator should receive advanced notice prior to a donation being dropped off. Kindly contact our development coordinator, Jesse Sheets, at 801-883-8457 or by email at DonateSLC [at] Rescue.org, to discuss logistics for donation delivery.