Thank you for your interest in providing in-kind donations to the IRC! Community assistance with early resettlement in the form of donations is an amazing way to immediately impact the lives of newly arrived refugees, and we welcome your help. The primary beneficiaries of IRC donated goods are refugees from all over the world who have fled their homelands after experiencing life-threatening persecution and are unable to stay or return to his or her home country.  The ability to provide a warm and welcoming home upon their arrival in the U.S. is paramount to their comfort and security. We ask that interested community members work within our capacity and requirements to ensure our resettlement efforts are comprehensive and equitable.


  1. Prior to any procurement of donations or donation drives, you must reach out and speak with your appropriate office contact. Our goal is to ensure your donations are fully-utilized, and to do so, we must coordinate our efforts. The IRC retains the right to refuse any item procured without our knowledge. IRC in Turlock/Modesto:
  2. IRC does not have the ability to pick up donation items. The IRC can only accept items dropped off either at our office at a pre-arranged time or delivered directly to a clients place of residence with the help of IRC staff facilitation.
  3. The IRC is a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit organization, and as such donations can be tax deductible. After donating an item, the IRC will send you a receipt with our tax ID information and a record of the items you donated. The IRC cannot place a value on the items you donated, so there will be space on the receipt for you to input that information as you see fit.


Current list of needs:

The needs of refugees arriving in Turlock and Modesto vary and the IRC in Turlock hosts quarterly donation drives for specific items. In general, the items that are greatly appreciated and can be accepted year-round included in the link below. All items will be inspected upon drop off and each office retains the right to refuse any items.


Welcome Boxes 

Refugees arrive to the U.S. with one or two suitcases each, and limited cash. Until they receive their basic financial assistance grant from the IRC and are connected with public benefits programs, they lack the financial means to purchase essential items for their household. Welcome packages would be given to resettled refugees upon arrival.

Welcome boxes should be assembled together in one container (preferably a plastic box).

The IRC will only take items that are in NEW or LIKE NEW condition.