Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of the IRC in San Jose! In-kind donations help provide a warm welcome to refugees upon their arrival in the U.S. Please keep reading to learn about our in-kind donations program and what items are desired to help us meet the material needs of our newest community members.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations can be tax deductible, to the extent permitted by law. We provide a donation receipt for all donations, including in-kind donations. We cannot place a value on the items you donate, unless a purchase receipt is included with the donation of new items. We suggest you consult your tax professional for more information about charitable deductions, if needed.


Policies and Procedures:

  1.  Please review the entirety of this page to learn about the different items we accept, any restrictions we have on the condition of particular items, and what we most need at this time.
  2. All donation drop-offs require an appointment as our storage facilities are off-site and our team is often in the field delivering items to our clients. Please note that we have limited capacity to pick up donations, and as such, priority for pick ups is given to large furniture.
  3. Please allow approximately 30 minutes for your donation drop-off appointment. During this time, your donation will be assessed, itemized, and sorted. We reserve the right to reject any donations that do not meet our standards or our current demands.
    • RECCOMENDED: Arriving with an itemized list of what you would like to donate is much appreciated and speeds up the drop-off.
    • We CANNOT accept items that are not in usable condition. This includes items that are unclean, broken, or missing pieces. Additionally, we cannot accept items in which health and safety regulations prohibit us from accepting those items.
  4. When you are ready, please contact us at [email protected] to coordinate your donation. We thank you for your generosity!

Desired items:


Baby & Children's Items



Gift Cards: The Gift of Choice

VISA or Mastercard gift cards and gift cards to businesses such as, Amazon, Costco, IKEA, Lyft, Target, Walmart, Uber, and more are highly appreciated because they allow our clients to obtain what they most need while bestowing upon them the gift of choice. Increments of $25 are encouraged.

Home Goods

Major Impact Items

These items provide a major impact in a refugee's journey to self-sufficiency.

Personal Hygiene

Donation Drives

We kindly ask that interested community members and groups contact us to discuss potential donation drives to assure our collective efforts are most impactful.

You can reach us by emailing [email protected] to begin this conversation.

Wish Lists

Amazon Wish List