Donate Material Items

updated 6/16/2017

HOW HAS THE RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER AFFECTED YOUR MATERIAL DONATION NEEDS? 

We expect to resettle about 90 people between now and 10/1/2017. Thus, our need for standard welcome kit items for new families is lower than past years. We also have limited storage space. So the best way to support new families through in-kind donations is to purchase items from our critical household needs list on Amazon.

DO YOU NEED VOLUNTEERS TO ASSEMBLE WELCOME KITS OF DONATED ITEMS FOR NEW FAMILIES RIGHT NOW?
Yes, but only if you're part of a Good Neighbor Team that has gone through our training and is preparing to be matched with a specific family. 

CAN I DONATE GENERAL ITEMS?
Yes!  However, ONLY items from this list. 

- bed bug protection mattress covers (new only, size twin and full) 
-box fans 
-folding chairs 
-plates and bowls 
- microwaves
- tea kettles
- serving tray for tea
- winter boots (mens, womens childrens)
- pack ‘n plays

CAN I DROP OFF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AT WORLD RELIEF CHCAGO?
Yes, but as ONLY the items listed above, please.
Unrequested items make extra work for us and take away from our ability to help refugee families. Email jmau@wr.org to inquire about dropping off an item/items on this list.    

WHAT HOUSEHOLD ITEMS ARE NOT HELPFUL?
These items are commonly dropped at our office, but are NOT helpful. Please do not bring them: toys, baby-related accessories other than the ones listed above, electronic equipment (including stereos and old TVs that require a converter box), wall hangings, purses, houseplants, old shoes,  (lightly used winter boots are acceptable).

CAN I DROP OFF CLOTHING DONATIONS AT WORLD RELIEF CHCAGO?
No.

DO YOU NEED FURNITURE, AND CAN YOU PICK IT UP?
We always need kitchen/dining room chairs. They can be wooden chairs or folding chairs. If you are able to drop them at our office during business hours, that is a great help. Pickup may be possible depending on your location. Just send an email to furniturechicago@wr.org.

Other items we need include the list below. Please read on about our pickup ability.

-smaller 3-seat sofas (no super bulky/heavy ones)
-2-seater loveseats
-living room chairs
-dining chairs
-dressers
-kitchen/dining tables
-coffee tables/end tables
-twin mattresses (sometimes, and only at the discretion of our donations coordinator)

CAN YOU COME PICKUP MY FURNITURE DONATION?
We do pick up furniture, and we use it to furnish apartments for newly arriving refugee families. However, we are not set up as a pickup service, such as Amvets or Salvation Army. We can only take things on the list above, and our pickup schedule is limited. We are located in Albany Park, and our general range is: south to 290, west to route 83, north to route 68, east to the lake. 

 EMAIL furniturechicago@wr.org WITH PICTURES OF YOUR FURNITURE.