YWCA Sonoma County

Donated Items Policy

Since our inception in 1975, YWCA Sonoma County has benefited greatly by local support where our clients' personal needs are concerned.

The best support you can provide is to purchase gift cardswhich allow women and children in our care decision making ability to select and purchase wardrobe items which are uniquely their own from the following local retailers.

J C Penny, Kohl's, Macy's, Payless Shoes, Sears & Target

In addition, if your clothing items meet the following criteria, we will gladly accept deliver at our Administrative offices from 9:00 a. m. to 4 p. m. weekdays located at 811 Third Street in Santa Rosa based pm the schedule of seasons below. Please plan to complete our donated items form and estimate the value of your drop off so we may properly thank you and provide a receipt for your taxes.

Spring: January - March
Summer: April - June
Fall: July - September
Winter: October - December

 Ladies Clothing and Children't clothing ages 3 to 17 years meeting the following criteria only:

New in past five years
Gently worn/used or BRAND NEW
Dry cleaned or freshly laundered and ironed
Hung on dry cleaner or plastic hangers
From a non-smoking household
Free of holes or stains

We regret that we are unable to accept belts, shows and undergarments.

Infant to Toddler age appropriate clothing (newborn to 2T) meeting the following criteria ONLY

New in the past five years
Gently worn/used or BRAND NEW
Freshly laundered and ironed, on child size hangers or folded
From a non-smoking household
Free of holes or stains

We will accept shoes in good condition for this age group

An Important note on clothing -  If your items have already been placed in bags or if you were not anticipating our requirements for items to be clean, pressed and on hangers we want you to know we partner with the following organizations who would gladly receive your donations which once prepared would be placed in their retail locations where YWCA clients shop with pre-paid vouchers - supporting these groups does support YWCA Sonoma County - thank you!

Assistance League Thrift Shop The Welfare League
5 West Sixth Street 126 Fourth Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Santa Rosa, CA 95401
546-9484 542-7480
Drop of Times:  
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 10 - 4 p.m. Sat 11 -2 Mon - Saturday 10 - 4 p.m
Closed Thur and Sun  

Magazine and Periodicals - Participants in our programs do not have a need for periodicals and magazines, so we do not accept them for donations. 

Personal hygiene items - BRAND NEW make-up items, toothbrushes and paste are always welcome but trial sizes of any variety ARE NOT A GOOD FIT FOR OUR FAMILIES. Often a stay in our shelter can last several weeks - we prefer to furnish large volume shampoos and conditioners (thus eliminating the need for a client to ask for more trial sizes). Empowerment and autonomy is key to recovery for our families - thank you for your understanding. We simply do not have a demand for trial sizes of hygiene items and respectfully ask that these items not be donated.

Household furniture and home furnishings - regrettably our current staffing does not include personnel capable of moving items of furniture and we do not own a truck. . .but, we welcome items we may pass along to families in our care as they transition into their own homes. Please send photos and dimensions of these donations directly to Alison Dunbar, adunbar at ywcasc.org - and within 10 business days we will respond to let you know if we have found a home for these items.

If you prefer to move items more quickly we want you to know that proceeds from the profits of Treasure House Consignment Store fund YWCA's programs - consigning with them makes money for you and serves to become a donation to YWCA as well.

Treasure House (located next door to Nancy's Fancys Accepts consignment items
3450 Airway Drive (60% to the seller - 40% to TH)
Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Mondays between 10 and 2:30 by appointment


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