Many of our programs are looking for specific in-kind donations. Whether you personally have services or goods to offer or would like to organize a drive to collect items for a specific program, we are grateful for your support. To give you ideas on items or services to donate, below are some of our needs by program. If you have specific questions or to find our location for item drop-off, please contact us.
Note: Most in-kind donations made to Catholic Charities are tax-deductible. Receipts are available.
Donate Your Vehicle
You can donate your car, boat, or recreational vehicle, whether it is running or not, to Catholic Charities. The proceeds from the sale will be used to fund our programs and services for the disadvantaged people we assist. We can arrange to have your vehicle towed at no cost to you. Catholic Charities partners with Volunteers of America for this service. Click here and complete the online vehicle donation form.
Real Estate & Property
Donating property to Catholic Charities is a thoughtful, generous way to create a major impact on the housing issues that face our under-served community members. Often, we work to turn gifted property and buildings into life-sustaining permanent housing.
Contact our Development Office at 503-688-2625 if you’d like to learn more about donation options or to discuss a particular property or building donation you may have in mind.
Kenton Women’s Village
We are currently running a collection drive for Kenton’s Women’s Village to prepare for winter and women moving into new apartments. Interested in helping? Check this PDF for ways you can help!
Here are a few other in-kind donations currently needed at Kenton Women’s Village:
Provide Dinner for Kenton Women’s Village Residents
Consider joining with friends or colleagues to provide a Monday evening supper (for 14). We ask that the meal include a main dish, side vegetable, starch, beverage and dessert.
Please deliver in disposable dishes (containers delivered will be treated as part of the donation). Meals are requested for delivery to North Portland between 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm on Mondays.
Provide Lunch for Kenton Women’s Village Residents
Consider providing 14 brown-bag sack lunches to the residents of Kenton Women’s Village. Lunches should include sandwich, fruit, chips/crackers, and drink. Days are flexible with delivery requested by 11:30 am.
To learn more and/or coordinate this food donation, please call (503) 688-2623 or by email.
Winter Weather Clothing & Sleeping Bags
In preparation for winter, Kenton Women’s Village is in need of the following new or like new items:
Sleeping bags – high quality, rated to 20°F
Winter rain/insulted jackets – waterproof (contact us for size ranges)
Rain boots – rubber/PVC, preferable insulated (contact us for size ranges)
For daily matters, Kenton Women’s Village currently needs:
Mop and gloves
Neosporin for sores
Donations may be dropped off at the Village or at Catholic Charities. Please contact us for more information about drop-off hours and location.
Catholic Charities Housing Transitions is always in need of white cotton women’s athletic socks, women’s cotton underwear in all sizes, personal and feminine hygiene items, and backpacks. We are not able to accept clothing due to a lack of storage, but welcome winter coats, gloves, hats, and sleeping bags in season.
Pregnancy and Parenting Support
Every donation directly supports the children and families receiving services at Catholic Charities. We are in need of:
- Diapers, especially newborn size
- New cribs
- New baby clothes
- New toys
Please note: We can only accept new items as hygiene and safety requirements for pregnant women and newborn babies are quite specific.
Through our traveling crib program, we collect items for the baby and maternity supplies from parishes around the Portland area to support mothers who are facing difficult situations. Each year hundreds of women and their babies are helped with donations of diapers, clothes, parenting and relationship education classes, and rent and utility assistance.
To learn more about the Traveling Crib, please call (503) 238-5196.
Refugees arrive with very few personal possessions. One of our initial services is to provide secure housing with furnishings and food. Your in-kind donations of new or like new household items and furniture allow refugees to focus on other priorities such as English-language learning, employment, health care, and education. Below are some ways you can get involved in collecting items for our new arrivals:
Most Needed Items
Warm winter blankets
Alarm Clocks, Wall Clocks
Coffee makers/French Press
New pots and pans sets
Gift Cards (Walmart, Winco, FredMeyer, Home Depot)
The Traveling Suitcase program is designed to be an easy and simple tool to collect donations and learn about newly arriving refugees. When you choose to host the traveling suitcase or a donation drive, a representative from Refugee Services is available to support the project throughout, come talk to your group about the program, and provide you with materials. Please click here to contact someone about this program.
Airport Welcome Bags
Catholic Charities is proud to partner with Butterfly Boxes to create welcome bags that we give to all refugees when they arrive at Portland International Airport. Please visit Butterfly Boxes to learn what items are needed and how you can contribute.
Donating Your Items:
If you have collected household items or furniture you’d like to donate, please call (971) 222-1883 to make an appointment for drop-off or pick-up.
Please note that due to limited staff resources, pick-up service is not always available.