Not sure what to do with your no longer needed stuff after organizing?
Organized for Good hauls away your recycling & donations for free after an organizing session!
WHERE TO DONATE:
Recycled Reads / Austin Public Library
ACCEPTS - used books and media of all kinds, including ebook readers and tablets.
MISSION - "Recycled Reads receives all of Austin Public Library's discarded material, as well as donations from the public. We sell, recycle or repurpose this material, and all our proceeds benefit the Austin Public Library."
ACCEPTS - theater props and equipment, children's books, arts & crafts supplies, and more.
MISSION - "Creative Action is a nonprofit, arts-based youth development organization that provides hands-on, fun, creative learning programs in classrooms, in after school settings and in the community."
Dress for Success
ACCEPTS - clean professional women's clothing & accessories in good condition (on a hanger).
MISSION - "The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life."
ACCEPTS - comfortable shoes, socks, new underwear, backpacks, coats and blankets in the winter months.
MISSION - "Front Steps provides a pathway home for our neighbors experiencing homelessness by offering emergency shelter, affordable housing, recuperative medical care, supportive services, and promotes community awareness."
Top Drawer Thrift / Project Transitions
ACCEPTS - clothing, furniture, housewares, and more.
MISSION - "Project Transitions is dedicated to serving people with HIV and AIDS by providing supportive living, housing, recuperative care and hospice in compassionate and caring environments."
APA Thrift / Austin Pets Alive!
ACCEPTS - clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, and more (at APA Thrift on Burnet). Shelter accepts towels, yoga mats, dog kennels, toys, dog food, and more.
MISSION - "Austin Pets Alive! maintains comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the animals most at risk for euthanasia."
ACCEPTS - clothing (especially for women and children), housewares, and more.
MISSION - "The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace; their mission is to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change."
Austin Creative Reuse
ACCEPTS - most arts & crafts supplies including textiles, raw materials, jars, candles, buttons, jewelry remnants, and more.
MISSION - "Our mission is to foster conservation and reuse through creativity, education, and community building. Our vision is a community that consciously consumes and chooses reuse as a first choice when evaluating the need for personal or project materials."
Central Texas Food Bank
ACCEPTS - healthy, non-perishable food, items with intact, un-opened, consumer or commercial packaging, items with non-breakable packaging, within the expiration date on packaging. High needs include peanut butter, canned chicken breast or tuna, canned low sodium vegetables, canned fruit in its own juice (no sugar added), dry pinto beans, brown rice, non-fat dry milk powder, 100% whole grain cereal.
MISSION - "1) We share free food and our knowledge on low-cost, healthy eating with families in need. 2) We assist families who qualify for federal assistance programs. 3) We make food affordable for charitable and government partners."
Restore Austin (Habitat for Humanity)
ACCEPTS - home improvement supplies, furniture, clothing, housewares, outdoor
MISSION - "The mission and vision of Austin Habitat for Humanity are anchored around our dedication to ending the cycle of poverty housing and the deeply held belief that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live."
Inside Books Project
ACCEPTS - dictionaries, reference books, how-to books, books in Spanish, personal development, etc.
MISSION - "Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. It works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration."
WHERE TO RECYCLE:
Austin Resource Recovery
ACCEPTS - many materials not accepted in single-stream recycling (such as styrofoam, hard plastics, fabrics), plus hazardous materials like paints, household chemicals, electronics, and more.
MISSION - "Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Our goal is to reach Zero Waste by 2040, which means reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills by 90 percent."
HOW TO 'SWAP':
No matter how organized we are, it's necessary to regularly inventory our clothing, because as we constantly grow and change physically and psychologically, so does our style of dress. While shopping is not a sustainable hobby (for the environment or for our wallets), many of us acknowledge that getting a new outfit can spark a thrill of joy. Clothing swaps allow us to unleash the potential of our no-longer-loved clothes, while saving ourselves some money, giving our closets some fresh space, and refreshing our styles. At the end of the swap, the remaining clothes are donated to some of the wonderful non-profit organizations listed above. Everybody wins!