Organize It: Places to Donate Items in Indianapolis


places to donate in Indianapolis

It’s January and the beginning of a new year. More than likely you are and will be spending the next few weeks cleaning out closets, toy boxes, rooms and all of the above to make room for a fresh start. And now you are looking for places to donate your toys, clothing and household goods, right? There are several organizations within Indianapolis that are looking for these donations. So instead of driving around with those bags in your trunk or letting them pile up in your house, we are sharing a list of places to donate items in Indianapolis and around our community. 

Open Doors  of Westfield – Westfield

Open Doors of Westfield was established in 1990 and provides food and clothings assistance to families in and around the community. You can check their website for their current pantry and clothing needs as well as find out how you can help if you are looking to volunteer. 

Merciful H.E.L.P. Center – Carmel

Part of Our Lady Mount Carmel Church, Merciful H.E.L.P. Center provides people in Hamilton County with the basic necessities of life. Dropping donations off if easy to their Donation Room, located on the south side of the building. Please be sure to note the list of donated items they will not accept. 

Mission 27 – Fountain Square

An outreach program of the Society of St. Paul Vincent de Paul, Mission 27 is a thrift shop in which proceeds are used to care for those who need who are in need within the community. There is currently a list of the most needed items as well as items they are unable to accept. 

Lambswear – Indianapolis

Lambswear collects gently used children’s clothing to provide it for those families in need. Donations must be laundered and can be dropped off at their warehouse during regular business house. 

The Hope House – Greenfield

The Hope House strives to provide a community and empowerment for the clients that are staying there in order to help them live a more stable and productive life. They have the capacity to serve up to 35 men, women and children that have a solid connection in Hancock, Henry, Shelby or Rush counties. A list of of needed supply donations can be found on their website. 

Wheeler Mission – Indianapolis

Wheeler Mission focuses on helping the homeless in Indiana. A variety of donation items are currently being accepted and they can even arrange to pick up larger items if needed. 

Coburn Place – Indianapolis

Coburn Place offers supportive services and housing options to survivors of intimate partner violence. They offer a variety of services as well as transitional housing at their building in Midtown Indianapolis. Their wish list is updated regularly as well as a list of their urgently needed items. 

Exodus Refugee Immigration – Indianapolis

Exodus Refugee Immigration works with refugees to help establish self-sufficient lives for themselves and their families here in Indiana. You can reach out to Exodus to find out what the current needs are for the season. 

Dress for Success – Indianapolis

This organization provides women with the supportive services they need to make life transitions as we well as empower women to achieve economic independence. Dress for Success will provide a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. They accept anything you typically wear to a job interview including suits and professional clothing. 

Julian Center – Indianapolis 

The Julian Center is the largest organization in Indiana that supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises. They currently are accepting donations for their Thrifty Threads thrift store which provides items for families free of charge that will help them recover and establish new beginnings for their lives. Check their website for accepted donation items. 

The Mustard Seed of Central Indiana Furniture Bank – Fishers

Have furniture you no longer need? The Mustard Seed helps rebuild the lives of families and individuals who have suffered disaster or personal tragedy by providing household furnishings. You can send them an email to share more about your furniture donation. 

The PourHouse – Indianapolis

Located in Indianapolis, The Pour House helps people that are experiencing homelessness get moved into apartments as well as assist them in finding healthcare and treatment options that may be needed . Right now they are in high need of men’s clothing. You can see the the donation list on their website. 

Another idea of places to donate items in Indianapolis are local schools. Nurses need a variety of clothing in different sizes to keep in their clinics and appreciate donations! Your school may also have a “Community Closet”or something similar for families that are in need of the basic necessities as well.

Please remember to wash or clean your items before dropping them off. If they are dirty, broken or have holes, then it’s time to toss them! 

Do you have places to donate items in Indianapolis? Share with us! 


places to donate items in Indianapolis


  1. Pour House Indianapolis is another great option for donations. The organization helps people that are experiencing homelessness get moved into apartments. They provide furniture, kitchen goods, bathroom items, and pantry items to try to help them get a new start.

  2. Love donating to all these places!!
    We also donate books to Indy Book Project or Indy Reads. Of course there’s all the little free libraries you can drop them off to as well.
    And then Random Acts of Flowers takes vase donations.

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