In-Kind Giving

“Dear Project: Back to School, Thank you for getting me my book-bag and all the supplies in it… You picked the book-bag out just right. It’s just my type! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Love, Dee”

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Coalition is very limited in our ability to accept in-kind donations. Our greatest needs are face masks and hand sanitizer. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact us at development@cfthomeless.org

Please note: We cannot accept walk-in donations, furniture, mattresses, kitchen appliances, or other large items.

Food Pantry Items

The Coalition accepts non-perishable food items on an ongoing basis. Please click here for a list of suggested items. Please note, we cannot accept canned foods unless they have a pull tab. Generally, packaged foods are much easier to open and store. If you have any questions or would like to run a food drive for pantry items at your school or workplace, please email development@cfthomeless.org.

Hygiene Items and Care Kits

The Coalition accepts new and unused hygiene items on an ongoing basis. “Care Kits” can vary, but they are generally small, zipped bags or totes filled with travel-sized hygiene items that are easily distributed to people on the streets and in shelter through our Crisis Intervention and Grand Central Food Programs. Please click here for a list of suggested hygiene items. If you have any questions or would like to run a hygiene drive at your school or workplace, please email development@cfthomeless.org.

Professional Clothing

To provide the women enrolled in the First Step Job Training Program with professional clothing and books, First Step manages a modest clothing boutique and a library. Donations of these items are welcome. A workplace can host a drive and encourage their employees to collect professional work attire and accessories for our First Step Students. If you’re interested in hosting a women’s professional clothing drive, please email volunteer@cfthomeless.org.

Non-Professional New and Gently Used Clothing and Socks

The Coalition accepts a limited amount of new and gentle used non-professional clothing on a rolling basis. We accept hats, gloves, and scarfs in the fall and winter only. We accept t-shirts and sweatpants (larger sizes preferred) year-round, space permitting. We also accept NEW, packaged only socks and undergarments year-round, space permitting. If you have any questions, please email development@cfthomeless.org.

Drives for Homeless Kids

Child homelessness in New York is at its highest point in modern history. To help ease the stress of shelter life on these girls and boys, the Coalition organizes a series of drives to make sure they have the things they need to succeed in school, feel the magic of the holidays, and have a happy and healthy summer.

Holiday Toy Drive

For homeless kids, the holiday season serves only as a sad and stressful reminder of the homes and belongings they left behind. Each holiday season, the Coalition organizes a citywide toy drive to collect gifts for girls and boys living in shelters, helping to brighten their holidays. To organize a toy drive at your workplace, host a distribution location or make a financial contribution to the toy drive, please email us at toydrive@cfthomeless.org.

Project: Back to School

At the end of each summer, the Coalition reaches out to caring New Yorkers and businesses to collect thousands of backpacks, notebooks, pencils, crayons and other school supplies for homeless kids in shelters across the city – giving them the basic tools that they need to succeed in school. If you’re interested in hosting a drive or a serving as a drop-off location for Project: Back to School, please email us at backtoschool@cfthomeless.org.

Camp Homeward Bound

Each spring, in preparation for our campers’ arrival in June, Camp Homeward Bound hosts drives for children’s summer clothing and bathing suits to ensure that the homeless children who attend camp have all that they need to embrace the camp experience. If you’re interested in hosting a children’s summer clothing drive, please contact us at volunteer@cfthomeless.org or call 212-776-2112.