Out with the old? If you're like me, you've got a pile of stuff to get rid of -- the result of much end-of-year, snowbound de-cluttering. A few things will go on Craigslist and to my favorite kid's resale shop, but most will be donated. I try to avoid donating stuff to thrift store-type organizations and prefer non-profits that give donated items to people in our community. Here's where I'll be taking my stuff:
NW Children's Outreach: anything kid-related goes here: clothes, toys, gear -- you name it, they'll take it and give it to needy families in our community. Locations in the Pearl District, Hillsboro and Vancouver, but they have odd hours and closures so make sure to check the Web site carefully. Children's Relief Nursery in St. John's is another good one, though not as convenient for SW-dwellers.
Community Warehouse: furniture, housewares, kitchen utensils, towels, bedding, anything that makes a house a home. This is a fantastic organization that helps the homeless and people who are getting settled in a residence. 2267 N. Interstate Ave.
Portland Impact: we bring all of our adult clothing here, though they also will take kid items and housewares. 10055 E. Burnside
Free Geek: any electronics or computer equipment. These folks train people to strip or refurbish equipment -- "Helping the needy get nerdy" -- and then give them a computer in return. 1731 SE 10th
Title Wave Bookstore: this shop is run by the Multnomah County Library and the proceeds benefit the library system. I bring used books, magazines, CDs and DVDs here. 216 NE Knott
Feel free to add more resources in the comments!