Give Items

Donations of clothes, school supplies, and household items are a vital part of our mission and can immediately impact the lives of resettled refugees.

To date, we have provided over $16,500 in donated items.

All donations are fully tax deductible and go directly to support our programs.

Where to Donate

U of I School of Social Work
1010 West Nevada Street, 2nd Floor
Urbana, IL 61801
8:30am-5pm M-F

Contact Us
We can arrange to pick-up larger donations
at your convenience.

264 Items Distributed

Household Items

Essential daily items are a vital part of our mission and can immediately impact the lives of resettled refugees.

Top Needs: dressers, bed sheets, pillow cases, blankets, cups, paper towels, plates, pots, pans, Tupperware, utensils

2,051 Items Distributed


We are accepting clothing of all sizes for all seasons for men, women, children, and infants.

Top Needs: winter coats, scarves, boots, hats, gloves, socks

240 Items Distributed

School Supplies

Displacement does not only mean the loss of one’s home, but also the loss of an education. Most of these children have not had access to classrooms, books, pencils, or any kind of formal instruction. Refugee children who have been relocated to the U.S. have been out of the school system for up to five years and are often beginning an educational program in English, which, for many of them, is a second or even third language. We can help ease the transition into the American school system by providing boys and girls with much-needed school supplies, giving families new to the U.S. less to worry about and more resources to help repair the damage caused by violence and war.

Top Needs: backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue sticks, rulers, notepads, notebooks, folders, dictionaries

Other Items

Pizza is great, but not as a donation. There are just some items we cannot accept at this time. This article outlines places you can pay-it-forward in Champaign-Urbana.

We Are Not Accepting: furniture, mattresses, food, medicine, decor, books, CDs, DVDs, holiday items, sports equipment, toiletries

How are items distributed?

Throughout 2016 we have been collecting clothing, kitchen items, furniture and other material goods and making these available free of charge to displaced people in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Indianapolis.

Starting June 2017, the Community Resource Center will provide donated items to refugees, immigrants, newcomers, and all members of the community faced with the difficult task of starting their lives over in a new country and culture.

Donations that cannot be used are donated to other charities in the C-U community. Detailed reports available upon request.