Where To Donate & Volunteer in the New England Area

Do the upcoming holidays have you feeling an increased desire to volunteer and help people in need? Often we find counting our blessings—as many do this time of year—increases the spirit of generosity and giving. If you are looking for New England volunteer opportunities or wondering where to donate clothing, food, time, or money, we’ve compiled some resources to help give back in your New England community.

Zoo New England The Zoo New England team relies strongly on the help of volunteers to support many efforts including: events, animal care assistance, and maintenance of exhibits. If this piques your interest, you can submit an online application, and the volunteer department will contact you for an interview. There are two different seasons that offer volunteer opportunities:

Summer (April through September) Deadline for Applications: February 15

Winter (September through February) Deadline for Applications: July 15

Volunteer applicants should have a positive attitude and adhere to Zoo New England policies. Additionally applicants must attend and complete orientation and an Education Interpretation class.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island Looking to donate gently used clothing and/or household goods? It’s easy to schedule a free pickup, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island uses your tax-deductible donations to generate funding for local mentorship programs and other services to support their mission. They resell donations to the thrift store Savers and the proceeds help youth in your community reach their fullest potential. Prefer to drop your donations off? You can find where to donate in locations near you.

Acceptable items: Clothing, accessories, housewares, small appliances, toys, media

Unacceptable items: Weapons, large appliances, construction materials, mattresses and box springs, sofas, automotive parts

Planet Aid Rhode Island Donation Center accepts clothing, accessories, shoes, baby items, curtains, draperies, household items, glassware, and bedding. Located at One Mile Corner, 533 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840, you can contact them at 888-893-0648 or email to schedule a convenient pickup from your home or business: curbside@planetaid.org

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Eliminating hunger in New England is the goal of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and volunteer work is a crucial component to achieving that mission. The Food Bank relies on volunteers in many areas including warehouse positions, program and office support, and special events. Learn more about the numerous volunteer opportunities today and help the Food Bank work to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious food.

Donation Town Perhaps the most helpful resource for donating clothing and other household goods, Donation Town is an online directory of charities that offer donation pick up service. Clean out your clutter while supporting charitable causes, getting a tax break, and helping the environment by keeping your items out of landfills. Let Donation Town help you find the best home for your non-cash donations.  


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