Thrift Donations

LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

The Jonnycake Center of Westerly gratefully accepts donations of money, food, clothing, furniture and household items. Receipts for donated items are available upon request.

All donations must be made following the process below. Items left on our property when we are not open, or dropped without an appointment, are considered “dumping” and constitute a health hazard for our staff, and these items are often ruined from improper exposure to the elements. Dumped items cost our non-profit organization valuable time and resources to dispose of, so please make all donations by following our procedures.


 

THRIFT DONATIONS
MONDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS BETWEEN 10AM and 3PM, AND SATURDAYS BETWEEN 9AM AND 3PM

 

There are 3 easy ways to donate your goods to Jonnycake, helping us to fund raise for our Social Services & Food Pantry:

 

  • Drive ‘N Drop Open Donations
    • No appointment needed for donations. We encourage you to email pictures of furniture before arrival so we can pre-screen your large items.
    • Please remove hangers from clothing as they present a hazard to our processors.
    • Please pre-sort and bag or box your donations. When you arrive at the Jonnycake rear parking lot, you’ll see big yellow or green carts labeled for clothes or household goods.
    • Our ability to accept some items may be affected by space constraints and seasonality.
    • Please never leave (“dump”) donations on our entryways after-hours. Doing so is a punishable offense due to the hazard it presents our staff, volunteers and community.

 

  • Appointments for Drop-Offs

    • If you prefer to make an appointment to donate your item(s), please email ThriftDonations@jonnycake.org.
    • We encourage donors to email pictures of large furniture donations so we can prescreen the items.
    • Appointments are available Monday through Saturday from 9am to 3pm. On Thursdays, appointments are available until 4:30pm.
    • When you arrive, please ring the doorbell and wait for staff to inspect your furniture item(s) and give you further instructions for unloading.
    • Our ability to accept some items may be affected by space constraints and seasonality.
  • Furniture Pick-Up Appointments
    • If you have large furniture to donate, please send a description and pictures (if possible) to ThriftDonations@jonnycake.org to request a pick-up time. Please include your complete address.
    • Jonnycake staff cannot enter your home or residence. Please make your donated furniture available outside, or in a garage or patio, protected from the elements.
    • Only sellable-condition furniture (without rips, stains, claw marks, etc.) can be picked up via the Jonnycake truck.
    • Our ability to accept some items may be affected by space constraints and seasonality.
    • Limited appointments are available.
  • Please never leave (“dump”) donations on our entryways after-hours, before-hours, or on Sundays. Doing so is a punishable offense due to the hazard it presents our staff and volunteers.
  • All proceeds from Thrift sales directly support our Food Pantry and Social Services basic needs efforts.
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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

General Requirements

 

  • Items must be in clean, salable condition. We do not have the staff to clean or repair broken or dirty merchandise. We reserve the right to refuse items that we cannot sell.
  • Sometimes we may have to refuse items because we do not have space available to accept your donation. Additionally, we may close our donation doors earlier than the hours posted. We will always refer you to nearby agencies that would be happy to receive your donation.
  • We are unable to accept items that we do not think we can sell. Sometimes we have to decline items that are out of season or unlikely to find a buyer. While we appreciate every donation, we cannot afford to accept items that we will have to throw away. It would in the end, cost us money. We appreciate your understanding.
  • We cannot give pre-approval over the phone for donated items. Final decisions will be made by Jonnycake representatives upon physical inspection. This includes items we pick up and items brought to our facility.

 

We cannot accept the following items:

  • Mattresses and Box Springs
  • TVs/ Hard Drives
  • VHS tapes
  • Large Appliances
  • Pianos
  • Sofa Beds/ Bunk Beds/ Cribs
  • Car Seats/ High Chairs/ Pack N’Plays
  • Halogen Lamps
  • Electric Blankets
  • Bed Pillows
  • Construction/Demolition materials
  • Particle Board/Press Board furniture
  • Entertainment Centers
  • Large Exercise Equipment – Treadmills, Stationary Bikes, etc

If you are looking to get rid of a mattress, please visit bye bye mattress and learn how you can recycle your mattress for free.

Furniture Donations

Furniture Donations

 

Furniture donations are sought by the Jonnycake Center of Westerly. If you’d like to donate furniture, please email us at ThriftDonations@jonnycake.org and include a brief description of the item(s). If you are able to attach a photograph with your email, it will help expedite the process. Once you have an appointment time and date confirmed, you can drop off furniture at our facility at 23 Industrial Drive in Westerly, RI. Learn more about our temporary donation procedures.

 

The Jonnycake delivery truck is available on a very limited basis to pick up furniture, but Jonnycake staff are unable to enter private residences at this time. Furniture for the Jonnycake truck must be made available for pickup outside your home. For pickup availability, please email ThriftDonations@jonnycake.org and use the subject line “Furniture pickup.” All furniture must be donated by appointment only – dumping furniture on Jonnycake property is never allowed. Due to local generosity and interest, most pickups are scheduled 1-2 weeks in advance. We inspect all furniture donations to confirm that items are in sellable condition. We cannot accept furniture that is broken, ripped, stained, torn, mildewed, or malodorous because we have no way to repair it.

 

We cannot accept Mattresses and Box Springs, Entertainment Centers, Pianos, Sofa Beds, Bunk Beds, Cribs or Large Appliances. If you are looking to get rid of a mattress please visit bye bye mattress for more information on recycling your mattress for free.

MONETARY DONATIONS

Monetary Donations

 

Financial Contributions may be sent to:

The Jonnycake Center of Westerly
23 Industrial Drive
Westerly, RI 02891

 

Our tax exempt ID is 05-0367687.

 

Because the store pays our overhead expenses, we are able to devote more donations to our programs, services, and food purchases. If you wish to specify that your donation be used for any of the following program areas, please note it on the memo section of your check, or in a cover letter to us:

 

Greatest Need

  • Heating Fund
  • Housing/Utilities Fund
  • Education Fund
  • Food Pantry

PLANNED GIVING

For more information on Planned Giving, please click here.

FOOD DONATIONS

Support #NeighborsInNeed with a donation to our Food Pantry!

 

Non-perishables and pre-boxed or pre-bagged fresh produce are accepted Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 12pm and 3pm in the loading dock behind our Food Pantry (located at 23 Industrial Drive in Westerly). Look for the big blue barrels!

 

Canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, and cereal are especially sought. We are grateful for any food donations you can provide!

THANKSGIVING DINNER

Thanksgiving Dinner

Current clients can sign up to receive financial assistance for Thanksgiving meals through our Adopt-a-Family program. Assistance will take the form of gift cards to local grocery stores and retailers, allowing clients to make their own unique and personal purchasing decisions. Please register with Jonnycake Social Services. Email SocialServices@jonnycake.org, call (401) 377-8069 and select Option 1, or visit the Social Services office during its operating hours.

 

Gift cards will be distributed on November 20th, 2023 in the Center’s rear parking lot.

HOLIDAY DONATIONS FOR KIDS

Assistance for Children’s Holiday Presents

The Adopt-a-Family Program provides financial assistance for families to purchase holiday gifts for their children. When registration is open in the fall months, current and new clients sign up for the Adopt-a-Family program in get anonymously matched with a Donor “Adopter.” Pre-pandemic, the program offered physical toys and presents that had been donated from the community. Because of public health measures stemming from the pandemic, this program has been temporarily modified to offer financial assistance to local retailers instead of physical gifts. In this way, we can protect the health of the vulnerable in our community, and parents can get to make their own personal and unique choices for their family.

 

To request to join the waitlist as an Adoptee, contact Jonnycake Social Services at SocialServices@jonnycake.org, (401) 377-8069 option 1, or visit the Social Services office during its operating hours.

 

Donors are still needed! To register as a Donor, email Holiday@jonnycake.org, call (401) 377-8069 ext. 106, or visit the Thrift Store during its operating hours.

POWERPACK DONATIONS

POWERPACK Program

 

During the school year, clients with school aged children can shop our kid’s food department for nutritious weekend and school vacation meals. We provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks to help bridge the gap on weekends. Eligible families living in Westerly, Hopkinton, Charlestown or Richmond are encouraged to sign up through the Jonnycake Center Social Services Department. Please contact the Social Services Department at 401.377.8069 ext 101.

 

Donations of the following items would be very appreciated:
Peanut butter, tuna, juice boxes, chicken soup, canned fruit, cereal, peanut butter crackers, snack bars, mac and cheese, juice boxes, hot dogs, jello, milk and yogurt

TOP 5 PANTRY NEEDS

Top 5 Pantry Needs

 

The Pantry can always use food donations to help us meet the needs of local families. Below is a list of our most needed items. Thank you so much for your generosity!!

 

  1. Bread
  2. Cereal
  3. Peanut Butter & Jelly
  4. Soups (low-salt whenever possible)
  5. Disposable Diapers (all sizes) & Wipes

 

Bonus Needs: Coffee, Condiments

 

USED VEHICLE DONATIONS

Used Vehicle Donations

 

To donate your used vehicle on behalf of our non-profit organization, please click here to be directed to our donation partner, CARS. We are grateful for your generosity!