We rely on in-kind gifts of more than$1.2 million annually

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Urban Ministries of Durham relies on the donation of more than $1.2-million worth of goods and services every year to operate the Community Shelter, Food Pantry and Clothing Closet and Community Café. Thank you for your willingness to share with your neighbors in need -- and please understand that we can accept only stuff we know we can use to help people -- other items would go to waste and cost us to dispose of.

When and where to donate

Bring in-kind donations to the Resource Center front desk, entering through the double glass doors under the purple awning at 410 Liberty St., Durham, NC, during the hours below. For a large donation (more than a car trunkful), please email Gin Jackson ahead of time so we can be prepared to help you unload your items and properly store them.

  • Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 We need big-ticket items

  • White board/screen for client classroom instruction and staff meetings and trainings
  • Standing lectern for events like client graduation celebrations (like this one)

We need food and supplies

Please check with Gin Jackson for current, urgent needs, gjackson@umdurham.org -- or help while wearing your pajamas by selecting items from our Amazon Wish List to be shipped here directly.

What we always need

  • new socks AND underwear for men, women and children
  • men's casual shoes
  • deodorant, shaving cream, razors, washcloths
  • Standard size non-perishable food to give from the Food Pantry (full list); items must be unopened and unexpired
  • Personal care items (especially sanitary pads), including retail and trial/hotel size (full list)
  • Commercial size canned goods (vegetables, fruits), rice, pasta, bulk packages of coffee or cold drink mix to serve in our Community Café (or food)
  • Grocery, discount store, and gasoline gift cards
  • School supplies (July through August only please)
  • Books (not children's)

We need clothes

Shirts, pants, winter jackets/coats, shoes, belts, and socks

  • In excellent condition, with no rips, stains, missing buttons, broken zippers, missing shoelaces etc. Respecting the dignity of clients, we distribute only garments we’d give our own families
  • Ready to wear: laundered or dry cleaned, neatly folded or hung, and suitable for the season
  • Not dressy clothing or suits, but instead business casual interview and job clothing: Solid color slacks, long- and short-sleve button-up shirts in netural colors and patterns, shoes, belts
  • Underpantsonly brand new with tags or packaging
  • Please refer to the calendar below for what we can accpet when; please no out-of-season clothing due to our lack of starage

Seasonal Schedule for Clothing Donations: 

Sept. 15 - March: Warm, gently used or new long-sleeve shirts, pants, winter jackets/coats, shoes, gloves, winter hats and belts 

March- Sept. 15: Spring and summer clothing in excellent condition including T-shirts, shorts (no cutoffs), capris, shoes

We need certain housewares

We only accept only these items in good, CLEAN condition:

  • Basic pots and pans
  • Dishes and cups (no cracks or chips)
  • Glasses (no alcohol logos please)
  • Flatware and serving/cooking utensils
  • Blankets
  • Twin, full and queen size sheets only
  • Bed pillows (new in package only)
  • Washcloths and towels in good condition
  • Working table lamps with undamaged shade
  • Countertop appliances such as toaster, microwave, or coffee maker

We don't accept the following items at UMD as we simply do not have the storage or distribution capacity to handle them. However, we would love for you to donate them directly to our partner, TROSA, which operates a thrift store to support their addiction recovery program and will schedule to pick up items; call 919-220-6119:

  • Furniture
  • Lamps, vases, framed artwork, decorative pillows, baskets and other home accessories
  • Full or king sized linens
  • Tube TVs
  • Large appliances
  • Computers (unless new)
  • Computer printers
  • Curtains
  • Cribs, car seats, playpens, or pack-n-plays
  • Highchairs, strollers, or potty seats
  • Stuffed animals or large toys, except new at holiday season
  • Mattresses or box springs
  • Crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, or medical items

    News & Needs

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    Dec 30, 2016

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    Dec 13, 2016

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    Dec 01, 2016

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    Nov 22, 2016

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    Nov 22, 2016

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    Nov 17, 2016

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    Nov 11, 2016

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    Aug 15, 2016

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    Jul 29, 2016

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    Jun 27, 2016

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    Jun 24, 2016

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