Are you doing some spring cleaning or decluttering before a move and looking to donate your furniture and other items in Johannesburg towards a good cause? Well, you’re in luck — there’s a whole range of amazing organisations around Johannesburg happy to take them off your hands!
But with such a variety of great causes to support, how can you find the right one?
Here’s a list of 8 incredible places to donate your furniture and other items in Johannesburg. And no matter which one you choose, you know you’ll be making a real difference to uplift your community.
The Johannesburg Children’s Home is a non-profit organisation founded in 1892 that provides a safe haven for orphans and vulnerable children. The children they take in have been found in need of care by the Children’s Court, children who have been found to be disadvantaged through physical, sexual or emotional abuse, severe neglect or abandonment, or affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. The Johannesburg Children’s Home has allowed these children to start a new life, living communally in cottages and under the loving eye of trained Child and Youth Care Workers.
With state subsidies covering only 11% of the costs needed to support the children, the Johannesburg Children’s Home relies mostly on support from the community, with many initiatives including a thrift store. When you donate your pre-loved goods, anything that they can’t use in their homes, they can sell them and use the profits to put towards the children in their care.
Accepted Items: Furniture, appliances, crockery and cutlery, clothing, books, rugs, carpets and toys
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Joburg Child Welfare recently celebrated 114 years of service to children in need, having started their incredible work in 1909. Their efforts and initiatives go towards providing a range of direct services to abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned, and vulnerable children, including those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The Joburg Child Welfare has played a pivotal role in child care and protection strategies across South Africa, advising legislation to protect children and giving them a voice to influence the services that affect them.
With 4 across Joburg, their services to their communities include:
Child Abuse Treatment and Training Services (CATTS)
Aganang Training Centre
Foster Care and Reunification Services
Child and Family Unit (CFU)
And they are happy to have in whatever way they can, including donating goods both new and old. Anything that they can’t use for their centres is sold in their charity shop or used to raise funds
Accepted Items: Furniture, clothing, crockery and cutlery, appliances, blankets and books
Location: Ferreiras Dorp
Nkosi’s Haven is a recognised NGO that has been providing holistic care and support for HIV/AIDS-infected mothers, their children and resulting AIDS orphans. This extraordinary organisation was named after Nkosi Johnson — a young AIDS advocate who died in 2001 with the hopes that all HIV-positive people be cared for without discrimination or prejudice.
The Nkosi’s Haven Village currently accommodates roughly 22 mothers and 121 children, consisting of a variety of services and care:
Workshops and classrooms
Music and Arts Centre
If you have any unwanted or unused items lying around, Nkosi’s Haven is more than happy to carry your load, using your donations to support their projects and other organisations that are in need.
Accepted Items: Clothing, shoes and toys
Location: Alan Manor
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Founded in 1992, Kid’s Haven is a child and youth centre dedicated to the care and protection of vulnerable children, including those with street connections particularly in the Benoni area. Their mission is to reach children in need, especially those without parental care, by providing shelter, protection, education, training and therapy.
With many ways to get involved and support Kid’s Haven in their work, one option is handing over all your unused items to them to either aid the children directly or sell at their charity shops and provide necessary funds. And if you can’t deliver, they’ll even come and collect!
Accepted Items: Furniture, household goods, clothing, toys and books
Location: Benoni and Bryanston
The Johannesburg Dream Centre is a non-profit and Christian organisation started in 2014 with the objective to alleviate poverty within and around Johannesburg, tackling major issues like hunger, unemployment and other basic needs. They work to empower people living in poverty, giving them the tools, resources and inspiration to work towards a better quality of life.
They have a wide range of projects that service the community in a number of ways including:
Christmas shoe boxes
CV banks and help
Free clothing store
To support their impactful projects, you can donate any second-hand furniture and goods you have to offer which they can then send directly to their initiatives to give to people in need or sell for very needed funds towards their projects.
Accepted Items: Furniture, appliances, electronics, toys, books, linen, household items, clothing, pet food
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HospiceWits, a registered non-profit, works within the greater Johannesburg metropolitan area that includes Soweto to provide Palliative Care and support to those with a life-threatening illness.
They offer an interdisciplinary, holistic team approach to Palliative Care, including pain management and symptom control, psychological, emotional and spiritual counselling and extend their support to the families of our patients.
Providing training, support groups and so much more, HospiceWits does so much work for its community. But without government funding, they have to rely heavily on donors, both corporate and individual. But if you aren’t able to provide financial support, you can always donate any and all of your pre-loved goods to go towards their charity shops.
Accepted Items: Any pre-loved item you can think of.
Location: Orange Grove, Kensington and Parkmore
Little Eden is a non-profit organisation that provides life-long care to 300 children and adults with profound intellectual disabilities, supporting a total of over 1 000 residents over the last 56 years. They do this through their 2 custom designed residential facilities:
Domitilla and Danny Hyams Home in Edenvale
Elvire Rota Village in Bapsfontein
Due to the cost of caring for one resident being R14 160 per month, they need all the help they can get to continue their vital work. With all proceeds going towards supporting their 300 residents, you can help Little Eden by donating your furniture and other items to their charity shop.
Accepted Items: Furniture, china, kitchenware, books, toys, linen, small appliances and bric-a-brac
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SPCA Randburg is one of the many SPCA centres found around the country that are committed to providing rescue, sanctuary, food, veterinary care and more for stray pets . The SPCA Randburg also plays an active role in eradicating animal cruelty by responding to reports, taking action and educating the community on animal cruelty.
Receiving no government financial support, they rely solely on donations from their local community including financial donations, animal sponsoring and donations for their charity shop to generate profits to support their furry friends.
Accepted Items: Furniture, crockery and cutlery, appliances, books, toys, games, clothing, decor and other household items
With so many incredible and inspiring organisations to choose from, doing a good deed and donating your furniture and other items couldn’t be easier. But don’t let the effort of large items or a big load stop you from doing the right thing.
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