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Moving June 1st and can’t take it all with you? Plan ahead. Email pictures of your items to donations@mahomeless.org to schedule your free pickup of good-condition furniture, based on the special dates below for your collection day. Your gently used furniture will help low-income and formerly homeless families and individuals furnish their apartments at no cost to them. Items must be clean and usable.

For a couple weeks this May, the MA Coalition for the Homeless will dedicate their truck to pickup good-condition furniture in Cambridge! They'll accept: Kitchen Tables & Chairs, Couches & Sofa Chairs, Ottomans, Hutches, End Tables, Coffee Tables, Bed Frames, Dressers, Bookshelves, Cabinets, Rugs, and other household goods. Also, click here for a map of Cambridge showing where to clothing donation boxes and more!

Know that anytime of year, you can arrange for a free pickup of good-condition furniture, just email pictures of your items to donations@mahomeless.org to request an advance pickup date.

If your Collection Day is:
 Special Pickup Days for Good-Condition Furniture are:
Monday Fri 5/16 & Fri 5/23
Tuesday Mon 5/19 & Fri 5/23
Wednesday Tue 5/20 & Wed 5/28
Thursday Wed 5/21 & Thu 5/29
Friday     Thu 5/22 & Fri 5/30

Other Organizations

Here are more organizations that offer free pickup and drop-off or your living, dining and bedroom furniture in good-condition furniture. Most only require 1-2 weeks’ notice for pick up. And, you might even be able to get a tax deduction. Short on time? Check out our partners’ websites for drop-off locations, hours, and to check that they will accept your donation. Organizations marked with * take mattresses.

Salvation Army*
For free pickup use their online pickup form or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

For free pickup use their online form or call (617) 309-7220.
Drop-off good items at 563 Mass Ave, Cambridge from 12 noon-7pm.

Aid to Incacerated Mothers*
For free pickup call (617) 536-0058.

MIT Student Furniture Exchange 
For free pick up of large donations only email fx@mit.edu or call (617) 253-4293. 
Drop-off good items at 350 Brookline St, Cambridge Tues/Thurs 10am-4pm and 1st Saturday of the month 10am-1pm. No mattresses, box springs, drop-side cribs, used stuffed animals, or old TVs.

Epilepsy Foundation
For free pickup use their online form or call (888) 322-8209.
Drop-off good items at Savers in West Roxbury, 1230 Veterans of Foreign Wars Parkway Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.

The Wish Project*
Open hours: 9am-2pm: Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 978-441-WISH (9474)
Accepts clean, stain-free mattresses and beds including bunk beds trundle sets, toddler beds, cribs (fixed side), cots. No king sized and no platform beds.
Directions to 1A Foundry St, Lowell: Rt 3 to 495 to Lowell Connector to Plain St. south for 0.4 miles. Turn Right Foundry St.

Last Minute Options?

If you’ve totally put this off till the last minute and can’t arrange for a heroic pick up, you have other options:

  • Craig’s List. Put a low price on it or list it for free, and it’ll be gone in no time. Listings are free; most do better with a photo. Last resort, put a “Curb Alert” notice on Craig’s List with a photo of your piece, noting what time you will put it at curb for trash collection (no earlier than 6pm the day before), an exact location and you’ll be shocked how quickly it’ll disappear!

  • Freecycle. Again, put a detailed listing of your item(s) and put it to another good use with someone looking for low- and no-cost options.
  • The city trash crews will pick up ONE piece of furniture per week. Remember, it’s heading to the landfill or incinerator if you choose this route, so, if it’s usable and is in good condition, please see what you can do to arrange a rescue! If it’s a ripped, torn, stained, about-to-fall-apart mess…unfortunately it probably is trash!



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