Sustainability and Resiliency


Reduce waste and help those in need.

Donations play a big role in Brown achieving its goal of diverting 50% of materials from the landfill. All Brown community members can donate non Brown-owned clothing, small appliances, books, school supplies and small furniture at any of the Goodwill bins on campus. The three outdoor, white bins are located on Brown Street beside Keeney Quad, off Charlesfield Street by Goddard House, and in the parking area between the Emery-Woolley dorm and Meeting Street Cafe. You can also donate during move-out with the Clean Break program.

Here are some organizations that accept donations or offer pickups of personal items in Providence:

Local organizations accepting donations

Location: 1540 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston RI 02920

Phone: 401-921-2434

Accepted items: Toys, clean clothing, small appliances, bedding, electronics, kitchenware, school supplies, decorations, sporting goods, other misc. items
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Location: 100 Houghton Street, Providence, RI 02904

Phone: 401-861-2080

Accepted items: Clean clothing, bicycles and toys, housewares, small appliances, computers, jewelry, books/records/tapes/CDs, DVDs, shoes, small furniture
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Location: 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907

Phone: 401-942-6325

Accepted items: All nonperishable, unopened food. Most needed items include peanut butter, tuna, canned and dried beans, canned soup and stews, canned fruits and vegetables, breakfast cereals, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, boxed macaroni and cheese, granola bars, tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil
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Location: 77 Reservoir Ave #5, Providence, RI 02907

Phone: 401-941-8050

Accepted items: Pants and shirts for girls, boys, teens, pre-teens, young women and men; new underwear and socks; shoes that are in good condition and suitable for school (starting at kids size 8); coats and jackets in good condition and suitable for school; belts, purses, hats, jewelry, backpacks, winter accessories, bras, toys and books
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Location: 125 Ernest Street, Providence, RI 02905

Phone: 401-831-5511

Accepted items: Chairs, tables, sofa and loveseats, bookshelves, dressers, metal and wooden bed frames, headboards and footboards, kitchen utensils, pots and pans
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Phone: Call 774-930-1359 to schedule a pick-up for 12 books or more.

Accepted items: All books in good condition (no mold, loose spines, missing pages, etc.), CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs, records and cassette tapes.
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Location: 645 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02907

Phone: 401-784-8663


Accepted items: New or gently-used professional clothing, clean clothing and basic household items and necessities
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Brown-owned Items

Donation forms are required in order to donate surplus Brown-owned items. Brown Strategic Purchasing partners with the Office of Government and Community Relations to identify local nonprofit organizations to receive donated items.

Read Brown's policy