SOME's experienced Material Donations staff looks forward to working with you to meet the needs of the homeless.
SOME relies on donated materials of many kinds to serve its clients. All material donations to SOME are tax-deductible. SOME does not sell any of the donated items it receives, but distributes them free of charge to individuals in need.
Our main drop-off location for material donations is 71 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. We are open to receive donations from 7:30am - 4:00pm during the week, or 8:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. We will offer you a donation receipt for your tax records when you drop off your donation.
SOME has a “Wish List” on Amazon.com of various items needed by the men, women and children whom we serve. Please click here to see our up-to-date Wish List.
Summer can be a very dangerous time for the homeless, particularly for the elderly and those with poor health. The hot, humid summers in Washington, DC present the very real dangers of hyperthermia and dehydration to our homeless population. To combat these dangers, and to provide those we serve with essential toiletries, SOME introduced the “Summer Vacation Care Package” campaign.
In addition to the Dining Room where we serve hot meals daily, SOME operates a food pantry. From the food pantry we distribute non-perishable food items to our many programs and houses year round. We welcome donations of all kinds of non-perishable food to keep our pantry stocked.
Food Wish List
Canned meats and tuna
Traditional holiday foods are also welcomed around Thanksgiving and Christmas, including hams and turkeys.
SOME cannot accept any opened food products or products with expired dates.
Are you organizing a food drive? Thank you! You can download and use the food drive flier below to promote your event. If you require a pick-up of your clothing drive donation, please call our Donations Coordinator, Greg Chudy, at 202.797.8806 ext. 2104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our driver and truck are extremely busy, however, so we can only offer pick-up service for large food drive collections.
Food Drive flier » (Publisher, 487 KB)
SOME distributes new and gently used donations of clothing, free of charge, for men, women and children. We ask that donors give only clothing items appropriate for the season in which they are dropped off. Clothing should be laundered and free of tears or stains. It is a great help to us if men's, women's and children's items are bagged separately.
By far our greatest need is in the area of men's clothing. We are particularly seeking the following items.
Men's shoes and boots
New underwear and socks
Are you organizing a clothing drive? Thank you! You can download and use the clothing drive flier below to promote your event. If you require a pick-up of your clothing drive donation, please call our Donations Coordinator, Greg Chudy, at 202.797.8806 ext. 2104 or email email@example.com. Our driver and truck are extremely busy, however, so we can only offer pick-up service for large clothing drive collections.
Clothing Drive flier » (Publisher, 486 KB)
Help provide school uniforms for the children and teens that live in SOME’s safe, affordable housing programs for families. SOME operates seven programs that provide service-enriched housing for over 140 families with 314 children.
SOME accepts gently used donations of basic household items. These donations are given to individuals who have recently moved off the streets or out of shelters into a new apartment. Donations that could help such individuals make their new apartment feel like home are greatly appreciated. We receive the most requests for the items listed below.
Pots and pans
Sets of dishes, cups and glasses
Assisted living furniture for seniors (potty chairs, shower chairs, walkers, etc.)
Sheets and pillow cases
New cleaning supplies (dish and laundry detergent, etc.)
Paper towels and toilet paper
Outdoor sporting equipment (basketballs, volleyball and net, kickball, kickball bases, baseball bats, badminton rackets, shuttles and net)
Air conditioner units
Highly specialized kitchen equipment (bread machines, ice cream makers, etc.)
Single glasses, cups, plates
Recycled food containers
Opened cleaning products
During the holidays, SOME distributes donations of new toys to the children in its programs. Toy donations should be unwrapped. SOME cannot accept donations of used toys.
Further questions regarding material donations should be directed to our Donation Coordinator, Greg Chudy at 202.797.8806 ext. 2104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.