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 $1.3-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 items we know we can use to help people -- other items would go to waste and cost us to dispose of them.

When and where to donate

Bring in-kind donations to the Resource Center at 410 Liberty St. in downtown Durham. Please come to the double glass doors under the purple awning, and push the buzzer on the right to be let in by our receptionist. If you need contactless drop off or have a large donation (more than a car trunkful), please email Viki Baker ahead of time so we can be prepared to help you unload your items and properly store them. The best time to drop off donations is:

  • Monday through Friday 9 am-6 pm
  • Saturday 9 am-2 pm

What we need

At the moment, the items we need most are:

  • Non-perishable, unexpired food for the drive-thru/walk-up pantry
  • Fruit (easy-peel oranges, bananas, and fruit cups) and chips or snack items for lunch bags
  • Casual men's pants in sizes 32-36 and casual shoes 

What we typically 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)

More about 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