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10 Places to Donate Unwanted Items in Geelong

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by KJ (subscribe)
Published March 6th 2017
Declutter while helping others in the Geelong region
Had a spring clean and looking to offload some of your stuff?

If you live in the Geelong region and are looking to donate some of your old-yet-still-in-good-condition items, then there are plenty of organisations in the region who would love to receive your unwanted items.

Here are 10 types of material donations that organisations in Geelong are currently seeking:

1. Non-Perishable Food


Cleaned out the pantry only to find some canned food that you're unlikely to use?

The Geelong Food Relief Centre provides food to people in the Geelong region who are living in difficult circumstances, and are currently seeking donations of non-perishable food, and hygiene and cleaning products.

Items can be dropped off Monday - Friday, between 9:30am and 3pm, at either of their two centres:

8 Freedman Street, North Geelong
1 Little Smyth Street, Geelong

For more information, visit their website.


2. Unwanted Bicycles and Bicycle Parts


If you have an unwanted bike that you wish to donate to a good cause, there are two organisations in Geelong that would love to receive your donation:

The Pushy Library
The Pushy Library is located in Geelong East and is a great program where people can pick up an old bicycle for free to repair themselves, find parts for their bike, or borrow a bicycle (a small deposit is required, which is returned when the bike is returned undamaged).

The program is particularly popular with International students who may be seeking a cheap mode of transport while they're studying at the university.

The Pushy Library is seeking donations of the following items:

Old bicycles,
Bicycle parts,
Tools; and
Storage units.

For more information, visit: pushylibrary.org

The Oberon Community Bike Building Program
Oberon High School is located in Belmont, Geelong. The Bike Building Program enables students to learn all aspects of bike building and repairs, and they are seeking donations of the following items:

Old bicycles (BMX, small bikes & bikes with no gears)
Bike parts; and
Tools

For more information visit the Oberon High School Bike Building Program Webpage.



3. Baby Clothing and Equipment in Good Condition


Baby sock, Geelong Mums, donate baby clothes, woollen socks,
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Have a cot or change table that's still in good condition? Or some baby clothes that were only worn a handful of times before your baby grew out of them?

If you've finished your family and are looking to give away some of the clothing and baby items, Geelong Mums is a fantastic organisation who work with Social Workers and Maternal Child Health Nurses to provide material aid to parents in the region who are experiencing hardship.

They are seeking a range of items, including:

Baby clothing (in good condition),
Car restraints,
Cloth Nappies and packets of unused disposable nappies,
Safety items; and
Prams and strollers.

Their warehouse is located at 2/110 Balliang Street, South Geelong and the current opening times are listed here.

For information on the types of items that can be re-homed (and items that can't, due to safety reasons), visit their website.


4. Foreign Coins




If you've been overseas and returned with a pocket full of foreign coins, the UNICEF Coins for Kids Program is a great way to put those coins to good use.

The program is supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Bank West, and in the period from 2009 - 2014, coins donated at Commonwealth Bank branches reached a total of $260,000.

To donate your coins, just head into one of the branches to drop them off. To located your nearest branch, visit the following link: Commonwealth Bank Branch Locator.

For more information on the Coins for Kids program, visit: Coins for Kids


5. Old Blankets, Towels, Sheets and Pet Food




Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS) is an animal shelter located in Geelong, which provides a number of services, such as pet adoption, vet services and microchipping. It is also a place where you can drop off a lost dog or cat, and owners can be reunited with their missing pet. GAWS are currently seeking donations of the following items:

Towels,
Sheets,
Blankets,
Animal toys; and
Pet food

Please note that they do not accept donations of pillows or any bedding containing stuffing (such as doonas).

The shelter is located at 325 Portarlington Road, Moolap, and they're open from Monday - Friday (10am-4pm), Saturday (10am-3pm) and Sunday (1pm-4pm).

For more information visit: gaws.org.au

Another organisation that are seeking similar donations is Geelong Animal Rescue. For more information (including a list of items they need and drop-off points in Geelong) visit the donations page on their website.


6. Furniture and Household Goods



Encompass Community Services is a not-for-profit organisation that supports young people in the Geelong region. The Encompass HomeStart furniture store sells furniture at reasonable prices and offer a discount to concession card holders.

The store are seeking donations of unwanted furniture and household goods that are in good condition, to sell or give to families in need.

To arrange for free pick-up, contact the organisation on 03 5248 0498. Otherwise, items can be dropped off at their store in Newcomb:

Encompass HomeStart
Unit 2, 181-185 Bellarine Hwy
Newcomb 3219, VIC

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm


7. Fabric, Clothing and Sewing Machines


Sewing Machine, Donate, sew, stitch, cotton, thread,
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The Stitch Sewing Program is a program run by Diversitat at their Northern Community Hub in Norlane, Geelong. It brings together women from diverse cultural backgrounds in a friendly environment, where they can learn to sew, practise their English language skills and develop social connections. They are currently seeking donations of items that can be used in the classes, including:

Fabric
Clothing
Sewing Machines

For more information on the program and how to drop off donations, visit the Stitch Sewing Program web page.

8. Old Computers


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If you have upgraded your computer and have an old one laying around, the PC's for Kids program is a great place to drop off your old laptop or desktop computer. The program refurbishes old computers and then donates them to eligible recipients. Also, all computers donated to the program will have all data erased (to DOD standard), to ensure that your privacy is protected.

For more information, visit their web page.

9. Children's Toys in Good Condition


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The Geelong West Toy Library was created in 1985 and allows local parents to borrow toys for their children for up to 2 weeks at a time.

They have an extensive range of toys, and are currently accepting donations of good quality toys, in good condition.

The Toy Library is located at the Virginia Todd Community Centre, 9-13 Clarence Street, Geelong West, and for more information (including opening hours) visit their website or Facebook page.


10. Musical Instruments


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The Music for Refugees program are seeking small musical instruments in working order, such as guitars, violins, recorders and other small instruments.

If you have an instrument you'd like to donate, it can be dropped off at Diversitat's Northern Community Hub in Norlane (they advise to call first to organise a drop-off time)

Other Places in Geelong Seeking Donations of Material Goods


If you have other items in good condition that you're looking to donate, here are a couple more organisations in Geelong that are seeking material donations:

Deakin University have a list of various items that they accept as donations, including artefacts, musical instruments and industrial equipment.
Leopold Wildlife Shelter have a wish list, which includes items such as capture nets in various sizes, a towable cherry picker and transport cages.
Urban Seed in Norlane, Geelong are seeking a variety of material goods, such as jars for jam and chutney-making, craft supplies, and sports and recreation equipment.
If you have any unwanted books, why not donate them to Geelong West Rotary, to be sold at their annual book fair? Their first book fair for 2017 was held in February, but there will be another book fair in August, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information about when they will be accepting book donations again.
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When: Contact each organisation for opening hours to drop off goods
Where: Geelong, Victoria
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