Item Donations

Sometimes clients arrive at our facilities with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. You can support these individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness and domestic violence by providing essential items.

Below is a list of items that we can always use. Donated items should be dropped off at Building Futures’ offices. We ask that donated clothing be new and other items be in good condition. 

Before dropping off items, please make an appointment by calling 510-357-0205 ext. 206. Donations are accepted weekdays between 9AM and 4PM (except holidays). Please do not leave items at our door after hours. They will be discarded. Thank you for understanding.

You can also donate items through our Amazon Wish List

Building Futures is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID # 94-3100741. We will provide you with a receipt for tax purposes for your donation. When gifting from an Amazon wish list be sure to fill out the “from” part with your full name and email address or mailing address.

Back to School Drive

(Donation dates: June-September)


  • $25 gift cards from Walmart, Target, Nike, Ross, Visa, Marshalls/TJ Maxx or Old Navy
  • Contribute to our Back to School Campaign
  • Reusable water bottles (if plastic, BPA-free)
  • New shoes, clothes and socks for kids and teens
  • Backpacks for students K-12


School supplies:

  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils, box
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • School supply box / pencil box (Plastic)
  • Crayons, 24 count
  • Markers, dry erase
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Pens, red
  • Pens, blue or black
  • Pencil bag/pouch
  • Tissue boxes
  • Ziploc storage bags, gallon size
  • Hand sanitizer, bottle
  • Reinforced filler paper, wide ruled, 3 hole punch
  • Pocket folders, assorted colors
  • 3-ring binders
  • Washable markers, box
  • Spiral notebook wide ruled
  • Graph paper, 3 hole punched
  • Headphones
  • Ear buds
  • Flash drives
  • Lunch boxes (if plastic, BPA-free)

Download our flyer:

We will occasionally accept furniture donations for our clients moving into permanent housing. Please call us at (510)-357-0205 x 206, or email a description with pictures of the furniture you would like to donate to

Warming Shelter Donations

(Donation dates: October–April)

  • Men’s underwear (especially larger sizes and new, in package)
  • Men’s socks (new, in package)
  • Women’s socks (new, in package)
  • Women’s underwear (new, in package)
  • Women’s sports bras (various sizes)
  • Gloves and knit hats (for cold weather, various sizes)
  • Hand warmers
  • Crossword puzzles / Word search
  • Sheets
  • Sleeping bags (clean, new or as-new condition)
  • Men’s sweatpants, sweatshirts, T-shirts (especially larger sizes and new, in package)
  • Facemasks

Download our flyer:

Supplies for Shelters and Residents

(Donation dates: year-round)

  • Toilet paper
  • Twin sheets
  • Towels
  • Pillows (new, unused)
  • Towels & washcloths
  • New women’s underpants & socks
  • Adult and child flip-flops
  • Batteries (D, AA & AAA)
  • AC Transit & BART passes
  • Refillable beverage bottles
  • New children’s underwear & socks
  • New children’s pajamas
  • Character nightlights
  • Cleaning products (unopened, sealed)
  • Toilet paper, paper towels
  • Pinesol, Comet, Simple Green, Fabuloso cleaners
  • Laundry detergent antibacterial liquid soap
  • Light bulbs, flashlights & batteries
  • Flatware / silverware 
  • Brooms, dustpans, mops (new)
  • Blankets, sheets, linens, pillows (twin)
  • Ziploc freezer bags—gallon & sandwich size
  • Kitchen trash bags—13 gallon
  • Drawstring garbage bags—33 gallon
  • Lysol air freshener

Hygiene Items

(Donation dates: year-round)

All items must be new and unopened. While full size toiletries are preferred, we also gratefully accept travel size.

  • Shampoo, full size (including curly/natural hair)
  • Conditioner, full size (including curly/natural hair)
  • Body wash, full size or bar soap
  • Body lotion, full size
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Razors (for women and for men)
  • Nail clippers (small or child size)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Q-tips
  • Loofas to scrub body
  • Tissue packets, travel size
  • Bonnets
  • Shower caps

*We accept packages of diapers that have been opened

Items We Do Not Accept:

  • Cribs
  • Perishable food items (to donate meals to our shelters, visit our volunteer page)
  • Used pillows
  • Visibly worn adult clothes
  • Large appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washing machines)
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