Donations

Boomerangs needs your donations to continue to support and provide critical funding to AIDS Action in partnership with Fenway Health. Together, this partnership serves to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through health care, education, research and advocacy. All proceeds from Boomerangs directly helps fund work to prevent new HIV infections and improve the lives of thousands of people already living with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts.

Donations are 100% tax-deductible and receipts are available upon request.

All donations should be free of mildew, smoke, or pet odor, especially clothing, furniture and curtains.

Please read through our lists of items we need and items we don’t accept. Click here for information on when you can drop off donations at each store.

What We Do and Don’t Accept

Acceptance of all donations is subject to in-person inspection and approval by our staff. An item may be declined if it presents a health or safety hazard, if we think it’s unlikely to sell, or if we happen to have run out of space.

 DO’s

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Books
  • Records
  • Jewelry
  • Cassette tapes
  • VHS
  • Video games
  • Kitchenware
  • Artwork
  • Collectables
  • Curtains
  • Tablecloths
  • Electronics in working order (cannot accept at Central Square location)*
  • Televisions in working order**
  • Accessories***

*Electronics with filters raise health and safety concerns to customers buying second-hand. We do not accept air-conditioners, vacuums, air purifiers or other items with filters

 **Televisions made within the last 5 years are accepted, however televisions older than that will not be accepted

**Accessories are accepted with the exception of personal items such as undergarments, pajamas and socks

 

 DON’T’s

  • Exercise equipment, medical equipment or sporting equipment (Alternative Organization: Fitness for Charity)
  • Beds (including mattresses, air mattresses, bed frames, headboards, futons, sleeper sofas, etc.) (Alternative Organization: Craigslist or Free Cycle)
  • Computers and Printers (Alternative Organization: Earth911)
  • Vacuums (Alternative Organization: Earth911)
  • Magazines (Alternative Organization: Local childcare center, church or pratitioner’s office)
  • Periodicals (Alternative Organization: Local childcare center or church)
  • Encyclopedia (Alternative Organization: Local childcare center or church)
  • Toiletries (Alternative Organization: Youth on Fire | Phone: 617.661.2508)
  • Food (Alternative Organization: Greater Boston Food Bank | Phone: 617.427.5200)
  • Sheets (Alternative Organization: MSPCA Angell | Phone: 617.522.5055)
  • Bed pillows (Alternative Organization: Craigslist or Free Cycle) — decorative pillows are acceptable.
  • Towels (Alternative Organization: MSPCA Angell | Phone: 617.522.5055
  • Large appliances (stove, refrigerators, etc.) (Alternative Organization: Boston Building Resource Center | Phone: 617.442.2262)
  • Used toys (including puzzles and board games) (Alternative Organization: Local childcare center, church or pratitioner’s office)
  • Baby items (strollers, car seats, cribs, playpens, changing tables, baby bottles, etc.) (Alternative Organization: Free Cycle)

Boomerangs necesita sus donaciones para continuar ayudando y proveyendo importante financiamiento a AIDS Action en colaboración con Fenway Health. Juntos, colaboramos para mejorar el bienestar de la comunidad lesbiana, gay, bisexual y transgénero por medio de la atención médica, la educación, la investigación y el apoyo. Todas lo recaudado de Boomerangs ayuda directamente a financiar el trabajo para prevenir nuevas infecciones de VIH y mejorar las vidas de miles de personas que ya viven con VIH/SIDA en Massachusetts.

Las donaciones son 100% deducibles de impuestos y los recibos están disponibles si lo solicita.

Todas las donaciones deben estar libres de olor a moho, humo o mascotas, especialmente la ropa, los muebles y las cortinas.

Lea atentamente las listas de los artículos que necesitamos y los artículos que no aceptamos. Haga clic aquí para obtener información sobre cuándo puede llevar sus donaciones a cada tienda.

NECESITAMOS

  • Ropa
  • Muebles
  • Libros
  • Discos
  • Joyería
  • Cintas de casetes
  • VHS
  • Videojuegos
  • Artículos de cocina
  • Obras de arte
  • Objetos coleccionables
  • Cortinas
  • Manteles
  • Dispositivos electrónicos*
  • Televisores**
  • Accesorios***

*Los dispositivos electrónicos con filtros plantean temas sobre sanidad y seguridad en los clientes que compran artículos usados. No aceptamos aires acondicionados, aspiradoras, purificadores de aire u otros artículos con filtros

 **Solo se aceptan televisores fabricados en los últimos 5 años; no se aceptarán televisores de más de cinco años

**Se aceptan accesorios, pero no artículos personales como ropa interior, pijamas y medias

 

 DON’T’s

  • Equipos médicos, deportivos o de ejercicio (organización alternativa: Fitness for Charity)
  • Camas (incluidos colchones, colchones inflables, estructuras de cama, cabeceras de cama, futones, sofás cama, etc.) (organización alternativa: Craigslist o Free Cycle)
  • Computadoras e impresoras (organización alternativa: Earth911)
  • Aspiradoras (organización alternativa: Earth911)
  • Revistas (organización alternativa: guarderías, iglesias o consultorios locales)
  • Periódicos (organización alternativa: guarderías o iglesias locales)
  • Enciclopedias (organización alternativa: guarderías o iglesias locales)
  • Artículos de higiene personal (organización alternativa: Youth on Fire | Teléfono: 617.661.2508)
  • Comida (organización alternativa: Greater Boston Food Bank | Teléfono: 617.427.5200)
  • Sábanas (organización alternativa: MSPCA Angell | Teléfono: 617.522.5055)
  • Almohadas (organización alternativa: Craigslist or Free Cycle) — se aceptan almohadones decorativos.
  • Toallas (organización alternativa: MSPCA Angell | Teléfono: 617.522.5055
  • Electrodomésticos grandes (cocinas, refrigeradores, etc.) (organización alternativa: Boston Building Resource Center | Teléfono: 617.442.2262)
  • Juguetes usados (incluidos rompecabezas y juegos de mesa) (organización alternativa: guarderías, iglesias o consultorios locales)
  • Artículos para bebés (cochecitos, asientos para automóviles, cunas, corralitos, cambiadores, biberones, etc.) (organización alternativa: Free Cycle)

Schedule Furniture Pick-up

Thank you for choosing to donate to Boomerangs In support of AIDS Action Committee!

Before getting started, please take note of some important information regarding furniture pickups. These guidelines are in place to help us maximize financial support of AIDS Action’s programs and services.

What we accept:

• All furniture must be in clean, good condition with minimal wear. Upholstered items must be free of rips, stains, tears, cat scratching, fading, and pet/smoke/mildew odor.

• All furniture is subject to approval by staff upon arrival.

• Large pieces of furniture are difficult for us to sell. When selecting furniture items to donate, please be mindful of the items we do not accept which are marked in red on the form. Some examples of items we cannot accept include:

** Sleeper/sofa couches
** TV armoires/Entertainment Centers
** Bedframes, mattresses, futons, futon mattresses
** Large china hutches
** Applicances (Ovens, Refridgerators, etc.)

* For a more comprehensive list of what we can accept please click HERE.

 

NOTES ON USING THE SELF-SCHEDULING SYSTEM

• Our furniture truck performs pickups in the Greater Boston area on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

• Appointments are scheduled up to 30 days in advance, with a typical wait time of 3-4 weeks. If you receive a message stating “all available dates for this address are already booked,” it means that all slots have been filled over the next 30 days in your zone/neighborhood.

• There is a 2 item minimum for appointments to be scheduled.

• Pickups are performed on 1st and 2nd floors (1 flight); anything above the 2nd floor must have an elevator with adequate space to move the pieces.

• Unfortunately, due to our lean staffing, we are unable to book furniture pickups over the phone.

IF YOU ARE A CORPORATE DONOR: Please contact our Corporate Donor Outreach Manager at ttidwell@fenwayhealth.org.

All residential requests must go through this website.

We have switched to a new scheduling platform in our ongoing effort to serve you better. Have feedback about it? We’d love to hear from you – email donatetoboomerangs@fenwayhealth.org