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Donation Services

The Season of GivingThe nonprofit organizations listed on these pages will be happy to accept donations of clean, working, undamaged items.

Donated items that do not meet these criteria will have to be hauled to the county landfill at the expense of the nonprofit agency. The cost for additional trash collection wastes money these organizations need to provide community services.

If any nonprofit, charitable organization located in or providing pickup service in the City of San Mateo has been inadvertently left off this list, please notify us by sending a note describing your organization to

Before you deliver donations, call to confirm hours and needs.

  • Please do not drop off items when facilities are closed.

  • Be sure to carefully wrap breakable items in newspaper or other padding material. Broken items cannot be used or sold and may injure volunteers.

  • When you deliver your donations, take time to shop at the thrift shops listed in these pages. You will find incredible bargains and your purchases will benefit your community.

Assistance League of San Mateo County Turnstyle Thrift Shop

LOCATION: 60 North B Street @ Baldwin Avenue San Mateo, CA 94401
PHONE: (650) 342-2367
HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Funds from resale are used to purchase new clothing, uniforms and books for underprivileged elementary school children; new books for family literacy programs; new clothing for sexual assault victims at San Mateo County General Hospital; and to fund a coordinator for a home visit program for the elderly in San Mateo County.

  • NEED: Clothing & accessories, housewares, small furniture items, books, jewelry, collectibles, toys, small appliances, small furniture pieces, portable color televisions and decorative items for the home.

  • DO NOT NEED: Large furniture or appliances, computers, videos or record players.

Episcopal Church of Saint Matthew Service League Thrift Shop

LOCATION: Corner of Baldwin Avenue & El Camino Real San Mateo, CA 94401
PHONE: (650) 344-0921
HOURS: Thursday - Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Funds from resale are donated to a variety of San Mateo County charities.

  • NEED: Clothing & accessories, housewares, books, jewelry, collectibles, toys, small appliances, small furniture pieces and decorative items for the home.

  • DO NOT NEED: Large furniture, appliances, computers, TVs or stereos.

First Step for Families (Shelter Network)

LOCATION: 325 Villa Terrace San Mateo, CA 94401
PHONE: (650) 340-8814
HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm. Please call first.

All donated items are provided free of charge to shelter families or are used in shelter facilities.

  • NEED: Household appliances, bedroom and bathroom linens, brooms, dustpans, cleaning supplies, kitchenware and utensils, lamps, televisions, clock radios, strollers, highchairs, school supplies, sports equipment, books and games for teenagers, educational toys, Halloween costumes, unused toiletries and computer games for Windows-based PCs.

Friends of the San Mateo Public Library San Mateo Public Library, Main Branch

LOCATION: 55 West Third Avenue @ El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403
PHONE: (650) 522-7802 (Administration)
HOURS: Mon - Thu 10:00am - 8:00pm, Fri - Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sun 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The San Mateo Public Library Foundation uses funds from resale to purchase new books and support adult literacy programs and children's library services.

  • NEED: New & used books; CDs and videos (in perfect condition).

  • DO NOT NEED: Textbooks, Reader's Digest condensed books, National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines.

Goodwill Industries Thrift Store
LOCATION: 28 West 25th Avenue @ El Camino Real San Mateo, CA 94403
PHONE: (650) 525-2780

San Mateo City Hall – 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

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