There are many additional ways to support the Cambridge Women’s Center beyond volunteering with our helpline & Drop-in program.
We are an exceptionally small operation that is dependent on community support. We have a less than $200,000 operating budget currently. All donations go directly toward supporting daily operations, and working toward improving the Center and the lives of the women who come here. No donation is too little.
Donate by mail
Please make checks payable to “Cambridge Women’s Center” and mail to:
The Women's Center
Attn: Judy Norris
46 Pleasant Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
There are items that we need continually replenished in order to keep the Center running as well as specific replacement items. Please consider purchasing donation items for us through our Amazon Wishlist:
Food & Kitchen Supplies
We currently receive regular food deliveries of fresh foods on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Food for Free. Throughout the month, we also get donations of food from Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Community Cooks and Brookline Food Co-op.
We accept donations of the following items regularly:
Plastic food containers (with lids, all sizes) and food storage bags
Spoons and bowls
Unopened packages of sugar, honey, olive oil, vinegar, powdered coffee creamer
Canned soups and stews (and other non-perishables)
Salt, pepper, cinnamon, and other spices
Ground coffee & powder creamer
Please see our Other Ways to Volunteer page for information on Food Drives and Luncheon opportunities.
Donated Clothing & Other Items
Donated clothing can be dropped off one hour after opening and one hour before closing. Monday-Friday 11am-7pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm. Most donations go directly back into our donation area. With large donations we will occasionally host special shopping days.
Due to space limitations, please call in advance if it will be a large donation (larger than 2 boxes/trashbags).
Scroll down for info on what we DO accept besides clothing.
we do NOT accept:
Out of Season clothing
Baby Supplies including: strollers, basinets, cribs, diapers, nursing pads, baby/toddler toys, slides, bottles, infant clothing, toddler clothing
Used Make Up / Used toiletries
Underwear (used, new is great!)
Bras (sports bras okay, if in good condition)
In addition to clothing, we do accept:
Unopened toiletries: deodorant, dental hygiene products, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, etc
Unopened makeup and nail polish
Books (in small quantities) - (We have a library of over 3,000 books!)
Have something to donate that isn’t listed here?
Call us at 617-354-6394 ext 11, ask for Jessye or email her at email@example.com
Other Donations Accepted Regularly
As a shoestring budget operation, we are always interested in accepting the following donations. If you have a large donation, please call in advance to confirm space availability.
Pens that work well, glue, glue sticks, Post-it notes
Printer & copier paper (8 1/2 x 11"), white and pastels
HP 62 XL Color Ink
Scissors, rolls of Scotch tape, duct tape, twine
Computers: in good condition, with Windows 7 or later
Computer monitors: in good condition, 22-inch or larger
Headphones (for computer use), USB sticks/flash drives
Gift cards for supermarkets, drugstores, hardware stores,
Staples, Best Buy, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Target, etc.
MBTA "Charlie Cards" with any amount of value on them
Beads and beading supplies
Paints (acrylic, tempura, gouache, watercolor etc.)
Mat boards, drawing pencils, markers, watercolor paper and more!
Disinfecting wipes (in tall circular containers)
Rubber gloves and sponges
Hand towels, dish towels, potholders
Paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, napkins
Unscented liquid dish soap