Support Us

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

Wish List

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:

In addition to these items - things we can not get off Amazon:

  • Postage stamps

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:

Kitchen & Food Supplies:

  • Almond butter, vegan soups, vegan snacks

  • Salad dressings, condiments

  • Spoons and bowls

  • Unopened packages of sugar, honey, olive oil, vinegar, canola oil

  • Canned soups and stews (and other non-perishables)

  • Salt, pepper, cinnamon, and other spices

  • Coffee & powder creamer

  • Flour, sugar, almond flour, etc.

    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)

  • Bedding/sheets

  • Mattresses

  • Bedside tables

  • Dressers

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!)

  • Backpacks

  • Shoes

Have something to donate that isn’t listed here?
Call us at 617-354-6394 ext 11, ask for Jessye or email her at

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.

Office Supplies:

  • 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

Art Supplies:

  • Beads and beading supplies

  • Paints (acrylic, tempura, gouache, watercolor etc.)

  • Mat boards, drawing pencils, markers, watercolor paper and more!

Household Supplies:

  • 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