We rely on in-kind gifts of more than$1.2 million annually

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Urban Ministries of Durham relies on the donation of more than $1.2-million worth of goods and services every year to operate the Community Shelter, Food Pantry and Clothing Closet and Community Café. Thank you for your willingness to share with your neighbors in need -- and please understand that we can accept only stuff we know we can use to help people -- other items would go to waste and cost us to dispose of.

When and where to donate

Bring in-kind donations to the Resource Center front desk, entering through the double glass doors under the purple awning at 410 Liberty St., Durham, NC, during the hours below. For a large donation (more than a car trunkful), please email Gin Jackson ahead of time so we can be prepared to help you unload your items and properly store them.

  • Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 We need big-ticket items

  • White board/screen for client classroom instruction and staff meetings and trainings
  • Standing lectern for events like client graduation celebrations (like this one)

We need food and supplies

Please check with Gin Jackson for current, urgent needs, gjackson@umdurham.org -- or help while wearing your pajamas by selecting items from our Amazon Wish List to be shipped here directly.

What we always need

  • new socks AND underwear for men, women and children
  • men's casual shoes
  • deodorant, shaving cream, razors, washcloths
  • Standard size non-perishable food to give from the Food Pantry (full list); items must be unopened and unexpired
  • Personal care items (especially sanitary pads), including retail and trial/hotel size (full list)
  • Commercial size canned goods (vegetables, fruits), rice, pasta, bulk packages of coffee or cold drink mix to serve in our Community Café (or food)
  • Grocery, discount store, and gasoline gift cards
  • School supplies (July through August only please)
  • Books (not children's)

We need clothes

Shirts, pants, winter jackets/coats, shoes, belts, and socks

  • In excellent condition, with no rips, stains, missing buttons, broken zippers, missing shoelaces etc. Respecting the dignity of clients, we distribute only garments we’d give our own families
  • Ready to wear: laundered or dry cleaned, neatly folded or hung, and suitable for the season
  • Not dressy clothing or suits, but instead business casual interview and job clothing: Solid color slacks, long- and short-sleve button-up shirts in netural colors and patterns, shoes, belts
  • Underpantsonly brand new with tags or packaging
  • Please refer to the calendar below for what we can accpet when; please no out-of-season clothing due to our lack of starage

Seasonal Schedule for Clothing Donations: 

Sept. 15 - March: Warm, gently used or new long-sleeve shirts, pants, winter jackets/coats, shoes, gloves, winter hats and belts 

March- Sept. 15: Spring and summer clothing in excellent condition including T-shirts, shorts (no cutoffs), capris, shoes

We need certain housewares

We only accept only these items in good, CLEAN condition:

  • Basic pots and pans
  • Dishes and cups (no cracks or chips)
  • Glasses (no alcohol logos please)
  • Flatware and serving/cooking utensils
  • Blankets
  • Twin, full and queen size sheets only
  • Bed pillows (new in package only)
  • Washcloths and towels in good condition
  • Working table lamps with undamaged shade
  • Countertop appliances such as toaster, microwave, or coffee maker

We don't accept the following items at UMD as we simply do not have the storage or distribution capacity to handle them. However, we would love for you to donate them directly to our partner, TROSA, which operates a thrift store to support their addiction recovery program and will schedule to pick up items; call 919-220-6119:

  • Furniture
  • Lamps, vases, framed artwork, decorative pillows, baskets and other home accessories
  • Full or king sized linens
  • Tube TVs
  • Large appliances
  • Computers (unless new)
  • Computer printers
  • Curtains
  • Cribs, car seats, playpens, or pack-n-plays
  • Highchairs, strollers, or potty seats
  • Stuffed animals or large toys, except new at holiday season
  • Mattresses or box springs
  • Crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, or medical items

    News & Needs

    Mar 17, 2017

    Urban Ministries of Durham shared Vert & Vogue's photo.

    Shop for a cause! Thanks V&V; in the past few years you and your customers have raised enough money to end homelessness for two people.

    ✨ Come shop to support your neighbors in need! ✨ On Saturday, March 18th, we are donating 20% of the days total in-store and online sales to UMD.

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    Mar 17, 2017

    Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

    Stop by and shop the latest spring collections at Vert & Vogue tomorrow, Saturday, March 18th and help your neighbors in need.

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    Mar 07, 2017

    Are you watching the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament today? Much of North Carolina is or wants to -- and that includes homeless men staying in our shelter, a very basic, barracks-style bunkroom.

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    Mar 04, 2017

    And the Empty Bowls Judges Choice Awards went to: Croasdaile Retirement Village, first place; Bleu Olive, second place; and Mothers & Sons Trattoria, third place.

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    Mar 03, 2017

    Empty Bowls was a great success.

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    Mar 01, 2017

    Great story by Anthony Wilson WTVD aired tonight! Check it out and get your tickets: http://umdemptybowls.eventbrite.com.

    Now in its 11th year, the Empty Bowls fundraiser for Urban Ministries brings local chefs together in a friendly competition to see who can make Durham's best soup.

    Chefs compete to make Durham's best soupView this post on Facebook

    Mar 01, 2017

    Urban Ministries of Durham shared Anthony Wilson WTVD's video.

    Anthony Wilson WTVD takes you behind the scenes of his story that will air this afternoon at 4:30 and 5:30 on ABC 11 about how chefs and potters prepare for Empty Bowls, to be held Thursday, March 2, at Durham Convention Center.

    Go behind the scenes of today's #abc11together story about #EmptyBowls, the annual #UrbanMinistriesOfDurham fundraiser! Durham Convention Center executive chef James Archer makes chowder as photojournalist Jim Schumacher captures the action you'll see on TV:.

    Go behind the scenes of today's #abc11together story about #EmptyBowls, the annual #UrbanMinistriesOfDurham fundraiser! Durham Convention Center executive chef James Archer makes chowder as photojournalist Jim Schumacher captures the action you'll see on TV:View this post on Facebook

    Feb 28, 2017

    Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

    Enjoy chef-made soups, artist-made bowls and festivity to offer neighbors food, shelter and a future.

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    Feb 20, 2017

    Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

    Soups for March 2's RTI International Presents Empty Bowls to Benefit Urban Ministries of Durham have been announced, including selections by Littler Durham, Dashi, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas and 12 others! See the list and buy tickets http://umdemptybowls.eventbrite.com.

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    Feb 13, 2017

    Urban Ministries of Durham shared A Lotta Love's post.

    This transformation was remarkable.

    Today was another fantastic day for A Lotta Love.

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    Feb 13, 2017

    Sneak peek at some of the bowls being produced for RTI International Presents Empty Bowls 2017 to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham! Be sure you buy your ticket today for the March 2 event, and select a ticket level that entitles you to one of these beauties.

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    Jan 27, 2017

    Tickets are now on sale for Empty Bowls, UMD's signature fundraising event March 2 featuring soup from a dozen of Durham's best restaurants and artist-made bowls.

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    Dec 30, 2016

    Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

    Share a financial gift through Urban Ministries of Durham to offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need like Kathy House and Anthony Jackson.

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    Dec 13, 2016

    Can't name London.

    Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

    The "Your Brother Underpants of Compassion"View this post on Facebook

    Dec 05, 2016

    This plunger helps end homelessness at Urban Ministries of Durham.

    Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

    It's just stuff -- until you don't have itView this post on Facebook

    Dec 02, 2016

    Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

    Urban Ministries of Durham is once again proud to participate in the Triangle Tree Challenge at American Tobacco Campus.

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    Dec 02, 2016

    Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.

    Thank you Cisco Systems @ RTP, for volunteering to decorate the Community Cafe and other spaces at Urban Ministries of Durham in holiday regalia.

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    Dec 01, 2016

    While Urban Ministries of Durham case workers help a homeless person make a plan to gain income and affordable housing, we provide him or her a safe place to sleep in our Community Shelter.

    Click to donate now and shelter a homeless neighbor this holiday season, getting him or her on the road to a sustainable way of life.

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    Nov 28, 2016

    Urban Ministries of Durham doesn't just provide emergency meals and shelter -- we help solve homelessness.

    With your holiday contribution, this work can continue.

    Connecting the community to offer food, shelter and a futureView this post on Facebook

    Nov 22, 2016

    Once again www.NamesForChange.org is offering you the naming rights to dozens of items Urban Ministries of Durham uses to solve homelessness.

    Urban Ministries of Durham is selling the naming rights to all of the items that connect our clients to food, shelter and a future.

    Name this bear -- or underwearView this post on Facebook

    Nov 22, 2016

    Urban Ministries of Durham shared Indigo Envelope's photo.

    Indigo Envelope, a Durham invitations and paper goods company, is donating a fifth of the price of their holiday card sales to offer food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need at Urban Ministries of Durham.

    If you're going to purchase holiday cards this year, consider making a donation to help someone who is struggling right now.

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    Nov 17, 2016

    As you prepare to be thankful with your family, please know Lorie is thankful to everyone who made Urban Ministries of Durham available to her http://tinyurl.com/helpUMD.

    The community offered Lorie food, shelter and a future.

    The community offered Lorie food, shelter and a future. Donate to help: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/UMDurhamView this post on Facebook

    Nov 11, 2016

    Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.

    Thank you, Butterball, for continuing your tradition of donating dozens of whole turkeys and hundreds of pounds of sliced turkey lunchmeat to extend the spirit of Thanksgiving to very poor and homeless neighbors.

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    Nov 07, 2016

    Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.

    Thank you Informatica LLC for partnering with Urban Ministries of Durham to benefit from your CAN-STRUCTION competition.

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