What happens when I donate?

Thinking about donating to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, but still have questions about where donated items go, how to donate or what types of things we accept? Here are the answers to questions most often asked.

What happens with my donation? Does it go into a home built by Habitat?
Material donations are not used in Habitat-built homes. Instead, our ReStores sell them at low-cost to the public. The ReStores generate a valuable revenue stream that enables Habitat for Humanity Portland Region (formerly known as Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and Willamette West Habitat for Humanity) and Evergreen Habitat for Humanity to build more decent, affordable housing for hard-working, low-income families. Your donation not only helps support the construction of Habitat homes, it also helps reduce the costs of home-improvement for other homeowners in the Portland/Vancouver Metro community.  Plus, this past year, our ReStores diverted over 7,767 tons of reusable goods from area landfills.

Do the ReStores repair donated items and materials?
Unfortunately, we currently do not have the resources to repair or touch up items, which is why we can only accept lightly used donations that are in good, working condition.

 Can the ReStore pick up donations that are inside my home?
We cannot enter a donor’s residence because our insurance policy prevents our staff and volunteers from entering houses for the purpose of picking up material donations. All donations must be placed curbside or in a designated parking space for pickup. We apologize for any inconvenience.

How do I count my donation as a tax deduction if I have scheduled a pickup?
Our drivers will provide you with the necessary paperwork when they come to pick up your donation. Legally, Habitat cannot appraise your donation(s), so all donors must fill out an estimated value for their donation(s) on the receipt. Please keep in mind that you are required by law to fill out IRS Form 8283 for any donation you value at $500 or more. Any donation with a total value of $5,000 or more must also be professionally appraised.]

Why is there a charge to pickup my donation?
The $20 fee helps us cover the cost of fuel, vehicle maintenance and staffing so that the funds raised from donated items go to our mission of building Habitat homes!]

What happens if I need to cancel my pickup?
If you have to cancel or re-schedule a donation pickup, please notify us at least 48 hours in advance so that we can accommodate other donors. 


DONATE. Here’s how-choose one:

  • Drop off donations at ReStore locations listed below, plus review our guidelines HERE.
  • Schedule a donation pickup online HERE
  • Email your request along with photos to pickups@pdxrestore.org
  • Call Donation Information: 971-229-8888. 

Donations are accepted from 10am to 5:45pm Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays only).

(Please note it is illegal to leave donations when stores are closed.)


Portland ReStore: 10445 SE Cherry Blossom Dr.
Beaverton ReStore, 13475 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton 
Gresham ReStore 610 NE 181st Ave at Glisan 
Vancouver Habitat Store, 10811 SE 2nd Street 



Your donations support:

Habitat for Humanity Portland Region
Evergreen Habitat for Humanity

If we haven’t answered all your questions in this FAQ page, please contact us at mcerna@pdxrestore.org

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