Where To Donate A Raised Toilet Seat ?

by | Beginners Info

If you no longer need a raised toilet your loved one, and if it’s in pretty good condition, why not consider donating it so that others may benefit from it ? Some organizations work with poorer nations abroad and others work at home across the US.

Organizations which take donations of “gently used” raised toilet seats include – Goodwill,  Salvation Army, Easterseals, The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, Project Cure, REMEDY, Advocates for World Health, Esperenca, Med Share, HERO, MedWish, Global Links, Global Mobility USA, Medical Bridges, State Assistive Technology Projects – State Online Equipment Exchanges and ReUse Centers, Loan Closets (state and local), Thrift stores, Community Equipment Refurbishment Projects, Church Groups and more.

Statewide programs for donating medical equipment 

Let’s kick off with organizations which work on a statewide level and accept donations of raised toilet seats and other durable medical equipment.

Find your state in the list and you will see if there any organizations working across the whole state.

A large number of the states have organizations which work hand-in-hand with the state run Assistive Technology Programs to provide equipment for people in need who can’t afford to pay high prices, or even to pay at all.

The organizations work with the Assistive Technology Programs to refurbish equipment.

The term Assistive Technology is for these purposes pretty much synonymous with the term Durable Medical Equipment.

Assistive Technology Programs are given a federal grant to increase access to what are called assistive technologies, and this includes most durable medical equipment.

Click on your state to see who accepts equipment donations  statewide

Alabama

Alabama Assistive Technology Resource (STAR)

STAR supports five equipment reutilization centers to help furnish access to “no-cost/low-cost” assistive technologies for disabled members of the community.

The refurbishment centers accept a wide range of durable medical equipment donations.

You can visit the website and find the centers listed with all the contact details at –  http://www.rehab.alabama.gov/individuals-and-families/star/assistive-technology-centers

You can access the online database for the AT Exchange in Alabama at – http://al.at4all.com

Alaska

Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA)

This is a nonprofit organization which maintains the Alaska Assistive Technology Trading Post or AK Trading Post an equipment exchange and reuse program with loans, giveaways and sales. They also do demonstrations of assistive technology devices.

You can call about the equipment exchange and donating  on  907 563-2599

Their website is here – https://www.atlaak.org/

Alaska Center for Children and Adults ACCA

This is a nonprofit organization which helps individuals with disabilities.

Runs a loan closet which has ” adaptive mobility equipment” . So obviously they don’t take raised toilet seats, but you may have something they do take to donate.

For information on how to donate call 456-4003.

The website page for the ACC loan closet is here – http://alaskacenter.org/loan-closet/

Access Alaska  – Loan Closet

Access Alaska is a nonprofit which provides help to people with disabilities

You can donate raised toilet seats and other equipment to the Alaska Loan Closet – https://www.accessalaska.org/dme-loan-closet

Arizona

Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)

AzTAP runs three programs which give access to reusable and cheaper AT equipment –

 

The Arizona Assistive Technology Exchange (ATEX)

Individuals can buy, sell donate and exchange equipment using an online “want ads” system – the website is at this address – https://www.azatexchange.org/home.php

 

AT & Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Reuse Coalition

AzTAP coordinates this site as well, which provides a listing of Arizona programs that are involved in activities of equipment reuse, including medical equipment loan closets.

Their website address is – https://www.azatreuse.org/

You can simply fill out a quick form which helps you locate a participating reuse program where you can donate your equipment.

Open-Ended, Long Term Device Loans

AzTAP offers for free some of its older equipment, which is still in good condition, for open ended long term loans.

The website page where you can find the information is here – https://aztap.org/at-reuse/open-ended-device-loans/

Arkansas

Increasing Capabilities Access Network (iCAN)

iCAN is a statewide Assistive Technology Program.

iCAN has a Device Recycling Program to refurbish a wide range of equipment for donation to individuals with disabilities, and to agencies.

Equipment Exchange is a classified ad listing of used equipment for sale, exchange, or donation, by residents throughout the state.

To find out more you can visit the website here – https://ar-ican.org/about-ican/

or, here – https://equipment.ar-ican.org/

California

Ability Tools

Ability Tools runs an Assistive Technology Exchange for donating and receiving durable medical equipment and AT devices.

The exchange can be found by going here – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

 

Ability Tools is also partnered with reuse programs to post their available inventory on the AT Exchange. “The reuse programs accept assistive technology and medical devices, repair and sanitize them and offer them to people with disabilities for free or at low cost.”

You will find the information on the reuse centers here – http://abilitytools.org/services/reuse-programs.php

There is a list of all the centers across California where you can call and donate equipment which is great if you don’t want to get involved in the online exchange business.

Connecticut

Connecticut Tech Act Project

CCTAP offers refurbished equipment through their community partner New England Assistive Technology  (NEAT) Center at Oakhill.

If you wish to donate equipment visit this website page to find out all about it – https://assistivetechnology.oakhillct.org/equipment-to-donate/

The equipment they accept changes, so at my time of writing they do not take raised toilet seats, but when you check they may do.

Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging also accepts donations for the western region of Connecticut – call 203-757-5449.

Delaware

Delaware Assistive Technologies Initiative (DATI)

The initiative has an Assistive Technologies Exchange which you can donate equipment to, and that you can get equipment from, if you are a resident of Delaware.

This is the website address for the AT Exchange – http://www.dati.org/v3/home.php

Florida 

The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technologies (FAST)

The main website address is – https://faast.org/

You can find the Florida AT Exchange website pagehttps://faast.org/listings/,  where Florida residents can post equipment they wish to give away, or equally where they may ask if anyone has a piece of equipment.

Georgia

Friends of disabled adults and children (FODAC)

You can donate raised toilet seats and other durable medical equipment which their teams will refurbish, and get it out to people who need it.

You can find their donation page on their website – https://www.fodac.org/dropoff

Idaho

Idaho AT4All Equipment Exchange

Idaho is another state which is part of the Assistive Technology Exchange and you can join that if you live in Idaho and then put up a post on the exchange with the equipment you wish to donate.

You can get to the equipment exchange page on their website  at  –  https://www.idaho.at4all.com/welcome.aspx

Illinois

Great Lakes Loan Closets

The Great Lakes Loan Closets are designed for the residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Northern Illinois.

Loan closets typically have durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes, and high-rise toilet seats. Some may also have hospital beds or electric wheelchairs available. Each loan closet is unique, with its own set of eligibility requirements, equipment, and loan period.” – Source – the Great Lakes Loan Closets website

You will  find a link on the home page of the website if you wish to donate equipment – https://loanclosets.org/

Indiana

Great Lakes Loan Closets

The great Lakes Loan Closets are designed for the residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Northern Illinois.

Loan closets typically have durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes, and high-rise toilet seats. Some may also have hospital beds or electric wheelchairs available. Each loan closet is unique, with its own set of eligibility requirements, equipment, and loan period.” – Source – the Great Lakes Loan Closets website

You will  find a link on the home page of the website if you wish to donate equipment –https://loanclosets.org/

Iowa

Eastern Seals Equipment Loan

This is a program that accepts donations of durable medical equipment and you can give them a call.

“The Assistive Technology Center is located at Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside, 401 NE 66th Ave. in Des Moines, Iowa 50313. To make an appointment to pick-up or donate medical equipment, tour the Demonstration Center or visit the Lending Library, please call 1-866-866-8782 or 515-289-4069 (TTY) or email atinfo@eastersealsia.org.” taken from their website.

Their website is – https://www.easterseals.com/ia/our-programs/assistive-technology-center/

Kansas

Assistive Technology Kansas – Kansas Equipment Exchange

This is an AT exchange program and it is divided into 6 regions. You can donate all kinds of equipment.

To donate equipment the website instructs you to either call 800-526-3648, or to email your AT Access Site – you can visit this web address – http://atk.ku.edu/contact-atk , find which region you are in and then send an email, or telephone the AT access location which serves you – all the contact info is on the page I listed above.

Kentucky

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) Network

You can donate all kinds of equipment and devices to KATS.

You can read about all there services here – https://www.katsnet.org/services/

There is a reutilization program which collects and refurbishes durable medical equipment and AT devices to give to people with disabilities for free. The program for organizing this is CARAT – Coordinating and Assisting with the Reuse of Assistive Technology

CARAT can be found on the KATS Network website here – https://www.katsnet.org/services/at-reuse/

You will see a button for donating on the above page, and you can find out about where you can drop off equipment if you don’t want to use their online exchange.

 

KY Assistive Technology Locator

KATS has an online exchange for equipment and devices – the KY Assistive Technology Locator

You can find it here – https://katsnet.at4all.com/

This has several functions – 

  • there is an exchange where you can donate or sell durable medical equipment and AT devices
  • there is the CARAT inventory
  • the KY Assistive Technology locator also has a lending library program of short term loans of equipment to try it before you buy it

Louisiana

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)

Latan operates the AT Marketplace Louisiana’s Assistive Technology Classifieds, which offers devices for low, or no cost.

There is a large range of types of durable medical equipment – raised toilet seats would fall under the category of daily living. You can go and browse what there is right now.

“Clients have the option of donating assistive technology devices to LATAN to be posted on the AT Marketplace or keeping the devices in their possession and listing it for free or for sale. Assistive Technology listed to the AT Marketplace for sale will be listed at a reduced cost. All assistive technology listed or to be listed on the AT Marketplace for availability must fall under one of the following categories:

  • Daily Living
  • Environmental Adaptations
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Mobility
  • Computer Access
  • Learning, Speech/Communication
  • Transportation (modified vehicles)”

The text above is taken directly from the AT Marketplace page.

The website page for the AT Marketplace is here – https://www.latan.org/at-marketplace/

I have to note that their website was refreshingly easy to use, as I have checked every single site and program that I am listing here, and finding how you donate equipment on many sites has had me pulling my hair out, but not here, it was easy.

Maine

Assistive Technology Programs in Maine

There is another online AT exchange in Maine where you can post your raised toilet seats online, and people who need one can contact you.

The website which handles the Assistive Technologies Exchange in Maine – https://at4maine.org/

Maryland

Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP)

The website for MD TAP is here – http://mdod.maryland.gov/mdtap/Pages/MDTAP-Home.aspx

MD TAP has a directory of loan closets, and you can download this and call the ones closest to you to find out about donating equipment.

You can find the loan closet directory here to download – http://mdod.maryland.gov/mdtap/Pages/Equipment-Loan-Closet-Directory-.aspx

Facebook group

There is a facebook page which you can join and then donate equipment to other members of the group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/443254832860014/

Massachusetts

MassMATCH – Massachusetts Maximizing Assistive Technology in Consumers Hands

One program you can donate to is Requipment which is a durable medical equipment re-use program. They have a huge inventory, and instructions on how to donate equipment to them – the MassMatch website has a page for that here – https://dmerequipment.org/

If you are looking for a list of local groups you can donate to, then there is a very long list of groups in Massachusetts on this page of the MassMatch website – https://www.massmatch.org/find_at/borrow.php#Device_Loan_and_Reuse_Programs

 

MassMatch has an online equipment exchange listing where you can post equipment for donation, which you can find here

– https://getatstuff.massmatch.org/

Michigan

Great Lakes Loan Closets

The great Lakes Loan Closets are designed for the residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Northern Illinois.

Loan closets typically have durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes, and high-rise toilet seats. Some may also have hospital beds or electric wheelchairs available. Each loan closet is unique, with its own set of eligibility requirements, equipment, and loan period.” – Source – the Great Lakes Loan Closets website

You will  find a link on the home page of the website if you wish to donate equipment – https://loanclosets.org

Minnesota

Goodwill-Easter Seals

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which accepts donations of a vast array of different kinds of equipment.

Their website home page is – https://www.goodwilleasterseals.org

You can locate a donation point on this page of their website –  https://www.goodwilleasterseals.org/donate/find-donation

HERO: Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

HERO does accept donations of raised toilet seats and a lot of other equipment as well.

HERO is a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes healthcare supplies to those in need locally and globally.

Their page about donations on the website is here – https://www.herofargo.org/donate

This is a pdf about what they do and don’t accept and where to bring the equipment – https://www.herofargo.org/wp-content/uploads/IndividualSupplies.pdf

Mississippi

Project START (Success through Assistive Rehabilitation Technology)

You can find the website here – http://www.msprojectstart.org/

You can donate lightly used durable medical equipment to START through their Device Reutilization Program –  you have to contact them to find out more and their contact page is here – http://www.msprojectstart.org/contact-us

 

There are three main branches to the program for assistive technology and durable medical equipment –

 

The Mississippi Equipment Connection Program – an online recycling database – I couldn’t find it on the website, or anywhere else for that matter, but if you use their contact page you can ask them.

There is a short term loan testing library, but they don’t say if this is part of the online database or not, but it is there so you can test before you buy low cost recycled equipment. The address for this is – https://www.myatprogram.org/SearchInventory.aspx

 

Device Reutilization and Computer Refurbishment Program – in-home placements of refurbished computers for people with disabilities.

You need to contact them through this page on their website — http://www.msprojectstart.org/contact-us 

Mississippi Re-Tech Project – this program works to educate and increase access to assistive technology in poorer areas of Mississippi.

The program partners with churches, local health departments and durable medical equipment companies.

The goal is to increase access to equipment.

Missouri

AT for Missourians

This is an Assistive Technology Program which accepts donations of equipment.

This is the homepage of the website – https://at.mo.gov

This is the website page about recycled equipment – https://at.mo.gov/recycle-reuse

This the website page if you wish to use their “Swap ‘n Shop” Exchange Program – https://at.mo.gov/recycle-reuse/swap-n-shop-disclaimer.html

If you wish to list equipment you can call Eileen at (816) 655-6700 or email at ebelton@mo-at.org

Montana

Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain

Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which accepts donations of a vast array of different kinds of equipment.

Their website home page is – https://www.esgw.org

You can locate a donation point on this page of their website – https://www.esgw.org/locations-hours

Montana Adaptive Equipment Program (MAEP)

This is run by the University of Montana Rural Institute.

You can donate equipment, they have loan programs and an equipment exchange program.

You can simply donate equipment of all kinds – https://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/donate/,

to do so you need to contact them.

You can also put your equipment on the Montana Assistive Technology Program — Exchange and the website page for that is here – http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/mtdb/welcome.asp 

Nebraska

Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP)

The main website for the ATP – https://atp.nebraska.gov/

ATP operate an online assistive technology exchange and classifieds – it is low cost or free.

 

The online exchange can be found by going here – https://atp.nebraska.gov/services/equipment and then clicking on the link under Online, which says at4all.com. You will find listings for –

  • Demonstration and short-term loans
  • Used equipment for sale
  • Free donated items
  • List items to sell or donate

 

ATP also has a ReUse Network and you can just contact them to donate equipment – you can find that on this page of their website – https://atp.nebraska.gov/services/reuse-network

They have a list of partners in their program and it is done by area.

Nevada

Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

NATC supports an extensive equipment-recycling program called CARE Chest where donated equipment is refurbished and offered for use.

The CARE Chest website is here – https://carechest.org/site/

For donating go here – https://carechest.org/site/donate-2/supply-donations/

The NATC also runs an online equipment exchange – you can find that here – https://www.nateproject.com/welcome.aspx

New Hampshire

Refurbished Equipment Marketplace

The REM, a non-profit organization, works with AT4NH (New Hampshire Assistive Technologies Program)  with grants to refurbish donated durable medical equipment, which is then sold at low prices to people who need it, but can’t afford expensive equipment.

According to their donations page they do not accept raised toilet seats, but they accept a lot of other types of equipment that you may have.

The donation page on their website is – http://rem.crotchedmountain.org/Donation-Policy_ep_42.html

New Jersey

Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

http://www.drnj.org/atac/

The ATAC operates an online equipment exchange program – Back-in-Action Equipment Exchange Program which matches people with equipment for sale or donation, with those in need.

The website takes a whole range of equipment including durable medical equipment.

You just register with the site and post your equipment.

The website for the exchange is here – http://backinaction.drnj.org/home.php

ATAC runs refurbishment of equipment through Goodwill Home Medical Equipment – a nonprofit in Ewing, New Jersey.

Find out about donating go here – https://goodwillnj.org/material-donations/

To find a donation center near you go here – https://goodwillnj.org/goodwill-donation-site/

ATAC has a network of loan services for devices – this is to test devices before you buy or to replace a device being fixed.

Contact the Advancing oportunities Rehabilitation Technology Services Dept

Here’s the website – http://www.assistivetechnologycenter.org/

New Mexico

New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP)

You can donate medical equipment to the reuse program Back in Use which is run for them by the nonprofit organization, Adelante Development Center.

To donate equipment go to this page here – https://goadelante.org/disability-services/assistive-equipment-biu/backinuse-donate-equipment/

New York

The New York State Assistive Technology (TRAID) Program.

TRAID-IN is a service in New York State which connects people who need equipment with those who want to donate or sell.

Their website is  – https://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/traid-program

North Carolina

North Carolina Assistive technology Program (NCATP)

NCATP operates its device loans through 9 centers across North Carolina, so you can contact the centers if you wish to donate.

This is the website page with all the contact info and addresses of the 9 centers – https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/vocational-rehabilitation-services/north-carolina-assistive-technology-program/ncatp

North Dakota

HERO: Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

HERO does accept donations of raised toilet seats and a lot of other equipment as well.

HERO is a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes healthcare supplies to those in need locally and globally.

Their page about donations on the website is here – https://www.herofargo.org/donate

This is a pdf about what they do and don’t accept, and where to bring the equipment – https://www.herofargo.org/wp-content/uploads/IndividualSupplies.pdf

Oklahoma

Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Oklahoma Able Tech is an Assistive Technology Program.

The program does refurbishment of gently used equipment and has a device equipment exchange which you can sign up to.

This is the main website page – https://www.okabletech.org

You can donate equipment for which you will need to submit an online donation form which you will find on the website here – https://www.okabletech.org/guide-to-all-services/device-reutilization/apply-for-dme/donate

On the above “donate” page there are eight Drop Off Locations where the equipment can be taken, but they will also do pick ups as well.

The Equipment Exchange information is on the following website page – https://www.okabletech.org/guide-to-all-services/device-reutilization/oklahoma-equipment-exchange

You will need to sign up to the exchange and you will be able to offer the equipment that you have, and people in need will contact you directly.

Oregon

Oregon Statewide Assistive Technology Program

OSAT refurbishes equipment and sells it as recycled equipment.

There is a an online exchange program where you can directly deal with the current owner of a device.

To find out more go to the following website – https://www.accesstechnologiesinc.org/about/oregon-statewide-at-program

Pennsylvania

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania

This program is supported by TechOwl which is the Commonwealths Assistive Technology Act Program.

The website is found at this address – https://www.ucpcentralpa.org

Changing Hands is the name of the equipment exchange program which supplies refurbished home medical equipment and AT devices to residents of Pennsylvania.

Many types of equipment are accepted and the page for donations is found on their website here https://www.ucpcentralpa.org/services/assistive-technology/changing-hands

The program also works with the local Area Agencies on Aging.

Rhode Island

Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP)

ATAP contracts with Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL)  to provide a device exchange program to which businesses and consumers donate devices.

OSCIL maintains an inventory of equipment for short or long term loan.

The website is here –  http://www.oscil.org/assistive-technology.html

You will need to email or call them to discuss donating.

South Carolina

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP)

The SCATP runs the South Carolina Assistive Technology Exchange. The SC AT Exchange is a free online exchange where anyone can search for, or list, medical equipment for free or for sale.

The Exchange website page address – https://scatpexchange.net

If you don’t wish to use the exchange there is another service which is SC Assistive Technology Reuse, which collects gently used medical equipment and distributes it to those in need.

The is a link to a pdf about that service here.

If you want to donate equipment or to find it, but don’t want to have to go onto AT Exchange, you can call SC Assistive Technology Reuse on 803-935-5273.

South Dakota

DakotaLink

DakotaLink has an AT Exchange site where you can donate or locate equipment and assistive devices.

You can access it either from this page on their site- https://www.dakotalink.net/at-activities/recycling-reuse/ or here – https://www.sd.at4all.com/welcome.asp 

South Dakota Medicaid Reuse Program

 

“DakotaLink” has contracted to establish a program for the reuse of durable medical equipment and other Assistive Technology Devices commonly purchased for individuals eligible for Medicaid.”

“Medicaid funding is to be used in a more efficient manner by recycling and reusing equipment no longer needed by the initial recipient.”

“A pilot program site has been established in Sioux Falls, SD, as a first step toward evolving into a statewide resource. For more information contact Merrinfo@dakotalink.net or call 605-271-5074 or 866-274-2594.” 

This is a link to the pilot site brochure – https://www.dakotalink.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/MERR-Brochure-20181004-1.pdf 

Tennessee

United Cerebral Palsy Equipment Exchange

All types of equipment are excepted.

You need to call and make an appointment to donate any equipment.

The contact information is on the website on this page – http://ucpmidtn.org/programs-and-services/equipment-exchange/

Texas

Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP)

TTAP partners with Project Mend in San Antonio.

Project Mend provides long term loans of refurbished medical equipment to persons with disabilities who are in financial need.

Here is the Project Mend website donations page – https://www.projectmend.org/donate/

You can call them to schedule a pick up or drop off equipment at their warehouse.

Utah

Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)

This is an assistive technology program and you can donate equipment through the statewide device exchange – http://www.uatpat.org/classifieds/

You can also donate a device to the organization at different sites, but you need to contact them, so look at this page on their website to get the contacts – http://www.uatpat.org/device_reuse/

Vermont

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

Vermont has, like many of the other states on this list, an Assistive Technology Equipment Exchange where you can buy, sell or simply donate something to a person who has put up a post looking for it.

There is no list of accepted items posted for this, but it is a case of what you want to donate and what someone else on the exchange needs.

The website address for the Vermont AT Exchange is – https://vt.at4all.com

The following link is the Vermont Assistive Technology Program Information sheet –

https://atp.vermont.gov/sites/atp/files/documents/VATP%20One%20Pager%202018.pdf

Virginia

Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)

The VATS has a number of different programs to ensure that the elderly and the disabled have access to assistive technology devices and durable medical equipment.

There is an AT Equipment Exchange which is called the Virginia Reuse Network (VRN) Equipment Exchange

Virginians may use the VRN Exchange to offer gently used equipment for or sale or for donation.

To offer or request equipment on the VRN Equipment Exchange you need to visit this page here –  http://www.vats.org/apps/inquiries/Default.aspx

Virginia Reuse Network(VRN)

As well as the VRN Exchange the VRN also supports durable medical equipment reuse sites across the state.

The sites are to be found on this page of the website –http://www.vats.org/ATrecycling.htm

Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment Endowment (F.R.E.E.)

“The F.R.E.E. Foundation is a volunteer-led  non-profit ” which works with the VRN and has a number of the reuse sites.

You can donate the equipment to (F.R.E.E). The information on how to do so is found here on their website –http://www.free-foundation.org/donate-equipment

F.R.E.E. gives the recycled equipment to uninsured or underinsured adults in Virginia.

The WilsonWorkforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)

The WWRC is another program which works with the VRN and has a site where equipment is recycled.

The website address is – https://www.wwrc.net/

Washington

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program

All kinds of equipment are accepted, including raised toilet seats.

WATAP works with local community reuse providers to expand the reuse programs. You can donate all kinds of equipment.

Through the Evergreen Reuse Coalition consumers can exchange, sell or buy gently used equipment online using WATAP’s AT Classifieds.

The online classified ads can be found here – https://www.myatprogram.org/Default.aspx?state=53 

To donate without using the exchange go to the list of centers on this page, and contact them to donate your equipment – http://watap.org/device-reuse

West Virginia

The WVATS Loan and Exchange System

West Virginia Assistive Technology System operates an equipment reuse program which takes donated devices and distributes them to West Virginia residents who need them.

The Virtual Loan Library and Exchange is an online exchange system where you can look for equipment and offer equipment. The website page is – https://vll.cedwvu.org/welcome.aspx

If you wish to donate equipment directly to the program you need to contact them using this page on their website –  http://wvats.cedwvu.org/contact-us/

WSVATS also contracts with two existing reutilization programs Ark of Mid Ohio Valley which have thrift shops where you can donate all kinds of goods and equipment, and with the North West Virginia Center for Independent Living.

Wisconsin

Great Lakes Loan Closets

The great Lakes Loan Closets are designed for the residents of Michigan, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Northern Illinois.

Loan closets typically have durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes, and high-rise toilet seats. Some may also have hospital beds or electric wheelchairs available. Each loan closet is unique, with its own set of eligibility requirements, equipment, and loan period.” – Source – the Great Lakes Loan Closets website

You will  find a link on the home page of the website if you wish to donate equipmenthttps://loanclosets.org/

WisTech supports two statewide device reutilization programs

The Durable Medical Equipment Program

This is run by the Department of Corrections, Bureau of Correctional Enterprises. The refurbished DME is then listed online on the websitewww.wisconsin4all.com

As well as being listed online the equipment is distributed to to individuals through Independent Living Groups and other nonprofits.

You need to contact the Wistech to donate.

Wisconsin DNR – Department of Natural Resources

The DNR recommends the following organizations in Wisconsin for donations of DME –

H.E.L.P. Lending Closet – https://www.goodnewswi.com/get-involved/medical-lending-closet/

IndependenceFirst Inc. – https://www.independencefirst.org/home/

Wyoming

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

The WATR has a reuse program that enables individuals to exchange, sell and recycle gently used equipment – the web address is – www.wy.at4all.com

If you wish to donate directly to the WATR and not bother with the exchange, you need to go to this page on the website and fill out a Donated Device Form http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/watr/reuse/donate.html

National and International organizations who accept durable medical equipment donations

Goodwill

Goodwill will accept donations of used medical equipment including raised toilet seats.

You can donate at your local Goodwill store.

Here is the web page with the store locator – https://www.goodwill.org/locator/

Salvation Army

You can donate a whole range of items to the Salvation Army, and medical equipment is included.

To donate your raised toilet seat, or anything else, go to this page on their website  – https://satruck.org/

Easterseals

There are Easterseals affiliates all over the US, and you give donate equipment to most of them.

To find your local affiliate go to this web page – https://www.easterseals.com/connect-locally/

To find your local affiliate you can –

  • use the map and click on a star,
  • use the locator
  • or just go down the list of affiliates and click on the website of the one in your area

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations

The donated equipment goes  to underserved communities.

Their website page about donating is here – http://www.pqmd.org/pillars/donation-guidelines/

Project Cure

The provides large amounts of donated medical equipment to the developing world, and they take donations from individuals.

Their website page about donating is here – https://projectcure.org/donate-supplies-equipment

REMEDY – Recovered Medical Equipment for the developing World

REMEDY supplies medical equipment and supplies to global aid to respond to those in need.

They accept donations of durable medical equipment.

You can go to this webpage to donate equipment to REMEDY – https://www.med-eq.org/Login/form.aspx?type=donate&quick=1

Advocates for World Health

Advocates for World Health send donated equipment to the developing world.

Donations of medical equipment are accepted.

 Visit this page to find out about donating durable medical equipment – https://awhealth.org/donate-medical-equipment/

Esperenca

Esperenca works in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mozambique and Phoenix, and delivers the donations to under-sourced hospitals, clinics and community health centers.

Individuals can donate equipment and medical supplies.

To donate visit this web address – https://www.esperanca.org/donate-supplies/

To see their wishlist visit here – https://www.esperanca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Medical-Supply-Wishlist.pdf

Med Share

MedShare is a humanitarian aid organization which delivers surplus medical equipment to communities in need around the world.

Individuals can donate durable medical equipment at the three MedShare distribution centers.

You can check this on the MedShare website – https://www.medshare.org/

HERO Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

Hero collects, refurbishes and redistributes medical equipment – as well as working through their retail store they send equipment around the world with medical mission teams.

Donations can be dropped off at their store in Fargo, ND.

You can find out more here on their website – https://www.herofargo.org/wp-content/uploads/IndividualSupplies.pdf

MedWish

“MedWish International is a not-for-profit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid to people in need.”

Source: https://www.medwish.org/

MedWish accepts donations of medical equipment from individuals.

The donations are dropped off at the MedWish warehouse.

The website page for making the donations is here – https://www.medwish.org/give/

Global Links

Global Links recuperates surplus medical equipment and sends it to under-sourced hospitals abroad.

Global Links accepts donations of medical equipment from individuals.

To find out how to give your donation look at this website page – https://www.globallinks.org/our-work/programs/medical-surplus-recovery-program/individual-and-community-surplus-recovery

Global Mobility USA

Global Mobility USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization who are helping people with disabilities around the world who need mobility equipment.

They accept donations of wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, ramps, and physical and occupational therapy equipment.

You can contact them at this web address – http://www.globalmobilityusa.org/equipment-and-in-kind-donations

Again, I know this is not for raised toilet seats, but you may have mobility aids you might like to donate.

Medical Bridges

Medical Bridges sends medical equipment to underserved communities around the world.

You can donate all kinds of Medical supplies and equipment.

This is the donation page on their website – http://www.medicalbridges.org/donate/medical-supplies-and-equipment

Sites in your neighborhood which may accept a donated raised toilet seat

Pop into a few of these places in your neighborhood as they all have, and need raised toilet seats –

 

  • Local Hospitals – they will need and use them for patients after surgeries
  • Emergency rooms
  • Private clinics
  • Thrift stores will always sell one
  • Look the yellow pages for your local Senior Centers or Elderly Day Care Centers and give them a call
  • Veterans Group homes in your area may be interested 
  • Look up the local Retirement Homes in the yellow pages and give them a call

Craigslist and other sites to give away equipment

If you use a site like this you can offer to give the equipment away, and just charge for the shipping, or if you are feeling generous you can simply pay for that too.

I would stay way from having people come and pick it up if you are caring for an elderly vulnerable person, as you don’t know who may come and pick it up, or what you are exposing yourself, and your loved one to.

If you are going to do an online posting, you will want to create a throwaway email address just for this purpose, as you don’t want to get inundated with spam emails, which can easily happen, so don’t use your regular private email for this.

Sites that you can use to give stuff away –

  • Craigslist
  • Ebay
  • Freecycle

Other organizations who may know where to donate equipment

If you haven’t had any luck in finding places that may be able to take your raised toilet seat, or any other durable medical equipment for that matter, here are a few more organizations who might be able to give you ideas of where you may be able to donate it –

Area Agency On Aging

Area Agencies on Aging are deeply involved with  local community groups who work with caregivers and the elderly, so they may very well be able to find you groups who will be happy to take your donation.

“Area Agency on Aging” or AAA is a generic term used across the US, so don’t be surprised if that is not the name of the group in your area. These are non-profit agencies which are chosen by the state to focus on the requirements of the elderly at a local level.

To locate your local Area Agency on Aging you can use their locator tool – click here to do so.

Social Services

Call your local social services and ask if they know of any programs that are accepting donations of durable medical equipment.

Churches

Your local church should be appraised of all the projects going on in the community which are helping the less fortunate, and are accepting donations of durable medical equipment.

Local Town Hall or Chamber of Commerce

Your local Town Hall or Chamber of Commerce should be able to furnish you with a list of nonprofit organizations, charities and community groups who run programs which refurbish durable medical equipment and then distribute it in the community.

Reasons why your equipment may not be accepted

Many companies are not equipped to handle used equipment which has been used for a medical reason, and which may need disinfecting and washing so that it doesn’t spread infection, and as a result they will not want to accept your used equipment, so don’t be offended, it’s just logistics.

The second issue with “used” medical equipment is the problem with defects and warranties, and sometimes companies don’t want to get involved in handling equipment which will naturally have lost its warranty.

Tax deductions on donations

Don’t forget to keep the receipt for any donations for equipment that you make to any charities if you are hoping to get a tax deduction, as the IRS will require a receipt for the item.

I’m Gareth and I’m the owner of Looking After Mom and Dad.com

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Organizations which take donations of "gently used" raised toilet seats include - Goodwill,  Salvation Army, Easterseals, The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, Project Cure, REMEDY, Advocates for World Health, Esperenca, Med Share, HERO, MedWish, Global Links, Global Mobility USA, Medical Bridges, State Assistive Technology Projects - State Online Equipment Exchanges and ReUse Centers, Loan Closets (state and local), Thrift stores, Community Equipment Refurbishment Projects, Church Groups and more.
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