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Where To Donate Used Medical Equipment In Oakland, California ?

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If you are looking to donate used home medical equipment in good condition to help someone in need, in the Oakland area, I have put together a collection of all the different places and organizations, who can help you do that.

In Oakland, you can donate medical equipment in the following places –

 

  • Ability Tools – California State AT Program
  • reuse and recycling centers
  • loan closets for medical equipment
  • Thrift Stores
  • Goodwill stores
  • Salvation army stores
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Lions Clubs
  • Senior Centers
  • Veteran Centers
  • on Craigslist
  • on UsedHME.com
  • on Freecycle.org
  • on Facebook.com
  • on Nextdoor.com
  • on OfferUp.com
  • faith charities

 

The “Table of Contents” below has Quick links to all the different sections, so if there is one you prefer to investigate, you can jump straight to it.

Donate used medical equipment to the California Assistive Technology Program

 

Ability Tools – the California Assistive Technology Program

Ability tools is the Assistive Technology Program in California – each state in the US receives a federal grant to rum a program to increase access to assistive technology devices, principally for the disabled and the elderly.

The term “assistive technology device” is pretty much synonymous with “durable medical equipment”, and home medical equipment.

The Ability Tools program accepts a huge amount of donations of gently used durable medical equipment, which it, and its partners, subsequently distributes to those in need.

Ability Tools runs an Assistive Technology Exchange website where all the available durable medical equipment is listed for loan, or donated for free.

Ability Tools also coordinates demonstration centers for the assistive technology devices, and device loan programs for equipment in California.

The Assistive Technology Exchange website is here – http://abilitytools.org/services/at-exchange-transition.php

Ability Tools, to run its programs and to list the available inventory, is partnered with a number of reuse organizations across California.

The inventory of equipment available is kept on the Assistive Technology Exchange website, from where it can be organized, distributed, and requested.

The reuse organizations, working with Ability Tools, have formed a coalition – The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition.

“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.” – Source here.

Donate used medical equipment to the reuse center working with Ability Tools in Oakland

 

If you have equipment to donate, you can call the center below, and work out how you can give them your donation.

The center will post your equipment on the AT Exchange, and also look for people in need in Oakland who will benefit from your donation.

ReCARES

ReCares (formerly Home Cares) is a reuse program to which you can donate gently used home medical equipment, and unused health care supplies.

The organization is part of  The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition.

ReCARES has a list of possible items for donations which includes the following –

 

  • wheelchairs
  • walkers
  • canes
  • adult briefs
  • shower chairs
  • tub/transfer benches
  • chux
  • and more

 

The main center is at –

2619 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510 251 2273

Give them a call to get the times that you can make a donation, as things will have changed with Covid-19, you need to check with them under what circumstances they are working.

Website: http://homecares.org 

or    https://recares.net        

Thre are also satellite offices here

The alleyway of 63 Dorland St

Dorland St

San Francisco,

CA 94110

Phone: 415 487-54053100

No website

 

Marin Medical Equipment Re-cyclers

3100 Kerner Blvd

San Rafael,

Ca 94901

Phone: 415 388 8198

Website: https://marinmer.org/

The Marin Medical Equipment Re-cyclers site accepts –

  • wheelchairs
  • companion chairs
  • transfer benches
  • shower chairs
  • orthopedic supports
  • blood pressure machines
  • nebulizers
  • canes
  • crutches
  • commodes
  • walkers
  • grabbers
  • wedge pillows
  • therapeutic cushions

 

You can also donate some medical supplies –

  • diapers
  • panty pads
  • bed pads
  • latex
  • vinyl gloves
  • wipes
  • and more

To donate a large item such as a hospital bed, or a power scooter, you will need to call ReCARES, so they can match you with a recipient who can organize the pickup and transport for the item themselves.

The location has been closed at times during the pandemic, so do call before you go to make a donation.

 

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Donate used Medical equipment to Goodwill Stores in Oakland, California

 

 

Goodwill Greater East Bay is the organization running the Goodwill stores in and around Oakland – there are 32 donation sites, of which 28 are stores.

Goodwill stores and donation locations do not all accept home medical equipment, so you should always call before take your medical equipment along.

 

Goodwill donation drop-off locations in the Oakland area

To locate a site near you in the Oakland area, use their locator here https://eastbaygoodwill.org/donation-centers

Donate used medical equipment to the Salvation Army in, Oakland, California

 

The Salvation Army accepts donations of some used home medical equipment, so long as it is in good condition.

To donate your items, you go to the following page on their website, to find a drop-off location near to you – https://satruck.org/

It will the page below.

 

Enter your zip code in the box for the service you require, and you will get a map with all the locations and a list of addresses and contact links, as you can see below.

 

You can choose a site from the map, or the list, and then contact them to find out about donating your equipment – as usual, don’t just show up as you could be wasting your time, as they don’t take all items, and some don’t take any at all.

Donate used medical equipment to thrift stores in Oakland, California

 

If you are not having a lot of luck donating your equipment, you can just donate to a thrift store. Do bear in mind that some thrift stores are no-profits, and others are simply for profit businesses – in both cases, though, someone should be able to purchase your equipment at a reduced price.

Thrift stores do tend to change the items they are accepting, so if a store accepted donations of certain items at the time of writing, it doesn’t mean they will when you want to donate your item – so call ahead and check !

Lastly, right now Covid is still with us, and the policies for donating items and mask wearing will fluctuate, so another reason to call ahead, and not just turn up.

 

ARF Thrift Store

1950 Market Street, Suite H,

Concord,

CA 94520

Phone: 925 685 0908

At present, they do not accept walkers and crutches, but they do not have a blanket policy on all types of home medical equipment. I would call them on the number above and ask if they are currently accepting any home medical equipment.

 

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Free Oakland Up

2809 MacArthur Blvd,

Oakland,

CA 94602

Website: http://freeup.us/free_oakland_up

Everyone can take one free item.

Phone – none, so contact them on the website contact page.

Open Thursday to Sunday, 12-4pm

 

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Habitat For Humanity ReStore Oakland

9235 San Leandro St,

Oakland,

CA 94603

Phone: 510 777 1447

Some stores take donations of used home medical equipment, and others don’t so just give them a call.

 

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Kingdom Builders

7954 MacArthur Blvd,

Oakland,

CA 94605

Phone: 510 878 2477

 

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Mastick Senior center thrift store

1538 St Charles St,

Alameda,

CA 94501

Phone: (510) 747-7500

If the thrift store doesn’t want your item, the senior center can probably place it with someone for you !! As always, do call first and ask.

 

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St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store

9235 San Leandro St,

Oakland,

CA 94603

Phone: 510 636 4252

Some of their locations take durable medical equipment, and others don’t, so you need to call and ask if they are currently accepting your type of item.

 

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Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles

3742 Grand Ave,

Oakland,

CA 94610

Phone: 510 763 3342

You should photograph your item and send it to the store by email, and they will tell you if they are interested in your donation.

I have put a link to the page for donating that you will need to look at on their blog.

https://uhurufurniture.blogspot.com/p/donate-furniture.html

 

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Urban University/urban furniture & boutique

3237 Grand Ave,

Oakland, CA 94610

Phone: 510 835 3165

Donation page – https://urbanuniv.org/support-us/donate-goods/

On their list of items “not accepted”, they do not mention any durable medical equipment, but I would give them a call and check first.
The store supports various charitable initiatives.

Donating to Loan Closets which accept used medical equipment in the Oakland area

 

Medical equipment loan closets are usually run by community volunteers and non-profit organizations. Very often your local Area Agency on Aging will know of any in your area.

I have unfortunately not managed to find any community loan closets in Oakland, but I am sure that there will be some.

Donating used medical equipment to Senior Centers in the Oakland area

 

You may want to see if a senior center near you has a loan closet for its members, needs equipment in the center to assist its members while they are at the center, or simply knows of elderly members who need equipment but cannot afford it.
 

Downtown Oakland Senior Center
200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
510 238 3284
East Oakland Senior Center
9255 Edes Street, Oakland, CA 94603
510 615 5731
North Oakland Senior Center
5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland, CA 94609
510 597 5085
West Oakland Senior Center
1724 Adeline St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 238 7016
Hong Lok Senior Center
261 11th St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 763 9017
Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center
3301 E 12th St, Ste 201, Oakland, CA 94601
510 535 6123
East Bay Korean Senior Citizen
1723 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
510 763 0736
Warren Senior Citizens Helper
1587 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612
510 614 5508
Our Family Circle Foundation
6038 Brann St, Oakland, CA 94605
510 568 9551
Sshi Maintenance
280 28th St, Oakland, CA 94611
510 835 2369
Hotel Oakland
270 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612
510 835 3749
Assets
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza # 4353, Oakland, CA 94612
510 238 3535
Palo Vista Gardens Community
1100 64th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
510 562 9533
Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights
2361 E 29th St, Oakland, CA 94606
510 343 6154
Alameda Mastick Senior Center
1155 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
510 747 7500
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St, Berkeley, CA 94703
510 981 5170
San Leandro Senior Community Center
13909 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA 94578
510 577 3462
Hotel St. Mark
394 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607
West Berkeley Service Center
1900 Sixth St, Berkeley, CA 94710
510 981 5190

Donating used medical equipment to Veteran Centers in the Oakland area

 

If you wish to donate your used home medical equipment to a veteran, you can usually find out about Veterans in need from The VA Services.

Give the organization of your choice a call, I would not go there in person with a donation, as they may need to do a little research first.

 

Alameda County Veterans Services

6955 Foothill Blvd, 300

Oakland,

CA 94605

Phone: 510 577 3547

 

Disabled American Veterans

200 Grand Avenue, 205

Oakland,

CA 94610

Phone: 510 893 1666

 

 

Vietnam  Veterans of America

200 Grand Avenue, 208

Oakland,

CA 94610

Phone: 510 444 5235

Donate used medical equipment in Oakland near me, online

 

Possibly the easiest way to donate equipment is online, and doing close to home is not a problem.

On the following sites, platforms I am discussing, you have the tools to donate to people who live right near you.

Before I get to the different choices, I have to make a few points.

If your item is not in good working order, I wouldn’t donate it on a listing.  Giving the item to a local refurbishment center, which can either fix it, or use it for spare parts, is probably a better idea.

Pick-ups and drop-offs  –

1) It isn’t a great idea to have strangers come to pick up items at your home, especially if you are caring for an elderly, vulnerable person – you don’t know if the person has other motives.

Handing over your donation is best done in public places – like a local coffee shop, a mall, or grocery car park.

2) If you think you are at all vulnerable, take another person with you to the drop-off meeting, to hand over the item.

3) Use a throwaway email address for online listing sites – your regular private email can sometimes get inundated with spam, which can happen.

4) In the description of your listing, do be clear that the item you are giving away is done so “as is”, that it comes with no guarantees, and that you accept no responsibility for any future breakage or accidents. Repeat this when you hand over the item.

On the following sites, you will be able to donate used home medical equipment –

 

  • Craigslist.com
  • Freecycle.org
  • UsedHME.com
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Nextdoor.com
  • OfferUp.com

Donate used medical equipment in Oakland near me, on Craigslist

Craigslist.com is a website of listed ads where anyone can list an item for sale, or for free, or to buy and accept items.

There is no required membership, or need to open an account, before creating a listing for an item.

The tools are available, so that you can advertise locally.

There is also a garage or yard sale section, which may be of interest as well.

I have another post which is a quick illustrated guide on donating used home medical equipment on Craigslist.com here – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Craigslist ? An Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Craigslist listings page

Screenshot example of a  Craigslist garage sale page

Donate used medical equipment in Oakland near me, on UsedHME.com

 

UsedHME.com is another listing website, for buying, selling and donating only items of used home medical equipment, which makes it easy to find equipment, and avoids wading through a lot of listings of all kinds of different items which have nothing to do with what you are looking for.

Like with Craigslist, you have the tools on the site to set the area in which your advertisement is seen, making it easy to advertise where you live.

I have another quick illustrated guide on how to donate used home medical equipment on UsedHME.com, here – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On UsedHME ? An illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of UsedHME.com’s equipment categories page

Donate used medical equipment in Oakland near me, on Freecycle.org

 

Freecycle.org is a platform for gifting items to one another – everything is free.

It is based on a network of groups, with the members of the groups posting their items for free, for anyone else in the group – there are groups all over the US and Europe.

It does involve joining, which is free, and you can check the groups in your area, before doing that.

If you want to know how to do this, I have a quick, illustrated article showing how to donate used home medical equipment near you on Freecycle.org, here – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me on Freecycle.org ? A Very Quick Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Freecyle.org page

Donate used medical equipment in Oakland near me, on Facebook

 

On Facebook.com, you have two options to buy, sell or offer items for free –

  • by joining local “buy and sell” groups
  • by posting ads on the Facebook Marketplace

Anyone can have a Facebook account, you can join for free.

I have another quick illustrated guide on how to donate used home medical equipment on Facebook – “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Facebook ? An Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Facebook Marketplace page

Donate used medical equipment in Oakland near me, on Nextdoor.com

 

Nextdoor.com is an online platform, which places you in a community of those members who live in your locality, making it very easy to give your item to someone very near you.

You can buy, sell and giveaway stuff on Nextdoor.com.

To do this you have to join, but it is easy and free.

Nextdoor uses your address to put you in the right neighborhood.

If you want to know more, you can read my quick illustrated guide –  “How To Donate Used Medical Equipment Near Me On Nextdoor ? An Illustrated Guide”

Screenshot of Nextdoor.com “All Listings” page

Donate used medical equipment in Oakland near me, on OfferUp

 

OfferUp is a “mobile first” platform, to sell and buy, and donate used home medical equipment in Oakland, near you -also available on desktop.

It was designed to make it very quick to use.

On mobile, you just download the free app, and you are ready to go.

To use it on desktop, you go to offerup.com and then join etc.

You keep your listing local, by using the tools to keep it to pickups only.

There is a very good video below on how to do all of this on OfferUp.

Organizations who may know where to donate used medical equipment near me in Oakland

 

If you have one of the following places, administrations or organizations in your neighborhood in Oakland, they may know of local groups or administrations  in need of donations of used home medical equipment –

 

  • Your local Area Agency on Aging
  • Social Services Department
  • Local church communities
  • Local town hall or chamber of commerce
  • Local hospitals
  • Emergency rooms
  • Private clinics
  • Lions Clubs
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Faith based organizations

Area Agency on Aging in Oakland

 

Your local area agency on aging provide many services to the elderly and programs –

 

“These services include but are not limited to Adult Day Care, Family Caregiver Support programs, Food and Nutrition programs, Legal Assistance, Senior Information and Assistance, Long Term Care Ombudsman Services, Senior Center Services and Visiting.”

 

 Source: https://www.alamedacountysocialservices.org/our-services/Seniors-and-Disabled/Area-Agency-on-Aging/Area-agency-on-aging

If you are struggling to finds somewhere near you to donate your equipment, you can call the agency and ask them if they know of groups who may need your donation. The phone number is listed below.

 

The agency in Oakland is –

Alameda County Area Agency On Aging

Address:

6955 Foothill Blvd, Ste 300

Oakland,

CA 94605

Phone: 510 577 1907

Alameda County Social Services Agency

 

You will be able to get more information on where you can make donations of used medical equipment.

You can use the contact information below if you wish to ask social services about donations in your area  –

 

Eastmont Town Center – Adult & Aging Services

6955 Foothill Boulevard, Suite 143

Oakland,

CA 94605

Phone: 510 577 1900

 

Enterprise Self-Sufficiency Center

8477 Enterprise Way,

Oakland,

CA 94621

Phone: 510 639 1090

Thomas L. Berkley Square(North Oakland)

2000 San Pablo Avenue,

Oakland, 94612

Phone: 510 891 0700

Edgewater Drive

7751 Edgewater Drive,

Oakland,

CA 94621

Phone: 510 208 0995

 

Alameda County Social Services Agency website – here.

Lions Clubs

 

The Lions Clubs run a lot of charitable programs, and I have found many running community loan closets for used, and new, durable medical equipment.

They have a club locator tool, which will help you find clubs near you, where you can inquire about clubs in your area with a medical equipment loan closet.

I have a very quick-to-read illustrated guide explaining how to find a Lions Club near you, which you can read here.

 

Rotary Clubs

 

Many Rotary Clubs runs different charitable programs, and some may run medical loan closets.

To locate a club near you, so that you can ask if there is a club in your area running a medical equipment loan closet, you can use the Rotary club locator tool.

You can check my short illustrated guide on how to very quickly locate a Rotary Club near you, here.

Catholic Charities East Bay

Catholic Charities East Bay have a wide range of services and programs to help individuals and families in need, for –

  • housing
  • food
  • education
  • immigration legal services
  • health
  • family preservation

The organization should know of families and individuals of  who could use donations of used durable medical equipment.

You can contact them and find out if they know where you can donate your equipment – phone – 510 768 3100

Their website is here –

https://www.scd.org/catholic-charities-and-social-concerns/catholic-charities

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

 

The Society runs a number of programs in Oakland, helping those in need.

Contact the society to get more ideas for donating your used medical equipment, and even if they can’t take it, they may know who will.

Their website is here –

https://www.svdp-alameda.org/

Address:

2272 San Pablo Avenue,

Oakland,

CA94612

Phone: 510 638 7600

The Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay

 

Quite a number of programs are run for older adults by the Jewish Family and Community Services, and you can see those here on their website – https://jfcs-eastbay.org/services/

You can call and ask if anyone has need of the particular equipment that you wish to donate.

 

Alameda County Office

2484 Shattuck Ave, Ste 210,

Berkeley,

CA 94704

Phone: 510 704 7475

 

Home Care for Seniors

Phone: 510 684 6009

Tax deductions on donations

 

If you make a donation to a registered charity (this includes non-profit organizations), keep the receipts to get a tax deduction.

The IRS will require a receipt from a registered charity for the item.

 

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