Where To Donate Used Medical Equipment In San Jose ?


If you have used medical equipment in good condition that you, or your loved one, have finished using, and you want to donate it in San Jose to help someone else, I have put together all the different ways and places, which you will see see below, that I could find to do this in San Jose.

Where to donate used medical equipment in San Jose ? In San Jose you can donate medical equipment to all of the following organizations –


  • Ability Tools – California State AT Program
  • reuse centers
  • recycling centers
  • loan closets for medical equipment
  • private nonprofits helping the disabled in their communities
  • Thrift Stores
  • Goodwill stores
  • Salvation army stores
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Lions Clubs
  • Senior Centers
  • Veterans Centers
  • humanitarian organizations
  • locally on craigslist
  • locally on usedHME
  • locally on Freecycle
  • locally on Facebook
  • administrations in your neighborhood


There is quite a lot of information here, so you will find a Table of Contents below with Quick links to all the different sections.

Donate used medical equipment to the California Assistive Technology Program


Ability Tools – the California Assistive Technology Program

Ability tools is the program in charge of Assistive Technology in California.

Ability Tools runs an Assistive Technology Exchange website where durable medical equipment which is available is posted for loan, donation or for free.

The Assistive Technology Exchange website 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 Assistive Technology Exchange website, and also to distribute equipment in their particular regions of California.

“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.

There is a coalitions of the Reuse programs known as the California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition, and they are the programs working in collaboration with the Ability Tools.

To find out a lot more about how all this works, who to contact, the reuse centers in the San Jose area you can go to my article – “The Ultimate Guide To Used Medical Equipment In California” and read about the AT Program, the Reuse Centers and Ability Tools AT Exchange.


Donate used medical equipment to reuse centers working with Ability Tools in San Jose


If you have equipment you can call one of the centers listed below and work out how to donate your equipment to them.

These are reuse centers which will post the equipment on the AT Exchange and also look for people in need in the San Jose area who can use your donation.


Able People Foundation


The organization finds low income elderly, and individuals living with physical limitations, who are in need of medical equipment.


Items that the foundation is need include –


  • ambulatory devices: walkers
  • manual wheelchairs in good condition
  • rehab wheelchairs in good condition
  • power wheelchairs with battery charger in working condition
  • electric mobility scooters in good condition with battery charger
  • transfer benches


To donate medical equipment you must go to their website here, where there is a quick form to fill out, and then submit, i so they may contact you.


552A Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035

Phone: 408 263 8000

Website: https://ablepeoplefoundation.org


Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)

Here you can donate manual wheelchairs if they are less than 5 years old and in good condition.


25 N. 14th St. Suite 1000 (10th Floor)
San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408 894 9041 ext.204

Website: https://svilc.org

Donate used Medical equipment to Recycle Stuff


This is not part of the reuse coalition – the CATRC, and doesn’t just deal with used medical equipment.

The San Jose State University Center For Development Of Recycling runs the website runs the website Recycle Stuff along with the County of Santa Clara and the County of San Mateo.

On the website you can pick the category of medical equipment you wish to donate, and there will be a list of recyclers you can contact who will take the donation and place it with someone.

Website: https://www.recyclestuff.org/category/medical


San Jose State University
Center for Development of Recycling
One Washington Sq,
San Jose, CA 95192-0204

Phone: 800 533 8414


Donate used Medical equipment to Goodwill Stores in San Jose California


Goodwill stores are run by a nonprofit organizations, and give employment to people with disabilies, who may not otherwise be able to get employment.

The equipment is sold at low prices and is usually refurbished before it is sold on.

Not all Goodwill stores and donation locations accept home medical equipment, so do call before take your medical equipment along.

Goodwill donation drop-off locations in Silicon Valley

Goodwill runs more than 35 donation sites across Santa Clara County and San Benito County.
To locate a site near you in San Jose you can their locator here –


Donate used medical equipment to the Salvation Army in, San Jose, California


You can donate some home medical equipment to the Salvation Army, so long as it is in good condition.

To donate home medical equipment you will want to go to this page on their website and find  a drop-off location near you – https://satruck.org/

You will come to 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.

Donate used medical equipment to thrift stores in San Jose, California


Charity Cars for Kids Thrift Store

2725 Lafayette Street,

Santa Clara, CA 95050

Phone: 408 748 0081



Savers Thrift Store

You can see photographs of  used medical equipment on the website for their stores, so you don’t need to worry about that. They are part of a chain of stores.


4950 Almaden Expy #20,

San Jose, CA 95118


Website: https://www.savers.com/




Unicorn Thrift Shop

The website says to call before you take in a donation, to check that they are still taking the type if item you wish to donate.



1181 Redmond Ave,

San Jose, CA 95120

Phone: 408 997 9188


Website: https://unicornthriftshop.com/

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



The loan closet is for equipment for children with special needs and accepts equipment donations.


The items such as –


  • wheelchairs
  • standers


You can donate gently used medical equipment.

The information on donating can be found on the website here.

To donate equipment you drop it off at the warehouse, but they are specific times and dates on the website that you need to check at the link above.


AbleCloset Warehouse

1815 Walsh Ave,

Santa Clara, CA 95050

Website: https://www.ablecloset.com/

Phone: 650 539 4437



Avenidas Medical Equipment Loan Closet

Avenidas, previously known as the Senior Coordinating Council of Palo Alto, has a medical equipment loan closet for those who are ill or have an injury.


The loan closet says it has items such as –


  • walkers
  • shower chairs
  • canes
  • other equipment


The website page for the lending closet is here – https://www.avenidas.org/medical-equipment-loan-closet-now-open/

You can donate gently used medical equipment.

The program is part of the Health and Wellness Program.

To donate equipment you can give them a call.


450 Bryant St,

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Website: https://www.avenidas.org/

Phone: 650 289 5400


The Bridge Of Hope Foundation

(This is not really a community loan closet, the equipments is given to residents of the nursing home).

The Bridge Of Hope Foundation is a 200 bed nursing home, a non-profit organization that accepts charitable donations.


P.O. Box 576,

Soquel, CA 95073

Website: http://www.bridgeofhopefoundation.org

Donate used medical equipment to Rotary Clubs in San Jose


Rotary Clubs run a lot of charitable programs, and may be able to point you in the direction of clubs who are collecting donations of used medical equipment, or suggest other organizations who may appreciate your gift.

Locating a Rotary Club near to you is simple enough – the steps are laid out  below –

Step 1/

If you click on the link below you will be taken to the “Rotary Club locator tool” – 




Step 2/

In the fields on the locator tool enter –


  1. Meeting Location – I have entered “San Jose, California, USA”, 
  2. Club Type – for this you select “Rotary Club”

– see the image below.



Step 3/

If you click on the blue “search button” a list of all the Rotary Clubs in the San Jose area will appear on the right of the search tool, as you see in the image below.



Step/ 4

I get 8 clubs in San Jose.

You can then click on the club names in blue, which I have indicated in the image below.



Once you have chosen a club and clicked on it a page will open, you can see the example below, with all the contacts, locations etc for that particular club.

So just give them a call to find out if they are looking for gently used medical equipment for any of their causes, or if they know of anyone else who is.


Donate used medical equipment to Lions Clubs in San Jose, California


Lions clubs, just like Rotary clubs do much charitable work, and if you have gone through the loan closet section of this article, you will have noticed that there are quite a few clubs with loan closets in NYC that I have found.

If you want to find a Lions club in your area to donate medical equipment to, and there isn’t one in my list of loan closets, you could try locating clubs in your area, and giving them a call.

To locate a Lions club you will need to use their locator tool which you will find here.

You will come to the page in the image below.


Step 1

Simply type in the Zip code in which you wish to find Lions clubs, as I have done in the image below, select one of the areas in that zip code on the dropdown list, and you will then hit the “Search” button.



Step 2

The results will come up, and you will have the choice of either the a map view, or a list view.

If you choose the map view it will look like the image below.



Map View Method

Step 1

In map view there are two shapes of icon –


  • circular with a number indicating multiple clubs, and in which case you need to use the “+”  icon in the bottom right hand corner to zoom in and see the multiple clubs individually
  • the second shape is a kind of upside down tear drop which is commonly used to indicate locations on maps, which signifies a single club

There are three different colors of icons, but the ordinary clubs are the ones in blue.

The burgundy red icons are for Alpha Leo Clubs, and the green are for Omega Leo Clubs,  and I have to admit that I don’t know the difference between these, and a normal Lions club.



Map View Method

Step 2

Click on the icon that interests you and will see an image like the one below with some club details.


Map View Method

Step 3



If you click on “Lions Club” at the top of the club graphic, ( as in the image above), or on the word “View” on the bottom left of the graphic (as in the image above), you will come to the page below.

On the page below you will need to click on “contact club”  on the right hand side of  the graphic.

A form will then open to let you send a contact email.

There is no telephone number, just the email form.



An email contact form will then open to let you contact that specific club – you will see the name of the club on the form as in the image below.

There is no telephone number, just the email form.



If you don’t click on “View” in step 3, but instead on the word “Contact” on the graphic (indicated below),


you will open directly an email contact form, as in the image below, but you will notice that the name of the specific club that you chose is not listed, as it was on the previous email form, so I would use the previous method if you want a specific club.


List View Method

Step 1


If you choose to use List View instead of Map View to locate a club in San Jose, the page will load with the list of clubs as in the image below.

Scroll through the list of clubs until you find one that suits you.

Be warned that the list view sometimes throws up some odd results from different parts of the world, but just ignore them.



List View Method

Step 2


When you find a club that you want to contact, you have the three choices to get to the club contact email form as before


  • click on the title at the top 
  • click on View
  • click on Contact


as in the image below.



Interestingly this time, all three will you get the email form with the name of your specific club choice printed up on it – see below.


Donate used medical equipment in San Jose using online listings


If you want to you can use online listings to offer your items for free.

You will have to decide if you want to make it a “pick up only”, charge for shipping, or not charge for shipping.

You can “create a posting” for very local areas, so you can make it easy for a person to come and get the item, or to meet you locally .

A couple of points about pick-ups need to be made –

1) If you are caring for an elderly vulnerable person, I would arrange the pick up at a coffee shop or somewhere local, as you have no idea who may be picking stuff up, and the person may have other motives, so just be careful.

2) You should create a throwaway email address for the online posting, as you can easily get inundated with spam in the email, want to ruin your regular private email for this.


Sites with listings where you can donate medical equipment –


  • Craigslist
  • Freecycle
  • UsedHME.com
  • Facebook Marketplace


 Donate used medical equipment in San Jose on Craigslist


Step 1/

Type into the your search engine “craigslist + san jose ca” and then click click on the result which says San Jose.



Step 2/

You will arrive on the page shown below.

Top left hand corner under “craigslist” you will see “create a posting” which I circled below.

Click on that to get started with posting your donation – you do not have to have an account to create a listing on Craigslist.


Step 3/

The first screen you get will ask you to pick where in the area you want to have your posting – I chose “south bay area” and pressed continue.


Step 4/

The next screen will allow you to narrow down the location for your posting – I chose “san jose downtown” and pressed continue.


Step 5/

Following that you will be asked to pick a type of posting – you need to choose “for sale by owner” and press continue.



Step 6/

Next you have to pick a category from a long list – you want to choose “free stuff” (it’s “farm and garden” and “furniture”) as you are donating your equipment, and then press continue.



Step 7/

The next screen you get will invite you to write your posting.

You will see a few options for contact details – do not give your telephone or address out, and remember to set up a “throwaway” email just for the posting.


Now just follow the process, add your photo of the item and agree to terms and conditions.

You will also get verification emails to make sure that the email you gave is really yours etc, and you are done.

Donate used medical equipment in San Jose with UsedHME.com


Used Home Medical Equipment is an online “free listing service where people can, buy sell or donate.”

The service works by zip code, so that people near to you will see your advertisement.

If you do this remember to not give your normal private email, it’s better to create a new one just for this to avoid you getting loads of spam mail.

So, let’s get to it !

Step 1/

Go over to the website –


Step 2/

In the main menu select – ” List/Sell Equipment”


Step 3/

That will bring up this page, where you need to fill out your contact info



Step 4/

The state where you are donating and the zip code you are donating in



Step 5/

You have two ways of donating your equipment –

  • your item is sold and the proceeds are donated to a charity of your choice, or
  • you donate your item to someone

You can see below that I have selected “Donate” highlighted in blue in the Ad type selection menu, and directly below it is the option for “Free”.

You have to select one of the two options.

Both of the options are for free listings on the site.



Now select from the drop-down menu “Select type of Equipment” menu the type of equipment you are donating, and enter an asking price, the details of the model and the item’s condition – remember this example is for selling the equipment and donating the money to a charity.

In the second image below, I have selected wheelchair and entered an asking price of 150$.

Once you have done all this you can then submit your ad.

After the sale the proceeds will be given to the charity you have chosen.



To donate the used medical equipment directly to another person

To donate the item itself you need to select “Free” in the text field “Ad Type“, and not “Donate”.



After that, you can select your type of equipment from the menu, as in the previous example, and then give an “Asking Price” of “0$”.

Add your item model number, age and condition into the details field.

You can see how I have done it in the image below.

If someone is interested in the equipment you are donating, they will contact you directly, and you will then organize the handover with that person.

The website is not involved with the delivery, or pickup, of any equipment and takes no responsibility.



Step 7/

Hit “Submit Ad“, and like with a newspaper ad you will be contacted when there is a customer.


Photos ?

If you may are wondering where you can add the photos of your donation – You can’t.

Because the advertised listing is free, there is no opportunity to add a photo.

If you want to have an image you have to use their paid services.

Donate used medical equipment on Freecycle.org in San Jose


Freecycle.org is

“The Freecycle Network (TFN, or Freecycle) is a private, nonprofit organization registered in Arizona ….. TFN coordinates a worldwide network of “gifting” groups to divert reusable goods from landfills.”

I took this directly from Wikepedia.org, as it says it all.

You can visit the sight, find a group in your area, join the group, and then gift whatever you would like, keeping it circulation for others to reuse.


Step 1

To find a group near you in California you need to go to this page on the freecycle website –


You will come to the page shown below.



On the page above you type the town and state that you wish to search for groups, and then you will have the choice of either list view or map view as shown below.

You can actually not bother to type in the name of a town, and simply click on map view and keep moving the map around and expanding it until you find Silicon Valley, and you will see all the groups in the area not just San Jose, and then you tap on one that you want to join.

If you do type the San Jose into the “Find a Town” search field you will see the list view and and the map view with however many groups there are in San Jose – one group !



Step 2

In both the “list view” and the “map view”, once you have found a group that you want to join, you have to click on the big green “join” button.


You will then be asked to either –


  • login, if you are a member already 

or to

  • sign up if you are not a member of freecycle yet



Step 3

Once you have “signed up” you are going to see that your membership of the group is pending approval.

As soon as your membership of the group has been approved, you can post a photo and the info on the equipment that you want to donate.

Members can post what they are offering and also can put up posts for what the want.

As a member of Freecycle you can join any number of groups in your area as you want – pending their approval of course.

Donate used medical equipment in San Jose on Facebook


If you have a Facebook account, you’ll be able to join local (you can choose from groups close or far) Selling Groups, and also to place listed ads on the Facebook Marketplace.

Many categories of items are sold and donated in the groups, and also on the Marketplace.


To find and join facebook selling groups you have to –


1. Sign into, or join and create an account if you don’t have one – it’s free

2. Once you are into your account, click on either, the group icon in the main Navigation Menu at the top of the page, or the in the left hand sidebar menu –  the result will be same



3. Following that, go to the “Discover” menu tab in the left sidebar menu and click on it – you can see where it is in the image below



It will lead you to a page like the one below, which is populated with groups of people in your area, and you need to find the ones which are for buying and selling.



4. There is categories carousel shown below, where you need to click on “buy and sell” – it is in between the rows of groups.



This brings up a page full of groups of people buying and selling in your area.


4. Join as many group as you need to – the more you join the greater the chance of finding someone for your donation.

5. Now you have to wait for the group, or groups, that you asked to join to approve your membership – the time it takes will depend on the speed of the group admins.

To view the groups you have joined one by one you go to the “Groups” menu tab in the main menu, and then you click on the individual groups on the left of the page which are in the list “Groups you’ve joined”.

This will load individual selling group pages and their timeline, complete with the different postings of all the members – they look just like your own facebook timeline page.

You can see that below – on the left is the an image with the “Group you’ve joined” tab, and on the left is a selling group timeline.


What is the Marketplace and how is it used ?


The Marketplace is not instantly available to new Facebook users, and you may have to wait a few months before you can see it in your menu options and be able to use it.


The Marketplace is a free online listing service where you can place an advertisement for an item you are selling, or giving away for free.

You do not have to be a member of a selling group to access the Marketplace, but if you are in selling groups and you want to, you can simultaneously list an item on the Marketplace and in all your groups – it saves time !

How to find the Facebook Marketplace –

Either by using the sidebar Marketplace menu tab on the facebook homepage, or by using the Marketplace icon in the primary navigation menu on all the pages.

You can see both options in an image below.



This will load the Marketplace page bringing together all the items that people are selling, or offering on the Market place listings.


You can use filters in the left side bar to refine your search –

  • sales within a certain distance (goes up to 500 km) so you can make the “Marketplace” as local as you want to
  • by selling group – these may also be very local to you
  • and….


“free stuff”, which is where your donation will be listed on the “Marketplace”.


How to post your donation the Facebook Marketplace

To post your listing of a donation on the Facebook Marketplace you can use these instructions from Facebook here –https://www.facebook.com/help/561376580709359

Don’t forget, that if you are in buying and selling groups, you can post a listing on the Marketplace, and in all your groups at the same time from the Marketplace.


How to post your donation in a Facebook Selling Group


To post your donation on your selling group timeline (ie just for members of your group) –


  • you go to the group
  • in the main menu you have the menu tabs “Buy and Sell” and “Your Items”, both of which will load the page “Sell Something” when you click on them
  • fill in the information details and a photo
  • list your item for 0$ so that it is shown in the “Free Stuff” category


If you are a member of multiple selling groups, and you want your donation to be posted in all groups in one go, then use the Marketplace method, and your donation will be posted to all of your selling groups at the same time.


If someone is interested in your donation they will message you through the selling group, and from there you can decide how you want to go ahead and sort out the pickup for the item you’re donating.



Where to donate used medical equipment near me in San Jose


Most of the following places, if you have one in your neighborhood should know of local groups or places which are in need of medical equipment –


  • Your local Area Agency on Aging
  • Social services office
  • Local church communities
  • Local town hall or chamber of commerce
  • Local hospitals
  • Emergency rooms
  • Private clinics
  • Senior Centers or Elderly Day Care Centers
  • Veterans Group homes in your area may be interested
  • Look up the local Retirement Homes in the yellow pages and give them a call


I have listed some in San Jose below.


San Jose Area Agency on Aging


The agency in San Jose is the one for Santa Clara County which is –





Main Office

3100 De La Cruz Blvd, Suite 310

Santa Clara, CA 95054

Phone: 408 350 3200


South County Office

16340 Monterey Rd,

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Phone: 408 762 7362


Website: https://www.mysourcewise.com/


Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)


This is part of the Santa Clara County Social Services Department, and 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.


333West Julian Street,

San Jose, CA 95110

Phone: 408 755 7600


Website: https://socialservices.sccgov.org/about-us/department-aging-and-adult-services

The resource page for elder adults may also be very helpful to you –



Senior Centers in the San Jose 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.


Alma Senior Center

136 W. Alma Ave,

San Jose, CA 95110

Phone: 408 275 1315


Almaden Senior Association

6445 Camden Ave,

San Jose, CA 95120

Phone: 408 268 1133


Barbara Lee Senior Center

40 N Milpitas Blvd,

Milpitas, CA 95035

Phone: 408 586 3400


Berryessa Community and Senior Center

35 Berryessa Rd,

San Jose, CA 95132

Phone: 408 251 6392


Cupertino Senior Center

21251 Stevens Creek Blvd

Cupertino, CA 95014

Phone: 408 777 3150


Cypress Senior Center

403 South Cypress Ave,

San Jose, CA 95117

Phone: 408 244 1353


Eastside Neighborhood Center

2150 Alum Rock Ave,

San Jose, CA 95116

Phone: 408 251  0215


Evergreen Senior Programs

4860 San Filipe Rd,

San Jose, CA 95135

Phone: 408 270 2220


Gardner Senior Programs

520 W. Virginia St,

San Jose, CA 95125

Phone: 408 279 1498


Mayfair Senior Center

2039 Kammerer Ave,

San Jose, CA 95116

Phone: 408 794 1060


Mountain View Senior Center

266 Escuela Ave,

Mountain View, CA 94040

Phone: 650 903 6330


On Lok PACE San Jose Center

299 Stockton Ave,

San Jose, CA 95126

Phone: 408 535 4600


Roosevelt Senior Center

901 E. Santa Clara St,

San Jose, CA 95116

Phone: 408 794 7555


Seven Trees Community and Senior Center

3590 Cas Drive,

San Jose, CA 95111

Phone: 408 794 1690


Solutions 4 Seniors

528 Roxbury Ln,

Los Gatos, CA 95032

Phone: 408 871 0211


Southside Community and Senior Center

5585 Cottle Rd,

San Jose, CA 95123

Phone: 408 629 3336


Sunnyvale Senior Center

550 E Remington Dr,

Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Phone: 408 730 7360


Willow Glen Community and Senior Center

2175 Lincoln Ave,

San Jose, CA 95125

Phone: 408 448 6400


Yu-ai  Kai Japanese-american  Community Senior Service

588 N. 4th St,

San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408 294 2505



Veterans Centers in San Jose

You can usually find out about Veterans in need from The VA Services, or they will at least point you in the right direction to find someone who needs your equipment.


County of Santa Clara: Veterans Services Office

68 N Winchester Blvd,

Santa Clara, CA 95050

Phone: 408 918 4980


You may want to try some of the following as well, as they are treating veterans who may need equipment, and they are at the same location –


San Jose Veterans Affairs Clinic

5855 Silver Creek Vally Pl,

San Jose, CA 95138

Phone: 4o8 574 9100


San Jose Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic –

5855 Silver Creek Vally Pl,

San Jose, CA 95138

Phone: 408 363 3000

VA Outpatient Clinic

80 Great Oaks Blvd,

San Jose, CA 95119

Phone: 408 363 3000


The Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

The Catholic Charities run and provide a wide range of services and programs to help individuals in need.

The organization have housing, food and health programs, and should know of loan closets and also individuals who are need of help.

You can conatct them and find out if they know where you can donate your equipment.

Their website is here –



Society of St. Vincent de Paul Santa Clara County


Often the society has thrift stores, but they also provide many other services, and in Santa Clara the Council is now located in San Jose with over 750 volunteers.

You can contact then to get more ideas for donating your used medical equipment, even if they can’t take it, they will often have ideas of who will.

Their website is here –



Tax deductions on donations


If you make a donation to a registered charity keep the receipts  if you are hoping to get a tax deduction.

The IRS will require a receipt for the item.


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