Special COVID-19 request of needs as of 04/03/2020. Urgent needs are bolded.

Immediate Donation Need:

  1. Donations needed to support the continuation of services to our families (
  2. Small denomination gift cards (Visa/Mastercard preffered)
  3. Metro Cards
  4. Laptops/tablets (used are ok)
  5. Lysol spray, sanitizers, and other non-toxic cleaning supplies
  6. Paper towels
  7. Toilet paper
  8. Mops, brooms, buckets
  9. Clear storage bins
  10. Water bottles
  11. Packaged healthy kid snacks (no prepared or open food please)
  12. Frozen packaged meals
  13. Packaged food and/or dry goods, especially
    1. Boxed cereal 
    2. Milk
    3. Eggs
    4. Bread
    5. Cheese
    6. Sandwich meat
    7. Pasta Sauces
    8. Oatmeal
    9. Non-organic peanut butter
    10. Sealed fruit
    11. Syrup
    12. Pancakes
    13. Waffles 
    14. Apple Sauce 

Drop Off Details:

For the safety of our families and staff, please sanitize as best possible prior to delivery.

Small denomination gift cards should be dropped off at 46 S. Glebe, Suite 201, Arlington, VA 22204 during normal business hours. Please seal them in an envelope with your name and email and slide them through the mailbox slot in the door.

The other items should be delivered to Bridges’ Shelter, Sullivan House at 3103 9th Road N, Arlington, VA 22201, 7 days a week from 7:30am – 7:30pm. There are social distance friendly bins behind the shelter in the parking lot by the back door.

Upon delivery, please call (703) 525-7177 and dial 0 to let the staff know you left a delivery outside.

Please email for a receipt.

For more questions, please call (703) 525-7177 x127.

Additional needs

As of March 2020, here is a list of additional needs:

  • Garbage bags
  • Dish sets
  • Silverware sets
  • Pots/pans sets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Twin fitted sheets
  • Healthy kids’ snacks
  • Small denomination gift cards (preferably Visa or Mastercard)
  • Metro SmarTrip cards


If you are donating an item that we need, we ask for new and like-new items for our families. If the items are stained, ripped, or heavily used, please consider donating the items to a different organization.

Items may be dropped off at Sullivan House 7 days a week, between 7:30 AM and 7:00 PM. The address is 3103 9th Rd. N., Arlington, VA 22201.

Upon arrival, you will be asked to please fill out a donation receipt. It only takes a minute, and we thank you in advance! To assess the fair market value of your donated good(s), Goodwill has a great resource you can reference. Click here to learn more.

Bridges to Independence has very little storage space. Thus, we can only accept items that are immediate needs (list above) for our families.

We rarely accept clothing, furniture, appliances, toys, or stuffed animals.

  • If you are interested in donating some of these options, please send a picture and details to Please allow at least 72 hours for responses.
    • Items should be like new or gently-used, free of rips, stains, or damage, and appropriately sized for a small apartment home.
    • In order to coordinate furniture moves, we ask for at least four weeks of planning time. If you are looking to move the furniture faster, please consider one of our partners below.
  • Have furniture you wish to donate soon?
  • Have adult clothing you wish to donate? Please contact our partners at A-SPAN.
  • Have children’s clothing you wish to donate? Please contact our partners at The Clothesline for Arlington Kids.
  • Have toys you wish to donate? Please consider donating to Toys for Tots, as they do support the youth in Bridges programming with toys.


We invite you to visit our Amazon Wish List, a registry of items for our Sullivan House emergency shelter and the families we serve. Items purchased online will be shipped directly to the shelter. Please include your name, address and email when checking out so we can send you a thank-you! We hope you’ll check back often, new items are added frequently.

If you prefer to shop locally and drop off your donation – that would be great too!

Car donations

Bridges to Independence gratefully accepts donations of cars, trucks, RVs and more through V-Dac, Vehicle Donations. Fill out the online form and your vehicle will be picked up at your convenience. They make it easy.


Please contact Christina Armstrong, Chief Philanthropic Partnerships Officer, via email at or call 703-525-7177 x127 with additional questions.

Thank you for considering a donation!

Bridges to Independence’s Tax ID Number is 54-1368484.