What is our Community Chest?
Our Community Chest is a free store that pops up around Hampton Roads. And it really is ours (as in everybody’s!). You’ll know you’ve spotted it when you find a Share Table covered with all sorts of donated items. Stop by and say hello! See if there is something you can use. Feel free to bring items that you no longer need to add to our collection, but know that you do not have to contribute anything in order to “shop” at the store.
What’s the point?
Connections, Inc. loves to find ways to promote sharing, sustainability, and smiles! Our goal is to keep things out of the trash and overflowing thrift stores while encouraging people to embrace the gift economy. Our Community Chest is designed to make it easy for neighbors to give and receive free stuff and connect with one another. We are hoping that it will also inspire others to set up free stores of their own.
Where is it?
We’ll be starting with visits to public parks, but then…who knows?!? We are definitely open to suggestions and would love to hear from you if you would like us to set up at your school/church event, community festival, business, or front yard (free garage sales are a ton of fun!).
If you want to receive alerts about where the Community Chest will be next, please use the form at the bottom of this page to sign up. We’ll send you one email the day before a scheduled event. We’ll also post future plans on our calendar.
What can I donate?
With just a few exceptions, if it can be used again by someone else, please share it! Logistically, we are unable to handle large objects like furniture and appliances. Our organization’s guiding policies prohibit us from accepting the following:
- Food, items, and clothing made from animals or that promote using animal products
- Any fabric (other than cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, sisal, jute) that would contribute to microfiber pollution if washed
- Books, toys, and media that encourage violence
- Disposable, single-use household items
If you have items listed above that you would like to give away, we encourage you to share with your neighbors in these easy ways instead.
Can I give stuff to our Community Chest right now?
Yes, please! If you are interested in donating to the Community Chest, but don’t see an event listed near you soon, contact us. We’ll make arrangements to pick it up!
*Please note: Donations to this program are not tax-deductible. Although Connections, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we will not be reporting donations or writing receipts for items added to our Community Chest. We like to think of the program as neighbors giving clothes and items to each other (not donating them to a nonprofit). It is our hope that you will receive enough free stuff by “shopping” at the free store to make up for the lost tax deduction.