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What services are offered by Things of My Very Own, Inc.?2019-12-20T15:41:22-05:00

We provide children fleeing abuse and/or neglect with basic necessities, such as clothing, bedding, hygiene products, and emergency food and medical supplies. We also offer life-skill development and education programs.

What are acceptable items that can be donated to help children in crisis?2020-06-02T12:52:30-04:00

We happily accept the following items:

New and like-new

  • Clothing in sizes premie to adult 8XL
  • Sneakers and boots
  • Bedding
  • Strollers
  • Pack ‘n Plays

Must be new

  • Mattresses
  • Toiletries such as toothbrushes, shampoo, hairbrushes, diapers, etc. (must be in untampered packaging)
  • Toys (Must be  in original packaging)
  • Cribs
  • Non-perishable foods including frozen items.
  • Socks, undergarments, and bras
  • Breast pumps with new/unused flanges
  • Nebulizers with new/unused tubing
Where and when can I drop off donated items?2019-12-20T15:44:05-05:00

You can drop off acceptable items at:

249 Green Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

What items CANNOT be donated?2019-12-16T14:18:29-05:00

We do NOT accept the following items:

  • Clothing with stains, rips, tears, holes, and/or pilling
  • Clothing with a low-cut neckline or that is see-through
  • Anything with local sports team logos
  • Used socks, underwear, or bras.
  • Used toiletries,
  • Used toys/stuffed animals/books
  • Used baby equipment.
  • Travel sized items
  • Used electronics
  • Used mattresses
  • Home decorations
How do I make a monetary donation to Things of My Very Own, Inc.?2019-12-20T15:47:34-05:00

You can make a monetary donation by credit card, cash, or check. If you wish to donate by credit card, simply complete our online donation form. If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to:

Things of My Very Own, Inc.
249 Green Street
Schenectady NY 12305.

Remember to ask your employer about matching gifts programs.

Can I volunteer my time to help?2020-07-02T15:27:58-04:00

Yes! Volunteers are the heart and soul of our efforts. Take a look at the volunteer opportunities and submit an application.

How can someone request services if they need them?2020-07-02T15:31:18-04:00

Things of My Very Own, Inc. is a referral-based agency. Non-emergency referrals are accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-noon by partnering agencies.*

Things of My Very Own, Inc. also provides emergency services within four hours of contact to those who qualify. Emergency referrals are accepted from pre-approved agencies 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.*

Please contact us at 518-630-5143 or [email protected] for more information on how to receive services.

*Please note: only agencies who have completed the emergency referral training can refer clients on an emergency basis.

Which organizations can make referrals to Things of My Very Own, Inc.?2020-07-02T19:53:43-04:00

The following agencies currently make non-emergency referrals to Things of My Very Own, Inc:

  • Albany Medical Center
  • Bellevue Woman’s Center
  • Berkshire Farms Center & Service for Youth
  • Capital Care Medical Group
  • Capital District Psychiatric Center
  • Care Central at Visiting Nurse Service
  • Care Design NY
  • Catholic Charities
  • Catholic Family Center
  • Center for Independence
  • Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • City Health Works
  • City Mission
  • CMS Kinship Caregiving Program CC
  • Community Maternity Services (CMS)
  • Department of Social Services (DSS)
  • Ellis Family Health Center
  • Ellis Hospital
  • Ellis Medicine
  • Ellis Mental Health Clinic
  • Ellis Pediatrics
  • Healthy Schenectady Families
  • Hometown Health Center
  • New Choices Recovery Center
  • New Choices Shelter Plus Care
  • Northern Rivers
  • NYS Kinship Navigator
  • Parsons Child & Family Center
  • Parsons Early Head Start
  • Parsons Short Term Services
  • Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS)
  • Safe Inc.
  • Salvation Army
  • Saratoga Center for the Family
  • SCAP Early Learning Program
  • SCAP-Sojourn House
  • Schenectady City School District
  • Schenectady Community Ministries
  • Schenectady County Public Health
  • Schenectady County WIC
  • Schenectady Works
  • Scotia-Glenville Central School
  • Tri-County Care
  • Trinity Alliance
  • Visiting Nurse Service of NY (VNS)
  • Young Parents United, Inc.
  • YWCA

Have a question about making a referral? Call us at 518.630.5143 or send us an email.

How do I become a referring caseworker?2020-07-07T02:12:54-04:00

Referring agency trainings are offered twice a year. For more information on how to refer a family please contact 518-630-5143 or [email protected].

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