More ways to help


We are so grateful to be part of a generous community. As we continue to navigate daily operations to best support our clients, we wanted to answer questions from community members about how they can support us. Here are a few ways you can help:

– Needs include: non-perishable food items to stock our food pantry for our residents and clients, to-go containers to help with providing individual servings of food to our residents, and thermometers (particularly the ones that you just swipe across a person’s forehead);

– If you’d like to make a monetary donation to support our programs and services, including financial support to stock the food pantry and purchase food to be prepared for our residents, please visit to securely donate online.

If any of these things are items you can donate, we would appreciate it. Because our building is closed to visitors, we ask that you set up a specific time to drop off items so we can make the necessary arrangements. Please email to make arrangements or with any questions.

Thank you!!!

***PLEASE NOTE that we are currently unable to accept any donations except for the items listed above. Thank you for your understanding!***


Used Clothing Donations
We are now accepting used clothing and shoe donations.                                   
Please use the BLUEClothing_Donation_Dumpster_Optimized RECYCLING BIN in the parking lot marked Clothing & Shoes. Some other types of textiles that can be donated include:
  • belts
  • blankets
  • sheets
  • curtains & draperies
  • hats
  • handbags
  • towels
  • stuffed animals.

Used Cell Phones, iPads & iPods

Cell phones and other electronics contain toxic metals that can pollute the environment and threaten human health. When recycled responsibly, the metals can be put back into circulation, decreasing the need for new metal mining.

Help us make a difference by bringing in your old cell phone, iPad or iPod to be recycled. It’s free, easy and helps keep phones out of the waste system.

The proceeds from this collection program will benefit YWCA NENY’s Women & Family Services Program. YWCA NENY will earn up to $30 per cell phone, up to $500 per smartphone, iPad or iPod, and will earn funds for every phone collected, regardless of age or condition.

YWCA NorthEastern NY has partnered with Shelter Alliance (, the largest grassroots cell phone recycler in the United States. Shelter Alliance currently works with over 6,000 social service organizations in 50 states and has contributed over $8,000,000 to participating organizations.

Ink Cartridges

Its so easy to just toss out an ink cartridge, but if you instead drop it off the next time you visit YWCA NENY, you’re not only saving the environment but you are helping a family in your community. Bring in your ink cartridge(s) TODAY!

Labels for Education®

For more than 38 years, Labels for Education has been awarding free educational equipment to schools in exchange for proofs of purchase from the Campbell family of brands. It’s a fun, easy program where students, families and members of the community work together for a common goal.

Today, over 60,000 schools and organizations are registered with Labels for Education, including YWCA NENY’s Early Learning Centers. Over the years, Labels for Education has been able to provide more than $114 million in merchandise to America’s schools!

Get Involved!

Learn how you can help the YWCA Early Learning Centers earn points to redeem for free merchandise!
(These links will take you to the Campbell’s Labels for Education Website.)    


We are looking for used laptops!

The YES – YWCA Economic Solutions Program, designed to help victims of domestic violence and chronic homelessness return to the workforce, is looking for donations of used laptops in working condition. As you probably know, the job search today is nearly impossible without a computer and internet access. However, most of our clients do not own computers and have extremely limited access to the internet. By providing a computer, you can help these women gain access to job listings, applications, and the opportunity to gain independence! Please note that we can only accept laptops that are in working condition, have Microsoft Office, are less than 4 years old, and have an operational system that is Windows 7 or newer. 

We are also looking for day planners, new nail care supplies, other new basic hygiene items, and CDTA bus passes. A lack of these necessities often stands in the way of victims finding employment. Your donations will be truly appreciated.

You can drop off all donations Monday through Friday at the YWCA Main Building at 44 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305 or contact Andrea at 518-374-3394 ext 144.