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Essential Goods for Basic Needs

What is the Essential Goods for Basic Needs program? United Way of Westchester and Putnam facilitates donations of goods from businesses and retail partners to local nonprofits, who will then make these items available to those in need within the community. These include baby items, books, bedding, clothing, electronics, home goods, personal care items, toys, school supplies, and La-Z-Boy Recliner chairs.


Here is how it works: Once you finish the steps below, your primary contact will occasionally receive emails about opportunities to pick up donations. If you agree to pick up the donation, you (not your client/customer) are responsible for picking up the donation on the scheduled day. Donors are not required to help move or transport their donations. United Way does not store or deliver donated items; we just help make the match.


In addition, nonprofits who are members of UWWP’s Essential Goods for Basic Needs program can order donated items at a discount through our Good360 membership. These items (diapers, backpacks, mattresses, holiday presents etc.) will be available on a limited basis as per the Good360 marketplace. The ordering nonprofit is required to provide payment upfront. Orders will be shipped directly to the nonprofit agency.


Donations cannot be used for fundraisers, raffles or auctions; given to volunteers or staff members; or sold in retail stores, on websites, in flea markets, or in any other manner.


Complete these steps to be included in the Essential Goods for Basic Needs program:

1. Submit a copy of your 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt letter

2. Complete and submit the Membership Agreement in Word or PDF and submit to

3. In the case of retail stores, should a donation be available, the paperwork given to you upon pickup MUST be faxed or emailed to us IMMEDIATELY


United Way of Westchester and Putnam is a member of Good360, which gives our affiliated nonprofits access to the largest online donation marketplace with donations from top brands and retailers.


For more information on Essential Goods for Basic Needs, please call at 914-997-6700 x755 or email