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RAFT - Resource Area For Teaching - San Jose - 1355 Ridder Park Dr

Due to COVID-19, facilities, programs, and businesses may have modified operations or be temporarily closed – call first.

RAFT - Resource Area For Teaching

1355 Ridder Park Dr, San Jose, California 95131
(408) 451-1420
Hours:

Mon - Wed: 9 am - 5 pm
Thurs: 11am - 7 pm
Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
Sat: 9am - 4pm
Sun: Closed

No walk-in donations accepted after 3pm

RAFT adds educational value to donated materials for STEAM teaching supplies and kits. If it’s clean, safe, and abundant; if it’s an interesting shape, color, or texture; if you think a kid might like it, call us! We offer free pick up of donated materials from Bay Area businesses of at least one pallet-load (approximately 20-40 boxes) of materials. Smaller quantities of material donations must be dropped off at RAFT or shipped. Corporate/business donation pick-up hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Email materials@raft.net or call 408-451-1420.

NOTE: At this time, we are not able to accept household donations from individuals. Due to space constraints, at times we may not be able to take certain items even though they appear on this list. We reserve the right to refuse donations even if they have been approved unseen via phone or email.

Item Notes Method Destination
Arts and Crafts Supplies & Materials Stretched canvases, colored cellophane, drawing materials, framing materials (matt board, frames), scrapbooking supplies, stickers
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Balloons - Used New/unused. Party supplies: Balloons, seasonal party supplies, holiday decorations
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Carpet Textiles: Carpet squares, large fabric pieces, sample books, string, yarn
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
CD/DVD - Commercially Made - Working
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Computer Accessories - Working
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Computer Monitors - Working
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Computers - Working
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Corks - Natural Specialty items: Foil printing paper, corks, rubber goods, beads, dowels, scrap wood, plastic containers, film canisters with lids
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Envelopes - Paper Paper envelopes. Manufacturing/packaging materials: Collapsible boxes, decorative gift boxes, end cuts and punch outs from manufacturing, foam pieces, mailers, misses or overruns
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Food Service Ware - Plastic Clamshells/To-Go Containers/Trays Kitchen: Coffee stirrers, food trays, drinking cups, strawberry baskets, plastic bottles, straws. All items must be new and unused.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Gift Tissue Paper
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Holiday & Seasonal Items Party supplies: Balloons, seasonal party supplies, holiday decorations
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Lab Glassware - Working Beakers, flasks, test tubes, funnels, Petri dishes, pipettes, tips and trays, vials, gloves. All items must be new and unused.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Lab Plastics - New/Unused Beakers, flasks, test tubes, funnels, Petri dishes, pipettes, tips and trays, vials, gloves. All items must be new and unused.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Leather Remnants & Scraps
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Microscopes & Accessories - Non-working Working condition.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Moving Boxes & Packing Materials Collapsible boxes, decorative gift boxes, end cuts and punch outs from manufacturing, foam pieces, mailers, misses or overruns
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Musical Instruments & Gear - Working
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Office chairs - Non-working WORKING. Furniture: Small file cabinets, desks, office chairs. Please call 408-451-1420 or email materials@raft.net for more information on what furniture we accept.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Office Furniture/Equipment - Working Furniture: Small file cabinets, desks, office chairs. Please call 408-451-1420 or email materials@raft.net for more information on what furniture we accept.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Paper Bags Promotional bags, paper bags
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Paper Receipts - Thermal new/unused. cash register tapes
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Paper Straws Kitchen: Coffee stirrers, food trays, drinking cups, strawberry baskets, plastic bottles, straws. All items must be new and unused.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Paperboard Boxes/Tubes Paper: Cardboard tubes, packaged cardstock and colored paper, packaged copy paper, foam core board, envelopes, poster board, cash register tape, paper or canvas bags, tissue paper
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Plant Pots - Ceramic
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Plant Pots - Plastic
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Plastic Straws Kitchen: Coffee stirrers, food trays, drinking cups, strawberry baskets, plastic bottles, straws. All items must be new and unused.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Printers/Faxes - Working
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Records
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Reusable Bags Promotional items: Corporate branded bags, mugs, caps, t-shirts, polo shirts, trade show gifts
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
School/Office Supplies - Working Pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, markers, paper and binder clips, staples and staplers, tape dispensers, adhesive tape, rubber bands, file folders, office organizers, calculators, hole punches. Call first. Bulk donations may be eligible for a pick up.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Free Pick-up
  • Reuse
Single-use Personal Protective Equipment New/Unused. Lab equipment: Beakers, flasks, test tubes, funnels, Petri dishes, pipettes, tips and trays, vials, gloves. All items must be new and unused.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Strawberry Baskets - Plastic Kitchen: Coffee stirrers, food trays, drinking cups, strawberry baskets, plastic bottles, straws. All items must be new and unused.
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Textiles - Good Condition/Size Corporate branded bags, mugs, caps, t-shirts, polo shirts, trade show gifts
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse
Textiles - Good Condition/Size Textiles: Carpet squares, large fabric pieces, sample books, string, yarn
  • Free Drop-off
  • Reuse

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