- Where are you located?
- What are your hours?
- When/Where can we drop off equipment?
- What equipment do you accept?
- How do I run an equipment collection drive?
- What is the process for receiving equipment?
- What condition should the equipment be in?
- Where will my donated equipment go?
- Are you approved to sign for SSL hours?
- Are my donations tax deductible?
- Do you provide financial assistance to programs?
- Can we mail in our equipment donations?
- Will you send equipment overseas?
- How do you handle large item donations?
Our offices and warehouse are located at:
9170 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Our business hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.
For local residents, you can drop off equipment at our warehouse in Silver Spring anytime. Our business hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. We also have a bin outside our warehouse doors labeled "sports equipment" for after hours and weekend drop-offs.
For Virginia residents, we have a drop-off location in Chantilly at the GOT JUNK warehouse. They are located at 13933 Willard Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151, and they accept drop-offs Monday-Saturday, 8am-5pm. Please call the warehouse before you plan to drop off equipment - 571-839-7241
Items that we do accept include: Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Field Hockey, Golf, Tennis, and Lacrosse. We also accept PE/Recess items that schools could use.
Items that we do not accept include: athletic clothing (sweatshirts, compression shirts, individual jerseys, underwear, hats), football helmets, roller blades, bicycles, bicycle helmets, trophies, running/cross training shoes, badminton equipment, racquetball/squash equipment, fishing gear, swimming equipment.
We really appreciate when individuals or groups volunteer to collect equipment for us because 95% of our donations come from individual donors.
To run an equipment drive, please send our Resource Director, Maitlyn Healy, an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will set up a phone call or in person meeting to figure out the required materials and best places/times to collect.
Once collectors are done with their equipment drive, they drop off their equipment at the warehouse.
The process for receiving equipment begins by filling out our grant form: https://lpfsports.wufoo.com/forms/equipment-grant/
LPF's Client Services Director will then review the application and reach out to set up a site visit. If approved after the site visit, the grantee will be invited to our warehouse to pick up necessary equipment for their program.
We accept used or new equipment. Most of our inventory comes from individual families donating gently used equipment. The programs that we work with will accept equipment of any age as long as it is in serviceable condition.
As a growing organization, we are always looking to best serve our beneficiaries. We ask that any equipment donated is properly cleaned/maintained and is free of excess dirt/mold. We do not currently have a service to clean/maintain the equipment at this time.
The donated equipment goes to schools and programs that work in underserved neighborhoods and serve at-risk youth. Most equipment goes to programs in the DMV area, but we will work with programs worldwide!
The best way to keep up with who we are donating to is to follow our social media accounts:
Yes, we are! Please tell your children to bring their friends out, too!
Yes, they are!
It is up to you to value the items you donate. We will provide you with an itemized receipt and our tax ID number.
If you make a donation after hours/over the weekend, you will need to value and inventory your items so that we can get you the proper receipt.
No, we do not. Our grants only provide access to our available sports equipment.
We will accept equipment donations in the mail, provided the sender covers the cost of shipping.
We will send equipment overseas, provided the shipping costs are covered.
We DO NOT have room for these items (goals, basketball hoops, exercise equipment, etc.) in our warehouse. We can, however, post your item on our grantee newsletter and connect you with a school or program that may need it. Please email a picture of the equipment along with a two sentence description of the item to email@example.com.