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In-Kind Donations and FAQ

Contributions of in-kind gifts are a significant way to support Chrysalis Center. We welcome and are very appreciative of your support which helps assist our clients and families.

What does in-kind mean?

 Any donation which is non-monetary is considered in-kind. This includes the following: toys, household items, holiday gifts, etc.  These types of contributions allow us to reduce our program expenses by utilizing these donated items instead of using funds to buy items.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our needs are greater than ever, as we keep our clients and families safe, fed and housed during this time of unprecedented crisis. In addition, to providing healthy and nutritious meals to our Freshplace families, we have also been giving out food to clients in our other programs who may have a comprised health situation or are elderly and can’t get to the grocery store.

Please consider donating non-perishable items most in need:

  • Tuna Fish
  • Pasta & Pasta Sauce
  • Soup (Chicken Noodle/Vegetable)
  • Rice
  • Canned Vegetables (Corn, Mixed Vegetables)
  • Healthy Cereal (Hot/Cold)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Crackers 
  • Baby Formula (any kind)
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • Feminine Hygiene Producs
  • Toilety Items (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes)

Deliveries can be sent to: Chrysalis Center, 255 Homestead Ave, Hartford, CT 06121. or drop off M-F 9am-3pm, we ask that you please call ahead at 860-263-4400 to let us know what time you are dropping off food, so we can make arrangements to meet you outside.

THANK YOU in advance for your wonderful support!

What types of items does Chrysalis Center accept?

  • Non-perishable food items – primarily for Freshplace, donations of non-perishable food items (including pasta, rice, canned goods) are critical to fill our shelves. No sugar items please.
  • New and gently used household items for Welcome Home Kits, each contains necessary kitchen items for an individual or family moving from homelessness or returning from incarceration into a new home, including dishes, bowls, silverware, glasses, etc.
  • NEW only sheets, bedding and towels.
  • NEW only toys
  • NEW only toiletry items, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, and other personal items
  • NEW gifts for the holidays, including new socks, gloves, scarves, hats

What items are unacceptable?

  • Used linens (towels, sheets, etc.)
  • Used bedding
  • Furniture
  • Electrical items (any items with a cord)
  • Automobiles

How do I donate items or host a collection drive?

Want to make a difference? We welcome corporate collection drives, community service, scouts and Mitzvah projects! Simply fill out the attached form and submit via online. If you have an idea for a collection drive or would like assistance contact Sarah Mitchell, Development Associate, at or (860) 263-4418.

Auction Donations

Chrysalis Center hosts fundraisers throughout the year which benefit all of our clients and families. As part of our events, we gratefully welcome donations for our silent and live auctions, including gift certificates to restaurants, sporting events, wineries, jewelry and other items. If you are interested in donating an item for one of our auctions, please submit via online form. For more information contact Sarah Mitchell, Development Associate at or (860) 263-4418.

Thank you for your support!