About CSS


Community Shelter Services welcomes gifts of gently used or new clothing, furniture, linens, toys, laundry and cleaning supplies, personal care items as well as non-perishable food.

The drop-off location for these items is the vendor entrance to our Emergency Shelter at 655 West 16th Street, Erie, PA 16502.  Calling ahead is appreciated. For larger furniture donations, we can schedule CSS staff to pick them up. Due to limited space, we appreciate photos of furniture at this time.  

Please email Fontaine at fglenn@communityshelter.org, or call her at Ext. 112 or 814-314-8024, with any donation questions or to schedule a pickup/drop-off.

Items of particular help:

  • Large industrial size garbage cans on wheels
  • New toys
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Cleaning supplies
  • EMTA bus tickets
  • Paper products (paper towels, toilet tissue, Kleenex)
  • Laundry soap
  • Storage sheds
  • Freezers and refrigerators 
  • Smaller furniture items (love seats and smaller chairs)
  • Plastic Tupperware (with lids)
  • Preemie baby clothing
  • 14 to 16 inch (industrial) cooking pots and pans
  • Winter apparel for men, women, and children
  • Twin-size bedsheets
  • Cans of ground coffee
  • Powdered coffee creamer
  • Packaged undergarments
  • Diapers and baby wipes 

Items we can’t accept:

  • Couches larger than two-seaters and overstuffed love seats
  • Heavy recliners
  • Sleeper sofas
  • Open and partially used toiletries and cleaners
  • Any mattresses
  • Glass top tables
  • Older box TVs