donateNYC Partners

donateNYC encourages New Yorkers to support these nonprofit partners in their important reuse activities and social missions:

Teaching Beyond the Square

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Teaching Beyond the Square’s (TBS) work is guided by an exploration-based approach to early childhood education. TBS supports educators through event programming, consults school communities, and operates The Materials Center in partnership with the Educational Alliance. The Materials Center contains a large collection of “found” materials and natural objects gathered and donated by New York City residents and businesses—while these materials are often discarded, the Materials Center shows that they can be repurposed into something new, encouraging creativity, problem-solving, and action.

donateNYC Partner Fact: In 2017, Teaching Beyond the Square received more than 1,600 pounds of donated items for the Materials Center.


Accepted Donations:

  • Musical Instruments
  • Household Goods
  • Jewelry
  • Theatre and Film Surplus
  • Furniture (Office)
  • Furniture (Household)
  • Bicycles & Accessories
  • Art Supplies
  • Office Supplies
  • Design Samples
  • Fabric & Textiles

Donations Not Accepted:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Anything with rust
  • Anything that comes in contact with peanuts

Pick-Up Service: Pick up is offered on a case by case basis.

Location & Contact

Teaching Beyond the Square
130 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003

The Materials Center
197 East Broadway
Studio A
New York, NY 10002