Recycle used items to help Nicaragua’s poor

If you’re like most Americans, your garage, cupboards and closets overflow with summer clothes, toys, tools, office equipment and home items.  Now you can contribute items that are in good condition and get a generous tax deduction—while you help some of the planet’s poorest people.


The Nicaraguan government has decided that all schools will now teach English. So we really need children's story books, picture dictionaries in Spanish and/or English dictionaries, dictionaries in Spanish and/or English, easy reading teen short stories and novels. 

Donate your gently used items to Connecticut Quest for Peace today. Call Bill Evans at (203) 216-2115.

Your throwaways are worth millions to needy people

Since 1985, CT Quest has collected donations from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut neighbors like you, packed dozens of cargo containers and trucked hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of humanitarian aid to Nicaragua. With each truckload of donated goods valued at over $150,000, your donations have provided needy Nicaraguans with more than $10 million worth of goods over the last 38 years.

How to Recycle Your Things

Wanted Items

Get organized—and help needy Nicaraguan families at the same time. Next time you clean your closet or store seasonal clothes, please donate your used items to Connecticut Quest for Peace. Your recycled items will be put to good use by the poor of Nicaragua. Among the most desirable donations are those in the following categories:

  • Clothing (summer)
  • School supplies
  • Household and office items
  • Sports equipment
  • Medical supplies
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Tools
  • Packing items
For more details see the Wish Lists.

Drop-off Locations

You can drop donations at two Connecticut locations Please bag or box your clean, gently used items, label them “CT Quest” and leave them at one of two Connecticut drop-offs:

  • CT Quest for Peace warehouse (adjacent to William Evans Painting Co.), 394 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT. Bill Evans, generously donates storage and packing space to CT Quest. Please make arrangements to leave your donation in Bridgeport by contacting Bill at (203) 216-2115.
  • Bill Evan's garage at 11 Westfair Drive, Westport, CT 06880. You can drop off items any time that is convenient for you.
Call CT Quest for bulky item pick-up If you’d like to donate large or bulky items, please contact us to arrange pick-up. You can reach CT Quest for Peace coordinator Bill Evans at (203) 216-2115 or send him an email at

Shipping Days

Join us each Spring and Fall for cargo shipment days. There’s a special satisfaction in hands-on work performed for less-fortunate neighbors. As you fill and stack boxes into the truck at Connecticut Quest for Peace’s (CT Quest) warehouse, you feel a special connection to the grateful men and women who will soon open your crates in Managua, Nicaragua. Roll up you sleeves and bring a friend At CT Quest, packing days are fun and festive occasions and your help is appreciated. You’re welcome to come alone, bring a friend or group from your school, business, temple, mosque, church or community organization. Be sure to wear comfortable, old clothes and join us… …at William Evans Painting Co. Warehouse, 394 Main St., Bridgeport, CT. Mark your calendar to help us pack. Contact us to find out our next packing date. Help pay costs for your donation’s shipment to Managua. Packing/freight/shipping charges come to $10,000 for each cargo container. Why not make a donation to cover all or part of the shipping costs? Want to see who benefits from the donations you pack? Look at the beautiful children in our Photo Gallery.

Group Projects

CT Quest group projects build community at your school, workplace or house of worship. For the last 20 years friends and community groups have supported Connecticut Quest for Peace’s humanitarian cargo aid program that delivers donated items to needy people in Nicaragua. Are you looking for a team-building service project for your workplace or school? CT Quest can help. Here are five ideas:

  1. Recycle old computers gathering dust in your school or corporation’s store room.
  2. Build corporate spirit with a hands-on workday at our warehouse. Contact us to learn more about clean-up and organizational projects.
  3. Raise consciousness in your teen group with a fundraiser to cover all or part of humanitarian cargo aid shipment costs.
  4. Give young children a hands-on lesson in compassion by assembling School Kits and Health Kits to be included with donated cargo.
  5. Organize your temple, church or mosque group and help pack donations and load trucks at our warehouse in Bridgeport, CT, for twice-yearly shipments.
  6. Create a fundraiser at your school, work or house of worship to pay shipment costs for humanitarian cargo aid. Each truckload costs $10,000. Make a secure online donation of any amount.
Customize a project that’s right for your family or group You know best how to utilize your community’s resources and talents. Please feel free to brainstorm a project to support community-based initiatives in Nicaragua. Contact us with your ideas or to arrange for a CT Quest guest speaker to visit your community.

How You Help

Exactly how do my old things help needy Nicaraguan families? Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Over 78% of all Nicaraguans live on less than $2 a day and 30% of the population earns less than $1 a day. Items useless to you may be priceless to needy people in Nicaragua’s inner city barrios or remote countryside. To learn more about our most critical needs, please take a look at our list of most-wanted donations. Here’s how our humanitarian cargo aid program works:

  • You clean house and bring your items to the Benedictine Grange or the CT Quest warehouse—or arrange for us to pick up bulky items.
  • Donations are packed into cargo containers by you and other local volunteers. Please find out how you can help us pack.
  • Your donations travel overland and by sea to Managua, Nicaragua.
  • Your donated goods are unpacked in Managua by our community-based partners.
  • Your items are organized and distributed to CT Quest programs.
  • Items that cannot be used are sold at reasonable prices in yard sales called kermeses in Nicaragua. Proceeds are reinvested into CT Quest-funded programs that pay teachers’ salaries, build classrooms and school latrines and cover other educational expenses.