Support from thousands of members of our community makes it possible for Open Doors to provide crucial resources for our neighbors in need.

If you’re interested in learning more about ways to make a difference, please contact Maria at or 203-866-1057 x210

Donate Items

Make a difference by donating food, clothing, or other essential items for our neighbors in need!

Community Closet donations: Last Tuesday of each month, 1-3pm at Open Doors’ Smilow Life Center
Street address is 55 Chestnut Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 but please use the building’s side entrance on Merritt Place.

Click here for information on most-needed items. Coordinate with us for a donation drive or a large donation.

Open Doors’ community closet is a resource that provides quality wardrobes and household essentials for people dealing with poverty here in our community. Please respect the dignity of our clients and donate only items you would be proud to give to a friend or family member.

Food donations: Grocery pantry donations, Monday through Friday, 9:30am-noon. Bring nonperishable items or fresh fruits and vegetables to our grocery pantry at Open Doors’ Smilow Life Center.
Street address is 55 Chestnut Street, Norwalk, CT 067854 but please use separate pantry entrance on Merritt Place, Norwalk, CT 06854.
Coordinate with us for a weekend delivery or a large donation.

Click here for a list of most-needed grocery pantry items.

Open Doors has a new way to donate food from anywhere at any time! Visit to virtually shop for donations and help stock our grocery pantry.

Please reach out to us if you’d like to sponsor a prepared meal! Open Doors serves hot meals every day of the week to anyone who needs help with food.

Book donations: Open Doors has a neighborhood book-sharing box at the front of our Smilow Life Center. Books in good condition for all ages and reading levels are appreciated, particularly those written in Spanish or Haitian Creole. You can refill the book-sharing box at Open Doors’ Smilow Life Center, 55 Chestnut Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 (near the sidewalk, close to the Norwalk Community Health Center entrance) any time.

We’re so thankful for retailers, businesses, and other organizations who donate products and hold donation drives. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about ways to donate items!

If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can also check out our some of our most-needed items.

Fundraise for the Mission

Include Open Doors in your company’s charitable giving or your community fundraiser, or join our fundraising team for an upcoming event!

Now through June 16:  Open Doors Virtual Spring Shop!

Pick up something wonderful for a wonderful person in your life, whether that’s a birthday / Father’s Day / just-because gift for someone else or a treat for yourself at

100% of the proceeds from Open Doors’ online spring shop will provide resources to families in our community who come to Open Doors for help.

If you’d like to learn more about ways to support Open Doors, please contact Maria at or 203-866-1057 x210