There is a world wide program called Freecycle. www.freecycle.org/ is an online message board for local subgroups all over the world.The rules for different subgroups may vary slightly-one rule is the same across the board- no money exchanges hands.]
Freecycle is a resource for members regardless of income to be able to request times and to give items if desired or possible. I (Michelle am a members of a few local Freecycle groups. One time, I received a full box of Mothering Magazines.
Just one in my local area requires members to post an offer, that is something they would like to give away before they post a request.