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It’s simple. When you donate your stuff to Goodwill®, you create opportunities for individuals in your community looking to find a job and build skills, including veterans and military families, single mothers and many others.
Last year, you helped local Goodwill organizations collectively place 313,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 34 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills.
Your impact doesn’t end there — the planet also benefits when you choose to ditch the dumpster and drop your items at Goodwill. Over the past few years alone, you ve helped keep billions of pounds of clothing and household items out of landfills.
How to Donate
Being a job creator is easy! Just follow these three steps.
Step 1: Gather Your Stuff
Walk around your home and collect items you and your family no longer need — that shirt that’s been hanging in the back of your closet for three years, the toy trike your five-year old has outgrown, the holiday gift from grandma you never quite found a place for, etc.
Step 2: Give Them a Look Over
Donating items that are in working condition, contain all of their pieces and parts, and are free of stains and rips is the best way to ensure that your goods do the most good. While we accept most clothing and household items, there are a few things we can’t accept – such as items that have been recalled, banned or do not meet current safety standards. In addition, if you’re looking to donate specialty items such as computers, vehicles or mattresses, it’s best to give your local Goodwill organization a call first to find out any rules or restrictions around these items.
Step 3: Go to Goodwill
Ready to drop off your items? Just use our locator at the top of the page or on our homepage and check the box for “Donation Site” to find your nearest Goodwill drop-off location. Donating a lot of items? Some Goodwills offer donation pickup services – give yours a call to find out what’s available in your area.
Each year, we also get together with our partners to offer unique donation drives, giving you the chance to drop off your items at retail stores, college campuses and more. Stay tuned to this space for information about new opportunities to donate through our partners.
SPECIAL NOTE: Donation Bins
While we invite you to visit one of Goodwill s many attended donation centers, we understand that donation bins may represent a more convenient option for your donation needs. Unfortunately, many goods that wind up in donation bins end up supporting for-profit groups, rather than aiding nonprofit, charitable organizations. To help you make informed donation decisions, we offer the following handy guide.
How You Help
When you donate to Goodwill, you’ve taken the opportunity to become a job creator and make a significant difference in the lives of individuals living in your community. After you drop off your shirts, shoes, blankets, electronics and other items, we sell them in one of our more than 3,200 Goodwill stores or on our online auction site, shopgoodwill.com. When someone buys your item, we use that money to fund job training and other services.
Maximizing the value of your donations is important to us. In 2016, we used 87 percent of the revenue generated through your donated stuff to support and grow programs that result in significant social impact for your community members in need of work.
Want to know just how much good your donations are doing? After you drop off your items at Goodwill, use our Donation Impact Calculator [available in the Goodwill locator] to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation and other services you’ve helped provide.
Your donations are good for the planet as well. Dell Reconnect, a partnership between Goodwill and Dell, has kept more than 324 million pounds of computer electronics out of the landfills since 2004.
And finally, a word of warning: some thrift stores solicit donations under the name of a charity, but as little as five percent of the money generated from these donations may actually go to the charity. Find out more (PDF) about the charities you’d like to support before making a donation.
Who You Help
Thanks to the programs made possible by your donations, more than 313,000 people earned jobs in 2016 – that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day.
Your donated stuff helps create jobs for people like Jim, a man with multiple disabilities who developed his job skills in Goodwill stores; Shay, a single mother who trained for a new career in the construction industry; and Jason, a Marine Corps veteran who started his own security business employing fellow veterans.
Each week, we feature a new first-person story from someone who earned a job or advance their skills with Goodwill’s support. Check out the latest stories below, explore our archive featuring stories from more than 200 individuals and subscribe to receive email updates whenever we add new stories.