Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Asks Area Residents to Donate Ten Before Year-end
For over 50 years, area residents have generously supported Goodwill of the Coastal Empire by donating gently used clothing and household items at the non-profit’s 17 stores and ten donation centers. At this time when many are looking for ways to help those in need, Goodwill is asking area residents to “donate ten before year end.”
Donating used goods is perhaps the easiest and most affordable way to help others. Through Goodwill, old things create new opportunities for the individuals the non-profit serves. Goodwill turns donated items into funding for job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, those who lack education or job experience and others who face challenges to finding employment. This year, thanks to the community’s generosity, Goodwill has been able to provide services to over 5,000 individuals.
A couple of grocery bags of clothing and household items, when re-sold in Goodwill stores, can generate funds for things like several hours of computer training, soft skills training, and/or work experience for someone trying to get back into the workforce. Savannah resident Frank Williams, III is one example of someone whose life was changed thanks to this community’s donations to Goodwill. Frank was referred to the non-profit’s Vocational Services Program. He received soft skills training, on-the-job work experience in custodial services, and help with budgeting his earnings. Frank embraced all Goodwill had to offer, over time proved to himself that his abilities far outweigh his disability, and has been a permanent Goodwill employee since 2014.
Each of us knows there is more that we can and must do to help others and thereby strengthen this community. That is why Goodwill is asking residents to commit to donating by the end of 2015. Here are a few things to know to make donating to Goodwill at year-end even easier:
- Where to donate: Goodwill accepts donations at all 17 of its stores throughout the Coastal Empire, as well as at nine attended donation centers. For locations and telephone numbers, visit www.goodwillsavannah.org.
- What to donate: In addition to gently used clothing and household items like dishes, glassware, and small working appliances, Goodwill also accepts working and non-working computers, electronics, video games, books and other media, furniture, shoes, children’s toys and bicycles, and cell phones.
- When to donate: Donate for year-end as soon as possible to avoid the rush. However, in addition to Goodwill store and donation center staff, the non-profit’s executives will be working as donation attendants the last days of 2015 to make sure that the donation experience is as fast and easy as it is any other day of the year.
- Why donate: Donating to Goodwill is a win-win-win. Your donations help you stay ahead of your clutter; they also help individuals in the community achieve success through work; and, by donating, you greatly reduce the amount of usable goods in our landfills. And remember, every donor will receive a receipt for tax purposes every time they donate.
Join us in donating ten before year-end. The average household has 50+ items that are no longer being used. Goodwill hopes you will gather ten of those and bring them to your nearest Goodwill store or donation center. It may not seem like much to you, but it will mean the world to others in the Coastal Empire.