Semi-annual Goodwill Sale provides support for job seekers in 24 states
ROCKVILLE, MD —The September 2017 Goodwill Sale, a partnership between The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. and Goodwill Industries International, raised more than $435,000 in cash donations and collected more than 1,537,240 pounds of donations. During the September event, donors were able to drop off items at Bon-Ton stores for donation to their local Goodwill organizations in exchange for coupons that provided discounts on the purchase of new clothing, accessories and other items at Bon-Ton stores.
Now in its 23rd year, the Goodwill Sale is Goodwill’s largest and longest-standing cause partnership and department store donation drive. The fall 2017 edition took place from September 13 – 30, at Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, and Younkers stores. At 260 retail locations in 24 states, consumers had the opportunity to shop and donate locally to change local lives.
“Consumers are increasingly aware of opportunities to shop local,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “The semi-annual Goodwill Sale gives them an opportunity to donate local, too. The generosity of Bon-Ton customers has helped us support millions of job seekers over the past 23 years, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”
Items donated were sold at Goodwill’s stores to create employment placement, job training programs and other services for people with disabilities and disadvantages, veterans and military families, older job seekers, youth and young adults, and anyone facing a difficult time finding a job or advancing in their careers. Cash donations collected at Bon-Ton stores during the sale also provided crucial support to Goodwill organizations.
“The Goodwill Sale is an opportunity for our company, as well as our customers, to make a positive impact in the lives of others,” said Bill Tracy, president and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Bon-Ton always strives to be a good neighbor and invest in the success of every community where we operate.”
About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world for two consecutive years, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 313,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than 2 million people received in person services. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.
For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl or Instagram: GoodwillIntl.
About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit thebontonstoresinc.com or the company’s web site at bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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Goodwill Industries International
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The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
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