Rockville, MD. — Goodwill® makes spring cleaning easy. This spring, millions of people will clean out their closets and send bags of unwanted clothes and other household items to Goodwill stores across the United States and Canada. But Goodwill can help clean out more than just your clothes drawers. From the office to the garage, here are the top five things you might not realize Goodwill accepts:
1. Computers: Whether they are in working condition or not, desktop computers and laptops contain parts that are hazardous to the environment if not disposed of properly. Through a partnership with Dell, many Goodwill stores now accept computers to be recycled, free of charge. Stores will accept donations of computer accessories such as keyboards, mice and USB drives.
2. Cell phones: When people upgrade to new cell phones, they often keep the old, unused phones in junk drawers or throw them away. In fact, unused cell phones make up one of the fastest-growing kinds of trash in America. Goodwill works with partners to collect and recycle phones.
3. Gift cards: Holiday gift card recipients — who do not plan to send those cards for whatever reason — can clean out their wallets and donate those pieces of plastic to Goodwill. Billions of dollars in gift cards go unused every year; now consumers can put them to good use by donating cards to Goodwill.
4. Cars: Many Goodwill agencies accept vehicle donations, which are either sold to fund job-training and community-based programs, or used as part of Wheels-to-Work, a program that provides reliable transportation to help people stay on the job. Many Goodwill stores also accept bicycles, boats, trucks, RVs — even airplanes!
5. Money: Individuals who already have clean closets can still help. Goodwill assists millions of Americans in finding employment. Monetary donations to Goodwill are tax deductable and Goodwill is consistently ranked among top charities. Eighty-four percent of revenue goes directly toward supporting and growing critical community-based programs and services. Donate online today.
Goodwill is one of the nation’s top five most valuable and recognized nonprofit brands and has earned the trust and support of 64 million donors in the United States and Canada. Every 42 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job thanks to your donations.
Please remember that not all Goodwill stores accept all items. Visit our locator to find a local Goodwill store and determine what items are acceptable for donation.