Microsoft Supports Hawaii Goodwill with Grant, Donation Drive

Hawaii Goodwill holds sign thanking MicrosoftIn conjunction with the grand opening of its first retail store in Hawaii in June, Microsoft presented Goodwill Industries of Hawaii (Honolulu) with a $500,000 software donation plus several PCs.

“We are so appreciative of this generous support,” said the Goodwill’s President Laura Smith. “We look forward to a continued partnership with Microsoft as we achieve our nonprofit mission to serve people statewide in Hawaii. Beyond the grant, we are thankful for their help in making the public aware of our Dell Reconnect program and their effort to learn about our mission and get involved.”

Attendees of the grand opening concert – featuring Macklemore with Ryan Lewis and Neon Trees – had the opportunity to recycle their electronics through the Goodwill’s Dell Reconnect program. Microsoft encouraged concertgoers to bring their computers and accessories to support the program, which helped divert more than 12 million pounds of waste from Hawaii’s landfills in 2012.

“We are also excited to support Goodwill Industries of Hawaii’s Dell Reconnect program to help encourage donors to keep computer related items out of Hawaii’s landfills,” said Noelle Neverdon, Microsoft at Ala Moana Center store manager.

To date, 115 Goodwill® agencies in the United States and Canada offer Dell Reconnect at more than 2,000 locations. The program offers a responsible and safe way to recycle e-waste and divert it from landfills.