Be Eco-Friendly and Serve Your Community by Donating to Goodwill® This Earth Day

Rockville, MD. — April 22, 2010, marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and one of the best ways you can be environmentally responsible is by donating and shopping at Goodwill®. By shopping at and donating to Goodwill, you are helping create much needed job opportunities in 90 percent of U.S. counties. Revenues from the sale of donations help Goodwill provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment.
Photos of the Earth and an attendee accepting a box of donations“For more than 105 years, Goodwill has been an environmental pioneer,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Goodwill has helped divert millions of pounds of items from landfills and created thousands of jobs for people who need it most.”
Donating items that are no longer needed to Goodwill is a simple act of community service and charity that anyone can perform. Donations allow Goodwill to provide much needed career programs and meet our commitment as one of the nation’s leading providers of employment and training. Shopping at Goodwill stores is a great way to save money and extend the lifecycle of items.
Consumers can also donate computers and computer equipment to Goodwill for free through the ReConnect partnership with Dell. Through this program, computers and equipment are either refurbished and resold or broken down into parts to be recycled by Dell’s recycling partners. ReConnect helps Goodwill train and hire employees in green technology jobs and helps people dispose of unwanted computers in an environmentally responsible way.
“By donating to and shopping at Goodwill, you are supporting our commitment to preserving the environment and helping people earn paychecks and support themselves and their families,” said Gibbons. “With your support, we will continue to strengthen the economic health of our community.”