How to Donate to Goodwill
Cleaned out your closet, garage, basement or attic? Maybe you are moving or need to make some room and simplify your life. That’s the first step in helping Goodwill.
Next, head to a Goodwill Store or Donation Center. When you arrive to drop off your items, a friendly donation attendant will help you unload your items and don’t forget to get your receipt for tax purposes before you leave.
Donated goods are essential to Goodwill’s retail operation. It is our goal to reduce, reuse, recycle throughout all we do. The sale of all donated goods funds Goodwill’s mission programs and makes it possible for Goodwill to help meet the changing community needs of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
Goodwill has made this an easy process. We are open for donations with day, evening and weekend hours to make it convenient. Donating to Goodwill gives you the satisfaction of knowing that when you’re finished cleaning and sorting, it’s just one quick trip to your neighborhood Goodwill Store or Donation Center to help your community!
All donated items must be in good, clean, sellable condition. We do not repair, refinish or reupholster. Goodwill has developed the following guidelines to help increase the amount of “sellable” donations received.
Antiques and Collectibles
Artwork and Frames
Bedspread, Blankets, Linens
CD’s, DVD’s, Records
Clothing, Shoes, Accessories – Infants to Adult
Computers, Accessories and Other Electronics
Cookware, Dishware and Utensils
Giftware and Knick Knacks
Hand Tools and Small Power Tools in working order
Lamps (with or without shades)
Radios and Stereos in working order
Sporting Goods and Sleeping Bags
Guns, Knives, Bows, Arrow, Ammunition
Infant cribs, playpens, car seats and strollers
Major Household Appliances
Wet, moldy items
Technology is improving every day. Today’s computers are quickly leaving yesterday’s systems in the past — or in your closet, basement or attic.
Dell has made it easy for you to recycle your used computer equipment through Dell Reconnect, a partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northeastern PA. Simply take your old computer equipment of any brand, working or not, including keyboards, mouse, printer and other computer components to any of our stores or donation centers.
For more details about Dell’s program please visit their website at dell.com/reconnect
You can donate your car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, or airplane to Goodwill! Donations are made through Charity Dispatch, a national organization that will do all the work for you. Their vehicle donation specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you with any questions you have regarding donating your car to charity.
You can call their toll-free number at 1-800-506-0172 to begin or simple log onto Charitydispatch.com and complete their form. Pick up of your donated vehicle is always free and they will take any vehicle in any condition, running or not. Most vehicle donations can be picked up within 24-48 hours.
So don’t wait to get your tax deduction – call today!
Monetary Gifts & Planned Giving
For more than 70 years Goodwill Industries of Northeastern PA has been in the business of changing lives through job training, employment placement and other services for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience and are facing other barriers.
Please take a moment to see just how Goodwill Industries of Northeastern PA with your support can continue to change lives.
Turn Generosity into Jobs
Transportation is always difficult for those that cannot drive but Mary Lee would not let that stop her. Goodwill was able to provide transportation to and from class so Mary Lee could complete her courses and is now working full time at a job she loves. Our Employment Specialists continue to assist Mary Lee in job training and coaching on additional aspect and duties of the position to ensure satisfactory performance.
Your Generosity of $100 will provide transportation for a client for one month.
Give the Gift of a Safe Home
Goodwill Industries of Northeastern PA operates 12 Group Homes in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. These homes provide a safe, clean, welcoming environment. Goodwill’s trained staff assists our clients with daily activities such as money management, community integration, proper hygiene, monitoring medications, preparing meals as well as transporting residents to appointments, shopping and other activities.
Your gift of $500 will help Goodwill continue to operate these homes
Donate for Group Fun
Goodwill Industries provides Day Services in Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties. This program includes activities for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Program participants engage in a wide variety of activities including skill development, healthy living activities, physical activities, as well as working on specific goals to overcome barriers. The participants enjoy arts and crafts and weekly trips within their community.
Your donation of $1000 will support one community trip for this group.
Donate for Group Fun
Planning your gifts will help your wishes continue for years. Through our Planning Giving program you can do more for your philanthropic goals and reduce income taxes. When you are speaking with your estate planner keep Goodwill in mind and help us serve the community in the future. Your gift today will help others tomorrow!
Ways to leave a legacy:
• Cash gift
• Gift of Stocks
• Life Insurance