Goodwill launches The Donation Movement

Goodwill Industries launched a new project yesterday called The Donate Movement that encourages people to get rid of unused items in their homes to help their communities and the environment. My friend and professional organizer Lorie Marrero is the spokesperson for the new initiative, and you may have already seen her commercial:

Giving items to charity is often easier when you know what you’re giving away will actually help someone. I really like the widget on The Donate Movement site that shows you exactly how much of an impact your donation will be making:

Anything to encourage the donation of useful items to charity is a great initiative in my book. I hope Goodwill’s new project gets people to evaluate their stuff and make room for what really matters in their lives.

16 Comments for “Goodwill launches The Donation Movement”

  1. posted by Amy on

    The Goodwill is my favorite place to shop. Some of my favorite antiques have been found there, as well as almost my entire wardrobe. Once you find a treasure there, you’re hooked!

  2. posted by JC on

    Our local Women’s & Children’s shelter is always ready and willing to take clothing, toys, and household items in good repair. These families are often times without anything but literally the clothing they were wearing when they escaped. The shelter also helps homeless children.

  3. posted by Jonathan Blundell on

    Love the initiative! Great to see Goodwill taking the lead in this.

    Reduce. REUSE. Recycle.

    Just because you can’t reuse something — doesn’t mean someone else can’t/won’t.

    Good stuff. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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    posted by ValH on

    I always donate to Goodwill. I really don’t have time to bother selling them myself and I really appreciate the work Goodwill does.

  5. posted by KB on

    This sounds great, but my local Goodwill has an attitude that makes it hard. I was calling to donate quality items and was told, “my dear, have you seen our store? We have a very upscale facility, so make sure your items will fit our style.”
    Since then, I have focused on St. Vincent DePaul.

  6. posted by luxcat on

    While I agree with this post and the spirit of “donate it, don’t throw it away” I too have had some sad experiences with Goodwill, and now donate to another local charity. After my parents moved overseas I had to pick up the few boxes of things I was storing there, including many cherished and breakable childhood memories like beautiful china jewel boxes, etc. Living in a tiny studio apartment I could not keep it all and had to make some heart wrenching decisions about what to get rid of. I carefully packed it up knowing that someone else would love it someday, and took it to Goodwill, where the person taking in the goods, despite the fact I told them it was fragile, threw the box with force into a large deep bin. I heard everything break.

  7. posted by Handy Man, Crafty Woman on

    Love donating stuff to goodwill! We do it several times per year.

  8. posted by Ris on

    I love the idea of keeping perfectly good clothes and household items out of landfills by donating them to Goodwill. I also shop at Goodwill quite frequently and have found some major steals there–including clothes that still have the original store tags on! I love that Goodwill puts people to work.

  9. posted by Becky Ramsey on

    Love this! I live near a landfill and hate to see the piles rolling in. Goodwill, you’re AWESOME!

  10. posted by henave on

    I love Goodwill and donate there regularly. I don’t know if all Goodwills do this, but our Goodwill also provides job training/work opportunities for differently-abled people who might have a difficult time entering the work force otherwise. I have a young son w/ autism who had a teacher w/ a grown son w/ autism/ADHD/OCD who was able to work there. My point is that some of the employees you encounter may have limited communication skills, may not speak English as their first language, etc. I find this a reason to continue donating and shopping there and I enjoy interacting with the employees. (This being said- I have no explanation for KB being told her Goodwill was too “upscale”- that is odd!).

  11. posted by Marcie Lovett on

    I recommend that my clients have a donation bag going all the time. When you find things you don’t need anymore, you put them in the bag instead of adding to clutter in your home. Whether it’s to Goodwill or another deserving charity, sending out the things you don’t care want allows someone else to enjoy them.

  12. posted by Adventure-Some Matthew on

    When packing for my recent move (finishing up today), my wife and I donated a number of things to Goodwill. The best story:

    We took a couple of fans in that we haven’t used in some time. Dropped them off, went into the store, and by the time we made it to the back section, the fans were already tagged and for sale. As we were leaving, I noticed a woman in line who had one of our fans to purchase. I certainly hope she gets some good use out of it!

  13. posted by ehsa on

    I have to agree with Luxcat about Goodwill. I have had several indifferent experiences with them, and a few really annoying encounters. I’m eager to recycle by donating, but Goodwill’s snotty attitudes are really a bit too much. I, too, go with a local charity.

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    posted by ValH on

    Marcie, I have a donate bag set up all the time. I think it is one of the most useful tools I use in getting organized.

    I am sad that some of you have had bad experiences at Goodwill and I think it is great to donate elsewhere if available. Goodwill is the only real donation place by my house and we are lucky enough to have it staffed all the time. I am surprised that yours are so picky about items because I know that my good will sends items to other places if they can’t use them and even recycles undonatable clothes for other uses.

  15. posted by gypsy packer on

    Lucky enough to have a Goodwill within walking distance. Dropped off a duffel full of donations this week, and came out with a bag of books. One cashier is a dear, the other a disposable. Wotthehell, some like sweet, some like sour.

  16. posted by Lorie Marrero on

    Thanks, Erin, for telling people about the Donate Movement!

    As the national spokesperson for Goodwill, I want to explain that Goodwill is a very large nonprofit organization, made up of 166 independently run member agencies, and each of those has its own individuals working there with their own personalities, etc. If one person said something odd or did something strange it does not mean the entire organization is bad.

    Goodwill has been an environmental pioneer of the reduce-reuse-repurpose concept for over 100 years, and their entire mission is to provide job training, placement services, and other community programs to people with challenges to finding employment. In other words, Goodwill helps put people to work. We need this now more than ever. The founder wanted to “reclaim the value of both things and people.”

    The Donate Movement is trying to educate people about 1) Not throwing usable items into landfills, and 2) being a Conscious Donor of your belongings–knowing where they are going and how that organization uses the revenue from them. Please don’t just drop your stuff off at the first box you see without knowing how it’s used. Goodwill uses 84% of its collective revenue directly to fund their mission.

    Thanks for letting me say a few words here!

    Cheers,
    Lorie

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