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Donate to Goodwill on International Day of Charity

September 5, 2015
International Day of Charity Logo

Source: United Nations

“On this International Day of Charity, the United Nations invites all…to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call-to-action is heard by Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont on International Day of Charity today.

Over the course of its history, Goodwill has adopted a global perspective on environmental sustainability to reduce the carbon footprint on our planet by seeking to educate the community on how donating to Goodwill diverts unwanted items from landfills. Goodwill encourages recycling of items such as clothing, household items, furniture, books, toys, electronics and more by donating locally and giving these items a “second life.”

goodwill-Recycling-logo-300One of the largest forms of waste in our country is electronic waste, also known as e-waste. Many are unaware that computers are not permitted in county landfills due to hazardous materials in the composition. When you donate electronics, Goodwill employs a safe and environmentally responsible process to destroy personal data and recycle these pieces. In 2014, Goodwill’s recycling program diverted 2.2 million pounds of e-waste from local landfills.

Items that are in good working condition are refurbished by trained technicians and re-sold at The GRID: Powered by Goodwill, where proceeds from the sale of donated items fund our job training and employment services free of charge for individuals in the community. This recycling program is just one example of how your support of Goodwill helps to support the community and our vision to provide family sustaining employment to any persons who walk through our doors. All programs at Goodwill support our mission of Changing lives through the power of work.

Play a role in the International Day of Charity this weekend and donate your unwanted items to any Goodwill retail store or donation site. When you donate to Goodwill, you help divert waste from local landfills while creating opportunities for people in our region to find employment to support their families. Every success story starts with your donation.

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