FIVE FAVORITE ORGANIZING RESOURCES--#2 Goodwill

September 18, 2014

I had the honor of working alongside the Goodwill Columbus while I was planning the 2013 NAPO-Ohio Organizing Expo.  And let me tell you, this organization is about WAAAAAYYYY more than thrift stores.  Your donations of goods go to fund:


  • Day service with Work/Community Service programs for young adults and seniors with developmental disabilities.  These programs work to "help people expand their horizons, and rewarding employment opportunities that build self worth and provide supplemental income" as well as "individuals who face the challenges of developmental disabilities to set and achieve goals through work and social skills programs."
  • Onsite residence and supported living for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Social and Educational programs for individuals 18 and over with developmental disabilities.
  • Workforce development for individuals "facing barriers to employment, such as criminal justice histories, homelessness, little or no work history, lack of education and specialized training, language barriers, and being dislocated."
And the best part is, they will take nearly anything!  Old, outdated computers and electronics?  Sure!  They employ individuals to break your e-waste down for recycling.  Clothing and household goods?  Yep!  That's the bread and butter of their thrift stores.  Even your old vehicles or boats can be donated for a tax write off.  And you can feel good that the monies generated will go back into awesome programs like the ones listed above.

To find a Goodwill drop off near you, visit www.goodwill.org.  Or you can download a super convenient app for iPhone or Android.  Ohio residents even have their own specialized app from Goodwill Ohio here.  

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