The bay area chapter of NAPO recently hosted a field trip to the Goodwill® of San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin headquarters. We were surprised to learn the range of items Goodwill® takes because it has downstream markets worldwide.
We were excited to share this information with our readers but in checking our local Goodwill® region, Goodwill® of the Greater East Bay, their policies are not as broad.
In addition to the standard re-useable household items and clothing, most Goodwill®s will also take the following –
- Down blankets
- Decorative pillows (living room type)
- Vinyl records
- TV and CRT monitors, working or not
As with most charities, Goodwill® does NOT take:
- Used bed pillows or mattresses
- Furniture made from particle board
- Baby Equipment
Leading the way in the area of re-use and re-purposing is the Goodwill® of San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin. Beyond what they can re-sell in their stores, they collect items to sell in downstream markets outside of the Bay Area.
- Single shoes (there are amputees worldwide who can use a single shoe)
- Dirty clothes (separate from clean)
- Damaged/dirty/mildew contaminated fabrics, dirty, worn-out shoes, severely damaged and worn pots and pans
- High end items to be re-sold on eBay
Here are ways for you to help Goodwill® get the most from your donations:
- Separate donations by category – Marking bags/boxes with categories saves them time
- Décor – glass items need to be wrapped separately to prevent breakage
- Toys – keep boxes sealed so they don’t spill their contents and become unsellable
Each Goodwill® location will have different rules for what they will accept. Call ahead or check your local website before making a trip.
Give yourself the gift of good feeling as you clear clutter and give to a charity that helps people enter the workplace through skills training and education.