As a nonprofit human services organization, Goodwill NCW, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, uses revenue from the sale of donations to fund job training and other opportunities as part of its mission of Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment.
The Goodwill NCW truck will be at Miron Construction, 1471 McMahon Drive, Neenah, at the south end of the parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, to receive donations.
What to donate for Goodwill NCW’s Earth Day Donation Drive?
Goodwill accepts gently used shoes, handbags, home décor, jewelry, accessories, housewares, books, games, puzzles, small sporting equipment, holiday decorations, toys, linens and women’s, men’s and children’s clothing.
What can’t Goodwill accept?
Goodwill is unable to accept hazardous materials or other potentially harmful items. Some of the common items Goodwill NCW can’t accept are appliances, mattresses and baby gear like strollers and car seats because of concerns over safety recalls. Visit goodwillncw.org for more details.
April is Earth Month as well as National Volunteer Month. Goodwill NCW supports sustainability efforts like this one to keep items out of the landfill and care for the environment.
Goodwill NCW has been serving north central Wisconsin communities since April 1971. The need for donations hasn’t changed since Goodwill NCW’s founding and since the Goodwill movement got its start in 1902 in the basement of a Boston church. The Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator, collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of Boston and then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were either resold or given to the people who repaired them. The Goodwill philosophy of a hand up, not a handout was born. The need for donations has been growing strong since then.