Deal makes donations to Goodwill easier
Goodwill Industries, which works with people who have barriers to employment, is having something of a growth spurt.
Recently, Goodwill opened an 11,000-square-foot retail store and donation center in Oxford, and it is preparing to launch a second store and donation center in Stamford.
Now the nonprofit is beginning a partnership with a national app service, Roadie, and aims to make it easier for Connecticut residents to donate items for resale.
“January is typically a month when people reflect and resolve to do better; it’s also a time when donations are traditionally down for Goodwill,” said Vickie Volpano, president and chief executive officer of Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut. “We are partnering with Roadie to make donating easier than ever and asking you to resolve to be a job creator by donating to Goodwill in 2017.”
Free home pickup of donations was discontinued by Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut decades ago because the cost of equipment and labor became prohibitive.
Roadie links people who have items they need delivered to a certain site with people driving in that direction.
For a fee, Roadie drivers will pick up and take donations to one of Goodwill’s 20 locations, including a store and donation center at 1712 Boston Post Road in Milford. The cost varies by the size of the load.
Donations are sold in Goodwill stores to help fund job and skills training, employment placement services and other programs, such as financial education and mentoring.
Donations are tax-deductible, and receipts for items shipped through the Roadie partnership will be provided by request.
Marc Gorlin, founder and chief executive officer of Roadie, said the business “was built on the idea of community members helping one another.”
“We’re happy to be partnering with Goodwill to help people give new life to the things they can no longer use, and in the process, help create jobs in communities nationwide,” Gorlin said in a statement.
Goodwill will not accept such items as televisions, mattresses and cribs, because of the cost of disposal and government regulations.
Call Luther Turmelle at 203-680-9388.