Asheville, NC (April 22, 2014) – With a decline in donations this past winter, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is making it more convenient for people to get their donations to a Goodwill facility. And what is more convenient than a house call? Goodwill now offers free pickup service for businesses and large residential donations within the greater Asheville area.
For residential pickups, there is a minimum requirement of at least two or more large items, such as furniture. However, additional items such as computers, clothing, and household items can be donated at the same time.
Sales of donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores helped place 5,120 people into jobs in northwest North Carolina in 2013 – 1,110 in the Asheville area alone. “Donations are critical to our success,” says Josh Pierce, director of Workforce Development Services for Goodwill’s western NC locations. “Our business model is simple and self-sustaining – people donate items; we sell those items in our retail stores; we take the revenue from sales and invest it in skills training and youth programs that make a difference right here in Asheville.”
To schedule a pickup, visit www.goodwillpickup.org or call 855-GWDONOR (855-493-6667). Donations also can be dropped off seven days a week at Goodwill’s more than 100 donation centers and stores in northwest North Carolina (27 in Buncombe County alone). To locate the Goodwill location nearest you, visit goodwillnwnc.org.
Goodwill serves more than 36,000 people in northwest North Carolina each year. Offerings include college credit and continuing education courses specifically targeted to local employer needs. Courses in healthcare, computer technology, and hospitality are examples of current focus areas in the Asheville area. In addition, Goodwill’s Career Connections Centers provide job readiness training and job search assistance, including topics such as creating a winning resume, filling out a job application, and dressing appropriately for interviews. For more information, visit goodwillnwnc.org.
About Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina
Goodwill is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is ranked among the most efficient charities, with 90 cents of every dollar generated going toward fulfilling its mission of creating opportunities for people to enhance their lives through training, workforce development services and collaboration with other community organizations.