Goodwill Asks Donors To Hold Onto Their Donations, For Now.
Goodwill asks donors to hold onto their donations, for now.
(Spokane, WA) – With many people staying at home right now, they are getting a jump on spring cleaning. This is usually a great benefit to Goodwill. But right now, Goodwill is asking people not to donate.
“Use this time to spring clean and organize, but then set your donations aside in your garage or basement until we are able to re-open our donations centers,” says Heather Alexander, Sr. Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications for Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest. “We will definitely need those donations to support our programs when we are able to re-open in the coming weeks.”
Goodwill closed all of its stores and donation centers on March 26th.
Despite posted closure notices, Goodwill received numerous donations at many of its sites over the weekend. “While we appreciate the generosity of our community, donating when we are closed creates multiple risks,” says Alexander.
- At a time when we are trying to protect our employees from potential exposure to the virus, we had to send employees out to clean up donations that were left.
- Unattended donations are often sorted through and stolen before our limited staff can pick them up.
- And, donations that are left in the rain are often ruined, which creates a financial hardship for Goodwill when we have to pay to have them disposed. These funds are needed for our programs.
Goodwill supports its social service programs through the sale of donated goods in its retail and online stores. Goodwill programs help vulnerable individuals with work, training and education, housing, and life skills. “We anticipate that the need for our programs will be even greater as we come out of this COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on employment and finances,” says Clark Brekke, President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest.
Goodwill will provide updates on its website www.discovergoodwill.org.