PITTSBURGH, Feb. 22, 2021 – The cold weather and heavy snowfall has had a very negative impact on donations to Goodwill stores locally.  As a result, the organization is making an urgent appeal to the public to make a special effort right now to donate gently-used clothing, shoes and housewares to the nearest Goodwill store.

“There’s always a slowdown in donations during the winter months.” said Michael Smith, Goodwill SWPA’s President/CEO.  “But the severe winter weather we’re having this year has greatly reduced donations, especially during these last two weeks in February. Unfortunately, our stores are now really low on clothing and other donated items.”

 Mr. Smith said donations are the life-blood of Goodwill stores, which represent well over half of the operating revenues for the diversified human services agency.

“Goodwill stores are important to the community in two ways,” he said. “Many of our customers are on very tight budgets and they rely on the stores’ low prices for their families’ needs, especially with the economic downturns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, revenue from our stores helps to sustain the programs that Goodwill provides for people with employment barriers. Your donations literally help to create jobs.”

In addition to clothing and housewares, Goodwill also needs donations of books, jewelry, computers and other electronic equipment.

Donations may be dropped off at any Goodwill store. Donating to Goodwill is also good for the environment, helping to keep over 15 million pounds of material out of landfills annually. For the safety of donors and Goodwill team members, those donating items to any Goodwill location will utilize a contact-free donation process.  Find the nearest drop off location at www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-goods.

“We greatly appreciate all the support we receive from the community throughout the year, and Goodwill really needs help from the community right now,” Mr. Smith said.          

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About Goodwill SWPA

(www.goodwillswpa.org; facebook.com/goodwillswpa; twitter.com/gwswpa; instagram.com/goodwillswpa)

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified nonprofit human service agency that serves southwestern Pennsylvania and north central West Virginia and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; Goodwill Housing; and Mission Logistics, LLC. The agency operates 34 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training, education and related services to help people overcome employment barriers. Last year, Goodwill SWPA demonstrated the following outcomes: 10,624 adults and youth served, 582 individual placements of participants into unsubsidized employment; and 1,575 persons employed directly by Goodwill SWPA. These factors resulted in $109,500,000 of economic output during the year.

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