CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

PITTSBURGH, April 14, 2015 – Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is participating in a variety of activities to celebrate Earth Day, which is observed on April 22 each year. As an advocate for reusing materials through various donation drives, Goodwill joins in the spirit of Earth Day and its environmental impact by participating in the following:

Pittsburgh Earth Day 2015
Wednesday, April 22 – 11am to 6 pm.  Goodwill Truck on-site from 11am to 4pm.
Pittsburgh Earth Day 2015 is a citywide celebration dedicated to educating, inspiring, and celebrating sustainability in the region.  2015 is the first year for the event, which will feature fashion shows, exhibitors, pop-up markets, speakers, music, food, and much more. Stop by the Goodwill tent at Schenley Plaza in Oakland and drop off your gently used donations.  Donors can also enter our Instagram Donation Contest.  Snap a selfie of you donating your items then post the photo that day by 11:59 p.m. on Instagram for a chance to win a $100 Goodwill SWPA gift card. Use #goodwillrenews, #pgh422 and tag @goodwillswpa in your donation photo. Please -- only one photo per entry.  Check Goodwill SWPA’s Instagram on Friday, April 24 to see if you’ve won!  Visit www.goodwillswpa.org/instagram-contest for official contest rules.

Whole Foods Pittsburgh Earth Day Celebration 
Tuesday, April 21 - 4 to 7 p.m.
Goodwill will be at the Whole Foods Pittsburgh location, 5880 Centre Avenue, where there will be information about donating, music, tasting samples, giveaways and more.

Whole Foods Wexford Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 23 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Goodwill will sponsor face painting, giveaways and more, including donation information, at the pavilion just outside the Whole Foods store in Wexford, 10576 Perry Highway. 

“Goodwill proudly supports Earth Day,” said Robert Stape, vice president of Retail, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “As a long-time pioneer of the values of reuse, we are pleased to offer many opportunities during the week of Earth Day to encourage people to participate in this worldwide expression of environmental concern by donating their unwanted items to Goodwill to help others.”

Donations of clothing, housewares, books, furniture, jewelry and other items can be dropped off at any Goodwill store. Visit www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-goods for locations and more information.

Mr. Stape said Goodwill employs a broad range of operational practices to minimize the environmental impact of the tons of donated items it receives but cannot use or sell.  

“We work very hard to keep large quantities of materials out of landfills,” he said. “Over the past three years, our proactive approach to conservational responsibility has kept an estimated 460,000 cubic yards of material out of landfills, the equivalent of nearly 3,000 tractor trailer truck loads.”

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About Goodwill SWPA 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals.

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