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

PITTSBURGH, March 31, 2015 – Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is excited about the record-breaking results of the Give a Thread campaign, sponsored by PittServes. The University of Pittsburgh volunteer donation initiative which began in November 2014, resulted in the collection of 111,913 clothing items.  As one of several supporting partners in Give a Thread, Goodwill was the largest recipient of the clothing donations.

Goodwill is most grateful for receiving more than 70,000 pounds of clothing from Give a Thread, making it the largest single donation drive from which Goodwill SWPA has benefitted.  Items donated to Goodwill will be sold in the agency’s 31 retail stores throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and north-central West Virginia. Proceeds from sales will help provide employment-related training and services to individuals with barriers to employment. 

“We thank the University of Pittsburgh community and the numerous other community partners who helped to make the Give a Thread campaign such a success,” said Michael J. Smith, President/CEO of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “We’re hoping this spirit inspires other organizations to host their own donation drives as Goodwill is always in need of material donations.  Every dollar earned from donations will be used to help someone find a job.”

Goodwill has developed a program to enable businesses, schools, clubs or other organizations to host a donation drive. These drives allow organizations to promote team and community spirit, while helping to keep goods out of landfills. For more information about hosting a donation drive, contact Danielle Hardy, Community Donations Specialist, at 412-632-1875 or visit www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-goods.

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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 2013 provided services to over 53,000 individuals. 

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