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

Pittsburgh, PA – September 17, 2015 - Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania will participate as a partner and an Innovation Sponsor at the 2015 Thrival Innovation + Music Festival.  Goodwill SWPA’s participation will include conducting a “Stuff the Truck!” donation drive on September 25 and September 26, hosting a table at the concert site highlighting the benefits of reuse, and presenting at the “creative reuse, sustainability, & the arts” innovation event on September 26. 

Presented by UPMC Enterprises, the 2015 Thrival Innovation + Music Festival is an annual, Pittsburgh-based initiative uniting entrepreneurs, impact-makers, innovators, creatives, and business leaders for a week of interactive programming, immersive innovation-focused events, and an outdoor live music event with both local and national recording artists.

“Goodwill is very proud to join this tremendous event as an Innovation Sponsor,” said Robert Stape, Vice President for Retail at Goodwill SWPA.  “Our Agency shares so many of the important values demonstrated by Thrill Mill, including innovation, creative reuse and sustainability.  We are inspired by the mission of Thrill Mill and the value that Thrival brings to our community.”   

At the event, Goodwill SWPA is asking participants to contribute to the “Stuff the Truck!” donation drive. On September 25 and September 26, between 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Goodwill SWPA staff will be on-site at Almono Flats – 4114 Second Ave in the Hazelwood section of Pittsburgh -- to collect gently-used clothing donations. All donors can enter to win a $100 Visa gift card, with the first 20 donors receiving a ticket for a free food item from South Side BBQ. 

On September 26 from 2:50pm to 3:25pm at the concert site, Goodwill SWPA will present an Innovation Program titled “Environmental and Social Sustainability through Creative Reuse and Recycling.  Presenters from Construction Junction will join Goodwill SWPA to explore creative reuse opportunities here in Pittsburgh and explain how creative reuse, donating and recycling reusable materials can help someone find a job, strengthen the community and preserve the planet.  

Finally, Goodwill will host an informational table at the Thrival concert site to provide a greater understanding on how donations support Goodwill’s workforce development mission and help the environment.

“Every year, millions of tons of reusable materials are sent to landfills across the nation.  Last year, Goodwill SWPA kept over 23 million pounds of reusable material out of local landfills. Nonetheless, Americans recycle or donate only 15 percent of used clothing, and the rest--about 10.5 million tons a year--goes into landfills,” Mr. Stape said. 

"Creative reuse and sustainability are core themes at Thrival,” said Dan Law, Executive Producer of Thrival. “As such, we partner with organizations that are leaders in their industries — exemplifying innovative and ingenious ways to creatively reuse many resources that often go to waste. The Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania not only uses clothing drives within this scope, but also invests in the creative reuse and sustainability of a region's marketplace, through their forward-thinking approaches to workforce development."

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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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