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Have Fun, Do Good: Host a Donation Drive

Goodwill Logo This post is written by Aleigh, @GoodwillSP, from Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont.

In addition to helping eliminate clutter around the house and keeping gently-used items out of local landfills, donating to Goodwill truly changes lives in your community. A donation of just one working computer can turn into 5.3 hours of career counseling at Goodwill, and a collection of 30 donated items translates into four hours of job search training. Pretty impressive!

It’s amazing the impact that just a few donations can have in your community—why not get the whole neighborhood involved by hosting a donation drive?


Here’s how to do it:

  • Get organized. Appoint a “donation captain” to be the main point of contact between Goodwill and your neighborhood or school.
  • Get the kit. Ask your local Goodwill for a donation kit, including postcards, donation bags, and other supplies that will help with promoting your event and getting organized on the big day.
  • Plan. Is your neighborhood already planning a group yard sale? Schedule your donation drive for later in the day or the day after, so that items that didn’t sell end up in our stores—not back in your homes creating clutter!
  • Promote. Let people know that the donation drive is coming up so that they can plan to donate. Neighborhood newsletters, emails, and neighborhood signs are all great ways to get the word out.
  • Make it fun. Offer coffee and donuts to early morning donors, or lemonade and cookies in the afternoon. Take pictures 
  • Donate! Goodwill provides a donation trailer that will park in a specified spot that offers easy access to donors. At least two Goodwill team members will be on-hand to accept donations and hand out receipts for your tax-deductible donations.

At the end of the day, your neighborhood will be full of clutter-free homes, and you’ll have some serious bragging rights about the good work you’ve done for your community. In fact, if you go to our new Donation Impact Calculator, you can select the items you donated to find out exactly how your donations changed lives.

Want to host a donation drive? Call your local Goodwill (find yours at to get started!

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