Four Easy Ways to Donate to Goodwill
By Alia Hurst
Whether it’s spring cleaning, end of summer closet clean out or winter wardrobe inventory, every season is donation season. Goodwill provides several options to make the decluttering process easier. Here are four:
1. Schedule a free home pickup.
Donating large furniture items that can’t fit in your car? Schedule a free home pickup! Goodwill will drive to your residence, load your donations for free and provide a donation receipt for tax purposes. Fill out the online form on our website or call 402-438-2022 to get started.
2. Participate in Goodwill’s Neighborhood Challenge.
This option is perfect for neighborhoods that host annual cleanups or garage sales. Each neighborhood that registers for Goodwill’s Neighborhood Challenge receives a free, centralized pickup after neighborhood-wide garage sales or clean-up events during the months of April-July. After pickup, Goodwill weighs the donations for each neighborhood. At the end of the Challenge, the three associations that collect the greatest weight of donations exceeding 2,000 pounds will win a cash prize to improve their neighborhood. Registration for next year’s Neighborhood Challenge opens in February.
3. Host a Goodwill donation drive.
Whether you’re a business, school, church, or community organization, Goodwill can help you organize a successful drive. Goodwill provides free donation bins, pickups when the bins are full, and marketing materials upon request.
4. Take your donations to one of our stores.
Donors may bring their items to any of our Lincoln and York locations during open hours. Goodwill accepts most clothing, electronics and home goods in gently used condition or better. View a list of our accepted items here.
Retail sales from your gently used donations will help fund local employment programs like our Job Connection Center: a free computer lab in downtown Lincoln that provides one-on-one assistance to job seekers of all backgrounds and abilities. Goodwill also proudly recycles many items that cannot be sold in our stores, such as torn textiles or broken electronics. For more information about how to donate contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-742-8456.