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Regarding morains comments: "Goodwill is a highly profitable business that sells donated goods and pays their employees very low wages. . . . Even a larger organization such Big Brothers & Sisters does much better things with donated goods." Goodwill is a NON-PROFIT; that's why you can get a receipt for tax purposes when you make a donation there!!! If one is interested in making donations to another program besides Goodwill, that's great as there are many worthy of support. However, to imply that donations made to Goodwill are not being used in an acceptable way is just not right. I urge you to do some research about this organization which provides job training and jobs for people who would have a very difficult time finding work of any kind; they work extensively with veterans and their families to help them return to the civilian work world (which they have often never been a part of in the first place); and they provide a great service in helping us all to recycle usable "stuff." And regarding that later point, it makes me sad to see gillianne say that she "uses Goodwill only for electronics I can't dispose of elsewhere free, such as large old TVs and old printers and monitors. If no one wants those through freecycle, I'd have to pay to unload them at the transfer station (aka, dump), so I haul them to Goodwill, which accepts them all. Otherwise, my unwanted items in good shape go to local, non-chain thrift stores, which recycle profits back into the community through many types of grants." What she's saying is she's dumping them on Goodwill, so they will have to pay the fees rather than her to get rid of useless stuff.

I worked for Habitat for Humanity for six years and we had a ReStore; that is a GREAT resource for any community so do consider them when ridding you home of items they might use. However, we made it clear that we would not take stuff we couldn't sell because then we'd be the ones paying the dump fees - and that cuts into the monies available to build homes. The same model works at Goodwill.

As for the low pay of Goodwill workers, that is true of most all employees of social enterprises. It is unfortunately the case for most employees of non-profits. In the case of the president/CEO of Goodwill - yes, he is well paid but compare his salary to that of other non-profits executives who have similar budgets and you'll find that he is waaaaay lower than most.

No, I have no affiliation with Goodwill and in fact have my own issues with the organization; but none of them are the ones noted here. I was recently involved in a heated discussion in my neighborhood about this very issue of Goodwill, and found that several people with these ideas had gotten the "info" from internet sources. I'm here to tell you folks: the internet is NOT always right!
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