A holiday message from our CEO
Donate. Shop. Create Jobs.
When you donate to Goodwill, your unwanted items are sold in our retail stores and online. With the money raised from these sales, Goodwill creates lifelines for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency. Your donation makes a positive impact on the community and the environment. Donating to Goodwill provides many benefits such as job training programs and employment placement services to people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. This practice also offers the community an environmentally healthy alternative for the disposal of unwanted, but still usable items.
All of our donation locations participate in Goodwill’s Reconnect computer recycling program. The partnership between Goodwill and Dell Computers makes it convenient for more than 42 million U.S. households to drop off computers and related accessories for free, responsible recycling. The collection sites in Delaware and Delaware County bring the total of Reconnect collection sites to 2,200 across the United States and Canada.
The Reconnect program has created hundreds of green jobs for Goodwill employees who manage the recycling program. Reconnect has allowed Goodwill to expand its sustainability policy and recycling practices. We are pleased to be partnering with Dell to expand our electronics recycling efforts to raise revenues to support our mission.
The Reconnect partnership between Goodwill Industries International and Dell, which started in 2004, allows the public to drop off used computers and other electronics for no-cost recycling. Thus far, the program has diverted more than 170 million pounds of e-waste from landfills and created about 250 green jobs, with Goodwill employees managing the collection and disassembly of the equipment.
The donated equipment meeting the program’s quality criteria is resold, and devices needing repair are either refurbished or broken down into parts to be recycled by Dell partners. This program supports Goodwill’s job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment.
Donors recycling through Reconnect can be confident that their equipment is disposed of responsibly. In 2009, Dell became the first major computer manufacturer to ban the export of non-working electronics to developing countries as part of its global electronics disposal policy.