Local Non-Profit Wants Your Stuff!

By Carolyn Donaldson

Published 03/26 2014 06:46PM

Updated 03/26 2014 06:59PM

STATE COLLEGE , CENTRE COUNTY -- "Today everybody's looking to be green. Goodwill's probably one of the oldest recyclers in the country."

As CFO  of Goodwill that covers 13 counties and 20 stores like this one in State College, Tom Glasl knows your donation helps here.

"When you donate to Goodwill your items stay local. We don't ship them overseas. We don't ship them to other states.  It stays in this store and benefits people in this community."

There are 25 people working here and over 500 throughout their area.
"I can tell you locally 92 cents on every dollar of every revenue that we have goes back into our mission of creating jobs and helping people with disabilities/disadvantages."

People like Krista from Madisonburg. She's been sorting clothes here for the last 8 years and loves the people and the surprises!

As Krista says, "You don't know what's in the bags till you open them up!"

And if you can't drop off your items at one of these centers, they ask for you to look for their Goodwill blue bins.
As Glasl says, "We mark all of our boxes very clearly with our name, addresses, phone numbers - a  lot of the other boxes don't have their name on them. We just want you to donate local; stay local"

Some of these are owned by for-profit businesses where the clothes and money go overseas.

For workers like Theoda, she just wants folks to know that donating to Goodwill and other local non-profits goes a long way.

 As Theoda says, "It keeps people working, and that's good. Maybe some people don't realize help us help each other."

Beyond clothing, shoes and household items, Goodwill accepts all electronic equipment and old computers - they can recycle them in a safe manner.

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