When you donate new and gently used items to Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, we resell those products in our retail and online stores, and we use the proceeds to fund our mission.
How to Donate
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what Goodwill accepts?
Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. would like to extend its gratitude and appreciation for taking time to support our mission with good quality donations. Unfortunately, due to the rising costs of waste disposal and safety concerns, we must decline certain low turnover items and items in need of repair. Click here for a list of unacceptable items.
How do I get my donations ready?
Clothing can be laundered and put in a bag or box. There is no need for hangers and many other acceptable items can be placed in boxes.
Where do I take my donations?
You can take your donations to any one of our retail stores or donation stations during business hours. Each of our locations are attended, not just a drop box.
Are you offering home pickups?
No, not at this time.
Why should I donate to Goodwill rather than another thrift store?
Goodwill stores are directly linked to the nonprofit mission of Goodwill Industries. Some other thrift stores are for-profit and others use a charity’s name to help increase donations. At Goodwill, the funds generated by the sales of donated items help to fund the programs that drive our mission.
What happens to donated items that are not sold at Goodwill stores?
Our goal is to try to generate money to fund Goodwill programs from every item that is donated. Therefore, in most cases, we will do what we can to get items in salable shape. Other items that are too damaged for retail sales are sold to salvage brokers. Goodwill makes every attempt to ensure that no items are placed into area landfills. Goodwill has not put any textiles into landfills in more than 30 years.
If I shop at a Goodwill store, will I be depriving disadvantaged people of stuff they need?
No. Goodwill serves disadvantaged people by educating, training, and placing them into jobs. By becoming gainfully employed, these individuals gain resources to buy the things they need. As Goodwill provides the services to the disadvantaged, they achieve independence and acquire more than stuff. They obtain self-respect and pride, as they begin working again. Each time you shop at Goodwill, you help another person succeed in life.
Who does Goodwill help?
Goodwill serves individuals with barriers to employment, including those with developmental or physical disabilities, someone recovering from substance abuse, the homeless, and people recently released from jail or prison. We design services that meet our clients’ unique training and placement needs—so they can find work and remain employed.
What do I receive for my donation?
You receive a tax receipt to use for claiming an income tax deduction. You’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing that your donation is helping people throughout Northwest Ohio find gainful employment.
Can I donate a vehicle?
At this time we are not currently accepting vehicle donations.