|Frequently Asked Questions |
Just drop off your
items at any of our retail stores or our Attended Donation Express Centers in North Louisiana. To find the donation center nearest you, click here. You'll
receive a receipt for your donations, which can help you at tax time if you
itemize, and you'll be helping people in our area overcome barriers to
What happens to my donated
Goodwill employees and
clients screen, sort and prepare the broad selection of quality donated items
for sale in our value-oriented Goodwill retail stores. Incoming items are
screened by Goodwill personnel against established quality and selection
criteria. The generated revenue from the sale of these donations is then
invested in our many programs that give the disabled and disadvantaged in our
community a hand up.
What happens to my
We sort, price and
sell your donations in our stores. Ultimately, we turn your donations into good
jobs, good homes, and good neighborhoods.
Will my contribution stay in our
Yes. Contributions of
goods and money made to Goodwill support programs and services provided by
Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana in 26 parishes.
Why should I donate to
Goodwill is local and
it's linked to a great cause. When you donate to Goodwill, you help us help
others right here in North Louisiana. Over 91 percent of all revenue raised by Goodwill from the sale
of donated goods supports job-training and rehabilitation programs for people
with disabilities and other barriers to employment right here in this area. The
other 9 percent meets administrative costs.
What types of donations are
We accept new or used
clothing, household items, books and small appliances. All items must be in
good, workable condition. Other contributions in the forms of cash gifts or
bequests are appreciated, as well. For more information, click here.
What happens to items that aren't
Our goal is to try to
generate money to fund Goodwill programs from every item that is donated. As for
items that can't be sold in our stores, we've found other creative uses for
them. For example, some Goodwills recycle old clothing scraps into industrial
wipes (cleaning cloths) for industrial buyers. Other items that are too damaged
for retail sales are sold to salvage brokers. Roughly 99 percent of all donated
goods are re-sold in some way, shape or form.
What happens to the stuff that doesn't
We sell left over items
to salvage merchants who then ship the material to third-world countries.
Goodwill provides a valuable recycling service to our community. We receive thousands of donations every year diverting tons of goods away
from our landfills.
No. Nowadays, the cost
of repairing items greatly exceeds the price we charge in our stores. In
addition, we focus our training programs on vocations that meet current employer
Why does Goodwill refuse to accept
We are unable to
resell certain items and, in some cases, incur excessive costs to dispose of them
(ex. open cans of paint). Also, we have neither the
specialized equipment, nor the staff expertise required to handle large
appliances, building materials, etc.
Do you accept cars?
Yes. Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana does accept vehicles as
Will you pick up my
In certain circumstances we will. For more information, click here.