Goodwill Seeks Donations of Housewares, Furniture

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for people moving into new homes, redecorating, or cleaning out their homes to make more room. And Youngstown Area Goodwill wants residents to know that a donation is much better than just throwing something away. Whether it’s furniture in good condition or some useful housewares, such as picture frames, dining ware, or cooking utensils, every donation to Goodwill keeps these items out of landfills, says its executive director, Mike McBride.

“The EPA reports that home furnishings make up about 4.6% of the country’s total municipal solid waste. That’s 11.6 million tons,” McBride says. “Donating to Goodwill ensures these items won’t end up in a landfill.”

Besides helping the environment, donations to Goodwill help the economy by funding the organization’s employment programs, McBride added. Donated goods and items sold from one of Youngstown Goodwill’s eight stores make up more than 60% of the organization’s total budget, allowing it to employ 260 residents.

“For every item purchased, we’re helping people find employment, providing vocational services,” he points out. “Radio Reading and vision services to people who can use the assistance. Donations are the lifeblood of our stores. More big-ticket items mean more revenue, which means more resources to hire more people.”

Goodwill stores in Austintown, Boardman, Calcutta, Liberty, Salem, Warren and Hermitage and New Castle, Pa., are accepting donations of housewares and furniture in good condition. For more information, call 330 759 7921 or visit

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