Goodwill San Antonio Celebrates Earth Day Every Day
From computers to couches, Goodwill diverts recyclables from local landfills
(SAN ANTONIO – Apr. 18, 2019)
Each year, the world celebrates Earth Day on April 22. Yet, at Goodwill San Antonio, every day is Earth Day. The non-profit and leading workforce development organization operates one of the community’s top recycling programs, collecting and re-purposing items year-round that would otherwise end up in local landfills.
In 2018, Goodwill San Antonio repurposed 14.6 million items that were placed for sale in its 22 retail stores, recycled 19.8 million pounds of unsold items through its Clearance Center and recycling operations, and responsibly recycled 2.7 million pounds of electronics equipment. In an effort to bridge the digital divide, the organization also repurposed 370 computers that were provided to public housing residents free of cost upon successful completion of a digital training course through an innovative partnership with the San Antonio Housing Authority.
Recycling at Goodwill benefits both the community and the environment. Every item donated to Goodwill means a new opportunity for someone struggling to find employment in order to lead a life of self-sufficiency. Whether clothing, household items, or collectibles and antiques, Goodwill strives to maximize the value of every donated item either in its stores or online through shopgoodwill.com in order to help people advance through education and employment.
“Goodwill San Antonio is an organization focused on sustainability, and we work hard every day to identify innovative solutions to reduce waste in the communities we serve,” said Penny Benavidez, director of public relations for Goodwill San Antonio. “Additionally, Goodwill is committed to helping citizens understand recycling is not limited to simply paper and plastics. Donations provided to Goodwill are given a second life that in turn provides a second chance for someone in need in within the community.”
Donations are needed year-round in order to help fund meaningful education, vocational training and career services provided through the non-profit’s Good Careers Academy and Good Careers Centers.
Last year, through support from donated items, Goodwill placed more than 2,300 people into meaningful employment; equipped more than 1,800 youth for college and career success; and trained more than 800 adults and youth in high-demand careers.
Goodwill collects donated items at its 34 conveniently located donation stations in the greater San Antonio area seven days a week. Items accepted include household items, furniture, electronics, sporting goods, toys, and clothing. For items too large to load in a personal vehicle, Goodwill San Antonio offers a free home pick-up service that can be easily scheduled online at https://www.goodwillsa.org/donate/home-pickup-services.
For more information, visit goodwillsa.org or call (210) 924-8581.
About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill San Antonio is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise that helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop at or donate to Goodwill, your purchases and donations help fund education, training and career services to empower people with life barriers to find jobs and secure their future. Together, with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment and related services to people each year in South Central Texas. In addition to operating retail stores, donation stations and Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, Cibolo, Kerrville, Laredo, New Braunfels, Seguin and the surrounding areas, Goodwill operates Good Careers Academies and manages contracts for the U.S. government for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.