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Goodwill Issues An Earth Day Challenge

April 19, 2017

CANTON, OH – April 19, 2017 – Earth Day was founded in 1970, but Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio (“Goodwill”) has been celebrating the principles of reducing, reusing and recycling since 1918. It is in that spirit that we issue an “Earth Day Challenge” to the public, asking them to collect 22 household items that they no longer need or want, and donate them to Goodwill. Earth Day is April 22.

Referred to as “wares” by the Goodwill community, household items are especially needed right now. Goodwill regularly stocks things like dishes, serving platters and utensils, glassware, vases, lamps, home decor items, picture frames, and more – and more donations of these items are needed.

 “You could think of Goodwill as the ultimate win-win recycling program,” said Anne Richards, Goodwill’s Interim President & CEO. “When your donations are sold in our stores, the money raised helps to support all kinds of job and life skills services.”

While 22 items may seem like a lot, a “half and half” approach will get many to this number quickly. For the first 11 items, visit the parts of your home where extra “stuff” hides – basements, attics, and closets. For the second 11, go through areas that could be made more efficient if clutter were reduced – kitchen cupboards and countertops being the most common!

Information on where to donate and how your purchases help can be found at


The local Goodwill, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc., (“Goodwill”) is a nearly 100-year old social enterprise that works closely with other non-profit agencies as well as community businesses to prepare people for a variety of stable career options and in turn, a more productive and sustainable way of life. Revenue from its retail stores helps Goodwill provide people with the life changing, skill-building programs and services needed to remove common barriers to good jobs.  In 2016, Goodwill impacted the lives of 14,438 residents in the 10 counties it serves: Cuyahoga, Geauga, part of Lake, Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Jefferson, and Harrison in Ohio, and Brooke and Hancock in West Virginia. Learn more at