Goodwill Issues An Earth Day Challenge

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