Where Can I Donate My Car? At Goodwill, Of Course!

We all know Goodwill is great for your no-longer-needed clothing and household items, but for your no-longer-needed cars? You betcha!

Time for a new car - or no car at all? We'd be happy to accept your no-longer-needed vehicle. You'll get a tax receipt and incredible karma. We'll get a chance to change lives.
Time for a new car – or no car at all? We’d be happy to accept your no-longer-needed vehicle. You’ll get a tax receipt and incredible karma. We’ll get a chance to change lives.

Here at Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc., we accept vehicles and turn them into job opportunities, resume classes, veterans programs and more just like we do with all your other donations.

You’re probably wondering how this works. To help answer your questions, Newsday recently published an article all about it. Take a look, then chime in with your own questions and feedback in the comments section below.

Happy donating, all!

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Attn Young Professionals: Join Us at the Goodwill Mixer Tonight in NYC!

Today’s the day! Come join us and our CEO William J. Forrester at The Goodwill Mixer at Arctica Bar tonight, June 5th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Join us tonight to learn more about Goodwill, to share your thoughts on our organization and to join our
Join us tonight to learn about Goodwill, to share your thoughts on our organization and to join our GoodLeaders Council!

We want to meet you and talk about how we can spread the word that Goodwill supports over 80,000 people with disabilities and barriers to employment a year, places nearly 8,500 people in jobs, and empowers over 8,700 youth in the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey region.

We need your ideas and your involvement to continue helping people through the Power of Work!

Your ticket to The Goodwill Mixer – available HERE – includes drink tickets, plenty of hors d’oeuvres and more, but space is limited so be sure to reserve your ticket before arriving at the Mixer! If you’re curious, you can learn more about Goodwill at www.goodwillnynj.org. For even more information, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

At tonight’s Mixer event, you will be the first to hear about Goodwill’s new GoodLeaders Council – a group of Young Professionals who will help bring Goodwill into the future – will you join us? We hope so. Tonight will be a great night to learn more, to speak up and to start making change happen in your local community. Come join us and help make a difference today!

 

Young Professionals: You’re Invited to The Goodwill Mixer at Arctica Bar

Are you a Young Professional? Do you enjoy volunteering and giving back to your community? Then Goodwill needs you!

Calling at Young Professionals: Come join us for a mixer all about Goodwill and new ways to give back!
Calling at Young Professionals: Come join us for a mixer all about Goodwill and new ways to give back!

Join us June 5th in NYC at a mixer for Young Professionals interested in giving back. We want to meet you and talk about how we can spread the word that Goodwill supports over 80,000 people with disabilities and barriers to employment a year, places nearly 8,500 people in jobs, and empowers over 8,700 youth in the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey region.

We need your ideas and involvement to continue helping people through the Power of Work! Goodwill’s President and CEO, William J. Forrester, invites you to The Goodwill Mixer at Arctica Bar on June 5th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Your ticket includes drink tickets, plenty of hors d’oeuvres and more!

You will be the first to hear about Goodwill’s new GoodLeaders Council – a group of Young Professionals who will help bring Goodwill into the future – will you join us?

Network and learn what Goodwill does to help people with disabilities and other barriers to employment find meaningful and empowering jobs in the New York area! Learn more about Goodwill here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information and to RSVP for the event, please visit http://thegoodwillmixer.eventbrite.com/#

For questions or comments, please contact Emily Bell, Assistant Director of Development by email at ebell@goodwillnynj.org or by phone at 212.624.2030. We hope to hear from you soon. Together we can make a difference!

Today’s the Last Day to Get Your Free GoodwillNyNj Tote!

Today is the last day to collect your free tote when you donate to Goodwill in April! Just visit http://tinyurl.com/gwtote for all the details, and be sure to stop by your local Goodwill and claim your tote today!

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All Thrifty States Comes to New York!

New York just got even better – yesterday, All Thrifty States‘ Jenna Isaacson brought her and her second-hand mission into it.

Welcome to New York, Jenna!
Welcome to New York, Jenna!

All Thrifty States: A Visual Journey through America’s Collective Closets is a photo project and upcoming book. It takes an investigative look into the significance of second-hand shopping, and how consumers’ purchases of previously used items can be not only a choice that is healthy for the planet, but an answer to the consumerism that has pushed Americans’ spending habits to the max.

Jenna left DC April 6 and has been hitting the road and stopping in cities ever since, creating awareness and promoting an alternative to American consumerism. Jenna’s goal is to encourage people to lead a more ‘second-hand’ lifestyle.

Of course, this lifestyle is leading her straight to Goodwill in every city she visits. Turns out Jenna has been a Goodwill shopper all her life – and now you can bet she’s a donator, too.

Jenna stopped by our Troy Goodwill upstate earlier this week and will be down in the Goodwill Village Boutique late next week. We’ll be sure to give you the details in case you’re able to swing by, and you can always check in with Jenna herself over at http://twitter.com/allthriftystate.

Happy Friday and Happy Second-Hand Living, all!

Join Beyoncé + Goodwill: Transform Lives FOR GOOD

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“Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works every day to help them improve and re-establish their lives.” -Beyoncé

Goodwill Takes Times Square!

Did you see us make our Times Square debut? We were featured on Bank of America’s billboard last weekend!

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Goodwill takes on NYC’s Times Square!

This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Goodwill stole the spotlight, shining our logo on Bank of America’s Times Square billboard. We made our Broadway debut thanks to our work with Bank of America on Vested in Veterans.  If you were there and lucky enough to spot the Goodwill sign, let us know in the comments here, on our Facebook or via Twitter!

Here at GoodwillNyNj, we have a special spot in our hearts for Bank of America and all the local organizations, branches and companies that helped us help others right after Hurricane Sandy. We continue to support local relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy, a super storm that affected 17 states and was responsible for more than 100 deaths.

Last Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, the Astoria Goodwill partnered with Bank of America’s Military Support Group and the Ritz Carlton Central Park Hotel to bring much needed help in the form of goods and hot meals to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The Goodwill truck took as many bags of donated clothes, food and supplies from St. Thomas Moore Church as possible to sort, process and distribute. These donations were then divided between Breezy Point and the Far Rockaways.

In the first four weeks after the storm, with the help of many companies and local organizations like Bank of America, GoodwillNyNj was able to provide over $83,000 in merchandise to almost 1,700 individuals affected by the hurricane, or approximately 425 families of four.

Thrift Store Shopping Secrets: Lindsey Calla, Ricki Lake & GoodwillNyNj

What’s a major trend in shopping this season? Thrifting! How cool is that? Whether it’s because of Macklemore’s ditty or rising eco-awareness, we’re delighted to see others realize Goodwill is the way to go.

In this little vid, fashion-fantastic Lindsey Calla tells Ricki Lake all about what’s really in style (stellar finds for wallet-loving prices) this spring:

To give you a little background, Lindsey Calla is TV host, personal style blogger on a real girl budget, Maxxinista, and cupcake lover who keeps a killer site, Saucy Glossie, on all things stylish.

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Saucy Glossie’s Lindsey gazes into the future of fashion. What does she see? On-trend budget-friendly thrift!

If you keep a stand-out blog and love Goodwill, let us know! Either write us in the comments here, tweet us, post a link on our Facebook page or shoot us an email at goodwillnynj@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you and see what we can do to share your love of thrift with the world – or at least the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey area 😉 Hope to hear from you soon!

**UPDATE: To celebrate you, our amazing customers, we’ll be having a series of Goodwill Customer Appreciation Sales!

Please join us this Tuesday, April 2nd at any of our New York City district stores (with the exception of the Van Dam Outlet) for 25% off merchandise.

Upcoming GoodwillNyNj Customer Appreciation Sales:

*           April 2 – New York City
*           April 9 – Long Island
*           April 16 – Hudson Valley (except Kingston)
*           April 23 – Capital District, Kingston & Broome County
*           April 30 – Northern New Jersey

Stores, Programs & Services This Weekend

In light of the coming storm, we’ve been fielding questions about store hours and programs and services this weekend. For the latest updates on store closings & programs, please contact the sites directly (for contact info: http://goodwillnynj.org/).

General closing information can also be found at http://goodwillnynj.org/ or by calling the main number 718-728-5400. Also, as we get more specific info we will be sure to post it up here. Stay safe & warm this weekend, everyone!

The Goodwill Rewards Card: Sign Up & Save!

Love a good deal? Better get a Goodwill Rewards Card! In case you’re not yet in the know, follow the most fervent thrifters and take advantage of this tip – our Rewards Program offers frequent shoppers the chance to earn points for purchases at Greater New York and Northern New Jersey retail stores.

Sign up for a Goodwill Rewards card today!
For every 100 “points” you put on your Goodwill Rewards Card, you’ll get $10 to spend on your next thriftacular find!

With a Goodwill Rewards Card, you’ll get:

  • Discounts on purchases
  • Rewards for “points” spent
  • Updates on special promotions and events

Here’s how it works: Rewards members receive one point for every pre-tax dollar spent.  Every 100 points you earn qualifies you for $10 off your next purchase. Points do not expire and there is no limit to how many you can accumulate, though you may only apply 100 points per transaction.

If you’re interested, be sure to include your email when you enroll HERE – that way you’ll automatically receive updates about sales, special promotions, new store openings and other events.

Or, if you’d rather, register at your local Goodwill the next time you’re shopping or donating. If you are 55 or over, be sure to enter your month, day and year of birth to receive our senior discount while still getting rewards points.

If you have a Rewards Card already, woohoo! What’s the best find you’ve used your rewards for? We’d love to hear, either here in the comments, over on our Facebook or via our Twitter @goodwillNyNj. Happy Thrifting, all!