WINDSOR GOODWILL INDUSTRIES CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES WITH NEW ATTENDED DONATION CENTRE
Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton is opening the seventh Attended Donation Centre in Essex County on Saturday, April 1.
The Donation Centre will open at 11075 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor and support three new jobs. The Attended Donation Centre’s hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last year, Goodwill Industries EKL diverted more than 4 million pounds of goods from the landfill. The new Attended Donation Centre will continue this trend by accepting donations of gently used clothing, furniture, books (including textbooks), toys and dishes.
“If you have items in good condition, don’t throw them away. Drop them off at our Donation Centres,” explains Kevin Smith, CEO of Goodwill Industries. “The donations divert waste from the landfill and the revenue generated will help to fund local counselling, job preparation and training programs right here in Windsor.”
In 2018, Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton will be celebrating its 85th Anniversary. Several events are planned throughout the year, and signage at the new ADC will promote this upcoming anniversary.
Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton’s mission is changing people’s lives through the power of work. When consumers donate clothing and other household items, the products are sold in our retail stores, giving them a second life and keeping them out of landfills, while also creating jobs in the community.
Our local Goodwill was founded in 1933, in the middle of the Great Depression. In response to the deep economic hardship, a group of community-minded individuals met to help those less fortunate than themselves. They focused their initial efforts on food hampers for the needy. Building on the food hampers project, they began discussing the new and innovative ways that groups across Canada and the United States were working to solve the economic problems that their communities faced. One such idea that resonated with them was the collection of used household goods and clothing, an idea first put into action by Edgar J. Helms in Boston, Massachusetts. The group took on this new project wholeheartedly. They trained people to mend and repair the items that were collected, thus creating jobs for those who could not otherwise find employment.
Nearly 85 years later, Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton is continuing this work. We are passionate about encouraging residents to reduce, reuse and recycle household goods. Reusing consumer goods not only funds our mission, but it is also good for the environment!