Goodwill is facing a downturn in its supply of donated goods, and is seeking the public’s help in bringing its incoming goods volume up to its necessary level.
The nonprofit agency typically sees a slowdown from December through March, but this winter has been especially slow, according to Goodwill public relations specialist Valerie Clark.
“Goodwill relies on donated goods to create jobs for people who have disabilities that make it difficult for them to find jobs,” Clark said. “Our current shortage of donated goods, especially clothing, could mean work cutbacks for our program participants.”This winter’s cold snaps and snowy conditions have probably contributed to the decline, Clark said, as people become less likely to venture out to make donations. Goodwill also is seeing increased competition for donated goods as for-profit companies have moved into the local marketplace.
The collection, processing, transportation and sales of donated goods directly creates jobs for just over 100 people each day. A shortfall in inventory could mean fewer work hours for those people, Clark said.
Goodwill accepts donations locally at any of its store locations during regular business hours. Stores are located in Duluth at 700 Garfield Ave., in Hermantown at 4883 Miller Trunk Highway, and in Superior at 2401 Tower Ave. There’s currently a critical need for clothing items for men, women and children, and gently used furniture.