Goodwill and Uber team up for nationwide mobile donation

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Uber wants to help you with your spring cleaning.

If you’re looking to purge your clothes and donated them to a good cause, on Saturday, May 2, Uber will actually swing by your house, pick up bags of clothes, and transport them to the nearest Goodwill for free.

The same partnership between Goodwill Industries-Suncoast and the popular on-demand transportation platform is happening in 50 cities nationwide, and abroad, including Sao Paulo, and Brazil.

Here’s how it works:

1. Throughout the month of April, people around the country who are spring cleaning will bag up jackets, shirts, pants, blouses and other clothing items to donate to Goodwill.

2. On Saturday, May 2, donors will open the Uber app and be able to select the GIVE option on the bottom of the screen.

3. An Uber SUV will arrive to pick up clothing bags, and the driver will drop off the donations to Goodwill.

The Details:

  • All clothing must be bagged for drivers to accept donations.
  • Drivers will arrive at requested pickup locations. Donors are responsible for bringing bags outside, as drivers cannot leave their vehicles unattended.

Goodwill will use the revenue from the donations sold in its retail stores to help fund job placement and training programs in the communities where the goods are donated. In 2013, Goodwill provided services to more than 9.8 million people.

“This collaboration has made spring cleaning and donating an easy task, while ensuring that donated clothing is not only diverted from landfills, but also goes toward supporting efforts to put people back to work,” said Debbie Passerini, president and CEO of Goodwill-Suncoast.

For a list of cities participating in the Goodwill and Uber spring cleaning partnership, visit blog.uber.com/springcleaning2015.

Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. The organization’s successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida including employment services, training centers for people with disabilities, affordable apartment communities for seniors and people with disabilities, and community corrections programs. For more information, see here.

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