Goodwill tests new donation center concept in Pinecrest
Goodwill Industries wants to make your donations of clothing or other unwanted household items easier than ever. The company has started testing a new concept consisting of storefront donation centers - resembling a typical dry cleaner - at local strip malls. The newest one opened in Pinecrest at 8507 SW. 136 St, next to Flemings Restaurant.
Three other centers are open as part of a pilot program to enable Goodwill a presence in upscale malls, where it may not be practical to permanently park the familiar blue-and-white trailers used as donation centers. This concept is also being tested in Broward county. A Pembroke Pines location is scheduled to open by month's end. The nonprofit company said it expects the storefront locations to make the donating process more convenient and expeditious. The new donation centers are located at:
North Miami - Biscayne Lotus Plaza, 15504 Biscayne Blvd.
Perrine - Point Royale Shopping Center, S.W. 191 St. & U.S. 1
Pinecrest - 8507 SW 136 St., next to Flemings restaurant.
Pembroke Pines - Silver Lakes 18351 Pines Blvd. (opening soon)
"Donated goods are sold to the public at our 25 retail stores throughout the Broward and Miami Dade County," says Dennis Pastrana, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries. "Proceeds from the sale of donated goods are a major source of revenue that allows us to provide rehabilitation, on-the-job training, work experience, and placement services to people with disabilities and special needs at Goodwill."
The Allapattah-based Goodwill is taking special care to open the new storefront donation centers in affluent areas likely to generate high quality and brand-name donations, according to Pastrana. In addition to the new centers, there are 60 attended donation trailers and 25 Goodwill stores that also gladly accept donations (long after the trailers have closed for the day) located in shopping-center parking lots and other locations across Broward and Miami-Dade County.
The new centers, like the collection trailers, are open seven days a week. Donations are tax-deductible.
Goodwill's primary mission is to train people with disabilities and special needs, and help them find competitive employment in the community. Last year, some 3,400 participants took part in the organization's job training program.
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