Archive for August, 2012

Donate a Car and Ride a Bike Instead

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Making a car donation to Goodwill is a great way to help out your community by supporting a charity that provides job training and employment assistance to some of the most vulnerable members of the community. But there are also a number of other benefits to donating your car, such as getting rid of an unwanted car and turning over a new leaf in your life by using a bike for transportation instead of purchasing a new car. If you’re still not sure you want to give up your car for a bike, consider the benefits to riding a bike in Washington DC:

  1. Save Money – Once you buy a bike, there are very few maintenance expenses and NO fuel cost! Even when bikes do require major repairs, most of the time they can be done quickly and for under $100.
  2. Save Time – Have you ever noticed bikes cruising past cars stuck in DC traffic during rush hour? Most people live less than 5 miles from the place they work, meaning their bike ride would only take about 30 minutes. During rush hour traffic, this may even faster than driving!
  3. Get in Shape Without Going to the Gym – Why waste time at the gym when you can get your workout finished during your commute? You can save yourself a lot of time by making your commute your workout for the day.
  4. Reduce Pollution – “Going Green” is popular these days and you can help do your part to reduce pollution by riding a bike instead of driving.
  5. Ideal Parking Spots – Every time you ride your bike somewhere, chances are your will find a place to park your bike that is much closer than where you could park your car.

Aside from these reasons, donating your car is also a great thing you can do to help others in your community. The proceeds from car donations go towards providing job training and employment assistance to people who face barriers to employment.

To learn more about donating your car to Goodwill and the car donation process, check out our frequently asked questions.

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The Goodwill Young Professional Council

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Goodwill’s mission is to help improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing them with job training and employment placement assistance. There are several aspects to the programming Goodwill provides, including forming partnerships with potential employers.

The Goodwill Young Professional Council

One of the ways Goodwill forms partnerships with potential employers in the community is through the Goodwill Young Professional Council. This council is made up of young professionals in the Washington D.C. area who are committed to helping the most vulnerable citizens in the area find meaningful employment. The council provides these young professionals an opportunity to network with other professionals who share their goals and also make connections with Goodwill.

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Helping address the need for employment and the ability to be self sustainable for people with disabilities.
  • Personal and professional networking opportunities to meet other young professionals who enjoy philanthropy and community service.
  • Social events such as Happy Hours and networking fundraisers.
  • Priority access and discounted ticket prices for some of Goodwill’s events, such as the annual Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show & Gala

Are you interested in supporting Goodwill by becoming a member of the Goodwill Professional Council? To learn more about the council and to see the upcoming events the council has planned, you can check them out on their page. Or, you can contact them at 202-715-2629 or

Choosing to support Goodwill is great way to make an impact in your local community by helping people find jobs. One way you can show your support is by making a car donation.  Goodwill accepts all vehicles in all conditions and pickup is free!  Donate your car today by clicking the button below.



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Buy Donated Cars and Household Items Online

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Are you interested in purchasing a donated car or other items that have been donated to Goodwill? One great option you have is to shop online!

Usually, when people donate their cars to Goodwill, the cars are taken to Capital Auto Auction, which is located in Northeast Washington D.C.  But if you don’t live close to the auction, you can still purchase a car that was donated to Goodwill! All you need to do it go to Capital Auto Auction’s Website and sign up for the online auction.

Or, if you’re interested in purchasing other items that have been donated to Goodwill, you can browse the selection of donated goods online at any of Goodwill’s online stores.

Goodwill’s Online Auction

If you are interested in purchasing antiques, art and other collectables that have been donated go Goodwill, is a great place to start. The site also offers other items such as clothing, household items and electronics. This website is the first online auction site to be created, owned and operated by a non-profit organization.

Goodwill’s Online Bookstores

If you are interested in purchasing books or other media items that have been donated to Goodwill, you will find a great selection on Goodwill’s three different online bookstores. At these bookstores, you can find a great selection of used textbooks, movies, CD, DVDs and video games.

Why Goodwill?

Goodwill helps millions of people to improve the quality of their lives through job training and placement services. Goodwill focuses on providing these services to people who face barriers to employment such as disabilities or severe economic hardship.

With so many options online, it is easy to support Goodwill without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home! Goodwill makes it easy for you to support their mission while also getting some fantastic merchandise at really low prices.

Interested in donating to Goodwill? Consider donating you car and help your local community become a better place!



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