For one day this spring, donating clothes will be even easier thanks to an innovative partnership between Goodwill Industries of New Mexico and the popular on demand transportation platform, Uber. On Saturday, May 2, donors can open the Uber app and request a pickup for their donations to be delivered by Uber directly to their local Goodwill, free of charge.
Building on the success of previous promotions in the New York, Boston and San Francisco areas, this is the first time Goodwill and Uber have partnered on a full-scale nationwide campaign to combine the power of donating with the convenience of ordering a ride via a mobile device. The partnership is available in more than 50 cities across the United States.
Here’s how it works:
- New Mexicans should bag up jackets, shirts, pants, blouses and other clothing items to donate to Goodwill.
- On Saturday, May 2, donors can open the Uber app and select the GIVE option on the bottom of the screen.
- An Uber vehicle will arrive to pickup clothing bags, and the driver will drop-off the donations directly to Goodwill.
- All clothing must be bagged for drivers to accept
- Drivers will arrive at requested pickup locations. Donors are responsible for bringing donation bags outside, as drivers cannot leave their vehicles unattended.
- For those who have already completed their spring cleaning and donations, or live in areas where Uber isn’t available, monetary donations can be made to Goodwill at http://give.goodwill.org
Most people tend to do some form of spring cleaning in April, after a winter that was particularly harsh for many. With Goodwill and Uber coming directly to donors, it’s the perfect opportunity for people to clean out their closets and give as much as they can, while ensuring that their clothing can be reused and contributing to a good cause. Goodwill will use the revenue from the donations sold in its thrift stores to help fund job placement programs that allow New Mexicans to secure employment in the community. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of New Mexico provided services to more than 11,500 of our state’s residents.
“This innovative and exciting partnership demonstrates Uber’s commitment to local communities on a national and international scale,” said Mary Best, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico. “ This collaboration has made Spring cleaning and donating an easy task, while ensuring that their clothing is not only diverted from landfills, but also goes toward supporting efforts to put people back to work.”
“Both Uber and Goodwill strive to make a meaningful impact on local communities, and we are thrilled to team up with Goodwill to make donating fast and easy for Uber users,” said David Plouffe, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at Uber. “Those who participate in this campaign are not only checking something off their to-do list, but supporting Goodwill and its mission to strengthen communities by providing job placement and training for people in need.”
For a list of cities participating in the Goodwill and Uber spring cleaning partnership, visit blog.uber.com/springcleaning2015.
For more information on the services offered by Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, visit goodwillnm.org