Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

What You Should Know About Donating to Goodwill

When it’s time to declutter your life, your local Goodwill is the perfect alternative to throwing away your gently used items. But how much do you know about what Ohio Valley Goodwill accepts as donations and how your generosity contributes to your community? Tapping into all the donation options at Ohio Valley Goodwill will put you on the path to stress-free living!

Here are a few things you should know about donating to Goodwill in Cincinnati:

Goodwill Donation Centers: Your first stop!

The easiest way to give to Goodwill is through a nearby Goodwill Donation Center in Cincinnati. Of course they are “” these centers make donations quick and simple! Just pull up to drop off your donations, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Ohio Valley Goodwill Volunteer accepts blanket donations
Ohio Valley Goodwill Volunteer accepts blanket donations

Your Ohio Valley Goodwill Donation Centers are the perfect spot for donating clothing, linens, small appliances, and household items “” even small electronics like flat-screen TVs and flat-screen computer monitors. These items are sorted and prepared for resale at Goodwill’s retail stores. When you buy a gently-used item from Goodwill, the proceeds are used to support Goodwill’s mission to provide meaningful employment opportunities to people in our community.

Find your nearest Goodwill Donation Center here, and please note that due to staff coverage issues, our hours of operations may be subject to change.

Other Ways to Donate

Most people are familiar with Goodwill’s convenient Donation Centers, but there are other ways to donate that might not be on your radar!

If you have a large clean-up on the horizon, you might consider using a pick-up donation program. This is a priority service provided by Ohio Valley Goodwill’s local hauling partner, College Hunks Hauling Junk, which charges a fee based on the overall amount of items being collected. All you have to do is mention Goodwill when you book a junk removal service, and College Hunks will take eligible items to Goodwill and dispose of the rest. You’ll get a discount on the service by mentioning Goodwill, and your donation is still tax-deductible!

Red sedan at Goodwill's Auto Auction
Donated car at Goodwill Auto Auction

If you’re tired of not being able to fit your car in the garage, don’t forget about the Goodwill Auto Auction. There’s no need to prepare your car, boat, or RV for a listing, or to deal with potential buyers when you donate a vehicle to Goodwill. We’ve made it easy and stress-free to donate a car in Cincinnati! We take donated vehicles in any condition and can even tow your car free of charge. You may also receive a tax benefit by donating your car to Goodwill in Cincinnati, so don’t wait to donate!

Looking to make a difference by supporting Goodwill’s mission, but don’t have items to donate right now? You can still give back through a financial donation. It’s simple to make a one-time gift or even schedule recurring financial donations. Your generous financial support helps provide essential vocational programs and employment services for individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans, helping them go to work in the community!

What We Can’t Accept

Ohio Valley Goodwill is grateful for your donations, and for the meaningful impact your generosity allows us to create in the communities we serve. However, there are some things that we just can’t accept as donations due to safety concerns and limited resources.

For example, large appliances such as washers & dryers, dishwashers, and stoves cannot be donated to Goodwill. We also cannot accept some items due to EPA regulations and the cost of disposal. And please note that currently, Ohio Valley Goodwill is unable to accept furniture donations due to limited resources in response to COVID-19.

If you have a question about an item you’d like to donate, check out our list of items we cannot accept before you load it up!

Donate and Make a Difference Goodwill
Donate and Make a Difference Goodwill

Final Donation Tips

No matter how you’d like to support Ohio Valley Goodwill’s mission, we have a donation option to fit your needs. We’ll also provide you with a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution.

Ohio Valley Goodwill works to make your donation experience simple and hassle-free, knowing that without your generosity, we wouldn’t be able to provide the vital vocational training and job support services that change lives for the better in Greater Cincinnati and surrounding areas. We greatly appreciate your support!