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Goodwill® Encourages WNC Residents to Give the Gift of Employment

Deadline Approaching for End of Year Donations and 2015 Tax Break

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (December 23, 2015) – With just days remaining in 2015, Goodwill would like to remind residents that donated goods and financial contributions made by Thursday, December 31 are eligible for a 2015 tax deduction.

Goodwill accepts donations of clothing, household items, toys, computers, small appliances and practically anything allowed by law. Proceeds from the sale of these items help fund the organization’s job training and employment programs, which continue to be important as unemployment is still running about 4.6 percent in the Asheville area this holiday season.

Goodwill assists people to find employment who face barriers such as lack of skills, education or work experience and other challenges. For 90 years, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has served our community. Its programs have helped people build careers in a variety of in-demand fields including healthcare, hospitality, truck driving and customer service. In addition, Goodwill offers basic computer training, assistance with resumes and interviewing, and other vocational services.

“Donors can end the holiday season and start the new year off right by making an investment in our local community,” said Josh Pierce, Goodwill Director of Workforce Development Services. “We encourage you to give the gift of employment this season.  By making a donation, you are helping to provide services to thousands of individuals in our area who need job training, career coaching and other employment related services.”

Goodwill does not valuate the items it receives as donations.  Therefore, donors interested in claiming tax deductions should keep itemized lists of their donations. The Internal Revenue Service allows a deduction for each item, but the donor determines the item’s value. Generally, an item’s value should be based on fair market value – what the item would sell for in a Goodwill store. For more information about donating including a link to a Donation Valuation Guide, please visit www.goodwillnwnc.org/about-donating/

Goodwill’s Donation Center attendants will gladly provide all donors with a receipt for their tax records. Donors can drop off items at one of Goodwill’s 102 convenient retail stores or donation centers in northwest North Carolina; there are 15 locations in Buncombe County alone. Specific locations including hours of operation can be found at www.goodwillnwnc.org/about-donating/locations.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is recognized as one of the most efficient charities — channeling 90% of revenues to mission and sustainability. In 2015, Goodwill helped more than 30,000 people plan for new careers, improve their employability, obtain marketable job skills, and earn nationally-recognized, industry-specific credentials. In western North Carolina alone, Goodwill’s programs trained more than 6,000 people for careers in diverse sectors such as hospitality, office technology and healthcare and provided support services that helped nearly 1,200 people land jobs. For more information, visit www.goodwillnwnc.org.