Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia is a nonprofit, community-based organization. Its mission is to put people with special needs to work. An entrepreneurial-minded organization, Goodwill uses the large scale collection and resale of donated items in its retail stores to fund job training programs and career services that help local residents with disabilities and disadvantages get to work.

The revenue from the sale of donations in our retail stores help fund training programs and career services for local residents in the community with barriers to employment. By donating items to Goodwill, you help local residents find jobs, which builds self-esteem and self-sufficiency.

Actually some do work in Goodwill stores located throughout Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, but most go to work with other companies in the community. At Goodwill, we provide extensive job coaching and career training to prepare individuals to enter the workforce.

Goodwill’s motto is, “Donate to us what you would give to a friend”. We gladly accept gently used clothing, jewelry, accessories, small household items, books, toys, home medical equipment, computers and cars. Goodwill makes every effort to accept all donations; however, there are some items that we cannot accept because of safety and storage reasons. They include:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Appliances not in working order
  • Bowling Balls
  • Child Car Seats/Walkers/High Chairs/Playpens
  • Clothing that is badly soiled, stained or torn
  • Console televisions or stereos
  • Cosmetics or skin care products
  • Doors, cabinets, sinks, tubs, or other construction materials
  • Encyclopedias
  • Fireworks or Firearms
  • Food
  • Furniture that is ripped or stained
  • Kerosene or Electric Heaters
  • Lawnmowers/Weedwackers
  • Mattresses and Waterbeds
  • Paint or other toxic substances
  • Peripheral Equipment
  • Propane tanks
  • Recall items (i.e., car seats, cribs, play pens)
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Typewriters
  • Washers & Dryers
  • Weapons

Yes. Goodwill does offer a pick-up service for car donations. If you have a car that you would like to donate please call, 866-233-8586 and we’ll arrange for a convenient FREE pick up. We accept cars, boats, and RVs in working or non-working condition. In return, you get a tax deduction and the satisfaction knowing you are helping others in your community.

Yes. We accept donations including: computers, printers, scanners, fax machines, and other peripheral equipment.

We carefully sort through all of the items donated to Goodwill. After a thorough inspection, the items that we cannot re-sell are sent to our recycling/salvage center and sold to other organizations and salvage companies who can use them to make things like industrial rags.

With thousands of items arriving in each of our stores daily, you’ll be sure to find whatever you need at Goodwill. At Goodwill, you never know what’s in store.

Goodwill will make every effort to find your items; however, we receive millions of items a year. Once an item enters our efficient processing cycle, it’s often impossible to find a specific item.

No. We do not offer a pick-up service but we do have convenient donation centers throughout Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. Please visit our store locator to find a donation center near you.

No. The clothing donation bins located in local gas station, supermarket, movie theatre, and strip center parking lots are not associated with Goodwill. To be sure that your donations are going to Goodwill and supporting a great cause, be sure to drop them off at one of our convenient donation centers.

We welcome donations of home medical equipment at all of our locations. We sell fully sanitized refurbished equipment at the most affordable prices around at our Goodwill Home Medical Equipment Store in Lawrenceville, NJ (2901 Brunswick Pike/Route 1 Plaza). We also host a Warehouse Sale on the first Saturday of every month at the Goodwill Home Medical Warehouse located at 300 Benigno Blvd. in Bellmawr, NJ. We collect and sell everything from manual and motorized wheelchairs and scooters to canes, crutches, shower items, Hoyer lifts and much more.

Yes. Every time you make a donation to Goodwill you will be offered a tax receipt acknowledging the date that Goodwill received your donation. All of Goodwill’s donation centers are staffed by company representatives who will assist you. It is also recommended that donors keep itemized lists of their donations as well.

The Internal Revenue Service allows a deduction for each item, but the donor determines each item’s value. Generally, an item’s value should be based on fair market value – what the item would sell for in a thrift store. For general guidelines, please visit and

Each Goodwill store has different hours of operation. Visit Please visit our store locator page to find out the hours of operation at your local donation center.

Goodwill operates training facilities in Southern NJ & Philadelphia that offer programs that meet both the needs of the individuals with special needs who we serve and of the local workforce. Programs offered include: Computer Skills Training, Forklift Certification, CDL-B Training, Light Industrial Skills, Supported Work and Diagnostic Vocational Evaluation. We also operate The Helms Academy where individuals can attain their high school diploma while earning college credits for FREE! Our weekly JOB CLUB is also a free service which links job seekers with employment in the community.

Absolutely! Businesses, schools, churches, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other civic organization are encouraged to host Goodwill Clothing Drives. Simply call us with the dates of your drive (856.439.0200, ext. 99224). You can host a drive for a day, a week, a month. The choice is yours! We’ll send you promotional flyers to post and distribute. On the designated day, we’ll dispatch attractive Goodwill donation bins to your location. Now, you’re ready to collect donations!

It is ability not disability that counts.

- Dr. Edgar J. Helms, Founder of Goodwill Industries