The Bag it up for Goodwill Challenge

Goodwill is partnering with elementary schools in our service territory to make a difference in local communities and the environment. April is Earth month, and one of the simplest ways anyone can contribute to making an impact on our planet is through reusing, recycling and repurposing items you no longer need.

Elementary schools in Goodwill’s service territory are challenged to donate the most items during the month of April (April 1- April 30). The school with the most items collected for the month wins $1,500 in AMEX gift cards. Use the winnings to support educational enrichment programs! Only donations made April 1, 2016 - April 30, 2016 count.

Goodwill is not responsible for any slips that are not received, are lost, or illegible. Management reserves the right to verify the number of items indicated by the donor on the submitted donation slip, to ensure accurate counts for this challenge

Total # of items donated for the entire month of April: 116,957

Congratulations to the Winners of the first Annual Bag it Up for Goodwill Challenge!!
Thank you to all 334 elementary schools who participated and their supporters who donated.

Click here to view results for all participating schools (pdf)


Can my school participate?
Your school must be an elementary school AND fall within Goodwill’s service territory. View the list of towns we serve here.

How are my school’s donations counted?                                           
When you make a donation at a participating donation location, tell the attendant you are making it on behalf of your school. You will be provided a donation slip to write your school name and indicate how many ITEMS you are donating.

What is the prize?                                                                                                                
The school with the most items donated will receive $1,500 in AMEX gift cards. There is also 2nd and 3rd place prizes of $500 and $250 in AMEX gift cards.

Can we collect donations at my school?                                                                        
Yes, you can. However, the items will need to be brought to a participating donation location, and a slip filled out for the donation to count. Goodwill cannot offer pickups of donations.
Where are your donation locations?                                                                                        
A complete list of Goodwill’s donation locations can be found here.
Do you have collateral we can use to promote the challenge to our school community?                                                                                                                            
We have the following items available for download:
Customizable Parent Letter – This letter informs parents of your schools participation in the challenge and how it works
8.5x11 Flyer (open in Adobe Acrobat to print landscape) – This flyer can be posted around your school, included in your school newsletter, used on your social media channels, etc.

Other questions? Contact our coordinator Jeremy at 203-581-5051 or email