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Goodwill to start back vehicle donations in metro Augusta

Posted: November 10, 2013 - 1:03am

Goodwill Industries will soon begin collecting vehicle donations again in metro Augusta after a four-year hiatus.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA has signed a 10-year lease to occupy a 10,000-square-foot warehouse just off Interstate 20 at 655 Frontage Road that will provide space for storing donated vehicles in addition to donated clothes and household goods.

“We will be open and take other donations seven days a week,” said David Becker, the chief operating officer for Goodwill. “The location will serve several functions for Goodwill.”

The new donation center, which is off Scott Nixon Memorial Boulevard near CarMax, will open Nov. 15. There will be one or two full-time attendants working daily at the site, Becker said.

Goodwill ended its auto-donation program in Augusta in February 2009 when its Wylds Road facility near the Augusta Mall closed and was bought by a telemarketing company, said Barry Paschal, Goodwill’s senior director of marketing and communications.

“We’ve always taken auto donations but hauled them to Macon (Ga.) for sales,” Paschal wrote in an e-mail. “We’ll be holding them here now, too.”

“It just took us a while to get organized and find a place where we could really gather cars in … where we could eventually have periodic car sales,” Becker said.

Donated vehicles are sold through a sealed bidding process, and more than 80 percent of every dollar generated from the sale is cycled into Goodwill’s job training and career development services, which are free to anyone seeking employment. There were 32 vehicles donated to Goodwill in fiscal year 2013, Paschal said.

Those donating vehicles are eligible for a tax deduction.

“Everybody thinks just in terms of cars,” Becker said, “but we take boats, motorcycles, RVs, campers, four-wheelers, sort of anything that runs on wheels.”

HOW TO DONATE

Vehicles can be donated by calling (866) Let it Go. Most vehicles will be accepted, even if they’re not operational, and will be towed free by Goodwill.

For more information, visit www.goodwillworks.org/donatevehicle.

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