Earn Discounts at Bon-Ton Stores While Supporting Goodwill Industries’ Job Training Programs During the Bon-Ton Semi-Annual Goodwill Sale

September 12, 2012, Press Release

JOHNSTOWN, PA, September 12, 2012—Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies announces its semi-annual collaboration with The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. in which the public can earn Bon-Ton coupons for items donated to Goodwill September 12–29. Donors will receive a discount coupon for each item of gently used clothing or home textile. Donated items will be sold at any of Goodwill’s 10 Goodwill stores where the revenues fund job training and employment services to people with barriers to employment in the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, and portions of Westmoreland.

Coupons can be used at any Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers, or Parisian store to purchase women’s, men’s and children’s apparel; shoes; handbags; luggage; fragrances; and more at a discount ranging from 15–20 percent.

Those who donate during the Goodwill Sale can take pride in knowing that their donations provide numerous job opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages. Goodwill provides a broad array of services that help people obtain and retain employment.

“Goodwill was founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve independence through the power of work,” said Goodwill President & CEO, Phyllis J. Bandstra. “Our donors, including those who participate in the semi-annual Goodwill Sale, enable us to design programs to help thousands of job seekers, innovating as we see fit to help individuals and their families.”

Customers who donate at any of The Bon-Ton Stores during the Goodwill Sale can also pledge their support for Goodwill’s mission of employment and training by registering their donation on www.millionactsofgoodwill.com and receive a coupon for a 25 percent discount to use at any Bon-Ton store. Web visitors will also be able to play the “Closet Clean Out Giveaway Instant Win Game,” for a chance to win a Bon-Ton gift card instantly and be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

“Through the semi-annual Goodwill sale, our goal is to collect more than 6.5 million pounds of gently used clothing and textiles to donate to Goodwill to assist people who face challenges to finding employment in neighboring communities where Bon-Ton stores are present,” said Brendan L. Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “This is our customers’ favorite sale because it gives them an opportunity to donate to help a great organization and get special deals on new fall merchandise.”

Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley (GICV), Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1962 to empower individuals and families with employment barriers to achieve their fullest potential in the community through work services. Headquartered in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, GICV serves individuals with disabilities and disadvantages, dislocated workers, youth, and other job seekers throughout south central Pennsylvania in the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset and a portion of Westmoreland by providing education and career services as well as job placement and postemployment supports. GICV is a community-based member organization of Goodwill Industries International, a 179-member network in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. Learn more at www.gicv.org.
Online Shopping at Goodwill

Through the Shopgoodwill online auction site, you can experience a fun and exciting way to shop for specialty items such as one-of-a-kinds, collectibles, antiques, estate pieces, jewelry, nostalgic items, and more!

At Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies, we know that our donors value their donations to Goodwill and want us to get the maximum value possible to support our mission. Listing these items on Shopgoodwill allows us to generate more revenue because these items go to the highest bidders who know the values of the items.

Donors can be sure that the revenue generated from the sale of their donated items on Shopgoodwill.com will support job training and employment services for people in their community – just as it does through purchases made in our 10 Goodwill Retail Stores.