Goodwill launches convenient donation center, store in Hillsborough

Goodwill NYNJ President & CEO Katy Gaul-Stigge and team with Somerset County Administrator Colleen Mahr; Hillsborough Township: Mayor Shawn Lipani, Deputy Mayor John Ciccarelli, Administrator Anthony Ferrera, Police Officer Carly Dwyer, and Economic & Business Development Director Zuzana Karas; EBDC: Vice-Chairman Jeremy Lees and members Tito Sharma, Abed Medawar, Antoinette Natale, and Mrinalini Ayachit.

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey on Tuesday officially opened a donation center and “small store” in Hillsborough. The format of this Goodwill store is a little different … it offers a unique selection of donated goods that local donors have dropped off, but it occupies only 2,093 square feet of space that will serve as a sustainability resource to help residents reuse and repurpose the clothing and goods they no longer need.

In 2022, Goodwill NYNJ said, it helped people in our region to reuse more than 38 million pounds of clothing and home goods, successfully diverting them from the landfills, and saving nearly 57,000 metric tons of CO2 from polluting the atmosphere. Nearly 1 million people dropped their clothing and goods at Goodwill NYNJ sites in 2022.

Located at the shopping plaza at 649 U.S. 206, Goodwill is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We designed this new smaller-format Goodwill location to create a space where Central Jersey residents can give a second life to the clothing and goods they no longer need with convenient donations,” Katy Gaul-Stigge, Goodwill NYNJ CEO and president, said. “This new idea is a great for donations and doodads.”

Revenue generated in Goodwill’s retail locations, including stores, outlets, attended donation centers and the online site, supports Goodwill NYNJ’s training, job connections, on-the-job coaching and retention services that support individuals with disabilities and other barriers on their journey to employment and a better life for themselves and their families.

Goodwill NYNJ also provides behavioral health services that help individuals with mental health conditions stay healthy, on their jobs, and out of hospitals due to psychiatric crises.

In 2022, Goodwill NYNJ provided services for more than 9,000 people who are under- or unemployed, approximately half of them people with disabilities. In the past year, Goodwill NYNJ placed 1,042 people in new jobs, including 565 individuals with disabilities, a 27% increase from the previous year, outside its stores with employers such as hospitals and health care centers, tech and accounting firms, warehousing and manufacturing sectors and NYC agencies.