Two quadrillion pounds of used clothing go to American landfills each year ...
That's nearly 68 pounds of clothing and rags thrown away per person a year. And most of it is reusable! That doesn't even include the furniture, appliances, and home decor that might otherwise find a new life in someone else's home instead of a landfill. If you've decided to join the Green revolution here two easy ways you can help reduce waste.
- Instead of throwing it away, donate your gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, and other items to Volunteers of America
- Shop Volunteers of America first. Whether you're looking for an interview suit, perfect-fitting jeans, or a new couch you can find just the right thing when you shop VOA - and you'll save money too!
Recycling Helps in More Ways than One
Volunteers of America encourages self-reliance in those we serve and our agency strives for self-sufficiency as well. One way we work to achieve this goal is through our Retail and Recycling Operations.
By reselling donated items at our retail centers Volunteers of America not only keeps 600,000 pounds of textiles, cardboard, and metals out of area landfills each year - we generate income that provides funding needed to support our human service programs.
Don't throw away your usable clothing and household items - donate them to Volunteers of America!
What Happens to Your Donation?
Many of the items donated to Volunteers of America are sold in our resale stores and the proceeds help fund many of the human services programs run by Volunteers of America including the Emergency Family Shelter and the Children's Center.
IN addition, Volunteers of America uses donated items to provide individuals in need with clothing and household items to meet their needs. Donations can also be designated to specific programs like the Working Wardrobe, Emergency Family Shelter, or Children's Center.
Volunteers of America also accepts vehicle donations.