IKEA US stores, Goodwill Industries International to host their first national furniture take back activity on Earth Day

IKEA US leads the way in helping customers understand how to live a sustainable life at home

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US announced today that on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., as part of the ‘IKEA Sustainable Living Your Way Event’, IKEA US stores* (41 of 43 stores) and Goodwill Industries International will partner together to host their first national furniture take back activity. At this time, customers can come to the IKEA parking lot where a Goodwill® truck will be present to receive their donated used furniture. In exchange, IKEA is giving these customers a coupon for $20 off a $150 IKEA purchase (valid 4/22-5/21/2017). **

“The Goodwill and IKEA partnership helps fulfill the Goodwill mission of providing an environmentally responsible end-of-life solution for items that are challenging for consumers to donate. Goodwill will sell those items in stores to create job training and placement opportunities for people in local communities throughout the United States,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Goodwill is a nonprofit social enterprise and its retail footprint uses material donations to provide employment services so that people can find jobs, earn paychecks, and build their skills and credentials.”

The IKEA US ‘Sustainable Living Your Way’ event on April 22nd will include a full day of in-store activities including IKEA FAMILY giveaways, sweepstakes and great product offerings. There also will be delicious sustainable and nutritionally balanced food offerings at the IKEA restaurant, and the Swedish Food Market will offer $5 off of any $25 in-store purchase. Additionally, IKEA will be conducting games and several workshops for the whole family. Some of the topics will include:
•Benefits of Biking Workshop
•Sustainable Living Challenge (with prizes)
•LED Lightbulb Digital Game (with prizes)
•Småland Video and Coloring Sheets

IKEA Family members will have the ability to win a $100 gift card (4 winners per store), as well as a SLADDA bicycle ($399 value, one winner per store).

IKEA is committed to having a positive impact on people and the planet. This sustainability event reflects how IKEA would like to help its customers live a sustainable life everyday. The IKEA Group has committed an allocation of $2.5 billion globally to invest in renewable energy through 2020. IKEA has solar arrays at more than 90% of its US locations, which IKEA owns and operates. IKEA US owns two wind farms with 104 wind turbines in the U.S. in Cameron, TX and Hoopeston, IL.

To find a participating IKEA store near you, visit https://info.ikea-usa.com/Sustainable-Living-Your-Way.

*IKEA furniture take back program will be at all IKEA US stores except Renton, WA and Stoughton, MA. Restaurant and showroom open at 9:30 am local time, remainder of store opens at 10 am, local time.
**IKEA and Goodwill cannot accept donations of mattresses, bedding, children’s furniture, toys or lighting. Furniture does not need to be from IKEA, any furniture brand will be accepted.

Contact:
Mona Astra Liss, IKEA Corporate PR Director – Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
610.834.0180/ext. 5852
Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Senior Director, Public Relations, Goodwill Industries
International, Lauren.Lawson@Goodwill.org ~240.333.5266

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed 313,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 34 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.

For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl or Instagram: GoodwillIntl.

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

The Bon-Ton Stores kicks off the largest, longest-running Goodwill® donation drive on September 14

MILWAUKEE, 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.(NASDAQ:BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, kicks off the largest, longest-running Goodwill® donation drive on Wednesday, September 14.  In its 22nd year, the program remains a signature community event and customer favorite.  Savvy shoppers know September is the best time to transition their wardrobes for the fall season and during Bon-Ton’s Goodwill Sale, they will find all the new fashion trends, support Goodwill’s mission and find great deals. The semi-annual Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale takes place September 14 to October 1, 2016, at all local Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores.

Here’s how the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale works: People bring their used apparel or home textile donations for Goodwill to any of Bon-Ton’s 267 store locations.  Donations can include clothing for ladies, men and children, soft household goods such blankets, outerwear, shoes and accessories. Donors receive discount coupons of up to 25 percent off new fall merchandise including designer brands and other items at Bon-Ton. 20 items donated equal 20 coupons to shop during the Goodwill Sale, it’s that easy.

New this year, one donor in every Bon-Ton store throughout the Goodwill Sale, will be randomly awarded with a $100 Bon-Ton gift card on the spot. It’s Bon-Ton’s way of saying thank you for the simple act of donating and giving back to the community.

“The Goodwill Sale is a signature event for Bon-Ton and kicks off the shopping season with the newest fall fashions,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Customers enjoy receiving discounts on their favorite brands while making a difference in their community.”

During this cause-marketing promotion, Goodwill trucks pick up the donated items from Bon-Ton stores and later sell the items in Goodwill stores in the communities where they were collected. The revenues help fund local job placement, training and community services for people facing challenges to finding employment.

“Donations received from the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale are vital to helping Goodwills continue to provide services such as career counseling and education,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Each local Goodwill organization tailors its services to community needs, so donors can take pride in knowing that their donations will directly help local job seekers.”

Goodwill and Bon-Ton have partnered for the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale for 22 years. Last year alone, donations to Goodwill during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale provided 578,000 hours of Goodwill services in the communities where both Bon-Ton and Goodwill operate.

Customers can learn more about the donation drive at Million Acts of Goodwill and enter for a chance to win a $20,000 Fall Style and Wardrobe Makeover.

About Bon-Ton Stores
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

For store locations and information visit bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 164 community-based organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. Goodwill is the #1 brand doing the most good in the world (Brand World Value Index, 2016) and is one of America’s top 20 most inspiring companies (Forbes, 2014). Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund employment placement services, job training programs and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,100 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, Goodwill placed 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. Nearly two million people worked to build their career and financial assets by engaging with Goodwill team members. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.

For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Christine Hojnacki
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
(414) 347-5329
cell (262) 378-9354
christine.hojnacki@bonton.com

Charlene Sarmiento
Public Relations Program Manager Goodwill Industries International
(240) 333-5590
cell (240) 620-7703
charlene.sarmiento@goodwill.org

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The Bon-Ton Stores kicks off the largest, longest-running Goodwill® donation drive on September 14
The Bon-Ton Stores kicks off the largest, longest-running Goodwill® donation drive on September 14

 

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire