Kansas City, Missouri – Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas is celebrating Earth Day, Sat., April 22 with two major recycling eventss: IKEA Sustainable Living Your Way, Sat., April 22 from 10a to 6p and the City of Overland Park, Kansas Recycling Extravaganza from 8a to 2p. In addition, all 14 Goodwill donation centers around Greater Kansas City will be open and ready to accept donations.
For more than 120 years, Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas has been committed to environmental preservation and helping Greater Kansas City to recycle responsibly. Annually, we divert 15 million pounds of unwanted items from landfills.
When you donate to Goodwill, you empower job seekers in our community. 90¢ of every dollar Goodwill spends supports local programs and services that empower people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment.
Your donations are given a “second life.” While only the highest quality items end up on Goodwill’s shelves and on ShopGoodwill.com, the remaining items are diverted from landfills and head to our outlet and salvage facility in Kansas City, Missouri. When items go to salvage, they are sorted and redirected to partners that recycle and repurpose cloth, plastic, metal, electronics, paper and more. Finally, every time you donate to Goodwill you receive a donation receipt and a tax write off.
IKEA Sustainable Living Your Way and Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas Recycling Celebration
- Date: Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day)
- Time and Place: 10am-6pm at IKEA
- Address: 6000 Ikea Way, Merriam, Kansas, 66202
Fun for the whole family! Bring your gently used furniture to Goodwill in exchange for a $20 coupon towards a purchase of $150 or more on new furniture purchases at Ikea. As part of the IKEA furniture take-back event with Goodwill, donors will bring gently used furniture to Goodwill and Terracycle. Goodwill’s store operations team member will determine if the furniture is sellable and if so, the volunteer will help load furniture and hand out a donation receipt. If it’s not sellable, Terracycle will be on site to recycle. There will be 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
- Date: Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day)
- Time and Place: 8am-2pm at Johnson County Community College
- What to bring: confidential documents for shredding on-site, usable building material collected by Habitat for Humanity, electronics including computers, monitors, printers TVs, VCRs, clothing, housewares, small appliances, toys and more. Check here for a complete list.
Fun Fact: In 2016, 81,000 pounds of electronics, 49,250 pounds of paper, 165 bicycles, 9,000 pounds of books, 540 pairs of shoes and truckloads of housewares and building material were dropped off at Overland Park's two recycling events. Let’s see if we can beat that record!
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 of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas
Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit agency whose mission is to empower people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment through individualized programs and services. In 2015, nearly 1.5 million purchases and 450,000 donations funded our mission. 90¢ of every dollar Goodwill spends supports the mission locally with programs like Quest Academy which gives urban youth with disadvantages and different abilities a real-life work experience and soft skills to enter the workforce, GoodWORKS Career Resource Centers, which provide free career exploration assistance and is open to the public, and the Career Impact Program that pairs individuals with different abilities with career navigators and career coaches to succeed in the workplace.
Goodwill has a rich history of more than 120 years of service in and around Kansas City. The agency has 14 stores with additional donation sites and GoodWORKS Career Resource Centers.
As a member of Goodwill Industries International, we are a part of the world's largest and most successful network to provide employment and training services for people with different abilities.
Goodwill is a leader in sustainability, annually diverting 15 million pounds of computers, paper, clothing and textiles from area landfills, recovering the value through resale and recycle. Learn more at www.mokangoodwill.org. To see all the good we do together, follow us on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.