Not all Goodwill locations accept appliance donations so it is best to call a local Goodwill to find out their policies before donating. If the location does accept appliance donations, they may also have a hauling partner who can pick up the appliance. Donation policies often vary based on local need and location resources.
Other local charities sometimes accept appliances as donations. Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and the American Council of the Blind are some national charities that run thrift shops. Some communities such as Around Again also have a local recycling or donation facility. It is always best to call to verify the shop's donation policies and find out if they can pick up the used appliance. Locations are more likely to accept appliance if they are properly clean and in working order although some take nonworking appliances.
To prepare a donation, individuals should clean the appliance inside and out with soapy water or a nonabrasive cleaning solution. They should also vacuum the dust from the rear and underside of the appliance, which is especially important for refrigerators and dryers. Finally, donors should test each appliance to ensure that it runs correctly and make note of any malfunctions or defects.