Our Thrift Store provides several types of volunteer work opportunities for the community including our Ministry Relief efforts for Haiti and Africa. We have student volunteers from area high schools and colleges. We also have volunteers from local churches, community groups, and individuals. We provide mentoring and counseling through court approved community service volunteer hours with emphasis on prevention of engaging in any further criminal activity. Community service volunteers have provided over 14,809 volunteer work hours to our agency Ministry Relief and Donations since 2011.
Our agency also continues to work with the youth and adult Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs. We also serve as a work experience site. Being involved with these workforce programs provides our clients with opportunities for job mentoring, training, basic job readiness skills, and beginning to earn an income. Austin, a young local resident who participates in the workforce program shares his experience – “I started doing community service here at The Forgotten Ones two times, then I started volunteering. Then the people at The Forgotten Ones took me under their wing and found me a job in the workforce program which gave me chance to show that I am a changed person from the first time I came here.”
On October 27, 2014, we were featured on WKMG Local 6 News Making a Difference “The Forgotten Ones Helps Troubled Teens”. The story highlights how we help young adults with our services and link them with opportunities for workforce programs.
Our agency currently holds work site contracts for the 2014-2015 fiscal year with Career Source of Central Florida, Covenant House Florida Dove Program, Henkel’s & McCoy Youth Work Experience Program, and ResCare Workforce Services. We also provide temporary work assignments for injured employees to perform modified work duties by volunteering through a non-profit with Transition2Work, Non-Profit Relations, and Liberty Mutual Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
How to Donate Items
Please check items that you are donating and ensure they are in good condition. The Forgotten Ones, Inc. reserves the choice of selling only quality merchandise and recycling less quality donations in the most appropriate venue. Your donations are very much appreciated. They benefit individuals in need and at risk in our community. For safety and security reasons, donations are encouraged during store hours: Monday through Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Please do not drop off after these hours to avoid damage of your donations. We do offer a pick-up service for large furniture items in good condition. To schedule a pick-up, you must call (407) 971-8135 for an appointment time. Proceeds from our Thrift Store help fund services we provide to individuals and families in need through The Resource Center. Receipts for donations are available for tax deduction purposes upon request. Our Federal Tax ID number is 57-1213619.
We accept the following gently used or new items in good working condition:
• Clothing – men’s, women’s, boys’, girls’, and infants’
• Footwear – shoes and boots
• Accessories – jewelry, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves
• Books, records, compact discs, and DVDs
• Games and toys (all pieces and parts must be included)
• Housewares – dishes, kitchen utensils, lamps and small appliances
• Knickknacks (gift-ware)
• Furniture – home pick-up available
• Antiques and collectibles
• Hardware and tools
• Domestics – curtains, linen, bedspreads, blankets, etc.
• Sporting goods
• Automobiles, boats, houses, land, & trusts
• Eyeglasses (donated to The Lion’s Club)
• We also accepts flat screen (thin) televisions, television recording/viewing devices (VHS, DVD, Roku Players etc.), video game consoles and accessories, video equipment and digital photo frames for resale in our thrift store. These items should be in working order and purchased or produced with in the last 2-3 years. Please note: The Forgotten Ones, Inc. reserves the right to refuse any donation.
Note regarding furniture: The Forgotten Ones, Inc. accepts clean, usable furniture that can be sold in our stores. To ensure the safety of our employees, we ask that donations of furniture be made at our thrift store between our donation drop off hours Monday – Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday 10:00AM – 3:00PM.
Why doesn’t the thrift store accept all items? All donations that The Forgotten Ones, Inc. receives are greatly appreciated. However, when we receive items that cannot be used, staff must dispose of them, raising expenses and reducing the revenue available for programs and services.
Are my donations tax-deductible? Yes. All not-for-profit organizations are prohibited from assigning values or estimates to donated items, so The Forgotten Ones, Inc. always recommends that you consult a tax adviser first. When donating items a donation receipt will always be provided if needed.
How can businesses donate? If your place of business would like to make a donation, The Forgotten Ones, Inc. will gladly work with you to make arrangements for pick-up and transportation. We accept commercial donations such as clothing, office supplies, furniture and other bulk items. Making a commercial donation to The Forgotten Ones, Inc. provides your business with a tax deduction for the value of the donated items, eliminates and saves on the cost of product storage and recycles the items. For us, it becomes valued merchandise in our thrift store business and further supports our mission. To make a commercial donation, contact Brooke Payne at (407) 495-5100 X 404 or email email@example.com
Tips for Donors
To make your donation process go smoothly and to ensure that you are donating items we can sell in the thrift store, here are some tips for checking the items you plan to donate:
• Check your items before donating to make sure all are items you want to give away
• Separate clothing into different bags/boxes than household items.
• Check to ensure that items you are donating are not soiled, stained or ripped.
• Test electrical equipment and battery-operated items to make sure they work.
• Include all pieces and parts to games, toys and household appliances.