Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Goodwill: "Donate Stuff. Create Jobs."

Donate Stuff...Create Jobs!

Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one bag of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community?  Add to that a used lamp, a dusty computer and perhaps a box of DVDs and CDs, and that number nearly doubles to 5.2 hours.

A simple item donated to Goodwill® can help provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. In fact, Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada.

Goodwill's "Donate Stuff. Create Jobs," campaign seeks to highlight the role that Goodwill plays in promoting independence and dignity for people of all backgrounds.  To find the stores, job training centers and donation site nearest you, visit http://www.goodwill.org/.

About Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with affiliates in 13 other countries.  Goodwill is one of America’s top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes).  Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at http://shopgoodwill.com/.  Local Goodwill agencies 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 service preparation, and document imaging and shredding.  In 2012, more than 6.7 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services.  Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.

My Stuff Helps

I was completely unaware of the impact that Goodwill has in their local communities.  Every time I do the seasonal change of clothes, we are always bagging up items for Goodwill.  After a yard sale or pre-Christmas cleaning of the play room, there is usually a van load of bags.  Our house is overflowing with things that other people could use and now there is the added benefit in knowing that it is helping put someone to work!  All the more reason to start decluttering our house pronto.  Who knew?!  My stuff can help...my hoarding tendencies have finally paid off...at least for someone else (it might just provide somebody with a full time job!)  I am eager to load up a few bags and use the "donation calculator" on their website to calculate the impact of my donations.

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