Give Back for Goodwill
School is almost over and the summer break is about to begin. And with five kids that is a lot of busy bodies to keep entertained. I always take this time to declutter my home and prepare for being home more often. Luckily, we have stores such as Goodwill to make the most of our cleaning. Along with helping me to save money and keep up with my growing children, I am giving back to my community. Goodwill sells donated goods through more than 3,200 stores across the United States and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue to provide those services to people who are unemployed or underemployed.
Not only does shopping at Goodwill help to save my family money and give back to the community. It is an excellent opportunity to teach my kids about giving back year-round. I love that we can use the online calculator to show my kids exactly what impact their decluttering has had on the community they live in. (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage to access the calculator). Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you’ve helped provide people facing challenges finding employment. This is a true learning experience for the kids, one they will never forget.
And of course, I can never stop by Goodwill without taking a look in the store at what is available. I save so much money on clothes, and especially on shoes, for me and my kids. My kids enjoy helping to shop for the items we need and it's a good learning opportunity for them. They learn compassion and responsibility at the same time! It's genius.
Thanks to the job training programs made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 — that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs.
Last year, nearly 2 million people engaged in face-to-face Goodwill services to advance in their careers. More than 35 million people accessed education, training, mentoring and online learning tools offered by Goodwill virtually to strengthen their skills and gain industry-recognized credentials.
We have done our part - Now it is time for you to do yours. Declutter in preparation for the end of school and take your uneeded items to Goodwill. We would love to see what you take - post a photo of your Goodwill donations using #DonateStuffCreateJobs!