Spring is finally here! As you may have noticed, I am excited and have had several posts about it over the last few months. In addition to all the beautiful flowers emerging from their long Winter's nap, Easter, Spring Break, and warmer weather; Spring means that we start spring cleaning.
If you haven't been motivated to participate in the spring cleaning craze before now, knowing that you can benefit your community and help create jobs by spending just a few hours of your day doing it, making your spring cleaning worth it, may motivate you to join the rest of and do it!
According to Google Trends, searches for “spring cleaning” typically peak around the first days of spring through the middle of April. Where you one of those searching? Did you find any great tips? I recently posted some Spring Cleaning Tips and a Spring Cleaning List to help make the task easier for you. As you get your home sparkling clean and refreshed, it is also the perfect time to purge your closets, cabinets, garage, and other spaces of all the extra items that you no longer need and donate them. A great place to take those items is Goodwill. Did you know that donations of clothing or household goods to Goodwill help create jobs directly in your community? In fact, those items get a second act in another person’s life. That’s spring cleaning with a purpose!
Be sure to check out these Spring Cleaning Tips from Goodwill, too.
In addition to donating and shopping at Goodwill, I have spent many hours volunteering at several of our local Goodwill stores. I learned a lot about this organization while doing it. Just as the needs of our community keep growing so do their need for your donations so that they can continue to help all those who rely on them.
Remember my post about recycling boxes to Change a Life? Check it out HERE and see how easy it is to use the Give Back Box® platform, a free shipping service, to donate items you no longer need to Goodwill. Donating couldn't be easier!
You can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s Donation Impact Calculator, a feature available within the Goodwill Locator App available for Android and iOS devices and at www.Goodwill.org (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage). 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.
Goodwill Helps One Person Find a Good Job Every 23 Seconds:
- Thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 people in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 – that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day.
- Through its 162 local, independent headquarters, Goodwill collectively provided job placement services, onsite and virtual skills training, and other community-based services (such as English-language training, financial education, youth mentoring and access to transportation and child care) in 2015. 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.
- Goodwill sells donated goods at more than 3,200 stores across the U.S. and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue from donated goods to provide job preparation and placement, education assistance, and other support services for people who are unemployed or underemployed. Employment is more than a paycheck. It’s a resounding victory for that person, their families and their community.
The Ad Council teamed up with Goodwill to show how your donations of clothing and household items can support job growth in your community. Here's How They Do It!
What you may not want or have use for may be perfect for someone else! If we have perfectly good items that can be loved by someone else, why not help our community? Goodwill’s career centers, training programs and staffing operations give people the resources, skills and confidence that changes thousands of lives each year.
So how can you help to be a part of this growth and effort in your own community?
It’s easy! Donate to Goodwill = create jobs!
We have done our part! Now it is time for you to do yours! Tag us on your social media posts with a photo of your Goodwill donations using #DonateStuffCreateJobs.