How to Create New Jobs by Donating Your Items

Goodwill donationA couple of weekends ago I spent an entire Saturday turning over closets for fall, both my kids closets and my own. It is a routine that I do twice a year, once every spring and once every fall. When it comes to the kids items, I usually make three piles with the clothes that no longer fit or books and toys that are no longer being used. One pile is to give to friends, one pile is to consign and one pile is to donate.

As it turns out I have learned quite a bit about Goodwill® lately. For example, Forbes named Goodwill one of America’s top 25 most inspiring companies because it is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada. Goodwill provides job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs to people who have disabilities, lack education lack job experience, or face other obstacles to finding employment.

Who knew?

In the past two years we have had our fair share of natural disasters in this country, making the need for an organization like Goodwill even greater. I suspect that with the recent flooding in Colorado and the surrounding areas, the Goodwill locations in that region of the country are becoming extremely important to the community.

Did you know that in addition to selling donated clothing and household items, Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with local businesses to provide commercial services, such as packaging and assembly, food service preparation, as well as document imaging and shredding. I had no idea.

The reason I learned so much about Goodwill lately is through their new campaign in conjunction with the Ad Council, “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.“ The campaign highlights the role that Goodwill plays in promoting independence and dignity for people who utilize their services. You can hear what others are saying by following the hashtag #DonateStuffCreateJobs on Facebook and Twitter.

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. So as you go through your closets this fall, think about how your donation could make hours of service programs in your area. You can even calculate the hours of impact your donation can make using the calculator on their website at www.goodwill.org.

By the way, if you want to make a dropoff or a purchase at a location near you, go to www.goodwill.org for a store and donation site locator.

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