Spring Cleaning with Goodwill – Social Good Post
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I love this time of year – we are able to really start cleaning our house out. I have such a sense of accomplishment when I get to really focus on decluttering after a long winter indoors! The kids love their cleaned up rooms, I love the cleaned up basement!
Over the past several years, most of us have had a family member, friend, acquaintance struggle in this economy. Either they have lost a job or struggled to find employment. And if not someone you know personally, really, all you have to do is turn on the TV or pull up social media to see the struggle. It is real.
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!
I spend a great deal of time with the horses all winter long – just to be outside no matter how cold it is. But when Spring comes – it is time to focus on our home and everything indoors!
It’s finally beginning to feel like spring so I’m ready to get organized and start Spring Cleaning. Not only am I clearing the seasonal misfits out of my kids’ closets and preparing for my new summer wardrobe, but I’m looking for ways to give back to those around me. Donating to Goodwill helps me do both at the same time!
We always start our cleaning with the clothes – dressers, closets etc… Then we move on to toys, stuff that has accumulated over time in the main house – drawers, closets, cabinets. Lastly – the basement and garage!
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.
Why do I donate? Because what I 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? If you are not sure where your local Goodwill is, you can use the Goodwill Locator App available for Android and iOS devices and at http://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. When jobs thrive, communities thrive.
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! Tag us on your social media posts with a photo of your Goodwill donations using #DonateStuffCreateJobs.