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May 19, 2015

Goodwill: Go Green and Do Good


The Big Move is FINALLY OVER. 

We packed. We moved. We conquered! And in the process, realized we had a lot of STUFF that we didn't need. When you are faced with moving unwanted items, you have 2 options: create waste by throwing things in the trash OR go green and donate!

With all of the talk about doing your part to strengthen local communities and live sustainably, you can do one simple thing – donate, don’t waste. Your donations of clothing, furniture, and other household items divert billions of pounds of goods OUT of landfills and into the hands of consumers who can use them. Even better, your donations help the most vulnerable in our community acquire job placement and receive career training.

Thanks to the job training programs made possible by donations of clothes and household items, more than 318,000 people earned jobs in 2014 – 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.

You can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s Donation Impact Calculator. Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, financial education, résumé preparation and other services you’ve helped provide.

Moving is a GREAT time to assess your clutter, as is the transition between seasons (ahem, Spring is nearly over and Summer is almost here!). Really, there’s never a bad time to clear the clutter out of your life or to do a wardrobe purge. When you donate your stuff to Goodwill, the revenue from the sale of your donated items helps to create jobs for people who are unemployed or underemployed in your community. That’s cleaning with a purpose.

I love that even celebrities are getting in on the action!

Check out what my girl Anna Kendrick shared:

You can share YOUR "reverse haul" on social media by using #DonateStuffCreateJob and tagging @GoodwillIntl. Use the donation impact calculator to let the world know how many hours of on-the-job training you could be creating with your used stuff – stuff that doesn’t help anyone when it’s stuffed in the back of your closet or under your bed.

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