If you are like me, several times a year you clean out a closet, drawer or cupboard and take the “stuff” you no longer need or want down to the Goodwill to donate. It works out…you get cleaner closets, maybe a tax write off, and the folks at Goodwill get more “stuff” to sell in their stores.
But did you know that Goodwill is much more than a store? Read on:
From their website:
Goodwill® inspires hope and self-confidence, helping people from all backgrounds and walks of life to feel successful, valuable and dignified.
We help people earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities.
Our network of 165 independent, community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada offers customized job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges.
In 2010, Goodwill helped more than 2.4 million people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care, to name a few — and get the supporting services they needed to be successful, such as English language training, additional education, or access to transportation and child care.
More than 170,000 people obtained meaningful employment in 2010 through their participation in Goodwill programs. These people went on to earn over $2.7 billion in salaries and wages, and contributed to their communities as productive, tax-paying citizens.
Goodwills meet the diverse needs of people, including youth, seniors, veterans, immigrants, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs.
Christmas time might be a great time to do a little closet cleaning! You need to make room for all those awesome new toys Santa will bring you! Goodwill accepts donations of stuff, subject to some guidelines, in locations throughout the US and Canada. You can, of course, make financial contributions as well. Check out their website for more info!