There is NOTHING that says “Spring” here in Connecticut like the daffodils and forsythia blooming. Right about when the landscapes burst into color from the drab winter I want to make my home feel fresh and clean, too. That means time for spring cleaning, but this time, its Spring Cleaning With A Purpose. I’m choosing to get rid of clutter and help people at the same time, by donating to Goodwill.
My house had a bright, airy and open floor plan, but it’s really short on storage space. So short, in fact, that I had a special storage room built in our basement to hold that STUFF that accumulates. Boy, did that room fill up quickly, as it was the place evveryone dumped stuff they didn’t know where to place! My goal was to clean it out and make some room so I could work on decluttering more upstairs. It took a whole day, but I did it!
Look at all the gorgeous space! When I was done , I had a carload of stuff to donate, and I knew just where to bring it. I brought it to Goodwill. I know that donating to Goodwill helps more than clean out my car and get a tax deduction, but it helps people in my community, too!
- 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.
Are you planning on cleaning out some areas of your house? You can donate to Goodwill, too, and help your community! You can use the Goodwill Locator Ap to find a Goodwill near you!