Goodwill – Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.

Your Clothes That Are Too Small Can Do Big Things for Others

goodwill_image-1481478152-3567There’s never a bad time to clear the clutter out of your home or garage, or to do a wardrobe purge. When you donate your stuff to Goodwill, the revenue from the sale of your donations helps fund job training and placement opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages directly in your community. That’s cleaning with a purpose.

Goodwill is promoting their “Donate Stuff, Create Jobs!” campaign: 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. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs.

Today, 8.9 million Americans are out of work. And nearly 15 percent of the workforce is underemployed, which includes part-time workers who would prefer full-time employment.

Through its 164 local, independent headquarters, Goodwill 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 through more than 3,200 retail stores across the U.S. and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue from donated goods to provide job preparation, education assistance, and other support services for people who are unemployed or underemployed. In an effort to encourage donations and increase revenue, the Ad Council teamed up with Goodwill to show audiences how donations of clothing and household items can support job growth in their communities.

You can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s Donation Impact Calculator, a feature available within the Goodwill Locator App available for Android and iOS devices and at (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.

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