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Your Goodwill: Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.

 We’re posting this public service announcement on behalf of the Ad Council. goodwill-reverse-haulWe’ve been moving our house around to make one of our bedrooms into a home office for me. I need a space where I can close the door during conference calls, store everything for my in-process product reviews, and basically try to get my mogul on. All this shifting has shaken loose a bunch of our stuff. It’s good stuff, but we’ve either outgrown it, replaced it, and just plain don’t need it anymore. I hate to waste clothes, shoes, games, toys, and home goods that someone else can use. I’m the worst at garage sales, and swore I’d never do one of those again. The good news is if you’re like me and downsizing, decluttering, or re-organizing, you can give your stuff to Goodwill and do way more than just clean. 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’s “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.” is currently running an informational campaign that you should check out. Thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items, more than 261,000 people earned jobs in 2013 – that’s one person finding a job every 27 seconds of every business day. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs. You can calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s Donation Impact Calculator. Just input the items you are 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 someone facing challenges to finding employment.

How you can help Goodwill do good work.

Show your donation on social media.

When you take your donation in next time, take a picture and post it to social media with the hashtags #ReverseHaul #Goodwill and/or #DonateStuffCreateJobs. Show your stuff by doing a “Reverse Shopping Haul” photo or video.  Share a video or pictures of the items you plan to donate and 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.

Watch this PSA video.

Decluttering feels amazing for so many reasons. Get all the benefits when you divest your home of clutter, and give so much more to others helped by your donation.

Anne Parris

Anne Parris is a managing partner Midlife Boulevard. Her personal blog, Not A Supermom, is your typical mommy blog that her kids say used to be funnier. Anne has a business degree and a dusty résumé from a top accounting firm and a Fortune 500 company, which she reminds herself of every time she is washing underpants. She lives with her family in Virginia and blogs mostly to support her coffee habit.

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Joan Stommen

Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

I support so many workers I'm sure when I donate closets and drawers full as I pack and prepare to move! The attendants are always so friendly and helpful and seemingly like old friends by now! This is a great reminder for folks that GoodWill is awesome for shopping too! Have you seen all the new or updated buildings? They look like boutiques.. Well done, Anne!

Sara Broers

Monday 22nd of June 2015

It's always a good feeling to be able to help someone else. It's a win for everyone!

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