But here’s what else you should feel great about: Those jeans, sweaters, shoes, curtains, and video games you donated just helped people change their lives.
Working with Goodwill® for over two years now as a spokesperson has changed my life too. I always knew Goodwill was an impressive and fantastic organization, but until I met more of the people we’ve helped, I had no idea the depth of meaning that Goodwill’s services brings to the world. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to go behind the scenes to hear the stories behind the stores, and I am so passionate about showing people the Goodwill they don’t know!
Our Donation Impact Calculator, located at http://donate.goodwill.org, helps make this connection. You can plug in your donated items and it will tell you how that donation helped someone. For example:
Every 38 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job. Everybody wins! You get a responsible and smart place to easily donate unwanted items (and probably a tax deduction), someone in your community gets a connection to work they never would have previously had, your community benefits from healthier families and a stronger economy, shoppers win with big bargains, and even the planet wins as those items you donated are diverted from ending up in landfills.
The big misconception is that Goodwill is all about the stores. The stores are certainly the most visible part, but they are truly the tip of the iceberg! There is so much more to know about Goodwill’s impact on the community. As we celebrate Goodwill Industries Week, May 6-12, 2012, I hope you’ll remember that it’s about more than just the stuff and the stores… it’s about the STORIES. If you’re grateful for the abundance in your life, activate that gratitude by donating what you no longer need to help people like Vincent, Suarez, Sheldon, and others.