ROCKVILLE, MD — Goodwill® is celebrating National Thrift Shop Day today, Friday, August 17, a time when consumers can celebrate thrift stores and all of their hidden treasures! Local Goodwill organizations across the country are celebrating with exclusive deals and unique events.
A few highlights include:
In addition, Goodwill, in partnership with the Ad Council, will be sharing unique assets and videos around the special holiday in collaboration with Goodwill PSA campaign ambassador Jenn Im, a Korean-American beauty, fashion and lifestyle vlogger, and founder of fashion label Eggie, using the hashtags #BringGoodHome and #NationalThriftShopDay.
While Goodwill stores offer unique finds at affordable rates, National Thrift Shop Day also provides an opportunity to share how Goodwill’s mission impacts people’s lives through job placement, education, training and career development that help people earn jobs. In fact, more than 87 percent of the collective revenue from the sale of donated goods at Goodwill stores support and grow critical community-based programs and services such as financial education, charter high schools, résumé reviews, child care and transportation.
“National Thrift Shop Day is a special time of the year. Local Goodwill organizations get a chance to creatively and uniquely promote their products and services, and tell the story of the Goodwill network,” said Kyle Stewart, senior director, donated goods retail for Goodwill Industries International. “While we take great pride in being a leader in thrift, it’s important to underscore that shopping at Goodwill translates into career opportunities for community members who are underemployed or unemployed.”
Last year, Goodwill placed more than 288,000 people in jobs and provided services to more than 2 million people to help them advance in their careers, and build their career and financial assets.
ABOUT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 161 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. For the past three years, Goodwill was ranked in the top five brands that inspired consumers the most with its mission in the World Value Index commissioned by the creative agency, enso. Goodwill has been on the Forbes’ list of top 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years.
Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that offer job placement and training services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,300 stores collectively and online at shopgoodwill.com®, the first Internet auction site created, owned and operated by a nonprofit organization. Goodwill helps people facing challenges to finding employment including, people with disabilities; veterans and military families; youth and young adults, including youth who are at risk and opportunity youth; older workers; people reintegrating back into society; and others facing challenges to finding employment.
Last year, more than 38 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills.
For more information or to find a Goodwill near you, visit goodwill.org or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook and Instagram: GoodwillIntl.
Senior Director, Public Relations
Goodwill Industries International
Phone: (240) 333-5266