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    How Can I Make a Difference?

    Make a difference by organizing a donation drive.On October 23, thousands of people will volunteer their time to organizations across the country in celebration of the 10th annual Make a Difference Day. For some, this is the one time of year to give back to their community. But how much difference can you make in a day?

    You can impact in your community in different ways. Through Goodwill®, you can volunteer to review résumés, conduct mock interviews, be a financial coach or mentor a youth. In addition to giving your time to make a difference, you can also give your gently used clothing and household items. By organizing a simple donation drive, you can change lives in your community.

    How Does Donating Make a Difference?

    Let’s say you join the Donate Movement and hold a donation drive in your community. On that day, you mobilize just ten friends and family members to collect and donate the following items:

    • 5 suits
    • 10 pairs of shoes
    • 10 dresses
    • 10 shirts/blouses
    • 10 pairs of jeans

    As you drop your donation off at your local Goodwill, attendants would thank you and assure you that your good deed has helped someone in your community. But what is your actual impact?

    By using the Donation Impact Calculator*, you can see how your above donation helps someone like Doyle McGee receive 7.2 hours of job search support to find employment and begin a new chapter in his life. The same donation could provide 6.8 hours of financial planning services to help an individual like Rudy Batilla achieve economic stability for his family.

    Be the Change You Want to See

    If this is the change you can create in one day, consider how much of a difference you could make in a week, month or year. Volunteer at your local Goodwill or join the Donate Movement to be a catalyst for change.

    *The Donation Impact Calculator is patent-pending.

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    • Christine Mcgee
      October 23rd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      I would like to volunteer at the Santa Rosa Good Will. Packing groceries or helping out in the retail center.
      Christine McGee

    • - GII Online Content Manager
      October 25th, 2010 at 2:22 pm
      Jenni B. Baker

      Hi Christine — I encourage you to contact your local Goodwill, Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire, to inquire about volunteer opportunities available there.

      You can learn more about them on their web site: http://www.gire.org/. You can also contact them directly by calling 1-888-446-6394 or sending an e-mail to information@gire.org.

      Jenni Baker
      Communications Specialist
      Goodwill Industries International

    • Tangela
      November 4th, 2010 at 3:27 am

      Hi My name is Tangela.I want to know i want to work for goodwill what do i need to do

      • Cody Switzer
        November 5th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

        Hey, Tangela! You can start by looking for available jobs in your area using our job search tool here: http://bit.ly/cixlj0. If you can’t find jobs in your area using that tool, you might want to contact your local Goodwill directly. You can find your nearest Goodwill headquarters by entering your ZIP Code at http://locator.goodwill.org.

        Cody Switzer
        New Media Specialist
        Goodwill Industries International

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