A perfect way for families to budget their back-to-school needs
ROCKVILLE, MD., Aug. 16, 2022- Wednesday is National Thrift Shop Day- a day to celebrate the thrill and fun of shopping for unique and affordable vintage items. The observance comes at an ideal time, as families prepare to shop for clothing and other back-to-school items while inflation is at an all-time high.
Thanks to generous donors and shoppers, Goodwill organizations create thousands of jobs through employment opportunities at its retail stores. Goodwill also contributes to the economic health of communities by way of its employment centers, which provide convenient access, tools, technology, training and support to those looking for work in a variety of industries.
Goodwill stores help extend the life of usable items through its business model of collecting and selling donated goods. Donated goods are sold at nearly 3,300 outlet and retail stores and online through shopgoodwill.com®, the first nonprofit internet auction site. Last year, 155 Goodwill organizations across the U.S. and Canada recovered more than 3 ½ billion pounds of used goods, diverting them from landﬁlls and giving them a second life.
“This National Thrift Shop Day, I encourage everyone to visit their local Goodwill store and be a part of the celebration,” said Steve Preston, Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries International. “Shopping at any Goodwill is not only great for the environment, but it helps people in your community achieve a brighter future through job training and placement programs.”
Goodwill has been in existence for 120 years. Each independent Goodwill organization knows the needs of the local labor markets and provides job training, certifications and credentials for anyone facing challenges to finding employment. Additionally, they provide support services such as childcare, financial education, free tax preparation and transportation to ensure that people are stable both at home and in the workplace.
To find your local Goodwill store or donation center, visit www.goodwill.org.
ABOUT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 155 community-based, autonomous organizations in the U.S. and Canada with a presence in 12 other countries. Goodwill industries International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides people with opportunities and support to empower themselves and thrive through training, development and employment.
Local Goodwill organizations provide career navigation, skills training, job placement and other community-based services funded in part by selling donated clothing and household items in nearly 3,300 stores and at ShopGoodwill.com®. Some of the community-based programs local Goodwill organizations provide include English-language training, financial education, industry-recognized credentials, résumé preparation, and access to reliable transportation and childcare.
Last year, more than 1.1 million people received in-person career services, and hundreds of thousands of people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their job skills.
For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, visit goodwill.org, or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube: GoodwillIntl.