Goodwill® Receives Charity Award from National Association of Professional Organizers

Goodwill® Honored By Leading Group of Professional Organizers
Rockville, MD —Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) have named Goodwill Industries International as the 2013 most supportive and organizer-friendly charity. NAPO members chose Goodwillbased on its high quality of service to donors as well as its ability to maximize the value of donations to benefit the community. The awards ceremony took place at the Sheraton Universal Studios hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
Goodwill was selected for the award based on its ability to effectively reuse and repurpose goods for maximum benefit and setting the standard for home productivity. Other nominees in the category included Helping Hands for the Blind, National Council of Jewish Women, Soles4Souls and Vietnam Veterans of America.
“By encouraging people to donate the things they no longer need, professional organizers are not only helping people declutter, they are helping people make positive contributions in their communities,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Donations to Goodwill fund job training programs, education services and employment placement opportunities for more than four million people each year.”
Donations to Goodwill, including those facilitated by professional organizers, are crucial to helping Goodwill provide the services that families need. Goodwill prepares people for job interviews, helps them write résumés, and teaches them to use computers. Goodwill also trains people to work in a variety of growing fields including health care, retail and financial services. In addition, Goodwill provides community-based services that help job seekers be successful in their personal and professional lives, including links to child care, financial education, mentoring and transportation.
“As a professional organizer and Goodwill spokesperson, I’ve seen firsthand the joy and satisfaction someone feels after earning a job with Goodwill’s help,” said Lorie Marrero, founder of the Clutter Diet® and spokesperson for Goodwill. “Donations to Goodwill have an immediate and positive impact on the lives of people in our communities.”
NAPO has 4,200 members who are dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives. The relationship between Goodwill and NAPO continues to strengthen as professional organizers work with the 165 local Goodwill organizations in the United States and Canada to drop off donations at Goodwill’s more than 4,800 stores and donation drop-off locations.
“The work of professional organizers , in connection with our counterparts at Goodwill, provides concrete solutions and resources for clients who are overwhelmed by excess ‘stuff,’ whether it be ‘physical stuff’ or  being overly committed in their lives,” said Nadine Levy, president of the NAPO Los Angeles chapter. “NAPO is grateful to be able to work in tandem with Goodwill in an effort to simplify our clients’ lives.”
The seventh annual organizing awards ceremony recognized 26 individuals and/or companies representing the best in the professional organizing and productivity industry. Nominations for the organizing awards were open to the public, and NAPO members voted on the winners from August 10 through November 30, 2012.
To view Lorie’s acceptance speech on behalf of Goodwill, view the YouTube video.