Shopping for a Spring Wardrobe and Donating after Spring Cleaning Helps People in Your Community
ROCKVILLE, MD— More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. And nearly three-fifths (57 percent) of American adults will shop for spring/summer apparel in whole or in part this year according to a 2016 poll by ORC International, done on behalf of ICSC. Whether consumers are decluttering or refreshing their wardrobes, they can give people in their communities a fresh start through job training and placement by donating to and shopping at Goodwill this spring.
Through its social enterprise model, Goodwill sells donated items in its retail stores and online, to create job opportunities, training and programs for job seekers in local communities, including youth, older workers, veterans and military families, people with disabilities and disadvantages, and others with specialized needs. As a result, in 2015, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills.
Having the right skills and training is essential to securing a job and to succeeding in the workplace. That is why Goodwill is calling on people across the United States and Canada to spring into action with Goodwill this season and make a difference in their communities by donating when they finish spring cleaning and making Goodwill their destination for spring shopping. By donating to or shopping at Goodwill, individuals can help neighbors who are unemployed or underemployed get off to a fresh start.
“Spring is the time of year for new beginnings. When your spring cleaning ends with a donation to Goodwill, you not only extend the lifecycle of goods, but you help fund Goodwill‘s employment programs that create jobs and strengthen families and your community,” said Lorie Marrero, Goodwill national spokesperson, Certified Professional Organizer® contributing editor for Woman’s Day and author of The Clutter Diet and The Home Office Handbook.
Goodwill compiled its 12 ideas to spring into action, which provides suggestions on ways to get ready for spring while making a positive impact in the community. Ideas include:
Visit www.goodwill.org to find the nearest donation site or Goodwill store.
About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 163 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. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.
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Public Relations Manager
Goodwill Industries InternationalPhone: (240) 333-5523