Some of us are welcoming the holidays with open arms. Others, not so much. But, ready or not, the holiday season is here, and I have an easy way for you to help your community and those who might not be as fortunate as you are. It’s convenient and even tax-deductible. How do we do this you ask? By giving back to Goodwill. That’s right, Goodwill.
Thanks to the job training programs made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 — that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs. That is an impressive way to empower our local communities!
Giving back to the community is now easier than ever with the help of the Give Back Box. The purpose of Give Back Box® is to provide an effortless and convenient method of donating your used household items. Give Back Box not only provides an easy way to be part of a truly good cause, it also gives cardboard boxes a second life by recycling them and keeping them out of landfills to help improve our environment.
Do you do a lot of online shopping? Did you know when you shop online many major retailers, like Amazon, will send your purchase in a Give Back Box? This will enable you to donate items to your local Goodwill at no cost to you. This program gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Visit GiveBackBox.com for more information and participating retailers. I don’t know about you – but I am certainly more likely to buy an item from a retailer who wants to give back, too.
You can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s donation impact calculator, a feature available within the Goodwill Locator App and at Goodwill.org (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage to access the calculator). Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you’ve helped provide people facing challenges finding employment.
How else can you help to empower your local community? Show us your stuff by doing a “Reverse Shopping Haul” photo or video: We’ve all seen those shopping haul videos and photos on blogs and social media. In fact, several of my friends make them about their thrift shop finds from Goodwill. But we would love to see a “Reverse Haul” video or photo that shares what you plan to donate using the hashtag #DonateStuffCreateJobs. Share videos or picture(s) of the items you plan to donate and use the donation impact calculator to let the world know how many hours of on-the-job training you are creating with your used stuff — stuff that doesn’t help anyone when it’s in the back of your closet or under your bed.
What are you waiting for? Go shopping, clean out your closets, get your holiday on, and empower your community!
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