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Spring Clean Your Way to New Jobs for Your Community

Spring cleaning has always been something I have looked forward to. Out with the old, broken and worn out and into clutter free space! While I am cleaning my house I make piles of the stuff that I plan to get rid of, stuff that is trash, stuff I need to sell and stuff that I will donate to the Goodwill.

For me, the hardest area of my house to keep clean is the closets. So we set up a donation station by the front door. If anyone in the house outgrows something, it immediately goes into the donation station. When the bin is full, I take it to Goodwill. Just two jackets allow Goodwill to provide 28 minutes of on the job training- wow!

If you struggle with closet organization, check out these 5 Tiny Tweaks To Keep Your Closet Organized.

I have been donating to the Goodwill for as long as I can remember but had no idea that donations of clothing or household goods to Goodwill help create jobs directly in my community. Goodwill’s career centers, training programs, and staffing operations give people the resources, skills, and confidence that changes thousands of lives each year.

Thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 people 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 how can you help to be a part of this growth and effort in your own community? It’s easy! Donate to Goodwill = create jobs!

Why do I donate? Because the things in my house that I may not be using could be perfect for someone else. If we have perfectly good items that can be loved by someone else, why not help our community? If you are not sure where your local Goodwill is, you can use the Goodwill Locator App available for Android and iOS devices and at goodwill.org (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage). 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. When jobs thrive, communities thrive.

Last year, nearly 2 million people engaged in face-to-face Goodwill services to advance in their careers. More than 35 million people accessed education, training, mentoring and online learning tools offered by Goodwill virtually to strengthen their skills and gain industry-recognized credentials.

What are your favorite spring cleaning or decluttering tips?

Author: Debbie Bookstaber

Debbie lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two sons. She’s a #momprenuer who loves technology, toys, travel and anything that helps her squeeze more time with her children into her packed schedule. After graduating from Yale University with a BA and MA, Debbie worked in the travel industry at companies such as Site.59 (a start-up later acquired by Travelocity), Travelocity.com and Expedia.com. Debbie is currently a partner at Element Associates. In 2012, Debbie helped organize SheCon, and she is a frequent speaker at social media and tech conferences such as BlogHer, SXSW, Type-A Parent, Affiliate Summit, SheConExpo, and ASTRA Marketplace. Along with Candace, Debbie is the co-founder of Bloganthropy.org, which recognizes bloggers for using social media for social good, which is at the heart of what she does every day. Debbie serves on several charitable boards, focusing on education and at-risk students. Find Debbie at Mamanista.com

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