This week is Goodwill Industries week which is an annual celebration of Goodwill of Greater Washington’s mission to provide free job training and employment services to people with disabilities and disadvantages.
Did you know the unemployment rate in DC is up almost 3% from 6 years ago. People in our communities need skills, education and resources and Goodwill is working hard to provide that. In honor of Goodwill Industries week I’m taking a break from my regular blog posts to share something with you that I think is important.
You know Goodwill. They’re the place you take all the stuff you don’t want anymore. Some of you know them for one of the best places where you can find some great deals on pre owned merchandise. But, do you know why Goodwill accepts your donations? Do you know where the proceeds from those retail sales go? I implore you to give this some thought.
Goodwill helps people find jobs. In this tough economy the long-term unemployed are facing real challenges. What Goodwill offers is a greatly needed resource. Many of the people Goodwill is servicing are people who live in our communities. Everyday people who have children who attend our schools. Everyday people who are looking for a way to become self-sufficient. Goodwill of Greater Washington’s provides these people with job training and employment services. Their goal is to give people with disabilities and disadvantages the tools they need to give back to society.
Just a little background on Goodwill of Greater Washington: In 2013, Goodwill directly affected the lives of more than 6,000 of our neighbors. These are people who have re-found the dignity that comes with being a contributing member of our society. Goodwill also diverted over 25 million of trash from local landfills through their donation program. In addition to training people for jobs, placing them into jobs, providing consumers with access to quality, low-cost goods, and acting as one our region’s largest recyclers, Goodwill is also a job developer. With each new store and donation center that Goodwill opens, 25-30 new jobs are created. I enjoy being a proud supporter of Goodwill and look forward to working with them in the future while continuing to highlight the fantastic finds and treasures I uncover on occasion.
If you could walk in someone else’s shoes for just one day would you help them? http://youtu.be/G9YMOOARP8Q
Furthermore, if you’d like to learn more about Goodwill of Greater Washington, find their nearest store or donation center, or get involved, please visit http://www.dcgoodwill.org or download their free mobile app from the iTunes app store. Tomorrow I will share with you some great buys from the most recent Edited4Goodwill sale that took place last week.