Donate Stuff, Create Jobs: Goodwill Campaign

Hello Springtime! Finally it seems as if the winter in NY is over and along with sunny skies and budding flowers comes the urge to purge. We are in the process of redecorating our living room and before we bring anything else into the cleanly painted space, we are making a trip (or several) to Goodwill .  When we donate things we no longer have a need for to Goodwill, I feel good that we are keeping usable goods out of a landfill as well as giving a new life to our no longer needed belongings.  We are also reorganizing our den in the basement and are looking for a solid wood bookshelf to finish off the space, our local Goodwill offers so many pieces of furniture in great shape for an unbeatable price. Shopping at goodwill is good for our wallet, and Mother Earth (perfect in time for #earthday)

Goodwill is in the midst of their #7DaysofSpringCleaning campaign. In addition to donating some pieces of furniture, we are going room to room with a large basket and tossing in any thing that have not used in a while, no longer need (hello baby gear!) or no longer want. This is a great way for us to see an immediate impact and get more organized.

Goodwill is encouraging everyone to participate, if they like, in #7DaysofSpringCleaning by urging people to focus on cleaning different areas of their home for seven consecutive days.  I’m here to inspire you to get a fresh start too!

Day 1) Clear your closet clutter

Day 2) Time to tackle the kitchen

Day 3) Spread holiday cheer (holiday decorations, center pieces, Halloween)

Day 4) Downsize your tech toys (used laptops)

Day 5) Clean out your office supplies

Day 6) Provide quality entertainment (unused movies, video games)

Day 7) Downsize your bookshelf

I never stopped to think about just how much of an impact I was making until I used THIS  job calculator. I encourage you to click the link to see how many hours of service programs your donations could create right in your community.

Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one bag of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community? Add to that a used lamp, a dusty computer and perhaps a box of DVDs and CDs, and that number nearly doubles to 5.2 hours.  Isn’t creating jobs a great excuse for spring cleaning?   Your donation of used clothing or household goods to Goodwill helps create jobs directly in your community.

That’s right: Donate Stuff. Create Jobs. It’s the tagline of Ad Council’s campaign with Goodwill®, which reminds people that their donations support people who are seeking to earn jobs and build careers. To see how the process works, just watch our “How We Do It” PSA.

 Here’s an interesting YouTube video about the impact your donation makes:  “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs” YouTube Video

A simple item donated to Goodwill® can help provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. In fact, Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada.
Together with the Ad Council, we’re launching a brand new series of Public Service Advertisements (PSAs) that educate people about Goodwill’s role as a job creator. With the simple tagline, “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs., “the campaign seeks to highlight the role that Goodwill plays in promoting independence and dignity for people of all backgrounds.

Campaign  #7DaysofSpringCleaning

Visit to find stores, headquarters, job training centers and donation sites near you.

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  1. Sandra VanHoey says:

    We just donated LOTS of things some brand new to the Goodwill last weekend. We had so much clothing, books, some toys, household items and so much more. We have donated to the Goodwill for many years

  2. I love donating to goodwill! It’s so easy to fill a bag or box and drop it off at their location.


    i donate a lot of stuff to goodwill. my fiance and i always give away clothes, shoes, dishes, etc. we’ve given away vacuums, microwaves, and home decor.

    • I found my fav toaster there back in college. I have never found a better replacement! too bad it finally bit the dust!

  4. Angela P. says:

    Goodwill is awesome. Not only is it a good cause because it creates jobs for people.. but it helps people like me who are on a budget find awesome things in great condition that are out of my budget to buy brand new. I have found some designer stuff digging through racks at goodwill stores and on the website.

  5. Pierre Mosbey says:

    I wish there were more blogs like this promoting the power of donating and helping others!!! This is awesome. Keep it up, and I will continue to support =]

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