Springing to a Fresh Start

social-graphic-freshIf there’s one thing we can all agree on this time of year, it’s that we’re just about ready for a fresh start. Winter, we’re done with you. With the cold season (finally) nearing a very welcome end, many of us will soon start gearing up for that annual de-hibernation ritual known as spring cleaning. This year at Goodwill, we’re encouraging people in our community to think of the spring cleaning season as both a time to offer a fresh start to bygone belongings and a time to give individuals in need of work a fresh start, too.

How? By donating clothes and household goods you no longer use to Goodwill, you can ensure that your own fresh start is multiplied by a power of three. Yes, you’ll get the benefit of cleaning out your house and shedding some of that cold-weather baggage, but you’ll also benefit from knowing that your spring cleaning will get a fresh start of its own by being diverted from landfills. Finally, by donating to Goodwill, you can help give people in your neighborhood a fresh start of their own, because the sale of your donations will fund local job training and placement programs.

Goodwill uses the revenues from the sale of goods at our stores to fund programs for job seekers, including youth, seniors, veterans and military families, people with disabilities, and others with specialized needs. In 2013 alone, Goodwill helped more than 9.8 million people train for careers in diverse sectors such as banking, IT and health care, just to name a few, and provided support services to help them land jobs and excel in their careers. Every one of us probably knows someone here in our community who is looking for work and could benefit from programs like these.

So please think of Goodwill when you start out on your spring cleaning plans this year. You’ll get a fresh start for your de-cluttered house, a fresh start for your donated stuff, and finally, you’ll give a local job-seeker or two a very important fresh start to their working life.

To see exactly how much of a difference your donations can make, visitwww.mariongoodwill.org and calculate the impact of everything you plan to donate this spring.

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