It’s Goodwill Industries Week!
Believe it or not, Goodwill is more than just a place to drop off your old stuff or to find a great deal on someone else’s old stuff. Do you know why goodwill accepts your donations? Do you know where the proceeds from those retail sales go?
Simply put – they help people find jobs. Not just any people – people who live in our community, people whose kids go to our schools, people who are sitting next to you on the Metro. Goodwill of Greater Washington’s primary mission is to provide job training and employment services to people with disadvantages and disabilities. Their goal is to give the populations they serve the tools they need to become self-sufficient.
In 2012, Goodwill directly affected the lives of more than 3,200 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 20 million heaps 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.
Goodwill of Greater Washington’s mission is summed up by its tagline - “Transforming lives and communities”. Now you know how they do it.
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. #blogforgood