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Why Giving to Goodwill Creates Real Jobs

Goodwill jobsI’ve donated a lot of stuff to Goodwill over the years, but I wasn’t aware until the past year that Goodwill used the sales of those items to provide support and job training to people who struggle with finding employment.

Goodwill has a new tool to help people understand exactly how donating old stuff can create jobs, and I would love to share it with you because I think it’s just that cool.

Using this tool, the new donation impact calculator, you can see how many hours of on-the-job-training your donations could create for Goodwill employees.

For example, I just donated three bags of clothes recently and a box of children’s books that my kids grew out of this last year and a video game they don’t play. The calculator came up with 4.3 hours of resume prep and a picture of a real person that was helped by that amount of donation.  Love it!

Goodwill calculator

Goodwill creates jobs for a variety of individual who need job training, work skills and resume building experiences. By donating my old, unused stuff, I am actually creating jobs for people who need it. Last year more than 6.7 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services.

If you don’t know about a store or donation drop near you, you can always check the store locator on the website to find somewhere close or you can call 1- (800) – GOODWILL.

Follow on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find goodwill on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

What are you planning to clean out this week?

REMEMBER: Donate stuff – create jobs!

Oh, and check out this great PSA Goodwill created about this program!

(Disclosure: While I am being paid for a project with, I am doing it at a reduced non-profit rate.)



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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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