ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill Industries International and Family Circle, the go-to resource for moms of tweens and teens, are teaming up for the 4th annual back-to-school clothing drive. Part of Family Circle's back-to-school signature promotion, the drive aims to encourage families to donate their gently used clothing to Goodwill to fund job training, youth support services and other services that help individuals who are facing challenges to finding employment and their families.
Goodwill and Family Circle have partnered for back-to-school donation drives since 2009. In total, Family Circle readers contributed approximately 20 million pounds of clothing donations over the past 3 years, providing job training to people in need while improving the environment by diverting items from landfills.
Donate, Play & Win
This year, Goodwill and Family Circle are encouraging families to play the Donation Match Game, which provides a fun way for children to learn that just as there are things you recycle, there are things you donate. Goodwill's Donate Movement encourages families to donate responsibly and conscientiously, and to know the positive impact that donating has on both people and the planet. To play the game and enter to win one of five laptops through this promotion, parents should visit: http://facebook.com/GoodwillIntl.
"As a Donate Movement partner, Family Circle is changing the way thousands of parents and decision makers view the impact of donating," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Through the Goodwill and Family Circle back-to-school donation drive, we are educating parents and their children on how donations of clothing or household items create a meaningful impact and social good in the communities around them."
Calculate the Impact of a Donation
To participate in this year's clothing drive, donors can drop off their clothing items at any one of Goodwill's more than 2,700 donation centers across the country or plan their own donation drives at schools, businesses, or anywhere friends and neighbors gather. After donating items they no longer need, they can calculate the impact of their donation through the patent-pending Donation Impact Calculator at http://donate.goodwill.org.
Families should visit http://locator.goodwill.org to find a Goodwill store or donation center in their community.
"Goodwill is a valuable partner for Family Circle because the partnership spreads the power of donating to families everywhere," said Lee Slattery, VP and publisher of Family Circle. "Family Circle readers are committed to supporting their local communities through career counseling and support services, including financial education and youth mentoring. The back-to-school clothing drive is a great way to do that."
The partnership will be featured in Family Circle's September issue, which is dedicated to back-to-school activities and is available on newsstands now. More information about the partnership can also be found at http://donate.goodwill.org/familycircle.
ABOUT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with 14 affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of North America's top five most valuable and recognized nonprofit brands as well as a leading social services enterprise. Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2011, more than 4 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services. To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at www.goodwill.org, or call (800) GOODWILL. Twitter: @GoodwillIntl. Facebook: GoodwillIntl.
ABOUT FAMILY CIRCLE
Published 12 times a year by Meredith Corporation, with a circulation of 4 million and 18 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in the world. Family Circle provides smart, relevant advice, sensible solutions and inspiration in a voice that encourages and celebrates success in its pages and online at www.familycircle.com. Family Circle has always been committed to women's issues and in 1973 became the first women's magazine to fully underwrite a professional women's sporting event, the Family Circle Cup, an annual women's tennis tournament held in April in Charleston, South Carolina, at Family Circle Magazine Stadium.
SOURCE Goodwill Industries International