ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Are you having trouble coming up with a good new year's resolution — one that you'll actually stick to this time? Don't worry! Goodwill has just the incentive for starting off the new year right, with a resolution that will help you — and your neighbors, too. By clearing out the clutter from your home and donating unwanted items to Goodwill, you can help fund job training programs and services right in your local community.
"The new year is a great time to resolve to clean out unwanted items from your home," said Lorie Marrero, founder of the Clutter Diet®, contributing editor for Woman's Day Magazine, and Goodwill spokeswoman. "It's also a time of year when many people set out to find new jobs or career paths. Thanks to Goodwill, many people can make good on their de-cluttering resolutions this year — and it all centers on donations."
There are more than 3,000 Goodwill locations in the United States and Canada, and many accept donations of clothing and household goods. Many also accept donated electronics, computers and furniture. Goodwill then sells those items in its stores, generating revenue to fund job training and support services including child care, financial education and mentoring.
In the past year, donations to Goodwill allowed nearly 10 million people to access career, family and financial services. And more than 318,000 people found new jobs thanks to the generosity of Goodwill donors.
"Your donations to Goodwill have a direct, positive impact on the lives of people in your community," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "By donating just two bags of clothing and a working computer you no longer need, you can help fund eight hours of classes for someone searching for a job. Every donation helps."
Visit www.goodwill.org to find your nearest Goodwill donation center.
About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based member organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of America's 20 most inspiring companies (Forbes, 2014). Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that help fund skills development, job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,000 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Goodwill also keeps textiles and other goods out of landfills. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and the government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2014, more than 426,000 people in the United States and Canada used Goodwill's intensive one-on-one career services to prepare for employment. In addition, more than 24 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit goodwill.org
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SOURCE Goodwill Industries International