Good Enough Mother and Goodwill:
How Your Donation Makes a Difference 

You all know that Target is my weakness. There is something about that store that just makes me go crazy once inside. Even if I bring a list with just three things on it, I spend at least $100 on other stuff. Because of this store addiction, the clutter in my house piles up faster than I’d like to admit. For this reason, spring cleaning for me mostly involves getting rid of stuff that we no longer use (check out this list of 10 things that need to go). This year, that stuff is doing way more than just being useful for someone else- it’s helping create jobs in my community.

 Goodwill’s career centers, training programs and staffing operations give people the resources, skills and confidence that changes thousands of lives each year. And by donating to Goodwill you can be part of this growth and effort in your own community.


Thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 people in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 – that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day. 

Why do I donate? Because what I may not want or have use for may be perfect for someone else! If we have perfectly good items that can be loved by someone else, why not help our community? If you are not sure where your local Goodwill is visit There you can also see how much your donation will mater. Simply input the items you’re donating to calculate the number of hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services you’ve helped provide people facing challenges finding employment. 

Just sorting through my own clothes, I found 20 things I don’t wear anymore! Those 20 things will help provide someone in my community 5 hours of help from Goodwill- and that’s only my clothes!

Last year, nearly 2 million people engaged in face-to-face Goodwill services to advance in their careers. More than 35 million people accessed education, training, mentoring and online learning tools offered by Goodwill virtually to strengthen their skills and gain industry-recognized credentials.

So take a peek through your own things.. what are you not using that can be put to use in your community? Trust me, it feels GREAT to give back!