Saturday, July 3, 2010

Goodwill: The Donate Movement

For more than 100 years, Goodwill has been a pioneer of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice.  Together with our partners, we want you to know that your donated goods have the power to make a difference in people’s lives, strengthen communities and create a healthier environment.

When people think twice about what they donate, where they donate and how their donations affect others – and when they donate to reputable organizations – that can have a powerful impact on our world.

Goodwill has named this effort the Donate Movement.

To celebrate the launch of the Donate Movement, Goodwill is asking Why do you donate?
For my family, the answer to that is simple:  we don't have the space to store stuff that's perfectly good but not needed.  Like most kids, Mooseman goes through growth spurts--usually right after we buy him new clothes.  (Why does it always seem to work that way?)  He has outgrown clothes that he's worn once or twice, so they're nearly brand new.
For a while we saved all of them, but as the attic filled up with boxes of outgrown clothes, it didn't make sense anymore.  We separated the special items--favorite clothes or ones that were gifts--to keep, and bagged up the rest to donate.  It just made sense for those clothes to be used by someone, rather than sitting in our attic.
Goodwill store

Goodwill has also provided a donation impact calculator, so you can see how much your donation is helping in your community.  A donation of one pair of jeans, for example, can provide 10 minutes of resume preparation to help someone get a good job.  A lamp can provide 13 minutes of a job search class.  I appreciate the "teach a man to fish" philosophy, and the impact adds up:  In 2009, donors helped Goodwill agencies provide critical services to nearly 2 million people and diverted more than one billion pounds of usable items from landfills.
If you're a blogger, you can help by joining the "Donate" blogger network.  And whether you blog or not, you can find more information by clicking the banner:

Disclosure: I have received no compensation (other than a warm fuzzy feeling) for this post. All factual information about Goodwill and the Donate Movement is from their respective websites, and all opinions are my own.

image credit: Photobucket user sngoodwill


  1. I'm with you, I donate because I run out of room for my "stuff". Of course when the boys were younger we had that "growth spurt" issue as well.

  2. I believe in donating. Thanks for the links!

  3. I just donated 2 vans full of stuff to goodwill when my mom died. She always said to me, "if the kids fight over my stuff, just give it to goodwill". So I did. I got in trouble for it, but mom would have been proud ;)

  4. I just did two runs to Value Village. Cleaned out the kitchen area and so lucky people will get a lot of good stuff :)


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