Spring Cleaning with Goodwill – Social Good Post #DonateStuffCreateJobs

This is a social good post. All opinions are those of our own.

I don’t know about you, but lately I have been in FULL cleaning mode. In fact, I’m actually moving in a few months, so I literally have just been donating so much to our local Goodwill. If you weren’t motivated to participate in Spring Cleaning, now you will be – with the motivation from Goodwill’s job creation!

Over the past several years, most of us have had a family member, friend, acquaintance struggle in this economy.  Either they have lost a job or struggled to find employment. And if not someone you know personally, really, all you have to do is turn on the TV or pull up social media to see the struggle. It is real.

Goodwill’s career centers, training programs and staffing operations give people the resources, skills and confidence that changes thousands of lives each year.

So how can you help to be a part of this growth and effort in your own community? It’s easy! Donate to Goodwill = create jobs!

We all know that it is finally beginning to feel like spring so I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get organized and start Spring Cleaning. Not only am I clearing the seasonal misfits out of my kids’ closets and preparing for my new summer wardrobe, but I’m looking for ways to give back to those around me. Donating to Goodwill helps me do both at the same time!

What are your favorite spring cleaning or decluttering tips? What tricks do you use for the best spring cleaning efforts? I always make sure to go through my closet and donate anything I haven’t worn in over a year, same thing with my purses. I like to go through my books too, and of course tackling my girls room and donating any toys they’ve outgrown.

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, you can use the Goodwill Locator App available for Android and iOS devices and at http://www.goodwill.org/ (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage). 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. When jobs thrive, communities thrive.

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.

We have done our part! Now it is time for you to do yours! Tag us on your social media posts with a photo of your Goodwill donations using #DonateStuffCreateJobs.


  1. Julie Wood says:

    I am doing Spring cleaning too and taking my items that I do not want anymore to the Goodwill. I like donating to them because they help so many people with the donations!

  2. tat2gurlzrock says:

    This something I need to do. I have a bunch of stuff I need to drop off to Goodwill.

  3. I would have a ton of stuff for goodwill. I don’t have tips, except that I just took a new book out of the library on staging a house, and it seems like 90% of it is decluttering, with real life examples. Hope that will help me let go of some things I haven’t used in a decade.

  4. Melissa Storms says:

    Goodwill is great. I don’t have one nearby but we do have an all volunteer thrift store and all of the proceeds go towards supporting 3 local food banks. I love the idea of my donation going directly into our community.

  5. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I love donating to Goodwill. They do incredible things for the community. Recently we have donated alot. We even donated a car. Thank you so much for sharing

  6. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I am doing my spring cleaning too. I am also organizing and putting aside the items to donate to a charity nearby.

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