As you all know, I advocate for kids with disabilities, constantly doing research and finding ways to improve our lives and teach my children about life the best I can. But something I’ve started to think about now that Amelia is almost 14 and approaching high school is work: Will they be able to find jobs as they grow up? Who will help them?
I know many of who are raising kids with disabilities are worried about this. Well, there is a solution that you can easily help with. Recently, I discovered that an organization we all know well; Goodwill, has teamed up with Give Back Box making it super simple to donate your stuff and help create jobs.
One of the great things about Goodwill is they are in communities across the country and they help kids with disabilities like ours find work. I hope that I still have a lot of time before my girls reach the age where they can work since I’m starting the groundwork this winter, but, I am glad to know that organizations like Goodwill are there offering training and opportunities. Goodwill sells donated goods through more than 3,200 stores across the United States and Canada, and channels more than 85% of sales revenue to provide those services to people who are unemployed or underemployed. That is awesome! And thanks to the job training programs made possible by donations of clothes and household items, Goodwill helped place more than 312,000 in jobs in the United States and Canada in 2015 — that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day.
Their partnership with Give Back Box makes it very easy for us to donate our items to Goodwill to help with the job training programs they offer, and helps us clean out our clutter before and after our guests arrive this holiday season. When you shop online this holiday season, many major retailers will send your purchase in a Give Back Box, which will enable you to donate items to your local Goodwill at no cost to you. This program gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Check out GiveBackBox.com for more information.
Actually, you can use any ‘ole box you’d like to send your donations to Goodwill. Simply visit GiveBackBox.com for all the information on how you can donate your stuff and create jobs. So you’re literally donating your stuff AND helping to create jobs.
You can even calculate how much your donation helps your local community by using Goodwill’s donation impact calculator, a feature available within the Goodwill Locator App and at Goodwill.org (click “Explore Our Map” on the homepage to access the calculator). Just 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. Pretty cool, eh?
Donating your stuff today helps put our community back to work now by creating jobs and helping to keep these programs strong so they’ll be available for our children in the future. We really couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to get in the giving spirit this year.
Let’s declutter our homes, share the gift of giving back and promote strong programs to help our community now and in the future. And hey, take a minute and share your “Reverse Haul” video or photo that shares what you plan to donate using the hasthtag: #DonateStuffCreateJobs. Share videos or pictures of the items you plan to donate and use the donation impact calculator to let the world know how many hours of on-the-job training you are creating with your used stuff — stuff that doesn’t help anyone when it’s in the back of your closet or under your bed.