Thursday, May 02, 2013

"I've started to look at life differently. When you're thanking God for every little you -- every meal, every time you wake up, every time you take a sip of water -- you can't help but be more thankful for life itself, for the unlikely and miraculous fact that you exist at all." - A.J. Jacobs

Goodwill is a non-profit organization that helps enhance the dignity and quality of individuals and families by taking down barriers to opportunity and helping people reach their full potential through learning and employment.

With 165 independently community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada, Goodwill funds job training, employment placement services, and other community programs by selling donated clothes and household items at their retail stores and online.

"Every person has the opportunity to achieve his/her fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life."

 In 2012 alone, Goodwill served 6.7 million people through employment and training programs, provided 134 million people with mission services, and 216,000 earned a job with Goodwill's help. Goodwill generated $4.89 billion in revenue, spent 81% of their revenues directly on programs, and have over 2,700 retail stores.

But how do they get all this money if they're a non-profit organization?! Well they've had 83 million donors, which also includes repeat donations, in 2012 alone! Also they make $3.53 billion in retail sales, $636 million in industrial and service contract work, $87 million in government grants, $22 million in corporate and foundation grants, $39 million from individual gifts/endowments/fees for services, and $609 million from government support for mission services. (All info from here)

So how can you help? You can donate your gently used household items and clothing or you can even shop there! You can volunteer at one of the 165 locations or you can even advocate the cause. Spread the word to help the 4 million+ people who benefit each year from Goodwill services.

To learn more about Goodwill and their services you can visit their website here!

I didn't really know much about Goodwill other than the fact that they accepted clothes, so it was interesting finding out how they also help educate people and find employment for them. You can help by going shopping, if that's not easy I don't know what is! So be thankful for the clothes you have and the education you receive, and keep doing what you do!

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