Spring Organizing Dilemma

Under the Oaks : Spring Organizing Dilemma

Spring has sprung! We mention spring so often in our posts that you’d think the only thing we did around here was wish for spring [only partially true]. While I’m not particularly in the mood for spring cleaning, I am in the mood for an organization project which is great seeing as it is my #3 item from my 2014 Bucket List: Select a space in my home to [re]organize every month.

However, I have a dilemma [imagine that], I cannot decide which space I would like to tackle for the month of April: the front hall shoe closet or our garage. You may ask, why not do both? Because my friends, I’ve been stripped of my superwoman cape and for the sake of my sanity must only select one project this month. Continue reading

“Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.”: Goodwill’s Newest Campaign

Crystal and I have mentioned a few times on the blog that we choose to take donations to Goodwill® after cleaning out our homes and closets. For me, it’s the only option. Growing up, we always had a donation pile. We would take our donations at least every season, and often a few more times throughout the year. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized that Goodwill® was an essential part of the community and it wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that I found out how far my donations could go.

Currently, Goodwill® is partnering with the Ad Council to launch a brand new series of PSAs, including the adorable one above, to show how just by donating a few boxes of items we can help our neighbors and our communities. “Donate stuff. Create jobs.” It’s that simple.

Under the Oaks blog: "Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.": Goodwill's Newest Campaign #donatestuffcreatejobsTo get more of an idea of what my donations can do, I used the Impact Calculator on Goodwill®‘s Donate website and, based on my latest drop off of about 3 bags of clothes, 1 box of books, and 1 box of DVDs, I found out that the items that I donated could provide 4.5 hours of career counseling or 6.8 hours of on-the-job training. It’s an incredible and necessary resource for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. And, Goodwill® is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada. Knowing how my items will benefit others after they’re dropped off will make cleaning my house a little more enjoyable!

For more info, head over to www.goodwill.org to find your community’s stores, job training centers and donation sites and make sure you check them out on Twitter @GoodwillIntl and on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

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About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2012, more than 6.7 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.