Texas Department of Transportation
With a particularly cold winter nearing an end, millions of Americans are gearing up for the annual de-hibernation ritual known as spring cleaning. This year, Heart of Texas Goodwill is encouraging people to think of the spring-cleaning season as both a time to offer a fresh start to bygone belongings, and to help give individuals in need of work get a fresh start, too. By donating clothing and households goods to Goodwill®, consumers can ensure their spring cleaning refuse gets diverted from landfills, and they can also help fund job training and placement programs for individuals right here in our community.
Through its social enterprise model, Goodwill uses the revenue from its retail store sales to fund programs for job seekers, including youth, seniors, veterans and military families, people with disabilities, and others with specialized needs. Heart of Texas Goodwill helped more than 3700 people in employment and training programs in 2014. With the economy finally showing some signs of life and perhaps heading for an upswing, it is essential that people in our own community who are out of work receive the training they need to succeed in the workplace. That is why Heart of Texas Goodwill is asking its friends and neighbors to donate when they finish spring cleaning. Donors will help the environment by giving those items a fresh start and help someone else get a fresh start in the workplace.
“Spring is traditionally the time of year for new beginnings,” said Dan Nisely, CEO of HOT Goodwill. “When you donate this spring, new beginnings come in threes. You get a fresh start for your de-cluttered house, your donated goods find a new home, and you help give a job seeker a fresh start of their own.”
In 2014, Heart of Texas Goodwill raised approximately $14 million in revenue, spending about 90% percent of that revenue directly on to fund training programs, in the process helping many people earn a new job. People get a fresh start because of the generosity of others and the power of donations. To see exactly how much of a difference donations can make, visit www.goodwill.org and calculate their impact this spring.