Earlier in the month Goodwill Boston hosted a blogger event that involved both shopping and an information session about the Boston-based company. While I donate a fair amount to Goodwill every year and visit one of their retail centers at least monthly, I didn’t know much about the company. To be honest, what I learned impressed me.
The company is not just the clothing reseller most of us might categorize it as. Goodwill has job programs for the underprivileged, employing thousands yearly and teaching them valuable work lessons. The company resells more than 80% of everything donated, which is pretty significant considering they collect about 22 million pounds of goods yearly. Think of all the landfills Goodwill is saving!
Plus, those things that don’t make it to the stores or don’t sell while there – those items aren’t thrown out. Nothing is. The remaining clothing is sold in bulk and turned into things like rags and carpet padding. I couldn’t even begin to go into all the programs Goodwill has in place and all the ways the company gives back to its local communities. Read more on their website.
After touring the facility, seeing the behind the scenes sorting and processing space and learning more about the company I find myself even more determined to donate to Goodwill. In the student residence I run I started a collection of items to be donated. We have 6 huge bags right now and Ill be taking them over to one of the centers later today!
Do you donate to Goodwill? Have you found any amazing clothing items there?