Why Goodwill Lives Up to Its Name

22 Mar

More than just a place to donate and thrift, Goodwill offers fun contests and tax tips.

Robin Wallace making a donation at the Stuyvesant Square Goodwill Store in Manhattan.

{Why Goodwill Lives Up to Its Name}

Tis the season — to Spring Clean! And, since you are industrious Chicsters, I am certain that you’ve already earmarked the clothes you will be making-over with your own DIY-projects suggested in my recent post in honor of National Clean Out Your Closet week, which just concluded.

Now with the clothes you won’t be DIY-ing, I have just the purpose for them: Donate to Goodwill and win a $50 Visa Gift Card, or be the Grand Prize Winner of $2,500 in Hanes products. It’s all part of the Hanes Clean Out Your Drawers campaign in parternship with Goodwill.

It works like this: Go to your local Goodwill, take a photo of yourself dropping your donation into these bins (photo on left) and then upload the image to the Hanes Facebook page for your chance to win. Contest ends March 31st.

Although known by many as a re-sale shop, Goodwill is also a source of second chances and new beginnings.

Right now, you can be a part of the helping others while helping the environment by cleaning out your closet and donating your gently used clothing to Goodwill where proceeds from your donation will help fund its programs.

I knew about Goodwill’s career training and job placement program, but I never knew it was this comprehensive: healthcare, IT, retail sales and management, food services, banking, manufacturing, and the list goes on.

Nor did I know that Goodwill is equipped for helping single mothers and working parents find childcare options, reliable transportation or provide access to counseling services, if needed. And if Goodwill doesn’t provide the service, they can locate other community organizations that do. Talk about good will … and it all starts with you cleaning out those closets and drawers!

Tax Season
Oh, and while crocuses might mark the dawn of spring, the first flowers indicate the other season — tax season. Believe it or not, Goodwill can also help you with your taxes. Here’s the details:

Goodwill is offering a free service to help eligible taxpayers prepare their online tax returns. The service, co-sponsored with the New York City Office of Financial Empowerment, will be available until April 18. To participate in the program, you’ll need to:

  • Earn less than $48,000 (per tax return)
  • Have a valid email address and basic computer skills
  • Bring all required information to one of our two program sites

In New York-metro area, you can e-mail jmichel@goodwillny.org and in other regions, visit Goodwill’s site for more details, Click Here.

Donated goods to Goodwill in the past year? Get the information you need to claim tax deductions for these items using Goodwill’s donation valuation guide. You can also value your donations using the iDonatedIt app or the Charity Deductions tool.

{So} What’s the Take-Away?

Get out there & Spread the Good Will!

PS ~ I know this post was a little cheerleader-ish, but Goodwill didn’t ask me to write a plug for them … I did it all on my own, after being incredibly inspired by some of their recent campaigns and the big things the organization is up to.

I absolutely had Goodwill in a box as to what it means to me and our local communities, however, my perspective was sorely limited. So I just wanted to share all the amazing things that Goodwill provides — aside from fabulous troves of treasure hunting and bargain buys!


2 Responses to “Why Goodwill Lives Up to Its Name”

  1. Dawn March 23, 2011 at 7:15 AM #

    What a sweet post! Some of my best finds are from my local Goodwills. At one, we are known and know on a first-name basis! I will check out my locals this week and see what I can do for them. Thanks for the tip.


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic March 26, 2011 at 9:24 AM #

      Absolutely, Dawn! And congrats on having such a strong rapport with your Goodwill. There’s nothing like good old fashioned community!


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