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Wait! Don’t throw those old jeans away! (and other things I learned at the Jeans to Jobs Sustainability Tour at Goodwill Industries)

If you’re like me, you go through your closet every now and then and decide to get rid of some clothes. Some you’ll donate (this

If you’re like me, you go through your closet every now and then and decide to get rid of some clothes. Some you’ll donate (this is where Goodwill comes in) and maybe there’s a few pieces you think may not be donation worthy. Well, think again.

At the Jeans to Jobs Sustainability Tour, I learned that Goodwill Industries is one of the largest recyclers in California, diverting millions of pounds of material goods from the landfill.

Did you know that the insulation used in your car could be from old, donated jeans that came from a donation at Goodwill? And if you’re like me, you’ve popped into a Goodwill Store looking for those vintage pieces for the 60’s theme party or your child’s Halloween costume.

While Goodwill is known for their retail stores, I learned today how our donations and purchases are transformed into vocational training and job placement services.

It was inspiring to hear from one of the Goodwill program participants, Edgar, as he described how his entire life has changed. He arrived at Goodwill looking for a bus pass and left with a job. He’s now been gainfully employed there for the past 3 years.

I’m grateful for days like this, where in the course of my normal work day, I’m able to get up close with the non-profits that are recipients of the donations from the profits of the company I work for, Give Something Back Office Supplies and Furniture. It’s especially rewarding when I’m fortunate enough to meet someone like Edgar, who is now living a life he could have only imagined.

So, as you’re finishing up your spring-cleaning over the weekend, be sure to gather up your donations and get them to your local Goodwill Industries drop-off station. You’ll be doing good for your community, folks like Edgar and help keep unnecessary waste from the landfill.

-By Shirley Meredith Swag Game Expert

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