JANUARY IS GET ORGANIZED MONTH - DECLUTTER AND DONATE TO GOODWILL® — AND HELP CREATE JOBS IN NORTHEAST INDIANA
Families can start now to lower stress and get homes organized for 2015

 

Rockville, MD (Jan. 8, 2015) — January is Get Organized Month. Make room for your holiday gifts by giving things you don’t need to Goodwill. Last year, your donations helped 10 million people find jobs. There are more than 3,000 Goodwill stores across the United States and Canada that are ready to take donations and sell them in their stores. Here in northeast Indiana, Goodwill has nine stores and multiple donation centers that can accept donations. The revenue generated will fund job training programs and community-based support services, such as child care, financial education and mentoring. 

All Goodwill locations accept donations of clothing and household goods. Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc., also takes electronics, computers and accessories and gently used furniture. It does not accept beds and bed frames, mattresses, large appliances and televisions. 

“Many people find it difficult to part with their things, but once they do, they find they have alleviated a lot of stress by living in a more organized and neat environment,” said Lorie Marrero, Goodwill spokesperson, founder of the Clutter Diet® and contributing editor to Woman’s Day magazine. “Goodwill provides valuable community services by selling the items you no longer need. You get a tax deduction and experience the rewarding feeling that comes with helping others.” 

Marrero has tips for helping people part with items they no longer need:
 

n  Use the “One In, One Out Rule” to make room for new items. For every new gadget or sweater received, give one to Goodwill.

n  Choose a problem area like the kitchen or closet and make it a weekend project to clean out.

n  Help children learn the value of giving by organizing their toys and donating some they don’t play with anymore to Goodwill.

 
Goodwill donors can calculate the positive impact of their donation with the Donation Impact Calculator. Users can choose their donations from the drop-down menu, and the calculator will display the impact of that donation on the community. For example, a donation of one bag of clothes provides one hour of a financial planning class or résumé preparation assistance for someone who is looking for work and building a career.

 

“Goodwill provided critical job training services to nearly 10 million people last year,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We could not have done this without the revenues generated at our stores, which all come from selling goods donated by others.”

 

Donations to Goodwill are tax deductible, but donors should make sure they get their receipts. They should also use reliable resources to help them estimate the value of their donations. Goodwill recommends the website www.charitydeductions.com.

 

Visit www.fwgoodwill.org to find your nearest Goodwill donation center.

 

Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work. Our network of 165 independent, community-based Goodwill's in the United States and Canada offers customized job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges.