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Thrifting At Goodwill Turns Buying A Pair Of Jeans Into A Job For Someone In Need

Something to keep in mind during your spring cleaning and summer shopping

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Whether you're in need of a cute pair of mom jeans for a 90s themed party, remixing your closet or shopping for affordable, vintage home decor, thrift store giant Goodwill Industries International has got you.

Aside from the donations and cute finds, did you know buying from or donating to your local Goodwill store serves the community?



More than 87 percent of Goodwills’ total revenue goes toward job training and placement programs, and other career services which provide credentials and certifications for participants. The organization also serves as a resource offering community-based programs such as financial education and transportation to help people support themselves and families. 

Brad Turner Little, Director of Mission Strategy at Goodwill, told Blavity that this year alone, Goodwill shoppers have helped place more than 288,000 people into jobs.

"You’re taking the things that you used to love, giving them a second life, and turning them into resources to be reinvested back into the community," Turner said.

By doing this, you are helping those who are unemployed, under-employed, and want to improve their quality of life.


Turner also noted a recent study by Engage for Good shows nearly two thirds of millennials express a preference for brands that stand for something. Last year, millennials donated nearly four billion pounds of items to local Goodwills. Those contributions alone helped Goodwill provide more than 69 million services for people including, child care, mock interviews, dress etiquette, computer training, digital skills training and more.



It is important to support one another, and Goodwill helps us do just that. 

Check out the video below to get a better understanding of the magnitude of your impact.




To find your local Goodwill, call 1-800-GOODWILL, visit http://www.goodwill.org and be sure to follow @GoodwillIntl.

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Maya is a News & Politics writer with Blavity, and alumna of Hampton University, who just wants justice for black folks. She's also a writing fellow with Center for Community Change. Follow her on Twitter & IG @MJBoddie.