When people talk about recycling, they often mean gathering plastic bottles, newspapers and tomato soup cans that would otherwise be thrown out with the garbage. However, the idea of recycling needs to take on a bigger meaning. And what many people don’t realize is, we’ve been doing it for years. What I’m talking about is recycling goods from your house and donating them to charities that can reuse your old clothing, toys and furniture to help make a better life for someone else.
In my house, when we recycle our older toys, I’ve taught my boys there are parents out there who can’t necessarily afford new toys. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to help out the kids whose family doesn’t have the means for these items? What I’ve found is my six-year-old is much happier to part ways with trains and baby toys he doesn’t touch anymore knowing he’s helping a kid in need. Including your kids in donating not only teaches them about helping other people but gives them a sense of empowerment that they can make a difference. I look at donating our used items as a chance to not only help out a family that wouldn’t be able to afford these items but also to support a charity that then uses the incoming money to further support others.
Did you know every 38 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill is placed in employment. Goodwill promotes independence and dignity for people who need support to provide for themselves and their families. When people donate to their local Goodwill, they play a vital role in fulfilling this mission. To me, Goodwill is the ultimate place to recycle.
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with 14 affiliates in 13 other countries. Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2012, more than five million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.
But don’t take my word for it. It just happens that today Beyonce Knowles-Carter announced she is lending her voice to help raise awareness about Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through the power of work. The announcement comes just as Beyoncé gets ready to kick off The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour today in Serbia.
“Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works every day to help them improve and re-establish their lives,” said Beyoncé.
Beyoncé will encourage fans to support Goodwill by promoting donation drives at her North American concerts beginning on Friday, June 28, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Goodwill will host a mobile donation center onsite at 28 tour venues in 24 North American cities, collecting clothing, electronics and small household goods. The revenue from the sale of these donations will directly benefit local Goodwill agencies in their work to help people with disabilities and disadvantages, and anyone facing challenges to finding employment.
Beyoncé will also help build awareness of Goodwill’s mission through in-concert education, social media and online ticket auctions. Global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com will auction special ticket packages for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, with the revenue benefitting Goodwill.