Goodwill is mostly know as a Thrift store but they have a far larger impact upon the community than just another place to find a good deal or shop on a budget. Your donations to their stores help fund many programs such as their Job Training programs where they help mentor, prepare and connect people to jobs and job training resources. This video features Candice's success story through the job training program, she went from sleeping in her car to becoming a nurse assistant which is such a huge achievement. Goodwill provides mentoring and job training and resources to immigrants, veterans, the disabled and many others who just need a leg up.
We don't have a Goodwill in Fairbanks so I usually donate coats to Big Brothers, Big Sisters who strive to make sure no kids in town go through our harsh winters without warm gear. (Value Village in Fairbanks is a drop off point for coats and cold weather gear for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.) For Fairbanks and North Pole residents, there's also The Santa's Clearing House which makes sure no kids go without a Christmas. I feel really lucky for everything I have this year, a job, a roof over my head, heat and the ability to give my kids a fun Christmas and if I have a little left over, I want to pass if forward, as the saying goes, "There but for the grace of God I go." Everyone deserves to be safe, warm and full and while Christmas is usually when the less fortunate among us come to mind, any season is a good time to help.
(This post is not sponsored. Goodwill asked if I would write a note and I believe very much in giving back to your community if you have the opportunity to do so. I admire both Goodwill and The Salvation Army for the amazing, selfless acts of kindness and help they provide within the community.)