By Special to the Daily World
COLUMBUS, GA — Although the U.S. unemployment rate has decreased in recent months, many people in our community still have difficulty entering the labor market and providing for their families. The simple act of cleaning out your closets and donating to Goodwill this spring will provide critical career services and programs to help people who are unemployed to once again earn paychecks.
"We see small signs of hope for the economy such as the dip in the unemployment rate and a rise in holiday retail sales, but for millions of families, the economic outlook is anything but positive," said Jane Nichols, President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers. "People without jobs, especially those who have been unemployed for long periods of time, need the extra attention and support that Goodwill has provided for more than a century."
The end of winter has long signaled the perfect time to declutter closets, attics and other storage spaces. Yet, spring cleaning has benefits beyond tidier households. A family's donation of gently used clothing and household goods can be sold in Goodwill stores. The revenues fund Goodwill's job training programs, and career and community-based services that can lead to jobs and fresh starts for people without jobs. Goodwill provides career services that anyone can use to boost their chances of getting hired, including assistance in writing a résumé, job interview practice and access to job leads with leading employers.
"When your spring cleaning ends with a donation to Goodwill, people looking for employment right here will benefit from your generosity," said Nichols. "Your donations fund Goodwill's employment programs that create jobs and strengthen families and the economic health of our community."