As you drive through Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, I hope you have seen our billboards advocating our mission:
You Donate. We Train. People Work.
Its meaning was recently reinforced to me through an email received from an acquaintance.
A few months back I did what most Goodwill donators do—I cleaned out my closet. Without any thought, I rounded up a bunch of items that I haven't worn in a while and made a trip to my local donation center here in Chicago. Most of the items were old jeans and casual clothing but I also donated a couple of sport coats and a suit or two. A couple days later I received the forwarded message below through Linkedin.
Hi - I know this is a unusual, but you left a business card in a suit you donated to Goodwill. I made this account expressly to thank you. It was difficult finding a good, quality suit I could afford for job interviews. Thank you so much.
To say I was blown away wouldn't do it justice—it literally made my year! Many of us donate our clothing as a way of helping, but never truly understand how it affects people's lives or where it actually goes. The fact that this person took time out of his day to thank me put it all in to perspective for me. I hope you and your team can use this as fuel for continuing your efforts. It certainly made me feel great about the decision to donate to your organization.
Donations from the community are the lifeblood of Goodwill Store & Donation Centers and the sale of those donated items funds our mission of training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence. When you donate to Goodwill this holiday season, know that your donations really can change a life.