Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.  Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. The story of Black History Month begins 50 years after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

In the late summer of 1915, Carter G. Woodson, an alumnus of the University of Chicago, Awarded a doctorate from Harvard three years earlier, participated in a national celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation sponsored by the state of Illinois. Thousands of African Americans traveled from across the country to see exhibits highlighting the progress their people had made since the destruction of slavery.  Woodson joined the other exhibitors with a black history display. A crowd of six to twelve thousand waited outside for their turn to view the exhibits. Inspired by the three-week celebration, Woodson decided to form an organization to promote the scientific study of black life and history before leaving town. 

Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

In the decades the followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2014, National African American History Month theme is Civil Rights in America. 

African American History Month brings to the forefront the inspiring stories of African-American icons—many of whom overcame great odds to leave their mark on the United States. At Goodwill Southern California, we believe in promoting cultural diversity every day of the year and celebrating the contributions that individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds contribute to humanity. In observance of African American History Month we would like to recognize the notable African Americans who embody the four cornerstones of Goodwill Southern California: Empowering Individuals, Enriching Communities, Advancing Businesses and Caring for the Earth.

Empowering Individuals  - Derrick Coleman, backup fullback for the NFL National Champion Seattle Seahawks, is the first deaf offensive player in the NFL. During the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, the world became enamored with Derrick Coleman after a commercial highlighting his journey to become a professional football player despite what many considered an insurmountable limitation in the world of professional sports, went viral.

While he might be the most discussed reserved player in the history of the Super Bowl, Coleman embraces the attention because he is, as he says, “a man with a cause”. “I want to reach out to the other hard-of-hearing and deaf community, to kids I can relate to, and who can relate to me,” he said. “Everybody has problems. I wear a hearing aid. Some people have glasses. Some people have depression. But as long as you don’t let that get in the way, you can do anything you want.” 

Coleman is an inspiration to all people of varying abilities, and serves as an example of what can be achieved with determination and a little compassionate assistance.

Enriching Communities – The first female artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her first five albums, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is one of the hottest and most notable superstars on the planet. But, Beyoncé is also a philanthropist who has contributed a great deal of her time to helping people in need over the years.

             Mrs. Carter created a fun remix of her catchy song, “Move Your Body” — along with a music video for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to prevent childhood obesity.

             Beyoncé and Jay-Z recently raised $1 million for the Shawn Carter Foundation, which is a scholarship initiative for students facing financial challenges. Since the organization launched in 2002, more than 750 applicants have received funding to go toward their education.

             In 2010, Beyoncé and her mother, Tina Knowles founded the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center, which offers a seven month cosmetology training program for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

             After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the performer, her family, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams started the Survivor Foundation to assist families that were displaced or struck with disease as a result of the natural disaster. Over the years, the organization has donated more than $2.5 million to support Katrina victims in the Houston area.

             In 2013, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter lent her voice to help raise awareness about Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through the power of work. “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.

Advancing Businesses – Earvin “Magic” Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers to 5 NBA Championships in the 1980’s. He also earned three League MVP’s and three Finals MVP’s. Upon retirement, Johnson has parlayed his success on the court into success in business and become the most powerful African American businessman in America.

 In 1987, Magic Johnson formed Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE.)  The organization’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for (their) partners and fostering community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. Over the last 3 decades Magic Johnson and MJE have gone on to start several dozen businesses and franchises, such as Magic Johnson Theatres, Fat Burger, Starbucks and  T.G.I. Fridays, creating job opportunities and economic development in underserved areas.

Johnson has fought every hurdle in his life brilliantly and has been a true inspiration for many of us.

Caring for the Earth  - Lisa Jackson is best known as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency – an appointment bestowed upon her by President Barack Obama. She is the first person of African American descent to serve as EPA Administrator. The chemical engineer was employed by the EPA for 16 years before taking the helm. She has become the first EPA administrator to focus on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which regulates the introduction of new or already existing chemicals. She was also cited as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine.

Deaf Seahawk Coleman aims to inspire, is succeeding on field and online. Retrieved from http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/2/deaf-seahawkcolemanaimstoinspireissucceedingonfieldandonline.html

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The Green Scene

In time for Earth Day, we interviewed Raymond Tellez, vice president of Business and Community Based Contracts for Goodwill’s e-waste recycling program (e-cycling), who shared tips and information about E-waste Recycling and Caring for the Earth.

How large is Goodwill’s E-Waste Recycling program? Goodwill’s E-Waste recycling program serves communities throughout our 31,000 square mile territory of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. Our e-waste division currently staffs 75 highly trained employees – of who, 80% have disabilities.

What items does Goodwill accept as e-waste? Is it limited to computers? Not at all! Literally anything that has a plug or a battery – hairdryers, flashlights, kitchen appliances, etc. — is considered e-waste and by state law, must be properly recycled rather than simply thrown in the trash.

What happens to electronics that are recycled? Goodwill offers one of only a few e-waste recycling programs authorized by both the State of California and AAA certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). Which means we follow, and surpass, strict Department of Defense standards when it comes to destroying data (computer memories) and crushing computer hard drives. Other items may be rebuilt, or dismantled so the parts can be sold in Goodwill stores. Our goal is to prevent any e-waste or hazardous materials from ending up in a landfill and contaminating the earth.

What’s the best way for a company to start e-cycling? The first step is research. Find a company that’s certified by the State of California so you’re following the law and assured that your e-waste is being disposed of properly. When we work with companies, we typically spend time explaining what e-waste includes and how we can help. Then, we can recommend a contract based on the needs of the business. For some that may mean accommodate an annual purge (like when a company upgrades their computer or telephone systems); and for others, we may schedule regular monthly or quarterly pick-ups. We also help communities by helping them organize a neighborhood e-waste donation drive event.

What are some of the most common or uncommon items you’ve seen e-cycled? Printers are by far the most common items we receive; probably because they tend to cost less to upgrade. We also receive a number of older televisions with the cathode ray tubes (CRT) because the media has done a good job of informing the public those need to be disposed of properly. Some of the more unusual items have been ‘80s gaming systems and eight-track players – you don’t see many of those around anymore!

Why should companies choose Goodwill for their e-waste recycling? We’re accredited, we’re experienced, and we have a long history of safely disposing of e-waste. And, when you contract with Goodwill, you’re helping people in need from the local community train for and maintain employment.

Has working with the E-Waste department changed the way you think about recycling in any way? Yes. Now, if I walk by a trashcan and see a piece of paper inside, my first question is, “Why?” I’ve learned it’s everyone’s responsibility to help care for the earth. E-waste recycling with Goodwill isn’t just the lawful way to manage items, it’s how we can all help the planet and people.

Want to learn more? Visit http://www.goodwillsocal.org/green-services-recycling/e-waste or call 323.539.2113.

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Beyoncé is lending Her Voice For GOOD

Beyoncé partners with Goodwill® to Transform Lives

(Rockville, MD) April 15, 2013 — Goodwill Industries International is pleased to announce that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will lend 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.

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. Financial donations and the revenue generated from the sale of used goods helps to sustain skills training, career placement services and job opportunities, and support services such as career counseling, access to free tax preparation and financial coaching. Members of the public can do their part to support Beyoncé’s efforts by giving goods, giving financially, or giving their voice to increase awareness of Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through the power of work.

Beyoncé will also support and advocate on behalf of other local charitable agencies involved in job creation and employment services during the overseas portion of her tour, to bring to light the importance of economic independence and an increased quality of life for those in need around the globe.

“We face a jobs crisis in the U.S. and around the world that threatens the future and the potential of our families and communities. Through Beyoncé’s platform, we will be able to increase knowledge of the positive impact Goodwill has on communities, the environment and the lives of the millions of people we serve each year through education and skills training, many of whom have been unemployed or underemployed for long periods of time,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We cannot begin to express our sincere gratitude to Beyoncé for her generous support of Goodwill and for showcasing Goodwill’s far-reaching programs and services that change lives each day.” 

About Goodwill Industries International

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 is one of America’s top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes). 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 4.2 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.

To find a Goodwill near you, use the online locator at locator.goodwill.org, or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl or @GoodwillCapHill, or find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

About Charitybuzz

Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Featuring access to acclaimed actors and musicians, business and political leaders, sports stars, luxury travel, couture fashion, rare memorabilia and more, Charitybuzz brings its online community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference.  Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $75 million for charity.

For more information, please visit Charitybuzz.com, like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CharityBuzz or follow us on Twitter @Charitybuzz.

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A Green Kind of Clean

Ahhh, spring. What’s the next best thing to do after taking a whiff of the first blooms to grace the awakening hills and valleys? Clean, of course. Who doesn’t love spring cleaning? Helllloooo organization station.

We’re not completely facetious here. Though it’s unlikely anyone is actually giddy at the prospect of spring cleaning, you might be in agreement that there’s something cathartic about going through your home and purging the excess clutter, organizing closets and feeling a renewed sense of peace in your sparkling clean abode.

You know who the best partner is for your spring cleaning endeavors? Goodwill Southern California. Before you throw anything away during your fastidious tidy up, ask yourself this: Could someone else possibly use this? If so, set is aside to donate to Goodwill and revel in good karma to come.

Thanks to your and Goodwill’s combined efforts, more than 2.5 billion pounds of clothing and household goods are kept out of our nation’s landfills every year. Plus, those donations result in hundreds of thousands of hours of employment for the 4.2 million people Goodwill helps with its career and training programs.

You can even see how your donations help by checking out the “Calculate Your Impact” function on our website. For instance, your donation of four bags of clothing, one unused lamp and three boxes of books equals 3.5 hours of career counseling.

Unsure if you should donate or recycle your miscellaneous clutter? Play the Donate Match Game. Match two items and Goodwill will tell you if it’s donate-worthy or not (hint: your empty milk carton collection should head to the recycling center).

After making your donation run to Goodwill Southern California, continue your reduce, reuse and repurpose streak by shopping inside for some organizational accessories needed to help finish up your spring clean. Here are a couple of things we found at a local Goodwill Southern California store:

Baskets aren’t just for Easter. Goodwill has a plethora of cute and colorful insta-organizers for every shelf in the closet. Best part: None of those shown were more than $5. Baskets are an easy way to store everything from papers to toys out in the open while cutting down on the mess.

Look for cute shelves. This retro-cool metal turquoise shelf was only $7 and could easily hang on a wall in the kitchen to hold extra coffee mugs or spice jars, or could be put in a bathroom to hold towels and perfume bottles.

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New, Modern Lancaster and Highland Stores Help People and the Earth

Attention Goodwill shoppers of Southern California: You have two new stores to explore. On January 18, Goodwill opened its 71st store in Lancaster, and on February 8, it opened its newest location in Highland (CA.) Both stores feature a new interior design and layout that shoppers are sure to notice.

Visitors to the new stores will enjoy wider aisles, meticulously organized merchandise, higher ceilings and a redesigned color palette. The nonprofit was aiming for “a more esthetically pleasing environment,” says Donna Snell, Retail Vice President. “People are pleasantly surprised and get the sense they’re not in a secondhand store.” The new design, says Snell, “can really compete with any major retailer.”

Of course, the new stores aren’t all about good looks. Their design also focuses on being environmentally responsible. Director of Facilities Arturo Montanez says the new stores, along with 10 others in Southern California, have been outfitted with new, energy efficient features that include low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient light bulbs, chemical-free concrete floors, VOC free paint and improved insulation to conserve energy.

“Goodwill Industries International is the largest recycler in the nation,” says Montanez. “Caring for The Earth is one of our Cornerstones and our sustainable business model has always been anchored by reducing, reusing and repurposing goods.” Montanez says the nonprofit’s goal is to become a zero-waste organization by 2016. In fact, Goodwill recently installed a rooftop solar energy system at their regional headquarters in San Fernando Valley, resulting in a $448,680 reimbursement from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The reimbursement will help fund GSC’s no-cost career programs and placement services for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages, further advancing the agency’s mission of Transforming Lives Through the Power of Work.

Over the next three years, Goodwill Southern California has plans to open 28 additional newly designed stores.  Every store is stocked with 2,000 items daily – offering So Cal’s savviest shoppers plenty of fabulous fashions, home goods, electronics and treasures to choose from. And you’ll feel good knowing that 92 percent of your purchase dollars support Goodwill’s mission services. Stores are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit GoodwillSoCal.org to find a location near you.

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Give from the Heart this Valentine’s Day

Ways to Share the Love (Goodwill SoCal style)…

While others are devouring bonbons, making florists wealthy, and struggling to see by candlelight all in the name of romance, here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate Love’s big day.

It’s the Thought that Counts     Use more creativity than cash at Goodwill for thoughtful gifts that will make hearts flutter. Try filling a gift bag with only red or pink items. Buy an empty vase, add wildflowers and include an old-school love note. Or embrace your romantic side with a book of poetry (win more points for reading the poems out loud).

Embrace Your Mother this Valentine’s     Mother Earth that is. When you donate to Goodwill, you’re helping the environment by keeping usable items from ending up in landfills. Did you know you can also donate e-waste? Anything with a plug or a battery, whether it’s working or not. Because we all know that when sparks fly with your sweetheart, that’s a good thing. If they fly when you plug in your toaster? Not so much. So if your flip phone’s gone from ;) to :( or your bedside lamp is no longer the light of your life, bring it to us and we’ll make sure it is properly recycled.

Be an Original     Catch your crush’s eye with Goodwill’s one-of-a-kind, designer label, and vintage clothing and accessories. We have racks and racks of Valentine’s Day looks to spice up your wardrobe that aren’t likely to be found anyplace (or on anyone) else.

Out with the Old     Spending February 14 solo? Don’t get bitter, feel better! Make room for a brand new sweetheart by cleansing your home and your heart of all-things-ex. Gather any lingering reminders – sports equipment, jewelry, books, clothes – and donate it all to Goodwill.

Have a Heart     Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is all about love. Single or attached, there’s no better way to show what’s really in your heart than helping transform the life of another person. Your contributions to Goodwill help thousands of individuals with disabilities and disadvantages find meaningful employment.

However you decide to spend this Valentine’s Day, we hope it’s filled with lots of love!

xoxo, Goodwill SoCal

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Magic’s In the Air

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Feel the LOVE    It’s almost Valentine’s Day—are you feeling the love yet? This chocolate-covered holiday is the perfect excuse to be the sappiest version of ourselves and let those in our life know just how much we adore them. Whether … Continue reading

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Join Us for a World Record Earth Day Event

Record Breaking Earth Day Event!

Goodwill SoCal is attempting to set a New World Record for most donations received in a 24 hour period. In celebration of Earth Day, we want to get the word out about the environmental impact donations of clothing, accessories, books, electronics, homegoods and other usable items have on our planet.

Thanks to your donations, and our green business services, including secure shredding and e-waste recycling, Goodwill SoCal diverted over 53 million pounds of textiles, homegoods, paper and electronics from landfills last year alone.

When, Where and Whoo Hoo!

Our Earth Day event takes place April 21and 22. Donors can drop off items at Universal Studios HollywoodSM , or any Goodwill Southern California location to help us set a new world record.

The weekend’s festivities will include giveaways and prizes, and, ONLY at Universal Studios HollywoodSM  a sweepstakes to win a 2-night stay at the Sheraton Universal Hotel and four 2-day passes to Universal Studios HollywoodSM. The event will commence with an address from Goodwill Industries International President and CEO, Jim Gibbons, and a free performance by B. Howard at 5:00pm on Sunday, April 22 at 5 Towers. Universal CityWalk’s new high-tech, outdoor concert venue.

Follow the Rs to a Greener Planet!

Reduce your clutter and your carbon footprint by donating unwanted items; reuse and repurpose by shopping Goodwill retail stores for gently used and new household goods and clothing; and recycle e-waste at no charge at your neighborhood Goodwill drop off location. Help make this Earth Day one for the record books!

Donate April 21and 22!

For more information about Goodwill SoCal donation centers, retail stores, weekly sales and our mission, visit GoodwillSoCal.org.

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Hollywood Stylist Gabrielle Lewis On Goodwill Southern California

Hollywood Stylist Gabrielle Lewis On Why Goodwill Southern California Is Her Go To for the Coolest, the Latest and the Greatest

One of Hollywood’s newest and brightest fashion stylists, Gabrielle Lewis, finds many of her hip, vintage and cutting edge looks at Goodwill SoCal.

“For me, shopping at Goodwill is a way of life. It’s like raiding your sister’s or best girlfriend’s closet, only I never get yelled at! I always find great things that are currently in style and on trend, but am thrilled when I come across an amazing vintage piece for a steal,” says Lewis. A few of her favorite recent finds: a 1960’s long-sleeved, black, fitted dress for $7.99, a scoop neck O’Brien dress, also $7.99, and a Bullocks blazer for $5.99.

Whether she’s shopping for a photo shoot, a unique look for a celebrity’s walk down the red carpet, or herself, her motto is the same: “Style is simply a form of expression and can go as far as your imagination.”

And while she loves a great buy on a designer frock, she’s quick to point out that fashion is personal and should inspire you. “The best advice I can give when it comes to Goodwill shopping is to buy what you like. It’s not what something is worth— it’s what it’s worth to you.”

Standing out – in a good way of course – is important in many businesses but especially in Hollywood where the competition can be particularly fierce and the critics, plentiful. “The things that make my clients look and feel unique, are the things that set Goodwill apart from other stores, and, hopefully, me apart from other stylists,” says Lewis.

Take a look at some of Lewis’s latest work, along with some outrageous Goodwill SoCal finds:

  1. Sheer black, polka dot, vintage blouse: $4.99
  2. Printed burnt orange blouse: $4.99
  3. Vintage black romper: $7.99
  4. White mini-dress: $4.99
  5. Vintage classic pleated dress: $7.99, Classic black and white ruffled cardigan: $5.99, Vintage red hat: $6.99
  6. Denim vest: $5.99
  7. Black and gold braided jacket: $20.00
  8. Silver blouse: $4.99

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New Year Blog

New Years Blog

Resolve to make it a GOOD new year. You can save the environment, save money, burn calories, help people in your community, get organized and save time by getting it all done at the same place.

Resolve to make it a GOOD new year. You can save the environment, save money, burn calories, help people in your community, get organized and save time by getting it all done at the same place.

So it seems abundantly clear that we’re still not out of the woods yet. The economy is still struggling, unemployment numbers are still high, the environment is still in need of attention and we could all use a little stress reduction in our lives. As the New Year approaches, most people start to consider what adjustments they can realistically implement in their lives to bring about positive change. The problem most people have with keeping their resolutions is that they’re too complicated and time consuming. We all lead busy lives and it’s difficult to add new routines when we barely have time for the old ones. Well, we’ve got a solution to your resolution dilemma. And it’s easy, fun and just plain good for you, the community, and the environment.

Good Resolution Number One: Do Something Green

When you donate to, or shop at, Goodwill Southern California, you’re helping to keep usable goods out of landfills, and that’s good for everyone. Goodwill Industries is the number one recycler in the nation. And we’ve been doing it for almost a century. As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. And at Goodwill, we love what you don’t!  If by chance you’ve left the 80’s behind, trust us, there’s a whole new generation of kids and teens who are itching to score some neon yellow leg warmers, even if they have no clue who Jane Fonda or Olivia Newton John are.

Good Resolution Number Two: Get Control of Your Budget

Just because our national deficit is out of control, doesn’t mean your household budget has to follow suit. As a country, we’ve all had to tighten the belt a bit which can be uncomfortable at best. But when you shop at Goodwill, your budget doesn’t have to suffer and neither does your wardrobe. With new donations arriving daily, our stores are a treasure trove of designer and vintage clothing and accessories.

Good Resolution Number Four: Get Fit

Did you know that shopping burns 135 calories an hour? So instead of spending your time hanging out at the local coffee shop with a 2000 calorie caramel latte, consider walking a few laps around your local Goodwill. Pretty soon you’ll be headed right for the skinny jean section.

Good Resolution Number Five: Get Organized

Purge, purge, purge. We know that sometimes it’s hard to let go. But isn’t it a little easier when you know that what you give away will greatly benefit others? Don’t let the spirit of giving end with the holidays. When you donate gently used household items, electronics, books and clothing to Goodwill, you’ll create a more open, inviting and productive space for yourself and your family, and help members of your community start their new year off right as well. Goodwill is also a great place to find organizational tools such as bins and baskets to keep your home clutter free all year.  So try the one in, one out rule.  For every item you purchase and bring in to your home, find something that you no longer love or need and give it to Goodwill.  Really, if you haven’t worn it or used it in 2011, it’s time to let it go in 2012.

Good Resolution Number Six: Help Others

Goodwill offers a hand-up, not a hand-out, to individuals with disabilities and vocational disadvantages. Your purchases and donations help create jobs for thousands of people in need. And you can rest assured that the money we raise at our retail stores is put to good use throughout your local community. Charity Navigator has awarded Goodwill Southern California their highest 4-star rating for eleven years in a row, largely due to the fact that 93% of our budget goes directly to employment programs and services. When someone finds a job, they gain more than a paycheck. They gain a sense of pride, dignity and financial stability, and become productive, contributing members of the community. It’s a long-term and far-reaching solution to many of the problems our country faces today.

See? No need for detailed plans, gym memberships, or truck-loads of guilt. Resolutions can be easy when you multi-task.

From all of us at Goodwill SoCal, we wish you a peaceful, prosperous and promising New Year.

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