Goodwill Seeking More Schools to Help Turn Spring Cleaning Into Job Training and Placement

Chris Odell, Principal of Brigadoon Elementary School in Federal way notes “The Brigadoon School community is excited to participate in this volunteer effort! In addition to helping others, it will teach our students the value of recycling and volunteerism. Our Tiger Club members, who are leading the effort, will also be practicing leadership. These are all values that are central to our American spirit, and so we are grateful for this opportunity.”

“The Goodwill donation campaign is an important project for our students,” said Assistant Superintendent Carol Matsui. “This is an opportunity for our students to contribute to real-life problems, and become active contributing citizens and community members by helping others.”

The school donations program is still in its infancy, receiving 124,204 pounds of donations from 78 elementary, middle and high schools in Southwest Washington since its start in 2010. Program Coordinator and Donations Manager Elaine Brabham expects to collect 50,000 lbs. in student donations this school year and hopes to double that number in 2013-2014. “Students and parents are using the most efficient way in America to turn household goods into economic and environmental gain,” said Brabham. “Every 2,700 lbs. translates into another scholarship for an individual to attend job training and placement. This is a win-win for school districts, schools, the community and education of youth.”

Families doing Spring Cleaning can donate directly to Goodwill at 15 donation stations and 29 additional retail stores in the region. For locations visit www.tacomagoodwill.org .

About Tacoma Goodwill
Getting America Back to Work…

Goodwill provides innovative job placement, career training and education to connect Americans with a higher quality of life. As a unique nonprofit business, our thrift shop revenue and public donations fuel programs that help people with limited income, disabilities and disadvantages overcome barriers to employment. This year alone, Tacoma Goodwill Industries will help 9,000 people with education, job training and placement so they can become independent self-supporting citizens. Of these, more than 2,200 people will be offered office, culinary, catering, retail, custodial, warehouse, transportation and logistics careers thanks to partnerships with 800 companies across Washington. These critical career development and placement services are funded through generous financial gifts, grants, fees, commercial services and the operation of 31 thrift stores throughout our western and south central Washington operations. Please visit our website at www.tacomagoodwill.org .