OP-ED - Your Year-End Donations Benefit Job Seekers

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It’s the season of giving, and there are some simple ways to make a big difference for your neighbors.

Over the holidays, consider digging into your closets, taking a look at the things that are no longer useful or adding value to your life, and consider donating them to Goodwill.

The benefits for you are a year-end tax deduction and some extra storage space, but most importantly, your donation of previously-loved items could result in a potentially life-changing opportunity for a fellow Kentuckian. As one of the state’s largest and oldest nonprofit organizations, Goodwill sells your donations to both create jobs in our stores and help thousands of other job seekers prepare for, enter, and find success in our communities’ workplaces. Many of the people we serve face significant challenges to finding and maintaining employment, but thanks to your donations, we placed Kentuckians into more than 3,300 jobs this year – and increase of 17% compared with 2016.

Goodwill’s career services help make paychecks possible for Kentuckians who want a chance to work. We focus on serving people who have disabilities, limited education or work history, are reentering the workforce after incarceration, or are chronically unemployed. Our goal is to prepare and connect eager job seekers with employment that will put them on the path out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency.

Donations of any size make an impact. Consider how many fellow Kentuckians you can help by simply cleaning out your closets and donating to Goodwill. We are grateful for your support; it truly does make a difference for thousands of people every year in our Commonwealth.

Amy Luttrell
President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
1325 South Fourth Street, Louisville KY, 40208
502-272-1700