A couple of weeks ago I was paying for my (weekly) purchase at the Goodwill and politely declined the plastic bag that was offered to me at the checkout. Unless I have way too much to carry (which has been known to happen) I always decline the bag and just carry my stuff out to the car.Â Usually the clerk is surprised about this, but this time she wasn’t and we chatted a bit and commiserated about how many plastic bags we all end up with after doing our weekly shopping.Â As I paid and completed my purchase she said:
â€œYeah, they need to provide the re-usable shopping bags here too because you know, the Goodwill is going greenâ€.
Soâ€¦â€¦â€¦. that got me thinking and sparked my interest. We all know that thrift shopping is a â€œgreenâ€ thing to do by donating and purchasing items otherwise destined for the landfill, but I wondered, just what else is Goodwill Industries doing to go green? My good friend Google and I did a little digging and I found out about a GREAT green initiative.
From the Goodwill International website:
Goodwill Industries has received a $7.3 million grant as a part of the â€œPathways Out of Povertyâ€ opportunity funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The grant will provide funds to create Green job training programs as a strategy to move individuals out of poverty and into economic self sufficiency. The funding from the U.S. Department of Labor will enable the Goodwill to provide pre-employment training and occupational skills training for job seekers so that they can obtain and retain well paying jobs in the rapidly growing green industry of their choice. Jobs such as energy efficient building construction and retrofit, renewable electric power and energy efficient assessment.
The funding is being divided up among 6 Goodwill chapters in the U.S. who have demonstrated partnerships with local businesses and labor organizations, one of them being my local Goodwill chapter of North Georgia!
Cool!Â After reading this I really got interested!
I Â proceeded to the â€œPathways out of Povertyâ€ portion of the website and found out that in Georgia, 200 unemployed and underprivileged people are being trained in General Green Construction, Weatherization and Solar Panel Installation. Last year, the North Georgia Goodwill helped 4,169 people get good jobs! Now that is green that can really make a difference.
So, now when you shop at Goodwill, in addition to finding some really great stuff, you know your money and donations will go even further to help the environment.
I just can’t helpÂ myself any longer, I have to brag about what I found that day at the Goodwill:
You really can’t beat that at all, but Â I feel even better about my purchase now!