Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana launches spring-cleaning campaign to give job seekers new beginnings

With a particularly cold and snowy winter nearing an end, millions of Americans are gearing up for the annual de-hibernation ritual known as spring cleaning. This year, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana (Goodwill) is encouraging people to think of the spring-cleaning season as both a time to offer a fresh start to bygone belongings, and to help give individuals in need of work get a fresh start, too. By donating clothing and household goods to Goodwill®, consumers can ensure their spring cleaning refuse gets diverted from landfills, and they can also help fund job training and placement programs for individuals right here in Southeastern Louisiana.

In 2014 alone, Goodwill provided training and employment programs for job seekers, including youth, seniors, veterans and military families, people with disabilities, and others with specialized needs, in careers such as broadband technology, culinary arts and hospitality. Goodwill also provided support services to help them land jobs and excel in their careers. With the economy finally showing some signs of life and perhaps heading for an upswing, it is essential that people in our own community who are out of work receive the training they need to succeed in the workplace. That is why Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana is asking its friends and neighbors to donate when they finish spring cleaning. Donors will help the environment by giving those items a fresh start and help someone else get a fresh start in the workplace.

“Spring is traditionally the time of year for new beginnings,” said Lorie Marrero, Certified Professional Organizer®, best-selling author The Clutter Diet and contributing editor to Woman’s Day Magazine and Goodwill Industries International spokesperson. “When you donate this spring, new beginnings come in threes. You get a fresh start for your de-cluttered house, your donated goods find a new home, and you help give a job seeker a fresh start of their own.”

To see exactly how much of a difference donations can make, visit and calculate their impact this spring. Then visit our retail location page ( for places to donate.

About Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana

Goodwill is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to offering opportunities to people with disabilities and other employment disadvantages to improve their economic self-sufficiency through training, education, support services and employment. Serving 23 parishes of Southeastern Louisiana, Goodwill operates more than a dozen janitorial and grounds maintenance contracts and 18 retail stores in 14 cities—including Baton Rouge, Covington, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, Kenner, Mandeville, Metairie, New Orleans, River Ridge, Slidell, Walker and Zachary. Get social with Goodwill at and