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Goodwill Ambassador

Updated on April 11, 2014

Goodwills meet the needs of all job seekers, including programs for youth, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs. Last year, Goodwill helped more than 6.7 million people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care, to name a few — and get the supporting services they needed to be successful — such as English language training, additional education, or access to transportation and child care.

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Goodwill Ambassador

Give me the State of Goodwill

Take whatever principality, province or place…

Give me the State of Goodwill

If something breaks, it is not the end of the world.

Multi-cultural and filled with history

Stories everywhere I look:

Wedding dress that someone got rid of

Did it lose its sentimentality? Was it no longer worth saving?

Better to allow someone else luck with its grandeur

Than to be packed away to yellow and punctured by the moths

Small decorative plate stamped with Limoge

France? Hmmm…what happened to the matching cup?

I know I have seen Limoge on Antiques Roadshow…

Wait! What am I doing? Remember? Stop!

My moving out space is already overflowing

The plan: de-clutter, remove all reminders of those other lifetimes

Surely someone will see the beauty of the 11x7 real pink Queen Conch

Surrounded by all the aquamarine-colored collection of glass

My Dear Goodwill, I wish I could just give them all to you

And those that don’t sell I promise they will be placed in your loving hands

Maybe the Chinese woman with her beautiful smile given to me freely

Who has no idea she just made my day

How nice to see someone from the melting pot here in my rural town

Will pick up the Ellgreave Brown Willow tea pot from England

The one I have that has the wrong lid

Man wearing a Stevie Ray Vaughan type hat

Handsome and Mysterious

Is he looking for the perfect shirt to wear to his daughter’s wedding?

Perhaps he will stop by on my “moving out” day and buy all of my Princess House

To give to his beautiful daughter on her special wedding day

What baby played with that toy, wore those itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny shoes,

Was wrapped in that blanket, or had that book read to him or her?

Oh, The Books I Could Give to this sprouting scholar

Look at all those cords—surely one will fit my phone

Do I really care if the cell gets charged?

I am not one who really cares for phone conversation anyway

Why not just donate the phone today? Ask that lady wearing the

Goodwill vest if she could use it.

Yes. Appoint me the Goodwill Ambassador.

Let me have the honor of hanging that shirt you never wore

With the shirts hanging out in the store

Put all your kitchen gadgets in a box that you no longer use

Bring them to me I will be glad to add them to the stack

As your Goodwill Ambassador, I will work hard

To keep our special state just as it is

filled with stories,

Imperfect to the unseeing eye

Organized just enough to make shopping

A wonderful adventure filled with unsuspecting surprise


All pictures were taken by me. Obviously, I am not a photographer.


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      3 years ago

      Yes and no. My oldest doesn't event thoguh I wish she would! My 12 year old plays football and my 4 year old takes 2 different dance classes. My 2 year old will start dance in January.

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      3 years ago

      Thniikng like that shows an expert's touch

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such nice comments.

      I agree that lots of people are starting to see the sense in recycle, reuse and re-create.


      You are so welcome.

      Blessings to you both,


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for sharing and explaining about Goodwill.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Kim, I loved this hub. Goodwill sounds like an incredible organisation, compassion and goodness, thinking about how our action can impact not only ourselves but also others for the better.

      As far as I'm aware, we don't have Goodwill here in the UK, maybe it's something we can learn from. Generally, people are becoming more conscious of how much waste we are producing and are beginning to change some habits. For instance, they're renting rather than buying new. Nice work, great poem.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      I believe you are a treasure. I just read your piece focusing on cinematic composer, and I was so impressed.


      I think after we have our coconut cake and coffee, we should go shopping together at Goodwill. Between the both of us, I bet we could write something pretty cool. Maybe we could give that gown an owner and a story. Smiles.


      Perhaps I could also be the ambassador for Red Cross and St Vincent de Paul? Maybe, you could join me?


      So good to see you. Thanks for stopping by. I just listened to your song that was never released, but I am sure would have been a hit. Maybe it is not too late to release it now?


      Thank you for your kind comments. Goodwill really does seem to embrace what charity means in so many different ways.


      I hope you will be encouraged to return more often. It is kind of a hit and miss as to what you will find. Some visits I see more interesting items than others. Good to see you!


      So nice to see you! Thank you for your kind words.

      Blessings to All,


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      K.A.E Grove 

      4 years ago from Australia

      A wonderful poem that express the heart behind these shops, a lovely poem

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      4 years ago from Louisiana

      You Goodwill seems to have some interesting items. I used to go quite often but do less now.

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      Romeos Quill 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Looks to be such a worthy cause Kim, and it's great that those items can be re-used - why pay over the odds for something which will do the same job equally as new and help raise cash into the bargain as well for those who really need it? Some older items were better built anyway and these everyday props of inanimate witness have been made more appealing through your whimsical piece.

      A good advert for a wonderful, charitable institution!


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      Al Wordlaw 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Kim, good to see you. Goodwill is a beautiful thing. A piece of one's displeasure is another's one's good measure. Thank you for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Kim, we don't have Good Will stores here, but I imagine the Red Cross and St Vincent de Paul are similar. We give to them quite often and shop there as well, especially for books. You would make a great Good Will ambassador. This is a very worthwhile hub. Well done.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kim,

      What beautiful insight into what goes into the Goodwill stores, and your thoughts about those very items and curiosities about each one. One does ponder such, or at least I do when I go ... about what sweet little child used to play with the dollhouse and such and the bridal gowns too.

      Beautifully creative as always.

      Up and more


      Faith Reaper

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Kim….

      I agree with Audrey…”the heart filled with good will towards self and others.” This hub is a treasure! :-)

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Cool. We must never take for granted others and their needs, too.



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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I did not know Goodwill did those other things so thank you for that! We have one nearby we take things to quite often; now I will know there is an added reason. ^+

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Jamie and Suzette,

      Obviously, I love Goodwill Stores, but it is always good to hear that others appreciate them as well. Suzette, I wish you lived next door. Then, I could just walk over and give you the tea pot. SMILES.


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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Kim: I enjoyed this poem! Our Goodwill store here in Akron. Ohio is as big as a department store. I have donated items to Goodwill over the years and I agree; just because I don't use it anymore doesn't mean someone else can't. It is better to recycle items than just throw them away. I love your photos. especially the tea pot! I would use that myself.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      I love the Goodwill, not only do they help us find things we need without going out and buying something new, but it gives me a place to offer all the stuff I don't want anymore to help a cause. Every move we have given truckloads to Goodwill. Kim this was a enjoyable poem about a worthy organization. Thank you. Jamie

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      4 years ago

      Thank You for always seeing beyond...



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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      I love the sense of the obvious title here of Goodwill, but also the less obvious one--a heart filled with good will towards self and others--so well done!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank You!


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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Goodwill is the ultimate in recycling with a purpose and I love their stores. We shop there quite often and I have no problem with doing it. What do I need something new for? I would just dribble food on it and leave a stain, so I might as well start out with something stained. LOL

      I love this, Kim. Well done!


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