More Than 11.3 Million Americans Are Unemployed

More Than 11.3 Million Americans Are Unemployed

Goodwill Industries International and Ad Council partner on their first national multimedia PSA campaign to encourage Americans to help create jobs in their communities


WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — More than 11.3 million Americans are currently unemployed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In an effort to educate and inspire Americans to help create jobs in their communities by donating clothing and household items to Goodwill®, today Goodwill Industries International and the Ad Council launch their first national multimedia public service advertising (PSA) campaign. Created pro bono by New York-based advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, the English and Spanish PSAs communicate how revenue from the sale of an individual’s possessions helps provide job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs.

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Every 33 seconds of every business day, Goodwill helps someone find employment. In 2012, nearly 216,000 people in the United States and Canada obtained employment as a result of Goodwill’s career services programs. Through its 165 local, independent headquarters, Goodwill works to provide employment training, job placement and other community-based services, such as financial education and youth mentoring, to more than 6.7 million people each year.

“With the current economic situation, an increasing amount of individuals are relying on Goodwill for help as jobs can be difficult to come by,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “At Goodwill, we’re doing our part to help Americans get back on their feet through free soft skills training; job training programs; financial coaching; and a number of other services that offer assistance to people struggling to find employment. We hope that you will do your part by donating to your local Goodwill.”

The multimedia PSAs feature a variety of inspiring scenes — someone who has just landed a new job; someone who is gratified by preparing a box of goods to donate; and someone who leaves the house for a fulfilling first day at work — to demonstrate how donations impact members of the community. Additionally, an animated TV PSA, “How We Do It,” provides audiences a snapshot of the process from drop-off of a donation to job creation. All PSAs conclude with the tagline, “Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.,” and direct audiences to visit to find their local donation centers. The site also features the Donation Impact Calculator, which allows users to calculate how a donation might equate to services for someone who is seeking employment.

“Our research has shown that Americans are very concerned with issues of jobs and employment,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “This new campaign will enable all Americans the opportunity to become job creators and make a significant difference in the lives of individuals living in their communities.”

Per the Ad Council model, PSAs are distributed to media outlets nationwide and run and air in advertising time and space entirely donated by the media.

“Saatchi & Saatchi is proud to partner with the Ad Council in bringing to life the important work of Goodwill in an emotionally compelling way,” said Durk Barnhill, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi New York. “Goodwill is an American brand icon and we hope to encourage more people across the country to donate.”

For more information on the campaign visit or follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter @GoodwillIntl.

Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with 13 affiliates in other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at®. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2012, more than 6.7 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.

To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

The Ad Council

The Ad Council is a private, nonprofit organization with a rich history of marshaling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has effected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or view our PSAs on YouTube.

Saatchi & Saatchi

Saatchi & Saatchi ( is known for its outstanding creative ideas that generate powerful emotional connections between consumers and products. This is a key element in Lovemarks, Saatchi & Saatchi’s unique methodology for elevating the status of brands created to create “loyalty beyond reason” and “inspirational consumers.”

SOURCE The Ad Council

More Than 11.3 Million Americans Are Unemployed