Between Sept. 11 and Nov. 11, the Go Green Warehouse in Denver is organizing a donation drive to collect home improvement materials for its store in support of military veteran employment. So if you are a homeowner clearing the house in preparation for the holidays, a contractor with leftover building materials you are otherwise planning to throw in the dumpster, or a business that sells home improvement materials and has some overstock to get rid of, consider donating it the Go Green Warehouse!
The Go Green Warehouse is a home improvement materials store that is open to the public and sells a variety of products ranging from appliances, furniture and building materials to tools, sinks and doors at prices that are up to 75% off retail. The store relies exclusively on donations to keep its shelves full – and right now, the shelves are in need of some replenishment.
From Sept. 11 (marking the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), the Go Green Warehouse is ramping up its donation efforts with a donation drive that culminates in a Breakfast Burrito Blowout on Saturday, Nov. 10. (Free breakfast burritos will be given out to all donors who come into the store that day!)
As an income-generating arm of Veterans Green Jobs – a nonprofit organization based here in Denver that connects military veterans with employment opportunities – the Go Green Warehouse not only directs its revenues to a good cause, it also directly hires veterans. It gives hiring preference to veterans who are wounded warriors, long-term unemployed, homeless or have other employment barriers. The warehouse also runs a transition employment program that helps to break down the barriers to employment.
Let’s talk about unemployment for veterans. The national unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans is far above the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in June 2012, of those veterans who have served since 2001, 12.7 percent were unemployed in May, and the youngest (18-24 years of age) are unemployed at a rate of 23.5 percent. More than one million veterans are projected to leave the military between 2011 and 2016, placing increased demands on the workforce. These numbers are startling.
In Colorado alone in 2011, 49,000 Colorado veterans (out of 475,000 total veterans in the state) sought employment assistance with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, but this represents only a portion of the veterans needing employment. Additionally, there are some 21,000 recent veterans attending institutions of higher education in Colorado.
The Go Green Warehouse is such a good cause, it’s hard to argue with any reason for giving up your used/new, recycled or surplus home improvement materials to this store. But in case you need a little boost in your decision to give to the Go Green Warehouse, here are 11 good reasons to give between Sept. 11 and Nov. 11:
1. Every donation helps employ military veterans. (Remember, Veterans Day is Nov. 11!)
2. You help keep good, usable materials out of the landfill.
3. You don’t have to lift a finger – we’ll pick up your stuff for free at your home, office or work site.
4. You have an excuse for clearing out the garage or basement now, without waiting until spring.
5. Every donation helps employ military veterans (did we say that already?).
6. Get a tax write-off.
7. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, reduce leftover home project waste.
8. If you are a contractor, reduce job-site waste.
9. If you are a business owner, reduce office renovation waste.
10. Reduce the clutter in your surroundings, knowing that your trash is another’s treasure.
11. Every donation helps employ veterans (we thought this one was worth repeating).
Call Today to Schedule a Pick-Up: 720-236-1340
For a list of donated goods the Go Green Warehouse accepts, visit http://www.gogreenwarehouse.org/Donate-Green-Building.html