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By: Goodwill Industries International  09-12-2011
Keywords: Jobs, disabilities, job training

Posted: November 5, 2011

Many people with disabilities could benefit from having an assistance dog to aid them in a variety of ways. However, so few trained assistance dogs are available that only one percent of Americans who need an assistance dog currently have them. To address this need, Chattanooga Goodwill Industries created the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy to train and to provide assistance dogs free of charge to Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia residents who have physical disabilities.

Posted: November 1, 2011

Goodwill Industries International is partnering with the Together Foundation to expand the Goodwill Industries® mission and social enterprise model in South Korea, establishing a social welfare model that creates jobs and support for people with disabilities. The plan includes opening up 100 stores, serving 3,000 people with disabilities and creating 1,000 jobs for people with disadvantages over the next five years, specifically within the network of Goodwill affiliates in the cities of Busan, Seoul and Suwon.

Posted: October 30, 2011

Fresno State University students jump-started their campus-wide donation drive on Monday, October 24, with a flash mob and rally (video below). Working alongside the Goodwill of San Joaquin Valley (Stockton, CA), service learning students from the Craig School of Business teamed up with Fresno State’s University Student Union and the Break the Barriers community organization to support the Donate Movement.

Posted: October 25, 2011

Helping people succeed financially means more than helping them find jobs; it means giving them all the tools they need to build financial security and independence once they have a job, including resume-writing assistance, skills assessment, career counseling, access to computer and high-speed internet, and help with interviewing skills and financial counseling. Goodwill prosperity centers are a new model of financial education and assistance that are helping people build a safety net for themselves.

Posted: October 22, 2011

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is helping individuals throughout Metro Detroit overcome transportation-related employment challenges during the 4th consecutive year of its “Get on the Bus” campaign, taking place this month. Every $20 collected during the campaign enables a program participant to ride the bus to or from work, interviews or job training for at least a week. Donations also go towards providing aid to individuals in need of other employment-related transportation assistance, including gas cards and automobile repairs.

Posted: October 18, 2011

Earlier this summer, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago store associate Sheila Anderson was processing jewelry donations at the agency’s South Elgin, IL, location when she found a bracelet. Engraved with a name, military rank, branch of service, a date, and a country, the bracelet struck Anderson as more than a regular ID bracelet. Read on to learn how online research led Goodwill to learn more about the bracelet’s history and reunite the piece of jewelry with a family member of the soldier it commemorates.

Posted: October 15, 2011

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Astoria) teamed up with the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities to stage a fashion show and seminar on what outfits are most appropriate for people to wear in their chosen careers. Individuals participating in Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), an annual event that pairs students and job seekers with disabilities with mentors to help them explore career opportunities, served as models for the event.

Posted: October 11, 2011

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina hosted its 3rd Annual Undy 500 Motorcycle Charity Ride in September to raise awareness and funding for events and programs for local homeless veterans. Two hundred twenty-five riders donated more than 2,100 new undergarments to be distributed to veterans at the Annual Stand Down against Homelessness. More than $6,800 was raised in support of local veterans.

Posted: October 8, 2011

Long-time friends Dwight Murphy and Bobby Bowers, both 23, dream of being in the music industry. They are realistic enough to know that they need to make a living while they pursue that dream, and turned to Goodwill of the Big Bend’s Career Training Center to explore their options.

Posted: October 4, 2011

Leslie Hudson and Christall Peavy committed to earning their high school diplomas. So pride in their own accomplishments was evident when the two Florida women, who recently earned their diplomas from Goodwill Industries Big Bend’s Career Training Center, were interviewed for the Panama City News Herald.

“Now that I have a high school diploma, a lot of doors are opened to me,” said Hudson, 31, and the mother of three.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: disabilities, job training, Jobs

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They offer the basics — jeans, business attire, infant and childrenâ??s clothing, housewares and appliances, furniture and more — at a great value. The more than 2,600 Goodwill stores in the United States and Canada are independently owned and operated. Goodwill stores feature gently used and new items that are bargains for smart shoppers.


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Some shoppers like to bring in a seamstresses’ tape measure because sizes are not consistent between brands and sizes have changed through the years. If you’re looking for treasures, Outlets provide a great chance to find a treasure for cheap if you’re willing to dig a little. At Goodwill Outlet stores, merchandise is generally rotated multiple times per day with an even more robust rotation.



Items may be returned only with prior authorization from the seller within seven days of receipt if the merchandise was damaged during shipping or if there was a major distortion in the description. Shopping by check leaves you vulnerable to bank fraud, and sending a cashierâ??s check or money order doesnâ??t give you any protection if you have problems with the purchase.


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Place cards let you seat people near others that they have something in common with, and it’s considerate to seat smokers, or parents with babies near a door so they can slip out without too much of a hassle if necessary. The money you spend goes to people who live in your community and need assistance with job training or daily tasks, and, thanks to Goodwill, they learn new skills every day for independent living.