GOODWILL TEAMS UP WITH NEARLY 20 LOCAL NON-PROFIT GROUPS TO HOST DONATION DRIVES IN 2014
Partners For Good program helps groups raise funds while collecting donations for Goodwill
SAN ANTONIO - Non-profit groups with fundraising goals only have until January 17 to apply to host a Goodwill collection drive in 2014.
As part of Goodwill’s innovative Partners For Good program, the donation drives also serve as fundraisers for non-profit partners, who can receive up to $1,000 for each truckload of usable donated items they collect. Non-profit partners organize, promote and work the events. Goodwill provides trucks and attendants to load donated items.
Goodwill’s Partners for Good Donation Drives provide items for sale at Goodwill retail stores while helping organizations meet their fundraising goals. Every donation and every purchase at a Goodwill store funds education programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers.
Goodwill announces the following non-profit organizations scheduled to host Goodwill Donation Fundraising Drives in 2014, along with the dates of each drive:
- Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a social outreach ministry to the homeless and indigent working poor with a mission of “providing food, clothing and dignity to our brothers and sisters in need.” This mission is accomplished through the use of a catering truck and the dedication of countless volunteers that go out on the street of San Antonio providing meals, clothing and personal care items to those in need. Saturday March 1.
- D.R. Semmes YMCA, a non-profit that listens to and responds to the community’s most critical social needs, ensuring that everyone has the chance to learn, grow and thrive, regardless of age, income, ability, ethnicity or faith. With a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the YMCA incorporates core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith into all they do. Saturday March 8.
- Schertz United Methodist Church, providing opportunities for church members to donate and volunteer for activities that help the local, national and world communities and organizations. They also engage members in helping the surrounding communities through various projects. Saturday March 22.
- Byron P. Steele HS Project Graduation, an organization specifically targeting the current graduating senior class of Steele High School. They are responsible for hosting an annual Project graduation event for the current graduating class. Saturday March 29.
- MacArthur HS Band and Flag Parents Association, a non-profit organization designed to support the unfunded costs of running a band program in the school system of Texas. Saturday April 12.
- Boy Scout Troop 360, Boy Scout troop based in Encino Park, sponsored by St. Padre Pio Catholic Church. Provide activities and community projects throughout the San Antonio area for about 80 boys and about 70 adults. Saturday April 26.
- East Central ISD AVID Club, providing a system of support for students who want to go to college. East Central AVID provides support for “students in the middle” through an elective class. Currently there are more than 600 students directly involved in AVID at East Central. AVID stands for advancement via individual determination and is a research-based system of support which prepares students with the skills, knowledge and self-advocacy to start and finish college. Saturday May 3.
- San Antonio Texans Soccer Club, dedicated to developing athletes who are able to achieve state, regional, and national championship titles as well as enhancing the important qualities of character, leadership and community involvement of the youth. Saturday May 10.
- Greater New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, which has as its statement of purpose “to lift up Jesus in our worship and to be a guiding light to the sinner in darkness.” They minister to the saved, unsaved, and needy. Saturday May 31.
- Claudia Taylor Johnson HS Band Parents Association, which helps to subsidize the cost of band participation, bringing down the cost for travel competitions and additional adjunct instructors. Saturday June 7.
- Angel Cover Ministry, a non-profit, volunteer based corporation, whose mission is to provide warmth to wounded veterans, the elderly and cancer patients throughout San Antonio by making and delivering handmade quilts. Saturday Sept. 6.
- San Antonio Independent Living Services (SAILS), a non-profit established in 1981 to provide free services to persons with all types of disabilities. Sunday Sept. 14.
- Providence Catholic School, a college preparatory institution for young women, sponsored by the Congregation of Divine Providence. The school provides a program of academic excellence grounded in faith and trust in a Provident God. Providence prepares young women of diverse backgrounds for the world of tomorrow and encourages them to develop intellectual curiosity, deepen their faith, practice integrity, and seek justice. Saturday Sept. 20.
- FEAST, a non-profit educational organization comprised of home schooling families. This organization was officially that serves as a clearing house of information and support services for the home schooling community in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Saturday Sept. 27.
- Hunters Creek North Neighborhood Association, with a mission to protect the property values of the 241 homes in the subdivision and maintain the common areas within the boundaries. Sunday Oct. 5.
- Antigua Tejas, an early music ensemble of auditioned professionals, performing historically informed music performances throughout South Central Texas. Saturday Oct. 11.
- Community United Church of Christ, a church located on the east side of San Antonio. Saturday Oct. 18.
- Wagner High School JROTC Parent Booster Club, supporting the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), which develops skills in planning and organization while providing practical challenges that help to develop a mature level of responsibility for both self and the group. Items that are necessary for the cadets in the program include uniforms, summer camp fees, competition fees and transportation fees. Saturday Nov. 1.
- Animal Rescue Connections, which educates and assists in all aspects of animal rescue, specifically promoting humane treatment of all animals, spay/neuter of companion animals and encouraging responsible, humane treatment of stray cat populations. Saturday Nov. 22.
For donation drive locations and other information on Partners for Good visit Goodwill online at www.goodwillsa.org or call 210-924-8581.
About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you’re funding educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, training, educational opportunities and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year. In addition to operating 18 retail stores, more than 25 donation stations and 10 Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, Laredo and surrounding areas, Goodwill operates 4 Good Careers Academies and handles 17 contracts for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.