DONATIONS TO GOODWILL HELP CHANGE EVERYTHING
Nonprofit launching new campaign as it kicks off fall donation drive
SAN ANTONIO – Goodwill Industries of San Antonio’s fall donation drive gives donors a chance to see how their goodwill changes lives, business and ultimately the greater community.
“We are so much more than a retail store,” said Marla Jackson, Goodwill of San Antonio’s President and CEO. “Your donations go to help train people for better jobs, while providing them with the tools necessary to build successful career paths.”
Goodwill’s fall donation drive runs Sept. 8-21. It’s a perfect time to clear out gently used clothing, small appliances, housewares, furniture and computers. At the same time, Goodwill is launching their new drive to show the organization’s impact on the community.
Trina Williams, one of the many people helped by Goodwill’s Good Careers Academy, said the academy did more than just give her training to be a certified nurse’s aide. It set her on a path to become a registered nurse.
“Goodwill makes you feel welcome. And they put me on the right journey,” Williams said. “There’s a difference between doing a job and doing something you like. Good Careers Academy changed my life.”
The benefits also extend to local businesses as well. Jerry Moreno of Walgreens Pharmacy says the pharmacy has partnered with Good Careers Academy for five years now.
“The Goodwill recipients we’ve received as externs have done a phenomenal job,” Moreno said. “All the externs that we’ve had, and all those that we’ve hired on have been exceptional employees. That’s what makes Goodwill such a good fit for us.”
Ashley Harris of Generations Federal Credit Union says its partnership with Goodwill has been good for business and has had a big impact on San Antonio families.
“In 2006, Goodwill approached Generations about putting one of our branches inside one of their stores,” said Harris. “Since we opened that first partnership branch, Generations and Goodwill have helped thousands of San Antonians break the cycle of payday lenders and establish strong financial futures for themselves and for their families.”
Delia Flores, assistant nursing director and staffing coordinator at The Heights at Huebner, immediately turns to Goodwill for certified nurse’s aides (CNAs). “When I see the Good Careers Academy on the application, I know I’m going to interview someone with the criteria we’re looking for.”
In 2013, Goodwill’s impact to the San Antonio area included:
- 53,651 people served
- Created $40 million in earnings for people previously unemployed or underemployed
- Provided $9 million in earnings for people with significant disabilities
- 730,517 donor transactions
- 2,248,326 shopper transactions
- 11.2 million pounds recycled
- 2,171 job placements
Visit http://www.goodwillsa.org/about/your-goodwill-changes-everything to hear more of these stories.
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 3 Good Careers Academies and handles 16 contracts for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.