Goodwill faces growing need for donations

CHARLOTTE – As area unemployment numbers continue to hover above 10 percent, Goodwill is asking for additional donations during the holiday season to help fund the organization’s local job training and employment programs.

Retail sales from Goodwill’s stores and donation centers directly affect the organization’s employment services, which help job seekers who are looking for ways to improve their skills and prepare for employment.

Goodwill has assisted more than 46,000 people in their job search efforts over the past three years, including 15,000 this year, Michael Elder, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, said in a news release.

“When donors take just a few minutes to contribute items they no longer need, we are able to provide better services for more people in our area,” Elder said. “Ninety cents out of every dollar spent in our stores directly influences how many of our neighbors’ lives we can change.”

Goodwill accepts new and gently used clothing, household items, toys, computers and more. The organization also gladly accepts financial contributions. All donations will be used to further Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through the power of work.

Here are some examples of how the money generated through donations benefits the community:

• One working computer gives a person 5.3 hours of career counseling;

• A bike, a coat and a DVD can provide a person with one hour of on-the-job training; and

• Six shirts and two pairs of jeans can provide a person with one hour of a job search class

Drop off donations at Goodwill’s Cornelius store, 2905 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, or make a financial donation by sending a check to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Attn: Development Office, P.O. Box 668768, Charlotte, NC 28266.

Did you like this? Share it:

Leave a Reply