Goodwill Industries helps, needs help

Goodwill Industries is asking people not to put off tomorrow what they can do today. The Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina has been seeking donations for its retail stores. Donations are needed to meet the increasing consumer demands over recent months.”Not everybody needs the same things so we have to try to meet all the needs,” said Kris Caughron, marketing specialist. “It’s like ordering a la carte around here.” Retail stores are expecting to see a boost in donations in April because it is generally the time for spring cleaning.Immediate donations are needed not only to accommodate the consumer demands but also to fund many programs that Goodwill Industries provide.”The profits are used to fund our educational programs that teach the job skills needed to survive in a competitive work environment,” said Celeste Allison, vice president of retail operations.Donations are so important to Goodwill’s mission of providing vocational services and work opportunities for people with special employment needs. Eight-five percent of the profit generated from these retail stores goes directly to the job-training programs like Work First and Wheels to Work.The Work First program is designed to assist welfare recipients in developing careers to become self-sufficient. Participants in this program are typically experiencing difficulty in finding work due to outdated skills and lack of training or education.The Wheels to Work program assists people in resolving transportation issues. Private individuals contribute cars to the program to help provide a source of transportation for individuals who do not have reliable transportation and public transportation does not operate during their working hours. The two programs combined helped 283 people last year alone.”It’s simple. Donations help put people back to work in the Triad. Last year alone added over $6.5 million in new salaries,” said Rick J. Gorham, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina. Generally, people want to help when donating things but many are unaware that Goodwill cannot resell certain items.”I can’t tell you how many mattresses and box springs we turn away,” said Caughron. “Not many people know it’s illegal to resell those items in North Carolina.” Clothing seems to be the fastest-selling item but Goodwill also accepts donations ranging from furniture to books and games.In the upcoming weeks Goodwill Industries will be teaming up with local churches and businesses. On April 7, Goodwill will be providing a clothing drive at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Alamance Church Road.”We are working with businesses in the area. We generally set up a trailer at a business site, (preferably in the parking lot) and let people donate items on their way in to work,” said Caughron.More information about donations and career opportunities in the Triad can be found at Goodwill Industries website www.triadgoodwill.org.

  • Heather Phillips
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