Goodwill Needs Donations Now

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Citing the challenging economy, Tacoma Goodwill CEO Terry A. Hayes today announced an urgent need for donations, especially of gently used clothes and household items.

“Donations have slowed as a result of these tough times,” Hayes said. “Even one box of donated goods helps support Goodwill’s job training and placement services, which are seeing record public need.”

Hayes said the amount of increased need for services is unprecedented in the agency’s history. Goodwill expects a more than 20 percent increase over the 5,200 people who received services last year – the previous record.

Donations of ready-to-sell clothes, shoes and household items such as furniture are tax-deductible and kept in their communities. Last year, Goodwill received 48.7 million pounds of items from across its 15-county service area. Hayes said donations this year simply haven’t kept pace with need. A complete list of donation locations, including Goodwill stores, is located at www.tacomagoodwill.org

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Textbooks for a Good Cause

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Getting ready to start your summer classes? 

Check out the e-sales Amazon Storefront; we may have the textbooks you’re looking for. You’ll save money over the college bookstore, plus you will help support Tacoma Goodwill’s mission to change lives by helping people with disabilities and disadvantages go to work. Get what you need by helping people who need it — what’s better than that?

If you’re through with spring classes or perhaps have some unneeded textbooks sitting around from a few terms ago, consider donating them at one of our attended donation stations or retail stores. We thank you in advance!

Michelle Obama Greets Tacoma Goodwill YouthBuild Participant

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Tacoma Goodwill YouthBuild participant Deontee Bovan received national coverage last week when he was photographed shaking the hand of First Lady Michelle Obama. Deontee, far right in the photo, attended a YouthBuild, USA event in Washington D.C., March 16 along with fellow YouthBuilder Richard Cornelius and Program Manager Latasha Haynes. Deontee says he was just at the right place at the right time.

Mrs. Obama was described as down-to-earth and attentive. “It felt good to have someone with her power come up and say, ‘Yes, you can,'” Deontee said. “She really wants youth to do better for themselves and their communities.”

To see the CNN story: click here.

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Goodwill Ready to Work Breakfast Inspires

Goodwill BreakfastAbove: Cody Brown, Graduate of the Year, who told the audience “Don’t look at the disability. All of us have disabilities. We all have something messed up in our lives.”

Tuesday morning saw Goodwill’s Ready to Work breakfast, honoring some exceptional program participants and local employers as well as highlighting the work Goodwill continues to do in Washington.

From The News Tribune (click for full story):

Goodwill Board President Bob Bruback began the breakfast presentation with news that the agency last year assisted 5,200 people, garnering 1,000 jobs and saving taxpayers $11 million in discontinued welfare and other payments.

CEO Terry Hayes followed by saying that in 2009 Goodwill will serve 6,000 people and hopes to find jobs for 1,500 people. “We have people ready to work,” she said. […]

Congratulations to award winners Michael Belden (The Michener Inspirational Award), Carley Covell (The Achiever of the Year), Cody Brown (The Graduate of the Year), The Tacoma Rainiers (Small Employer of the Year), and Home Depot (Large Employer of the Year).