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Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community
Leaders & Supporters - February 2015

Grand Opening of Goodwill Store & Donation Center

Grand Opening of Goodwill Store & Donation CenterOver the weekend of January 30 through February 1, festivities took place in Bloomingdale, Illinois, to celebrate the grand opening of the newest Goodwill Store & Donation Center. Customers were lined up outside even before the doors opened, looking for that amazing find! Shoppers delivered a myriad of compliments about the appearance of the store as well as the great number of new products that were featured.

On Friday, free reusable shopping bags were handed out to anyone making a purchase (while supplies lasted).  From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. live music and trivia game giveaways entertained our customers, the first 100 of whom received a free $5 Goodwill gift card.

On Saturday, more free reusable shopping bags were handed out and another (first) 100 customers got a $5 Goodwill gift card. On this day, free coffee samples were a huge hit with customers coming in from the cold.

Sunday saw even more free reusable bags handed out, helping to solidify Goodwill’s “go green” policy with the shoppers. And all weekend long, customers could enter to win one of two Goodwill fanatic Baskets that (each) included a $100 Goodwill gift card!

A.O. Smith Foundation Supports Goodwill Training Programs

A.O. Smith Foundation Supports Goodwill Training ProgramsGoodwill is pleased to announce that it has received a generous grant from the A.O. Smith Foundation. This contribution will be used to support our retail and industrial training programs for individuals who are in need of jobs.

“We are proud to be a community partner with Goodwill,” said Roger Smith, Director of Community Affairs at A.O. Smith Corporation. “At the A.O. Smith Foundation, we believe in contributing to local programs and organizations, as we are confident that it improves the quality of life for our community and helps make Milwaukee thrive.”

As a result of this donation, individuals will receive the technical and life skills needed to sustain jobs, skill training to meet employers’ needs, and positive work experience to find long-term employment. After a person has been placed into an external job, he/she will continue to work with a career coach to ensure that the individual is performing well on the job and meeting the needs of the employer.


The Goodwill Sale

The Goodwill SaleIn 1994, Bon-Ton partnered with nine Goodwills to host the first Goodwill Sale at Bon-Ton department stores in four states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota. Today this partnership is considered a “signature event” that is eagerly anticipated by Bon-Ton shoppers across 25 states and 63 Goodwills.  To date, the Goodwill Sale has generated 97 million pounds of donated goods! This year’s sale runs from March 12 through March 28.

The first day of the sale traditionally sees a “Stuff the Truck” event at key locations like Brookfield, Wisconsin and Yorktown, Illinois. The goal of the Goodwill Sale is to increase donations to local Goodwill Store & Donation Centers. These items are sold to generate income that funds Goodwill services and programs, including job training and placement. In addition, supporters of the Goodwill Sale receive percentage-off coupons for purchases that they make at Bon-Ton Stores. It’s a win-win situation that has been embraced for over 20 years. Bon-Ton Stores include Boston Store and Carson Pirie Scott in our Goodwill service territory. Be sure to tell your friends so that this year will be the best Goodwill Sale ever!

Goodwill Named One of America’s Most Inspiring Companies

Forbes recently published the names of 20 impressive, influential, and inspiring companies, according to Performance Inspired, an Atlanta consulting firm. For the third year in a row, Goodwill Industries made the list as one of America’s Most Inspiring Companies. Goodwill came in at number eleven and was the only non-profit to make the prestigious list. It shared accolades with the likes of Trader Joe’s, Target, Ford, Google, Apple and Disney.

From July to December, 2014, 3,300 online questionnaires were collected in which respondents named inspirational companies and talked about their feelings and attitudes toward those companies – what they loved most and what attributes make it inspirational. Replies included descriptions of the values, behaviors and attitudes of those companies and how they treat customers and communities.