SOURCE: Goodwill Industries International

August 25, 2008 11:39 ET

Goodwill Puts People to Work

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - August 25, 2008) - Goodwill Industries sees more people turning to Goodwill looking for a bargain in retail stores and for help finding a job. For the first six months of 2008, Goodwill store sales nationally were up more than 6 percent as compared to the same timeframe last year. Anecdotal evidence suggests the number of people benefiting from Goodwill job training programs will likely match or exceed 2007's 20 percent growth rate.

"Goodwill is helping people most impacted by economic challenges -- people with disabilities, low-wage workers, and people who lack education and work experience," says Jim Gibbons, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "We do that by selling donations in thousands of our retail stores and using that revenue to fund job training and employment support services. Our nation can and should do more to help people find and keep good jobs and move up the career ladder."

Every 53 seconds of every business day, Goodwill places someone into a good job. The organization does that by selling donations of clothing and household items in Goodwill stores and using the revenue to fund job training programs that benefit hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Goodwill is helping people like Darryl in Astoria, NY, who was let go from his job after 14 years. He then exhausted his savings and was applying for public assistance when he discovered a program for people who are blind and visually impaired at Goodwill Industries of Greater New York. Goodwill helped Darryl find his dream job -- a position with the New York Police Department. Today he is poised for long-term employment and a promotion, thanks to Goodwill. Goodwill also helps people like Sheryl from San Francisco, CA, a one-time heroin and cocaine addict, who was referred to Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties while in jail. Goodwill gave her a second chance and today Sheryl is a Goodwill employment specialist, inspiring others who face the obstacles she once worked to overcome.

"We are reminded this Labor Day that a good paying job and workplace success not only opens doors and other opportunity in life, but also drive our nation's economy," says Gibbons. "When you donate to Goodwill or shop in Goodwill stores, you are investing in the American worker so that people like Darryl and Sheryl can earn a paycheck, support their families and contribute to the economic health of our country."

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