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Goodwill Industries Of Lower Sc, Inc.

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2150 Eagle Dr Bldg 100 North Charleston SC 29406 USA


Gwilsc's mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. In 2014, gwilsc provided job training & employment services to 57,981 veterans and individuals with disabilities as well as other barriers to employment and placed 1,596 individuals into new jobs in the community. The ability to provide these programs and services is a direct result of the revenues generated through the sale of donations in retail stores. Over 90% of revenues generated go back into services for people. Gwilsc operates programs designed to help people train for and find jobs that will lead to economic independence. Gwilsc provides job opportunities at thirty retail store locations, 15 government and commercial contract sites, and in outside employment with other companies through good people staffing. In addition, gwilsc serves the community through various programs to help homeless veterans, youth, seniors and supportive employment(for disabled).


Goodwill's donated goods program provides job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. The sale of donated clothing and household items generate mission revenue for job training and employment services. To this end, goodwill helps people earn a living, improve their lives and strengthen their families and communities.

goodwill's workforce development division offers job training and employment services through training programs, job link centers, and special community programs. Goodwill provides career counseling, vocational assessments, job readiness and soft skill training. In addition, supportive employment, case management and coordination of community services, job placement, and follow up services are provided:a. Goodwill's veteran services, a program designed to help homeless veterans reintegrate back into the workforce. Goodwill veteran services serves homeless veterans facing a multitude of barriers to employment. Participant needs most often include the entire continuum of care services:immediate access to emergency shelter, food, clothing, personal hygiene facilities, medical and dental care, mental health assessments and services, transitional housing, transportation assistance, personal development counseling, legal aid, and employment readiness and placement services. In addition to job training and employment services, gwilsc provides either in-house supportive services and/or outside referral source information to operation independence participants. B. Food service training is provided through goodwill operated service contracts where people with disabilities and other barriers to employment learn all aspects of culinary skills. Participants learn food safety, cooking and baking, serving line, dining room and front end sanitation, backroom operations including the industrial pot/pan scullery and dish room activities. Each participant is assigned to an employment specialist who develops an individualized service plan with a goal of upward mobility within goodwill food service operations or with other culinary community employers. In 2014, there were 143 participants in this program. C. Goodwill operates 2 annual community outreach programs: the golden angel tree program is designed to reach out to area seniors who are disabled or economically dependent on government programs. Many of the seniors who receive services through this program live alone, in local nursing homes or residential care facilities. Goodwill depends on the kindness of community donations and monetary contributions for this program. In 2014, goodwill provided gifts of food, winter outerwear, blankets, towels and toiletries to 1,281 disadvantaged seniors throughout beaufort, berkeley, charleston, colleton, dorchester, florence, horry, orangeburg and sumter counties. The second community outreach program, goodwill's voucher program, was established to provide immediate assistance to members of the community whose lives have been negatively impacted by homelessness, unemployment, or displacement due to fires, floods or other natural disasters. Clothing vouchers are also available and offered to goodwill program participants who have graduated and are in need of proper attire for job interviews or those recently employed and in need of work uniforms. In 2014, goodwill's investment to the community through this program was a total of 7,528 clothing vouchers. D. In support of veterans, goodwill partners with the ralph h. Johnson va medical center in a 1-day "stand down" event where participants are provided with warm meals, medical and dental screenings, haircuts, clothing vouchers and employment assistance. Local agencies are also on hand to provide information on services for veterans. In 2014, goodwill provided new undergarments, clothing vouchers and employment services to 1,400 people during this event. Goodwill depends on the generosity of the community to help provide new undergarments and holds an annual motorcycle charity ride in support of veterans who attend the stand down. In 2014, more than 366 motorcycle riders participated in the "undy 500" resulting in 1,274 donations of undergarments for the stand down.

goodwill's commercial services division provides work opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages through the ability one program. Government entities and local businesses rely on goodwill to provide contract services for food service, janitorial, commissary shelf stocking, switchboard, and mailroom services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I donated to several of the convenient donation areas in the Charleston area this year, and I must say, they really have the process down to a science. It is a good feeling to know that my donations are helping put people to work in the down economic times that we are having. After I donated on several occasions, I drove around and parked, went into the retail store and during the time I was in the store, the items I just donated hit the sales floor! That was efficient! I was so impressed that I actually considered buying back the items I just dropped off!

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I saw how fast they processed my donation, helping people immediately.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They really are doing great things, not really anything I would change.

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