Goodwill Industries of West Michigan, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Human Services

Location: 271 East Apple Ave Muskegon MI 49442 USA

Mission: The mission of Goodwill Industries of West Michigan is to provide work opportunities and skill development for people with barriers to employment.
Results: Goodwill provides job opportunities and skill development for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Over 90% of the revenue generated through its social enterprises funds its mission. Donations to GIWM stay local in West Michigan. In 2012, GIWM provided services to 20,916 people, placing 1,814 people into competitive employment, and providing another 297 program participants paid training in one of its business enterprises.
Geographic areas served: GIWM serves Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, Mason, Manistee, Lake and Ottawa counties and small portions of Allegan, Kent, Montcalm, Mecosta, and Osceola counties.
Programs: Goodwill is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission for the following services: Community Employment Services: Job Development, Community Employment Services: Job Supports, Community Employment Services: Job-Site Training, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services, Employee Development Services, Employment Services Coordination, Employment Skills Training Services, and Organizational Employment Services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Several times per year I clean out closets, drawers, rooms and decorating items ready for a change and as soon as I empty my trunk I go right into the store looking for other buried treasure. I love Goodwill because it is not just a store it is a means to an end. It helps others with training and job placement. How many of us go to Unemployment office to get put on a list and never hear from them again. Or have put in job applications and never called again. The staff are always friendly and wiling to help you unload your car with a hand out and a thanks for donating to Goodwill. Also you can get a tax deduction. Cant get much better than that. It is more than a store go check it out. Never know what can be on the next rack.

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Their ability to help people with barriers to employment is unmatched.

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I was recruited to join the Goodwill Industries of West Michigan (GIWM) Board of Directors in 2012. This experience has truly opened my eyes to the great mission-driven work carried out by the organization. It is a privilege to participate on a board with unmatched intellectual horsepower, diversity and hypercompetent senior leadership. GIWM is not only a strong advocate for individuals faced with disabilities and other barriers to employment, but also an economic solution and often underrated "job creator" that deserves recognition during a time of slow economic recovery at local, state and national levels.

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Being a member of the board has given me the opportunity to be part of an organization that assists members of our community overcome various barriers to obtaining employment. The Goodwill management team is efficient and are excellent stewarts of the budget.

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When I was recruited to be a board member for Goodwill Industries of West Michigan, I was not fully aware of the scope of their mission. Now that I have completed three years as a Board member, not only do I feel proud to be part of an organization that is doing such socially relevant work as providing critical employment opportunities, but I am absolutely floored by how well-run and managed GWIM is, thanks to their executive team and staff. They truly do amazing work, and they do it amazingly well!

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I am not only a board member but a true believer in what Goodwill does for those in our community. I also contract the janitorial group to clean my facility. Not only are the services better than I had in the past but the interaction my staff has with the mobile crew is a joy to watch. It's really rewarding to know we can make a difference in someones life.

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I have been a board member of Goodwill of West Michigan for more than two years now. It was very refreshing to be part of such a well-managed organization that is so focused on their mission. They truly are changing lives. They are a very important organization in our community.

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I have been donating to Goodwill for many years, but only in recent years have I realized the profound impact the organization has on individuals. The personal success stories in Goodwill’s annual report are amazing, and demonstrate that the organization’s motto of giving “ a hand up, not a hand out,” truly changes people’s lives. Goodwill is also a great place to shop, where I can not only find fantastic deals, but also feel good about where my money is going.

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I love going to Goodwill! I usually get all my Halloween costumes there and they are great! Whenever I need something immediately, I go to Goodwill. It's also a great place to donate things when you don't need them anymore. I love Goodwill!!!

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I have always donated to Goodwill here in the Muskegon area. It feels my way of being environmentally friendly as well as helping others. I know that the money received in the stores through sales helps fund the many programs through Goodwill and they are a non-profit that truly follows their mission statement. I also have boughten items through Goodwill, sometimes a work shirt or childrens clothing, items for halloween costumes, etc. When we clean out our closets we donate to Goodwill.

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