Mission: Since 2006, goodwill of the southern rivers (goodwillsr) has intensely focused on expanding its mission to serve more people in more communities. When we began this journey, we provided services in four facilities in columbus and albany, georgia. Today, individuals living in and near newnan, albany, carrollton, columbus, and valdosta georgia as well as auburn/opelika and phenix city, alabama have access to services provided by goodwillsr in twelve facilities. Our mission is developing people, changing lives, and building communities. Our retail stores are foundational to our sustainability and delivery of the mission throughout our 50-county territory in georgia and alabama. In 2014, we made 5,025 job connections through our nine career centers and four training services. In our 12 retail stores, our store management, intake and processing stations employ people from the communities we serve. The sale of donated items yields the dollars to maintain the store and fund most of the trainin
Programs: The sale of gently used donations is the primary source through which goodwillsr funds its services. They represent nearly 57% of gross revenue. During 2014, the organization provided employment opportunities for 368 individuals through its retail operations. Additionally, eight retail locations provided mission related services on site resulting in 37,420 people served and 5,025 job connections. In addition to the store locations, goodwillsr had 23 donation sites located throughout the 50-county territory in georgia and alabama and collected and recycled more than 6. 5 million pounds of gently used household goods from 352,197 donors, preventing these items from becoming trash in community landfills. More information on goodwillsr's accomplishments, are located throughout our website at www. Goodwillsr. Org.
during 2014, mission services served 37,420 individuals and made 5,025 job connections, generating an economic impact for our communities and counties of just over $100 million. The organization assisted individuals with disabilities and other disadvantages through a host of services located in our career centers and training facilities including: work adjustment, work evaluation, supported employment, work experience, custodial training, retail training, summer enrichment and community vouchers. All programs and services are provided at no cost to the client through a combination of funders and grants. Since 2010, goodwillsr has offered free tax preparation services for families and individuals who met certain income requirements through an irs sponsored grant called volunteer income tax assistance, or vita. In 2014, goodwillsr filed 4,367 tax returns, exceeding our goals. The total refunds our vita clients received surpassed $5 million. As a committment to family strengthening, goodwillsr launched goodlife, to create a culture that supports long-term success, both inside and outside of the organization. In its first year, goodlife served 101 team members. Of those served, 97% of the requests for assistance were financial, ranging from family budgeting assistance to credit counseling and debt management. To learn more about goodwill industries of the southern river's accomplishments, please visit our web site at www. Goodwillsr. Org.
as a result of receiving a large volume of donated goods, some of these goods are not saleable or do not meet the standards of saleability in a goodwill retail location. Goodwill packages these items and sells them through the salvage commodity market. During 2014, goodwill saved ? ? ? ? ? Tons of refuse from landfills.