I am an attorney with Ward and Smith, P.A. in Greenville, NC. I met the McLains and Goodwill Industries approximately 3 years ago. In the interim, I have worked with them closely and believe that I have come to know them well. My involvement with Goodwill is through Boys & Girls Clubs in Greenville and Kinston, NC. I have been involved with Boys & Girls Clubs for almost 22 years. Goodwill and the McLains sought us out because they heard that a Methodist Church in Greenville houses a Boys & Girls Club. Goodwill immediately became a financial supporter of that Club, and has consistently been a supporter since then.
Then, a Club in Kinston closed down due to lack of funding and loss of support by the local business community. We were aware of the closing, and concerned, but unable to do anything due to our own recession-based funding woes. Dennis McLain called me and asked if we (Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County, Inc) would get involved if Goodwill would provide financial support. We became involved, and that Kinston Club is operational again and serving close to 100 children daily. This is all due to the initiative shown by Goodwill and the McLains. We did not seek them out. In both Greenville and Kinston, they initiated their involvement, looking for opportunities to make a difference for children.
I have seen Dennis McLain speak both to children at Boys & Girls Clubs, and to adult supporters of those Clubs. I know Linda McLain quite well also. I have met the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Goodwill. I know where their hearts lie: they have a passion for helping disadvantaged people, and especially children. They have directed their passion, and the funds of Goodwill, to doing good, and have indicated that they want to do even more for children in eastern NC.
The world sorely needs more non-profits like Goodwill, and non-profit managers like the McLains.
H. L. Stephenson III
Review from Guidestar
Strait to the point. Seen this first hand. They are like any other conglomerate, except they make it look their are doing something different with their "non" profits.