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Goodwill Industries of South Central California
January 22, 2010

Goodwill Industries is a little-known extremely valuable community resource. When most people think of Goodwill they imagine thrift stores but what the majority of people don't know is that Goodwill offers very unique programs that cater to the underserved members of our communities. My experience interacting with Goodwill is a very direct reflection of their mission: providing opportunites for individuals with barriers or disabilities. Goodwill always puts the client first with the philosophy in mind that in order to foster indpendence/success in the workforce, it all starts with the individual. This philosophy is put into practice by highly qualified very passionate employees who come from a variety of backgrounds adding to the diversity and, thus developing a capacity to understand and better serve the needs of any individual who walks through their doors. Regardless of whether or not it is an individual with special needs who needs job placement assistance and coaching, or if it is an individual with special needs (and talents) who would like to open a business, Goodwill Industries has led many individuals to success that may otherwise still struggle with the hardships of disability or economic disadvantage. Thus catering not only to the needs of the economy and workforce, but also fostering independence and an improved quality of life for individuals.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own line of work, providing referrals for valuable resources for independence to my own clients.

Ways to make it better...

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

Add more programs!

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The variety of services and how unique each of them are in catering to the needs of the individual.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very understanding and outgoing team of iniviuals who all share a passion for the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Generate more programs that would greatly enhance the quality of life and independence of underserved individuals in the community.

Ways to make it better...

I was the recipient of their services! :)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The economy, limited funding sources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Goodwill Industries appears to appreciate their employees which I think really allows for people to go above and beyond what is expected of them when working in a field faced with so much adversity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Assisted clients with referrals.