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 13 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. The sale of donated items yields the dollars to maintain the store and fund most of the training, placement and financial classes we offer. The training programs offered through our training centers and free career services in career centers throughout our territory help ease poverty and unemployment while positively im
Programs: The sale of gently used donations is the primary source through which goodwillsr funds its services. These sales represent nearly 62% of gross revenue. During 2017, the organization provided employment opportunities for 246 individuals through its retail operations. Additionally, eight retail locations provided mission related services on site resulting in 26,689 people served and 3,178 job connections. In addition to the store locations, goodwillsr had 21 donation sites located throughout the 50-county territory in georgia and alabama. Goodwillsr collected and recycled more than 7. 9 million pounds of gently used household goods from 387,980 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 2017, mission services aided 26,689 individuals and made 3,178 job connections, generating an economic impact for our communities and counties of approximately $128* million in georgia and alabama. The organization assisted individuals with disabilities and other disadvantages through a host of services located in goodwillsr career centers and training facilities including: work evaluation, work adjustment, supported employment, work experience, custodial training and certification, retail training and certification, summer enrichment, ged preparation and test funding, english language learner classes, in-school supports, community vouchers, post-secondary educational supports, restaurant food service training and certification, and returning citizens training. All programs and services are provided at no cost to the client through a combination of funders and grants. Responding to an increasing hispanic population in the territory, goodwillsr hispanic services program offers free services based on the unique challenges of the hispanic community, with bilingual career centers located in columbus,newnan and valdosta georgia. Hispanic services aided 1,764 clients in 2017. Programs include bilingual workshops, job fairs, and english as a second language (esl) classes. The program also engages partnerships with local agencies, school districts, and organizations to reach the hispanic community. The hispanic youth program for employment (hype) encourages high school-aged students to finish school while preparing them for the workforce. The goal of hype is to help decrease the number of hispanic students dropping out of high school, which is higher than any other racial or ethnic group nationwide. In 2010, goodwillsr began offering 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 2017, goodwillsr served 3,759 clients exceeding organizational goals. In total, vita clients received refunds that surpassed $4 million. To learn more about goodwillsr accomplishments, please visit us at www. Goodwillsr. Org. *source: elliott d. Pollack & company
goodwillsr receives a large volume of donated goods, and some of these goods 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 2017, goodwill saved 7. 9 million pounds of refuse from landfills.