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Goodwill Industries of Denver

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Goodwill Industries, Job Training, Vocational Counseling

Mission: Goodwill provides education, career development and employment opportunities to help Coloradans in need achieve self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope through the Power of Work.

Target demographics: Coloradans in need of career development

Geographic areas served: Denver metro and northern Colorado

Programs: (1)Goodwill Youth Services provides programs for the more than 15,000 teens in 33 schools. Seniors participating in the School To Work program have a 93% high school graduation rate. (2)Thousands of adults receive job readiness and training skills that help them move off welfare and up the wage and career ladder. (3)Our Community Employment Programs employs and trains disabled individuals. (4)Retail Operations collects, processes and sells quality used goods in 29 extremely popular retail stores.

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Our job will be done when every person in the community has the opportunity to live to his or her full potential and to attain personal and economic self-sufficiency."

Can this mission be accomplished when GWD takes advantage of the disadvantaged and/or disabled workers by engaging in various forms of wage theft, in violation of Colorado wage and hour laws as well as Federal Fair Standard Labor Act ?

Wage Theft is a silent crime often going undetected. It is easily accomplish when your employee turn over exceeds 70%, you do not provide employees access to their daily/ weekly time records and managers edit payroll software without employee knowledge.

When GWD's management assumes it's disadvantaged employees are ignorant, then your donations go to fund numerous lawyers trying to snuff the little guys who just wants to be paid their meager wages for hours worked and support their families without retaliation.

There is incredible potential for good to be done, but not unless some serious change takes place. In a down turned economy a local non profit entity taking in almost $51 million in revenue in 2011 and almost $46 million the year before, COULD afford to pay their worker FSLA wages, wouldn't you agree?
Your donations and good intentions then go to fund the salaries and bonus' of management- no different than any for profit corporation.

When researching a company to donate to, if the reviews are too good, than someone has probably deleted comments. If you're unsure contact a group that gives items FREE to the needy ie nice furniture to a homeless family moving to transitional housing, last year's work clothes to a group that helps people prepare for employment, a gift card for a meal to a senior, etc....

This non profit has a long way to go before their image can be restored. Most of the posted comments are by board members or administrative staff.