Most everyone, when they think of Goodwill, they think about our stores. And if you ask them, they’ll tell you that Goodwill helps people. However, if you ask them who Goodwill helps, the answers often range from “people in poverty overseas”, to “people that can’t afford things at regular stores”, to a general category of “people someplace else.”
On Tuesday, May 3rd, our Goodwill – Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia – will be asking our supporters and online followers to support us through Give Local America. A 24-hour crowdfunding campaign, Give Local America is designed for local causes to raise awareness and put donor dollars toward making a positive impact in their community.
At this point, if you’re like most people, you’re scratching your head saying, “How can Goodwill participate in a fundraising effort focused on supporting local non-profits?” Let me explain. Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia is responsible for delivering our mission right here – in the 39 cities and counties that comprise the metro Richmond-area and east throughout Hampton Roads.
We operate our 35 stores and 2 outlets to help fund our mission which is to provide job training and career development services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Sure, anyone that has shopped Goodwill knows that there are great deals on fantastic merchandise, but that’s really a by-product of the mission those stores help to fuel – a mission that literally changes lives.
Here are just three of the many individuals whose lives are better because of local support of Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia:
Chris from Portsmouth tapped into Goodwill’s Career Development Services programs and went from unemployed and homeless to employed, with a career path, and plans for the future. In April, Chris spoke to members of Congress on Capitol Hill to advocate for legislation so that Goodwill can help even more individuals in our area. Watch Chris tell his story here.
Samantha from Chesterfield has a disability but has never let that get in the way of reaching her goals. She is a member of a production team at a Goodwill store and she takes exceeding her goals seriously. Samantha and her family credit Goodwill’s Skills Building Program for Sammi’s on-the-job success. Read more about Sammi here.
Mykea from Richmond came to Goodwill for financial independence. Through Goodwill’s Transition-to-Independence and Employment Program, she learned life skills, job skills, and how to job search effectively. Mykea is now employed as a shift supervisor at a large franchise and says she has Goodwill’s TIE Program to thank for her newfound discipline, confidence, and self- esteem. Learn more about Mykea here.
Every year, the lives of over 15,000 area residents and their family members make changes for the better because of Goodwill. Like the other 164 Goodwill organizations throughout North America, we are a member of Goodwill International, but we operate autonomously and independently to ensure that the unique needs of the unemployed and underemployed in Richmond, Williamsburg, Hampton, Virginia Beach and the cities and counties in between are met.
So on May 3rd, if you’d like to support our Goodwill in its 90-year effort to change lives for the better in central and coastal Virginia, we ask that you make a financial donation to us during Give Local America. Thank you!