Goodwill Programs Impact in 2018

A Look Back at Goodwill’s Service to Individuals and the Community in 2018

Young african american man smiling and sitting in a computer classroomIn 2018, individuals had many different reasons for visiting Goodwill, but they were all motivated to make a change in their life. Goodwill provided services to more than 47,000 people who were in need of assistance to overcome obstacles to success. Some individuals needed services to help them apply for a job, while others needed additional training to advance or start on a pathway to a new career. Youth in our communities gained support to help them make better choices for their future, and other individuals who wanted to gain independence were able to learn new skills and be able to live their lives to the fullest.

As the result of Goodwill programs, 3,300 people found work in our communities last year. And compared to the prior year, their starting wage was nearly $2 more an hour. The wage increase is the result of a greater focus on helping individuals to earn 1,481 industry-recognized credentials, which displays the skills and knowledge that they have that will make them successful in a job. In today’s workforce, specialized skills are often needed to enter top performing industries, such as healthcare, information technology, and advanced manufacturing. The training people received through Goodwill programs such as GoodCare, Careers in Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing are preparing them for in-demand, well-paying jobs with career advancement opportunities. The success of individuals and the opportunities provided by our programs is reliant upon community support.

Goodwill supporters make these services to the community possible. Without the support of donors, shoppers, volunteers, partners, and the community, Goodwill would not be able to provide these training and employment programs. In 2018, the community generously donated items that they no longer needed over one million times. Goodwill was then able to sell these items in stores to generate critical revenue to support mission programs. And while our customers were shopping for low cost, high quality items in Goodwill stores, they also generously donated through “Round Up” to support our Goodwill programs. Over the course of the year, rounding up added up to more than $363,000 to fund programs such as programming at YouthHQ @Goodwill and supportive services throughout our communities. Through salvage and recycling efforts, we also kept over 13.1 million pounds of material out of area landfills.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to help people right here in our communities gain a better life through work and independence.