Donate Ten Before Year-end

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Asks Area Residents to Donate Ten Before Year-end

For over 50 years, area residents have generously supported Goodwill of the Coastal Empire by donating gently used clothing and household items at the non-profit’s 17 stores and ten donation centers. At this time when many are looking for ways to help those in need, Goodwill is asking area residents to “donate ten before year end.”

Donating used goods is perhaps the easiest and most affordable way to help others. Through Goodwill, old things create new opportunities for the individuals the non-profit serves. Goodwill turns donated items into funding for job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, those who lack education or job experience and others who face challenges to finding employment. This year, thanks to the community’s generosity, Goodwill has been able to provide services to over 5,000 individuals.

A couple of grocery bags of clothing and household items, when re-sold in Goodwill stores, can generate funds for things like several hours of computer training, soft skills training, and/or work experience for someone trying to get back into the workforce. Savannah resident Frank Williams, III is one example of someone whose life was changed thanks to this community’s donations to Goodwill. Frank was referred to the non-profit’s Vocational Services Program. He received soft skills training, on-the-job work experience in custodial services, and help with budgeting his earnings. Frank embraced all Goodwill had to offer, over time proved to himself that his abilities far outweigh his disability, and has been a permanent Goodwill employee since 2014.

Each of us knows there is more that we can and must do to help others and thereby strengthen this community. That is why Goodwill is asking residents to commit to donating by the end of 2015. Here are a few things to know to make donating to Goodwill at year-end even easier:

  • Where to donate: Goodwill accepts donations at all 17 of its stores throughout the Coastal Empire, as well as at nine attended donation centers. For locations and telephone numbers, visit www.goodwillsavannah.org.
  • What to donate: In addition to gently used clothing and household items like dishes, glassware, and small working appliances, Goodwill also accepts working and non-working computers, electronics, video games, books and other media, furniture, shoes, children’s toys and bicycles, and cell phones.
  • When to donate: Donate for year-end as soon as possible to avoid the rush. However, in addition to Goodwill store and donation center staff, the non-profit’s executives will be working as donation attendants the last days of 2015 to make sure that the donation experience is as fast and easy as it is any other day of the year.
  • Why donate: Donating to Goodwill is a win-win-win. Your donations help you stay ahead of your clutter; they also help individuals in the community achieve success through work; and, by donating, you greatly reduce the amount of usable goods in our landfills. And remember, every donor will receive a receipt for tax purposes every time they donate.

Join us in donating ten before year-end. The average household has 50+ items that are no longer being used. Goodwill hopes you will gather ten of those and bring them to your nearest Goodwill store or donation center. It may not seem like much to you, but it will mean the world to others in the Coastal Empire.

10 things to donate before year’s end

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is encouraging Savannahians to commit to donating 10 items before the end of 2015.

During this busy and celebratory time of year, many people are looking for ways to help those in need, and donating used goods is perhaps the easiest, most affordable and one of the most efficient ways to help.

In a season when many of us are focused on gift buying, many Savannahians are just as interested in giving back. Even if funds are tight, people can give back by donating gently used items to Goodwill. We take everything from unwanted holiday sweaters to computers and laptops — even gift cards.

At Goodwill, we turn these items into something real: job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, those who lack education or job experience and others who face challenges to finding employment.

With just a few days left in 2015, Goodwill asks Savannahians to commit to donating 10 items by Dec. 31. Among Goodwill’s top 10 goods that can be donated:

10. Computers: At the end of their useful life computers can be donated at your local Goodwill store and recycled via Goodwill’s Dell Reconnect partnership. Donors should be sure to delete personal data before donating.

9. Kitchenware: Receive something new for the kitchen during the holidays? Gently used kitchenware can be donated at all Goodwill donation locations.

8. Video Games: A donation of 10 video games can provide 47 minutes of on-the-job training for someone like Sarouet Ouk, who dropped out of school but found a green job and got back on track educationally thanks to a Goodwill job training program.

7. Books: Upgrade from paperbacks to a Kindle or iPad this year? Donating 15 books can provide 26 minutes of career counseling for a veteran like Jason Tobey, a Marine Corps veteran who struggled to find employment after being honorably discharged from the military.

6. CDs: If all of your songs are saved on hard drives and mp3 players, do you really need those hundreds of old CDs that are taking up space in the back of your closet? It may be time to donate them.

5. Cell phones: Unused cell phones are one of the fastest-growing types of trash in America. Instead of discarding your old phone, recycle or donate it. Donors should be sure to delete personal data.

4. Household items: It’s time to give that lamp a new life. Lamps, frames, vases, curios, baskets and collectibles are just a few of the items you can donate to Goodwill.

3. Bikes: Yes, Goodwill stores take big-ticket items like bikes. When your children have outgrown theirs, or you’ve moved on to a new bike, consider donating.

2. Gift Cards: Billions of dollars in holiday gift cards go unused every year. You can donate an unwanted gift card — with any unused amount on it — to your local Goodwill.

1. Clothes: Suits, pants, dresses, shirts. You name it, we’ll take it. Donating clothes not only funds job training programs but also provides new outfits for the job seekers Goodwill serves.

At the Donate Movement website (http://donate.goodwill.org), consumers can calculate the impact each donation will have in terms of job training, career counseling, financial education programs and more.

12th Annual Savannah Stand Down for Homelessness Resource and Job Fair

2015 Stand down for Homelessness consolidated
The twelfth annual Veterans Stand Down for Homelessness Resource and Job Fair plans to be held September 15 and 16 at the Savannah Civic Center from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Participants are offered a hot meal, haircuts, showers and opportunities for a variety of health screenings. Representatives from more than 40 Social Service agencies are available to provide information and outreach on a variety of services including housing options, job resources, resume writing tips, substance abuse treatment, income tax assistance, and accesses to Social Security and Veteran’s Administration services.

This event is a collaboration of Savannah’s military and nonprofit communities to reach individuals in crisis and connect them with programs and services that will end their homelessness. The Stand Down is intended to serve homeless veterans but is open to all individuals and families impacted by homelessness. There is no cost to attend.

The job fair will be held on Wednesday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center.  The job fair is open to the public and local employers will be onsite to fill positions.  If you know of a local business interested in hiring have them reach out to Goodwill of the Coastal Empire (Michael Whitfield) at 912.354.6611.

Community sponsors include The Department of Veteran Affairs Community Based Out-Patient Clinic; The Savannah Vet Center; the American Legion Post 500; Goodwill of the Coastal Empire; The Georgia Department of Veteran Services; The Georgia Department of Labor; the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless and the Salvation Army.

Each year over 400 community volunteers assist with the Stand Down, including the Social Work department at Savannah State University that coordinates the distribution of clothes and personal items to veterans experiencing homelessness.

In the last year, 285 veterans were homelessness in Chatham County, according to statistics released by the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless.  Traditionally, the Homeless Authority sees veterans from the Vietnam era, however, more and more veterans from the Gulf and Afghanistan conflicts are presenting for various services. These men and women have served their country and we want them to know that the Savannah community is here to help them when they return.

The Stand Down is funded by a federal grant offered through the United States Department of Labor.  Agencies such as Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, The Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless, The Salvation Army and other area nonprofits pull the event together annually.  The local universities provide volunteers and fundraise to ensure the event is a success.

 

Goodwill GoodGuides are Recruiting for Summer Program and Next School Year

(SAVANNAH) On Thursday, May 14 Goodwill GoodGuides will be holding a recruitment event at Hubert Middle School at 1:30 PM for both mentors and mentees interested in guiding the youth in the community. This recruitment event will provide interactive games for the youth and potential mentors to enjoy.

GoodGuides seeks creative opportunities for our mentees to not only have fun, but to learn important lessons and skills that will better them as a person now and in the future as well. Games 2 U will provide laser tag, a game bus, and other interactive games for the current mentees to enjoy as a reward to for reaching their goal this year. They see fun, but GoodGuides realizes these games help to provide team building, leadership, cardio, hand-eye coordination, among other skills are being exercised while they have fun. This is the exact intent of our GoodGuides Mentoring Program!

With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is serving youth, ages 12 to 17, who want to learn about careers and prepare for success. The Goodwill GoodGuides program pairs teens with mentors who help them build career plans and skills and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training and productive work. This will provide for additional training and mentor support, advocacy and teaching roles for mentors, expanded parent engagement and more structured activities at 22 Goodwill agencies around the United States.

Goodwill’s Youth Services include youth education, youth employment, and youth engagement to provide the services, opportunities, and supports youth need to succeed. Goodwill emphasizes positive youth development to ensure our young people have psychological and physical safety, supportive relationships, and positive social norms as they transition into adulthood.

Goodwill GoodGuides
The Goodwill GoodGuides program began in 2009 with a $19.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Delinquency Prevention. The enhanced GoodGuides program seeks to improve outcomes for more than 2,640 youth in high-risk situations in communities such as Savannah. Visit the GoodProspects® website (goodprospects.goodwill.com), a career exploration and social media site offering online support and resources for mentors, parents and local GoodGuides staff.

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with over 850 employees. In 2014, Goodwill provided intensive services to 9,885 people and placed 2,421 into competitive employment. Goodwill serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, operating 17 retail locations, and five Job Connection Centers. Goodwill accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, computers, and car donations. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook: Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter: @SavGoodwill

Pooler Goodwill Grand Opening, Thursday, January 16

Pooler Grand Opening ImagePooler Goodwill Opening 15,000 Square Foot Storeand Career Center in Pooler on January 16
Celebrity Fashion Show at 9:30am, Ribbon Cutting at 10 am and Job/Resource Fair 10 am-2 pm.

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. continues its rapid growth under the leadership of President & CEO, Mohsen Badran, with the opening of a new Goodwill full-service complex at 1115 Grand Central Boulevard in the Godly Station area of Pooler.

On Thursday, January 16, the Pooler Goodwill will host the grand opening of this 15,000 square-feet facility that will house a full-scale retail center, a Job Connection Center and a donation drop-off center.
The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with a fashion show produced by community volunteer Ashley Borders, and will feature quality Goodwill apparel modeled by some of the community’s best-known business and community leaders. The list of models includes: Diana Morrison of Advertising Specialty Services; Celia Russo of Celia Russo Marketing, Jenny Gentry of Wells Fargo Bank, Patty Mcintosh of Melaver McIntosh, Joe Marinelli of Visit Savannah, Mark Howard of the Memorial Foundation, Interim Police Chief Terry Enoch, Paula Fogarty of South Magazine, Marjorie Young of CarriageTradePR and SCORE, Charisse Bennett of the Creative Coast, Tina Henson of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Joe Marchese, Marchese Construction, Adel Karam of PetSmart, Melissa Hall of Cora Bett Realty, and Molly Rowe of SCAD. Several other local notables have been invited but are yet to confirm. The public will be invited to purchase the ensembles displayed by the celebrity models.

A key component of this new facility is the Pooler Job Connection.  The new Job Connection Center serves as the ninth in the region. It will offer job seekers access to job leads and provides the technology resources to prepare job seekers for successful job searches. The Job Connection Manager serves as an onsite coordinator that works with individuals to explore different career interests and develop a plan based on the individual’s personal job goals.

The Job Connection offers assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, health and wellness education, financial literacy, and many other classes. Career fairs and other networking opportunities are open to the public. Free computer and internet access enables applicants to view job postings and submit their job history online.

Additionally a Goodwill Job/Resource Fair is scheduled for the grand opening day from 10 am to 2 pm at the Job Connection.  More than 15 employers from the area will be onsite to interview and hire.

The fashion show beings promptly at 9:30 a.m. and the official ribbon-cutting ceremony commences at 10 a.m. There will be prizes, giveaways and valuable coupons from local stores and restaurants.

On Saturday, January 18, a workshop is to take place in the Job Connection Center 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. titled, Re-Tailoring Your Wardrobe. The wardrobe expert presenters will offer advice on how redo and make-over Goodwill purchases and things already in your closet.

Berwick Grand Opening Thursday, December 19

Berwick postcardGrand Opening of New Store in Southside Savannah

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce the grand opening of the newest Goodwill Store and Donation Center located in Southside Savannah at the Berwick Shopping Plaza at 5730 Ogeechee Road on Thursday, December 19 at 10 a.m.

Berwick Goodwill Opening on the Southside

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce the grand opening of the newest Goodwill Store and Donation Center located in Southside Savannah at the Berwick Shopping Plaza at 5730 Ogeechee Road on Thursday, December 19 at 10 a.m.

The Berwick Goodwill Store and Donation Center will be the seventeenth retail location in the Coastal Empire.  “We hope to provide Southside Savannah shoppers with a new experience,” said Coni Curtas, Vice President of Donated Goods. “The Berwick Goodwill Store will have a new look and new location but same good prices.” The store will be open to the public with a full selection of merchandise.

Goodwill is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. When community members donate, shop or make a monetary contribution Goodwill is able to serve more individuals.

Join Goodwill this holiday season for last minute holiday shopping and make those end-of-year tax deductible donations onsite.

Grand Opening of the Jesup Goodwill on Friday, December 6

jesup grand opening postcard 1Jesup Goodwill Opening New Opportunities in the Community

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce the opening of the newest Goodwill Retail Store and Job Connection location in Jesup at 990 North Macon Street on Friday, December 6th at 10 a.m.

Goodwill’s expansion of services to Wayne County comes as a welcome relief to many in the community. Goodwill plans to serve the community with a retail store, convenient donation center and Job Connection center.

The Jesup Goodwill will serve as the sixteenth retail location with a nearly 12,000 foot facility. Goodwill is expected to employ about 25 new employees from the local area.

This will be Goodwill’s eighth Job Connection Center in the region. The Jesup Center offers job seekers access to job leads and provides the technology resources to prepare the job seeker for a successful job search. The Center Manager serves as an onsite coordinator that works with individuals to explore different career interests and develop a plan based on the individual’s personal job goals. There is a definite need for these services with Georgia’s unemployment rate at 8.4 percent, well above the national average. The job connection center offers assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, health and wellness education, financial literacy, and many other classes. Career fairs and other networking opportunities are open to the public. Free computer and internet access enables applicants to view job postings and submit their job history online.

When community members donate, shop, or make a monetary contribution Goodwill is able to serve more individuals. In 2012, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire placed into meaningful employment more than 1,400 people.

G-Star Staffing Puts Locals to Work at the Brunswick Port

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Brunswick, GA — G-Star Staffing, a division of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, will soon begin providing staffing services for International Auto Processing, Inc. at IAP’s facility on Colonel’s Island.

“Goodwill is already a member of the Brunswick community. Our retail store and job connection center here allow us to engage with individuals and provide work opportunities,” said Tammie Blaha, Goodwill Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “G-Star Staffing has been supplying temporary employees to Savannah’s local businesses for more than three years and it makes sense to bring this great capability to Brunswick.”

Apply online: www.GStarstaffing.com or at

Brunswick Goodwill Job Connection
249 Village at Glynn Place, Brunswick, GA  31525
Phone  912.342.1106               Fax  912.342.1107

About International Auto Processing: IAP is an independently owned company specializing in the preparation of new export and import vehicles. Its operation in Glynn County is the largest in the country, processing more than 400,000 vehicles a year.

Goodwill and Girls Scouts Team up for Good Turn Day

2013 Girl Scouts to participate in Good Turn Day

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire and Girl Scouts are teaming up to do a good turn for the community by donating clothing and household items to the Richmond Hill Goodwill Store on Oct. 26 for the annual Good Turn Day Drive. The collected goods will be sold at Goodwill’s retail stores to fund Goodwill’s job training programs for people with disabilities or barriers to employment.

Registered Girl Scouts who participate will earn a special patch to commemorate their participation. The Good Turn Day collaborative service project has offered Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia the opportunity to make a positive impact in their community while recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.

Girl Scouts and community members are invited to collect and donate gently used clothing, books, housewares, and other items. Girl Scouts must register individually or by troop at www.gshg.org to qualify for patch.

In addition to Richmond Hill donation locations include Brunswick, Pooler, Rincon, Savannah, Statesboro, Vidalia, Waycross and Wilmington Island Goodwill Stores.

WSAV’s Southern Scene: See How Donations Change Lives in the Coastal Empire

Have you ever wondered what happens to your donation once you drop them off at Goodwill of the Coastal Empire? The Southern Scene goes behind the scenes to see how your good will helps them serve the community.

Once you make a donation to Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, the money raised from thrift shop sales is used to help so many in our community. The Southern Scene’s Natalie Hendrix talks with Brenda Pollen about Goodwill’s Mission Services.