Today we got the sweetest note from a girl named Kiara:
“You saved my life. Thank you!”
Thank YOU, Kiara; you are the reason we continue on in the work we do.
Kiara moved to Sacramento to live with her cousin after graduating from high school in Fresno and being kicked out of her home. She began applying for jobs but never received a call back for an interview. After a while, Kiara’s cousin asked her to leave because they weren’t getting along, and Kiara had nowhere to go.
Kiara went to the hospital because she figured she could find safe shelter there. She was able to stay in the hospital waiting room for the night, then was referred to TLCS for help where she stayed another night.
That was when she found Goodwill. She emailed our talk line through the website and asked if we had anywhere she could stay.
She’s now been called back for 2 interviews, and although she still hasn’t gotten a job, she feels much more equipped to face adult life now that she’s safely housed and better prepared for job-seeking.
Girls like Kiara shouldn’t have to be homeless when there are dedicated people like you and me, right? Unfortunately, unless we act now, many more will be this winter.
People just like you are helping to provide the funds and necessities that will help thousands of individuals and families make it through the season. Goodwill and our nonprofit partners – Next Move, Francis House, Wind Youth Services, Community Link, and People of Progress in Redding – are working hard to provide shelter, food, job training, counseling and other necessities for those out of work and/or unhomed this season.
Your tax-deductible donations make a huge difference in our being able to help folks like Kiara become self-sufficient and have a better life. Thank you for your generosity in making this possible.
To make a year-end contribution, click here or call 916-395-9000. We would love to hear from you!
With deep appreciation,
P.S. Would you consider making a recurring donation to help us get more girls like Kiara through these cold winter months? Any gift will help, so please donate now!
So you’ve just cleaned out your closet or garage and have a trunk full of stuff to donate. There’s a Goodwill Donation Xpress right down the road from you, so it’s easy to drop off on your way to work, but have you ever wondered where the money goes from the sale of those items?
People often see the stores and think that’s where the mission starts and ends. In reality, that’s just the beginning. For every $1.00 that is spent in a Goodwill Store, 92 cents goes back into our community, helping people find jobs, housing, counseling and more.
In 2017, your donations have helped serve nearly 300,000 disadvantaged individuals in our community so far. This is Goodwill’s true mission, and our retail stores are just one way we fund it. We try our best to communicate this message at our stores and donation centers, but it’s true that many people don’t know about the mission behind the storefront.
Goodwill’s mission expanded several years ago with the opening of Jobs+ centers where anyone can build a resume and get help landing a job. “For a long time we only helped people with disabilities,” says Rachel Wickland, Vice President of Mission Delivery, “but we’ve updated our mission to help people with disadvantages – which could be anyone with a barrier to employment such as an unhomed person, someone without a high school diploma or no vehicle.”
The organization’s purpose of working to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential is now being realized through several community nonprofits that Goodwill has partnered with – Wind Youth Services, Next Move, Francis House, Community Link and People of Progress.
Your donated stuff helps create jobs for people like Rebecca, right, a young woman with cerebral palsy who developed her job skills in Goodwill stores; Juan and Robert, two men who found work through coming to Francis House; and Gemma, an unhomed teen who graduated from high school with help from Wind Youth Services.
A meticulously compiled photo album was donated to the Fairway Creek Goodwill store in Roseville years ago, and although a worker pulled it from the donations in the hopes that the owner would return for it, nobody ever came back to claim it. It subsequently got misplaced behind a desk in someone’s office, but recently resurfaced when we moved the desk! Now, we’re trying to find the owner or one of the people in the album. Can you help us share this?
Names found in the photo album include:
Richard Selleck (seems to be the photographer)
Big John Hanna
Locations referenced in photo album:
Taegu / Daegu
Taejon / Daejon
Ever wonder what happens after you drop off a donation at one of our Donation Express Locations? Where does the money go? Goodwill partners with 5 other local nonprofits to help the disadvantaged achieve self-sufficiency. Check out this story from KCRA Channel 3:
Through a series of most fortunate events, Goodwill and Sutter Medical Center have teamed up to provide their unhomed patients with shoes! Here’s the backstory:
Anna Ryan, a Sutter Medical Center employee was working in triage and as she went out into the waiting room one of our Sacramento Metro Firemen came up to her and said that they had transported a homeless man that they got a call on but that he didn’t really need medical attention. The person who called from the neighborhood where this homeless man was in really just wanted him out of the neighborhood. This man was barefoot and thirsty. This was on one of our 100+ degree days, so you can imagine how it must have felt walking on the cement without shoes.
The Sac Metro medic was hoping we could help out with some water and asked if we might have an extra pair of shoes. Anna was happy to help since they have a pretty sizable clothing closet for our underprivileged population and she thought for sure she could find a pair of shoes for this man. Unfortunately, they were all out of men’s shoes. When Anna told the Fireman he said: “You know what? We are going to go out and buy him some shoes. We will be right back.” Anna told the man to sit in the waiting room while they went to buy shoes and got him some ice water and a snack along with a list of shelters he could go to. A little while later, he had a new pair of shoes on his feet and he was on his way. These Firemen rock because sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference.
Anna shared her story with her friend Alison Buhler, who is a Board Member for Goodwill, and she contacted us to see if we would be able to donate some shoes to their ER for future needs. As a result, we are now going to donate 100+ pairs of shoes every month to Sutter for their unhomed patients. Anna posted to her social media: “I am beyond grateful and humbled by the generosity of Goodwill and all who have donated shoes and clothing to us! You all are amazing and it will all be put to good use.” You deserve the credit, Anna – keep up the good work!
P.S. Anna is hoping to find out who the generous fireman was who bought the homeless man the shoes on August 27, so if anyone has any clues to his whereabouts, let us know!
Do you have what it takes to get a job in today’s market? Do you need work experience? Do you need to complete your high school diploma or GED? Are you confused about how to get into or pay for college? Goodwill can help!
We are currently recruiting individuals for the WIOA Program who want to gain skills in:
Contact Joann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-395-9000 for more information.
Rebecca Mendoza began her journey with Goodwill in July 2012 as a Work Activity Participant, and by 2016 she advanced to Goodwill’s Job Readiness Program. Rebecca has cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair to get around. Although there have been physical barriers for Rebecca, she persists and has worked diligently to reach her employment goals.
Rebecca’s dream job was to work for her favorite basketball Team, the Kings. Goodwill was able to provide employment training for her and today, Rebecca is a Customer Service Representative for Legends at the Golden 1 Center, where Goodwill provided job coaching to help her navigate the arena, wheelchair re-charging, and meal breaks. She is not only able to cheer on fans for basketball, but also to make people feel comfortable during concerts and wrestling matches.
Great job Rebecca!
Goodwill, the leading nonprofit provider of employment placement, job training and education services, has been ranked #1 on the annual World Value Index, an anticipated annual report that ranks world-class organizations by measuring and ranking each brand’s overall World Value, according to people’s perceptions. In the rankings, Goodwill leads Amazon, Google, Kellogg’s, Microsoft and other Fortune 100 and 500 brands.
The World Value Index is based on a nationally representative, comprehensive survey of 3,000 Americans on perception, awareness and behaviors in response to the purpose and mission of organizations and brands. The creative agency enso, which works to build mission-driven brands and Share MissionSM initiatives, developed the World Value Index as a tool for brands to measure the importance of creating “world value” for its audience segments. enso commissioned Quadrant Strategies, a research-driven consultancy that works with Fortune 100 and Fortune 50 companies, political leaders around the world and major nonprofits, to field surveys with various demographic representative samples of the U.S. population, ages 18 and up.
To earn the World Value Index top ranking on the survey, Goodwill scored extremely well in the four areas of creating World Value, which refer to public perceptions of a brand’s purpose or mission.
For 115 years, Goodwill has helped people find jobs, build their financial stability, and strengthen their families and communities. A social enterprise with a donated goods retail infrastructure, Goodwill receives more than 101 million donations and has more than 3,200 stores. Goodwill creates direct services for millions of people each year, resulting in positive social and environmental outcomes for the global community.
“Today, at a time when people have more choices, and greater access to information, the strength of a brand’s purpose is more important than ever,” said Sebastian Buck, enso’s co-founder and strategic lead. “With the World Value Index, our research centers around whether people can identify a brand’s purpose and mission, and the extent to which that purpose reflects society’s values. In other words, the ability of brands like Goodwill to create World Value is a testament to its relevance.”
The 19 audience demographics and psychographics surveyed included the general population, elites (people who are college educated and earn more than $100,000 per year), millennials and Gen Z, Gen X, Baby Boomers, social and purpose, tech-positive, tech-skeptic, moms, dads, environmentally engaged, young and social, nonprofit engaged, Democratic, Republicans and Independents.
When Charles came to Goodwill for job training, he was one of our tougher cases. With thorough coaching, training, and support (like the bicycle Goodwill bought him to help him get around) Charles just landed a great job as a sandblaster and bought himself a car. Way to go Charles!