Goodwill is proud to help others

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Store manager, Steve Robertson, greets loyal customer Lois West.

Goodwill's new manager, Steve Robertson is proud to be working there and helping others.

" The company's mission is incredible. It makes me feel good to work for a company that puts people as a priority," said Robertson.

Goodwill's mission is to enhance the quality and dignity of life for individuals and families through the power of work, empowerment, self-help, and service.

There are 28 Goodwill stores in middle Tennessee and 40 attended donation centers, where lightly used items are appreciated and also tax deductible.

Most only think of Goodwill as a donation center and store, but there is much more to it. The sale of donated items provide job training and placement services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Last year, Goodwill served 846,730 people through employment and training programs and placed 129,899 people in competitive employment.

Middle Tennessee has eleven career centers, Nashville being the most convenient to Lewisburg. At the Lewisburg Goodwill, 89 percent of its employees are mission related. The Nashville career center helps with resumes, applications, job searches, computer training, and forklift training.

" Without the donations and stores, we wouldn't be able to offer theses great training programs," said Robertson.

Roughly 87 cents of every dollar earned by Goodwill goes toward their services. Last year, retail sales alone generated $1.63 billion. The total revenue generated $2.65 billion, with 82 per cent spent directly on programs, making Goodwill one of the world's largest nonprofit providers.