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Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We help people with disabilities and other disadvantages reach their highest potential through training, education and employment services. "Donate, Shop, Change a Life!" is more than just a tagline - it’s how we have been operating for over 85 years.
Our programs and services offer a hand up, not a hand out. Sometimes that hand up is resume development or job placement assistance. Other times, the hand up comes in the form of education or training programs.
The number of transformed lives is more than just glowing statistics; they are actual stories of people who turned their lives around and discovered their potential. Get to know a few of the lives that have been touched by Goodwill.
When you support Goodwill by donating to or shopping at stores in your neighborhood, you support our mission and make a lasting impact in your community by changing lives.
Letter from our President & CEOGoodwill Arkansas
September 2, 2014
Dear Goodwill® Customers:
In July, Goodwill Industries International (GII) announced that some Goodwill® member store locations may have been affected by a data security issue. An investigation ensued, and the third-party investigator and federal law enforcement authorities found that our Goodwill stores were not impacted. This issue does not affect our customers.
The Goodwill members that were impacted were using a common third-party vendor for payment processing. This vendor’s systems were found to contain malware. The affected Goodwill members took immediate action to ensure the malware no longer presents a threat to individuals shopping at their Goodwill stores.
Our primary concern is for the people we serve — our community, our shoppers and our donors — and we are committed to ensuring that your information is safe and secure. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call toll-free at 1-800-GOODWILL. We will be available to answer your questions 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturdays; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sundays; and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays Eastern time.
Strong Workforce Helps to Attract Good JobsGoodwill Arkansas
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) and the Arkansas Times recently published a special booklet titled Arkansas Bold Nonprofits featuring Goodwill Industries of Arkansas (Little Rock) and its president and CEO Brian Itzkowitz.
“We are very proud that Goodwill Industries of Arkansas calls Arkansas home,” said Shelley Short of the AEDC. “Thank you for your efforts to change the world.”
Since Itzkowitz took the helm, the agency has grown from serving 1,068 in fiscal year 2008 to serving 9,670 people in fiscal year 2014*. It has also expanded its locations and now covers the entire state with career centers, donation processing sites and retail locations in 27 cities.
“The fact we are able to expand our successes from year to year is due to our staff, volunteers, clients and donors. They see how Goodwill® shapes a person’s life for the better and the affect that positive growth has on that person’s family, friends and the community at large,” Itzkowitz said. “It’s a benefit of our work that other professions don’t always provide.”
When asked what he would tell executive directors or boards why they should move to Arkansas, he countered with another question of which comes first, the workforce or the jobs?
“We believe if you help people find their way through education and training, we can create net contributors to society, not net consumers of public assistance,” Itzkowitz said. “The communities that have the most skilled workers will always be in a better position to attract good jobs.”
Read the full profile on the Arkansas Times website.
*Stats at time of publication. Final Fiscal Year 2014 report: 12,350 people served and 2,760 individuals placed into competitive employment.
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