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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.
America Recycles DayGoodwill Arkansas
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas has two events planned to celebrate America Recycles Day (Nov. 15).
On Friday Nov. 13, Goodwill is hosting Recycle Little Rock in partnership with the City of Little Rock and Keep Little Rock Beautiful (KLRB). The e-waste and general donation drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Goodwill store at 109 West Markham Park Dr. in West Little Rock. During the event, residents from Pulaski County and surrounding areas are encouraged to bring electronic waste (computers, printers, cellphones, etc.) and general donations. Shred Smart will also offer free shredding of confidential documents during that time.
On Saturday, Nov. 14 Goodwill is hosting Recycle Bryant, in partnership with the City of Bryant and the Saline County Regional Solid Waste. An e-waste collection and general donation drive will be held at the Goodwill store at 5914 Hwy 5 North from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents of Saline County and surrounding areas are encouraged to bring e-waste (computers, printers, laptops, etc.) and general donations (clothes, shoes, etc.) to the Goodwill in Bryant.
Shred Smart will provide free document destruction during the event. Team members from Saline County’s YEA (Youth Environmental Ambassadors) will be onsite to help with the collection of items from donor’s vehicles. Drive-thru donations will allow for an easy and quick visit. Kincaid Coffee and Fat Head Barbecue will be onsite selling delicious treats.
NDEAM Feature Story: Avery LunnieGoodwill Arkansas
Throughout the month of October, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is proud to stand with the U.S. Department of Labor to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This national campaign raises awareness about the contributions people with disabilities make in America’s workforce, and it encourages companies and organizations to build business cultures that value diversity, respect and employment opportunities for all. Our mission is to help build lives, families and communities through the Power of Work for all.
Please take a moment to read more about Avery Lunnie and his experience at Goodwill. Avery is a 30 year old from Little Rock who came to Goodwill in 2007 to join our Work Activity Program. This program is designed for persons with significant developmental disabilities. The team at Goodwill realized that Avery’s abilities far outweighed his diagnosis. Though he struggled with managing his emotions, he learned how to handle his stress and other healthy work habits by attending weekly classes.
Today, Avery is employed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a member of their Environmental Services team. He has transferred the skills he learned through our job training services at Goodwill to succeed in his current position. Avery is able to live a life that is defined by his capability rather than his disability.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas has teamed up with Sony Pictures Entertainment for the release of the animated film, “Hotel Transylvania 2” to promote Goodwill as the Halloween Headquarters for creating unique, affordable costumes. Hotel Transylvania 2” is in theaters now.
When you shop at your local Goodwill store, you can “Be Your Own Monster” creating costumes based on one of the movie’s characters such as Dracula, Mavis or Frank. You can also visit Goodwill’s online chamber of costumes at http://www.GoodwillAR.org/Halloween for quick and easy costume ideas on how to create a costume for around $10-$20.
To find a Goodwill store near you, visit http://www.GoodwillAR.org. Once you’ve completed your fearfully frugal Halloween costume, enter Goodwill’s online costume contest to win a $50 Goodwill shopping spree. Submit a photo of you in your Goodwill Halloween costume and upload it to http://www.GoodwillAR.org/Halloween.
Pictures will be posted to Facebook, the photo with the most ‘likes,’ wins! So make sure to encourage your friends and family to ‘like’ your photo on our Facebook page http://www.Facebook.com/GoodwillAR. Entries will be accepted through Nov. 8.