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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.
GOODWILL® PLEDGES TO EMPLOY AND EMPOWER PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIESGoodwill 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.
NDEAM’s roots trace back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
For more than a century, Goodwill has helped individuals navigate challenges to finding employment, and Goodwill is proud to have helped millions of Americans find and keep good jobs. "Expect. Employ. Empower." These words are familiar to everyone at Goodwill, which works with people to develop their employment skills and find good jobs. See how Goodwill Industries of Arkansas has helped Arkansans at http://www.goodwillar.org/mission/stories.
“Millions of Americans with disabilities make important contributions to the workplace every day,” said Brian Itzkowitz, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. “At Goodwill, we encourage all local businesses to join us in a commitment to employ and empower people with disabilities.”
For more information, contact Rebecca Brockman, Manager of Public Relations and Community Engagement, at 501-372-5151 or rbrockman@GoodwillAR.org.
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It is with sadness, but great respect, that we share of the passing of our friend and dedicated board member, Larry Mobley. Larry served on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas for 35 years, including the role of president.
Goodwill recently recognized Larry as an Emeritus Board Member and a scholarship was named in his honor for his longstanding commitment and decades of service to this organization. He was a great friend to all of us, and a mentor to many of us. May he rest in peace.
To read more about his exemplary life and accomplishments, visit: http://www.littlerockfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Lawrence-Mobley/#!/Obituary
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.