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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.
Growing a Garden GrantGoodwill Arkansas
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is one of 200 contenders for the 2015 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant. The grant will help fund our community garden initiative at the GRC.
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Goodwill Week RecapGoodwill Arkansas
Goodwill Week 2015 was another fantastic, fun-filled event complete with career fairs, our annual awards luncheon and fashion show. We kicked off the week with our inaugural GoodFEST event, followed by our much-anticipated customer appreciation sale, President’s Breakfast and Peace Love Goodwill 5k and new 10k.
GoodFEST was a prelude to Goodwill Week, which brought the community to the people. The event featured free food, fun activities including Zumba and games, free gym memberships, car seat check-ups and healthcare exams.
On Tuesday, Goodwill participated in five job fairs, statewide. In total, 757 job seekers attended the fairs and met 95 employers, across the state.
Our annual luncheon took place on Thursday at the Clinton Center. It was a sold out event with over 200 attendees. View photos at http://www.goodwillar.org/Luncheon. During the “Turning Tees into Dreams,” themed luncheon, Goodwill honored the following award winners:
Graduate of the Year | Brian Miller
Frank Lyon Jr. Achiever of the Year | John Crihfield
Employer of the Year | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Community Partner of the Year | USA Images
Volunteer of the Year | James Johnson
Our President’s Breakfast, took place on Friday at the GRC. Community leaders, elected officials and business owners were given the opportunity to learn about Goodwill directly from Brian Itzkowitz, president and CEO of Goodwill and our executive staff. Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge and legislators attended the event.
The week’s activities wrapped up with our second annual Peace Love Goodwill run/walk. This year the race was expanded and runners/walkers had a 5k or 10k route to choose from. Photos and results here at http://www.goodwillar.org/WalkRun.
None of this would be possible without the amazing efforts of Goodwill's person's served, employees, and our sponsors. Thank you for all your efforts and for spreading the word of Goodwill's mission.