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At Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, 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 opens Batesville locationPosted by Goodwill Arkansas
Batesville Daily Guard (news coverage):
There were cheers and lots of customers at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Goodwill Industries of Arkansas store on Thursday where customers have been trying to get in the door since Monday, according to Rebecca Brockman, public relations and engagement manager.
The new store, located at 3209 Harrison St. (across from Walmart), is the 37th Goodwill store in Arkansas and sells used and donated items to support its services which include training and employment services. Brian Itzkowitz, CEO of Goodwill Industries Arkansas, was on hand for the event.
Leisa Wamsley, Goodwill vice president of donated goods, excited the crowd with her enthusiasm.
“We’ve put over 18,000 pieces of clothing in this store. More importantly we put 20 people to work here in Batesville,” she said, drawing applause from the crowd.
For those looking to enter or re-enter the workforce, Goodwill offers education, training and employment services to people with disabilities and other special needs. Special needs are defined by Goodwill as anything that would prevent someone from getting and keeping a job, which includes welfare dependency, lack of education or work experience, homelessness, language barrier or being formerly incarcerated. Services can be applied for at the store.
According to Brockman, 96 percent of sales from donated items goes back into the community and donations can be made anytime during store hours. The store accepts housewares, clothing, furniture, electronics, toys, accessories and vehicles.
Business hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number is (870) 569-4028.
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Goodwill opens Siloam Springs locationPosted by Goodwill Arkansas
Goodwill's seventh location in northwest Arkansas opens on March 6, 2014. This location will feature a store, donation center and a career services center. More than 90 percent of Goodwill's sales go toward programs to put people to work. Last year, more than 600 people in northwest Arkansas found jobs thanks to the Goodwill's career center.
Join Goodwill as we celebrate the expansion of Goodwill's programs and services. Don't forget to sign up for your chance to win a 42" TV and Goodwill gift certificates.
Thursday, March 6th
Ribbon Cutting 8:45 a.m.
Store Opening 9:00 a.m.
1001 S. Mount Olive | Highland Park Shopping Center | Siloam Springs, AR
Coupon for opening: http://www.goodwillar.org/file_download/bb1f889a-96ae-495f-85aa-f1c86c0fa93f
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Goodwill sees explosive growth in the last five yearsPosted by Goodwill Arkansas
Recent article in Talk Business Arkansas reveals Goodwill Industries of Arkansas' explosive growth in last five years. In 2013, Goodwill served 8,300 Arkansans and placed 1,300 in the employment ranks. This is why it is imperative that Goodwill receives your donations. You can help change a life, by simply cleaning our your closet & donating to Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.
Read the entire article at http://talkbusiness.net/2014/02/goodwill-sees-explosive-growth-last-5-years.
Donate, Shop, Change A Life!
Goodwill needs your donationsPosted by Goodwill Arkansas
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is urging people to donate gently used clothing and other items to their nearest Goodwill retail store or donation center. Find your local Goodwill at www.goodwillar.org/locations. We are seeing the effects of the modestly growing economy and our shoppers are eager to find great items at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, our donations are not keeping pace with the demand. The recent winter weather has also greatly affected donations, but you can help.
Donations to Goodwill allow us to provide job training and career services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Last year, we served 8,370 Arkansans and placed 1,280 people into competitive employment, statewide. In fact, 96% of our funding comes from the sale of donated goods.
Items most needed right now include: All types of gently used clothing, coats, shoes, jeans and sweaters. Also needed are various household items, including small kitchen appliances, glassware, dishes, and decorations. E-waste (computers, printers and tablets) are also needed and accepted year-round at any location.
For the past 86 years, Goodwill has been offering a hand up, not a hand out. Donors can rest assured that their items are going to a reputable organization that has the community’s interests at heart. Donated goods are sold in Goodwill stores and that revenues fund critical job training, career services and other supports that put people to work, strengthen families and build stronger communities in Arkansas. That is why we say: Donate, Shop, Change a Life!
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