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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.
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Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is gearing up for our biggest event of the year – Goodwill Week (May 2-9). The first full week of May is dedicated to raising awareness about Goodwill’s life-changing mission and educating the public about our programs and services. We need your help spreading the word. We have events planned around the state – including job fairs at various locations throughout the state on May 5. And our customer appreciation sale (May 6). Customers will enjoy 20% off their entire purchase. Our week concludes with our second annual Peace Love Goodwill 5k and new 10k on May 9. For more info, visit GoodwillAR.org/GoodwillWeek
Did you know Goodwill changes lives through donations? It’s true. Last year, we served 12,350 Arkansans and placed almost 3,000 people into jobs. Please help us celebrate Goodwill Week 2015.
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Tagless partners with Goodwill Industries of Arkansas to buy gently worn and like-new men's clothing. The company launders and mends items to department store-like quality, then matches pieces for resale on the Tagless website.
The intent is to make buying secondhand clothing easier and more affordable, said David Allen, the company's 24-year-old CEO. The concept also reduces the environmental impact of discarded clothing and disrupts the cycle of clothing companies profiting from low-cost labor in developing countries, he said.
Customers are sent clothing accessories based on their answers to questions about their personalities, preferences and lifestyle. A Tagless employee combs the big, blue Goodwill bins for an hour twice daily and after laundering, on-site stylists create fashionable outfits.
Tagless now offers two items for $29.99 or four items for $49.99. Customers can sign up to receive clothes monthly, quarterly or just to try the service. To further the social impact, customers can use the box the clothing arrives in for their own donations to Goodwill.
The Goodwill Resource Center, a 500,000-square-foot building on Scott Hamilton Drive, provides floor space for Tagless' offices and operation. In return, Goodwill is a partner, along with Allen; David Hudson and Arlton Lowry from Few; and Ford. XCelerate, a capital fund, uses incubator programs such as the ARK Challenge to find emerging growth companies like Tagless.
Tagless' competitive advantage, he said, is that it's a business with a social conscience. The company's tagline is "Look Good. Feel Good. Do Good."
Brian Marsh, the Little Rock Goodwill's chief operating officer, said the partnership "allows us to reach individuals who may not know who Goodwill is and what we do.
Brian Itzkowitz, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, said Goodwill already has an online presence at shopgoodwill.com and through the Amazon bookstore, but Tagless gives the organization a new way "to hit some folks who would not ordinarily think about shopping at a Goodwill."
Read the entire article at http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/mar/23/new-online-service-offers-goodwill-find/