LITTLE ROCK, AR — This year, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is celebrating 90 years of changing lives through education, training and employment. A not-for-profit organization, Goodwill is devoted to providing opportunities to Arkansans seeking a hand-up.
“For over 90 years, we have been committed to helping every Arkansan in need of our services, no matter their circumstance, to change their life through employment,” said Brian Itzkowitz, President & CEO with Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. “We look past their disability or background, and we see their potential in the workplace,” adds Itzkowitz.
Since its beginning in 1927, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas has been an integral part of our community. Goodwill provides career-readiness education and training, employment and support services at 22 career centers across Arkansas. Goodwill achieves its mission through the generosity of its donors and shoppers. The revenue from donated items sold in Goodwill stores creates employment and training opportunities as well as funding 96% of these life-changing programs for Arkansans. Last year, Goodwill turned over 550,000 donor transactions into 224,000 services and over 4,500 jobs for Arkansans.
“Goodwill remains as relevant to the community as we were when our doors opened 90 years ago. We are proud to continue to help people reach their highest potential by removing barriers to independence,” adds Itzkowitz. “Goodwill has played a critical role in the state’s economic development by creating jobs, revitalizing vacant buildings and opening career centers that offer training opportunities to improve the skills necessary to compete in today’s job market.”
As we celebrate 90 years of changing lives in our community, we want to thank Arkansans for their continued support and invite them to a year-long celebration of special events and store savings as a sign of our appreciation both now and the future. Beginning February 19, customers can enjoy $.90 Sundays on the color of the week tags at Goodwill stores, excluding the bookstore, outlet and computer stores and ShopGoodwill.com.
“We are grateful for the community’s support and generosity over the years, and we want to express our gratitude to our customers for helping us achieve our mission,” said Itzkowitz. “Every donation and purchase at Goodwill helps your fellow neighbor train for and get a good a job, strengthens families and improves our communities,” he adds.
For more information about Goodwill and to find the nearest location, visit GoodwillAR.org.
About Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mission of changing lives through education, training and employment. Revenue generated through the sale of reusable donated goods at Goodwill retail stores is used to create jobs and fund these critical training programs for Arkansans. Last year, Goodwill offered 224,000 services to over 27,800 individuals in Arkansas. In addition, Goodwill helped 4,500 Arkansans attain jobs with businesses statewide. Information may also be found at GoodwillAR.org.
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