Celebrating the power of work: ‘Goodwill Industries Week’ celebrates 50 years

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV) — Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada celebrate the power of work through local events and promotions. This year Goodwill is celebrating 50 Years of Goodwill Industries Week!  Donations across the country and Canada helped 88,441 people go back to work.

Goodwill Industries Week was first celebrated in May 1951 as a way to encourage local Goodwill agencies to educate their communities about their mission of “helping people with disabilities help themselves.” Today, the bulletin ads of yesteryear are online engagements and opportunities and interactive job fairs in promising fields of tomorrow.

Wondering what happens to those bags of clothes or old household items you drop off at your local Goodwill location? The revenue generated from the donations that are sold or often recycled provides job training and placement for individuals with barriers to employment.

To find a Goodwill location near you check out the Goodwill locator.

If you’re interested in giving back even more… Host a donation drive

You or your company should consider hosting an onsite donation drive.  Here’s how it works:

Photo courtesy Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids.
Photo courtesy Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids.

Goodwill provides all necessary marketing material and will help promote the donation drive within your organization.

They offer both electronic and print promotional materials.

The team will drop off bins or bags and will schedule times to pick them up when they are filled.

The goal to make it as easy as possible for your team to give back to the community.

Please call Mallory at 616.532.4200 ext. 1165 to schedule your Goodwill on-site Donation Drive today!




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