Goodwill Goes To The Beach!

BY PENELOPE CAKE, GOODWILL GUEST BLOGGER

When I went to the Goodwill in Egg Harbor Township, NJ I found this beautiful lace dress but it was size XL.  I thought maybe it would look nice on me anyway if it draped attractively over my body, which it did.  Another problem was the gaping armholes so I knew that I needed a cami underneath.  Going through cami’s at the Goodwill is quite a job, but they have so many great ones and a lot of them are brand new.

I knew that I wanted one that had a little lace around the top to peak out of the neckline of the dress and of course I was able to find the perfect one.  I just love the Goodwill.  You can always find what you are looking for, or better yet, an unexpected treasure!

The sunset over the bay in Cape May was so beautiful that it inspired me to dance!

I was also able to rescue a horseshoe crab by turning her over so that she could go back to the sea.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Do you get creative with items you find at Goodwill? Let us know how in the comments!

You can also read this post on Penelope’s blog at penelopecakefashion.blogspot.com/.

Donate Unwanted Items at the Beyoncé Concert for a Chance to Win Prizes!

 

GW-Beyonce-Banner-600-X-400-2Beyoncé’s show stopping tour is on its way to our neck of the woods and GOODWILL will be there to greet it.   Through The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Beyoncé is telling the world about the GOOD work Goodwill is doing – generating opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and communities while entertaining thousands.

“The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” stops in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 25th at The Wells Fargo Center and then in Atlantic City on Friday, July 26th at Boardwalk Hall. Goodwill will have a mobile donation site set up at both venues to collect gently-used clothing, electronics and small household goods.

Come visit our booth!

Donors and visitors to the Goodwill mobile donation site will receive a scratch off for a chance to win some really cool prizes as well as Beyonce bookmarks!* If you’re attending, be sure to stop by and say hi to our volunteer staff, learn more about Goodwill and get your picture taken with our mascot, Goodwilly!

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Revenue from the sale of donated items will help local residents with disabilities and disadvantages get the job training needed so they can become competitively employed in the community.

You can join Beyoncé and Goodwill too. Donate and spread the word using the hashtag #BeyGood!

*where permitted and while supplies last

Spotlight on Success: 2013 Graduate of the Year: J. Jondhi Harrell

j  awards dinnerOut of the 4.2 million Americans who received employment and training services from Goodwills across the nation last year, ONE was chosen as Goodwill’s 2013 Graduate of the Year. We are incredibly honored to announce that this year’s winner is a graduate of Goodwill Industries of Southern NJ & Philadelphia’s Ex-Offender Re-Entry program! We congratulate J. Jondhi Harrell for receiving this national award.

After serving almost two decades in prison, J. Jondhi Harrell is now an outspoken advocate for individuals who were formerly incarcerated as they rejoin their communities. He began mentoring others while still in prison and, upon his release, enrolled in Goodwill’s Ex-Offender Re-Entry Program, which helps people with criminal backgrounds gain work experience and build a resume. While in the program, Harrell used transitional employment with Goodwill as a stepping stone to other work. He also earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and is currently working toward a master’s in social work at Temple University.

When he’s not studying, Harrell divides his time between working as a service coordinator at Pathways to Housing PA in Philadelphia and running his own nonprofit, The Center for Returning Citizens, that helps people with criminal backgrounds find work, housing and other supports. Harrell is a tireless advocate for those who’ve had similar experiences to his own, and he’s a confident public speaker, spreading the word to policy makers, the media and the public about the need for a continuum of services for this population.

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Harrell says his accomplishments would not have been possible without Goodwill’s help. “I am proud to be a part of the Goodwill family. The Goodwill model for assisting former prisoners should be adopted across the country. Recidivism rates would fall, families would be reunited and communities would be stronger.”

Harrell will receive his award this month at Goodwill’s annual Delegate Assembly meeting in Grand Rapids, MI..

Listen to J. Jondhi Harrell’s story.

Join Beyoncé + Goodwill: Transform Lives FOR GOOD

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via Join Beyoncé + Goodwill: Transform Lives FOR GOOD – YouTube.

Having a job matters. But today we face a job crisis that threatens the future and possibilities of our families and communities. Goodwill is excited to announce that Beyoncé will lend her voice to help us transform lives for GOOD. As she undertakes The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Beyoncé is telling the world about the GOOD work Goodwill is doing- generating opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and communities.GW-Beyonce-Banner-600-X-400-2On Friday, June 28th, Beyoncé brings her tour to North America where she will encourage fans to support Goodwill by donating clothing, electronics and small household goods. Goodwill will host a mobile donation center on-site at 28 tour venues in 24 North American cities. The revenue from the sale of these donations will directly benefit local Goodwills as they work to help anyone facing challenges finding employment.

“Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works every day to help them improve and re-establish their lives.” -Beyoncé

Beyoncé will continue to build awareness of Goodwill’s mission through in-concert education, social media and online ticket auctions. Global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com will auction special ticket packages for the Mrs. Carter World Tour, with the revenue benefiting Goodwill.

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Join Beyoncé and Goodwill today and make a difference for someone tomorrow. Goodwill of Southern NJ & Philadelphia is delighted to join with Goodwill Industries International in the announcement of Beyoncé’s efforts to transform lives.

#beygood

VIVA GOODWILL: A SURE BET FUNDRAISER!

green viva header_blogJoin us for a fun filled evening at VIVA Goodwill: A Sure Bet Fundraiser on Thursday, April 18th at 6 p.m. at the ALOFT in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Enjoy dinner and drinks, try your hand at an array of casino-style games like Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and Texas Hold’em Poker, take your chances on winning some fabulous raffle prizes, and have an exciting evening out with friends!

How much does it cost and where does the money go?

Ticket price is $125 per person or $950 for a table of eight. Price includes buffet dinner, open bar and $20 worth of gaming chips. All proceeds from this event fund Goodwill’s job training programs and career services for people with disabilities and disadvantages in our community.

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What games can I play?

Blackjack, Craps, Roulette & Texas Hold’em Poker. The tables open at 6 p.m.  No experience is necessary. If you don’t know how to play, a dealer will explain it to you!

What and how do I win?

You can start trying your luck as soon as you walk through the doors at your game of choice with your complimentary gaming chips. You can purchase additional gaming chips at The Goodwill Bank. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

While the money won might be fake, the prizes to be won are very real! Every person automatically receives one raffle chance when you arrive at the event. The more you gamble the more chances you get to win some INCREDIBLE prizes. You will receive one raffle ticket for every $50 worth of chips that you have at the end of the night.

Some of the prizes include:

  • A 42” flat screen TV
  • 2 tickets in a luxury suite to a Philadelphia Phillies game
  • A Medium Reading worth $650
  • Dinner for four in The Big Apple plus entertainment
  • Dinner & Overnight Stay at The Union League in Philadelphia
  • Restaurant gift certificates to Villa Barone, Sabrina’s Café and more!

Food and drink?

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and an open bar.

Who attends?

Anyone who wants to enjoy a fun night out with friends all while supporting a great cause!

Click here to view the invitation.

RSVP to Mary Polizzi at mpolizzi@goodwillnj.org by April 11th

NOW OPEN: Goodwill’s Outlet Store

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It’s official. Goodwill’s Outlet Store is NOW OPEN at 330 Benigno Blvd. in Bellmawr, NJ. Customers can experience a new way to shop Goodwill-BUY THE POUND. Unless otherwise marked, merchandise is sold for 99 cents per pound. Select items, like furniture, may be individually priced.

Do you enjoy any of the following?

• Thrift shopping
• Huge Bargains on clothing and household items
• Rummaging
• Repurposing items into crafty new things you find on Pinterest

close up of pods 2Well, if you do, then a trip to the Goodwill Outlet Store is what you need in your life! Come prepared to shop. The Outlet Store is not set up like other Goodwill stores. Pods/bins of merchandise are brought out onto the sales floor approximately every two hours so shoppers can sort through and pick their best bargains. The pods are chock-full of clothing, housewares, toys, books, shoes…you name it and you can probably find it!

Here’s how it works:
• Browse through the pods to find treasures galore!floor shot 1
• When you are ready to check out, head to one of the three checkout counters.
• Place all individually priced items on the register counter.
• Push your cart onto the scale.
• Step away from the scale to let the cashier weigh and ring up your purchase.

It’s that easy! And you can feel good about shopping Goodwill’s Outlet Store. By shoppingdavid goodwill proud Goodwill, you help keep items out of local landfills and support a great cause. Proceeds from the sale of donated items support Goodwill’s job training programs and career services that help local residents with special needs get to work.

 

Here are some other helpful tips to know before you shop!

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Payment
The Outlet Store accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. You may also use gift certificates issued by Goodwill Industries of Southern NJ & Philadelphia. The Store does not accept coupons or other special discounts.

Cash-and-Carry Policy
All merchandise and furniture are sold on a cash-and-carry basis. All merchandise is sold AS IS at the Outlet Store and all sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.

Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Have you shopped Goodwill’s Outlet store? What bargains did you find?

The Running of the Brides-Goodwill Style!

bridal flyer picCalling all brides-to-be!  We are gearing up for Goodwill’s 5th Annual Valentine’s Bridal Sale Extravaganza this Saturday, February 9th – and you should be too!  The sale will be held from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Pennsauken Retail Store located at 5461 Route 70. Finding your dream dress for less can be a fun experience for grandmothers, mothers, bridesmaid, or friends. (Dads and fiancés, too!)

Brides-to-be can shop from a selection of brand new and gently-used designer gowns  at drastically discounted prices.2 alfred angelo collagedesigners New bridal gowns from including Nicole Miller, Alfred Angelo, Jasmine and Demetrios start at $99 and gently-used gowns start at $49.

 

A few key tidbits to help you plan:

  • Plan to arrive early. Last year brides starting lining up at 3 a.m. to get their chance to have the first pick of the dresses. 1 alfred angelo blog
  • It’s not just about bridal gowns. We also have a large assortment of bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses and flower girl dresses. Some of the designers include Bill Levkoff, Jim Hjelm and Amsale.

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Brides-to-be can feel good about shopping this event too! Proceeds from this fundraiser support Goodwill’s job training programs and career services that prepare individuals with disabilities or disadvantages for competitive employment in the community.

Spotlight on Success

Meet Judy Margulies. Judy M _fb

After 20+ years in the banking world, Judy decided to take an early retirement but shortly after realized she wasn’t ready for the world of retirement. She started searching for a new job but after several months with no job prospects, she became involved with the Women’s Opportunity Center of Burlington County.  They referred her to Goodwill’s JOB CLUB for career services.

From the moment she stepped through Goodwill’s doors, she felt at ease and confident that she was on the right path.  Goodwill Job Developer Sean Hinnegan quickly helped Judy update her resume, conduct job searches and follow up on submitted resumes.  Before long, she heard those magical words—“You’re hired.”

In her new position as branch manager for Beneficial Bank, Judy is responsible for all facets of branch management—ranging from new business development, sales, customer service and audits.  “This job means the world to me.  It has given me a sense of renewal and purpose,” she said.  Goodwill’s caring and compassionate staff of job developers certainly made a positive impression on Judy.

ABOUT JOB CLUB job-search
JOB CLUB provides local job seekers with the resources needed to conduct a successful job search-at no cost to them. JOB CLUB is held every Tuesday and Wednesday at Goodwill offices in Stratford and Maple Shade. Free and unlimited access to Internet-ready computers for conducting online research and job searches; to local job postings and career fair information; and to phone lines and fax machines is available. Come one, come all, our employment specialists and job developers will assist you in formulating a plan for career success! Call 856.439.022 for more information.

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Goodwill’s JOB CLUB meets:

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
222 White Horse Pike, Stratford, NJ 08084

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2835 Route 73, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

Think Before You Donate this Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving and for many local residents, the holiday season means a time to give back and donate gently-used clothing, toys, books and other accessories to charity.

Goodwill encourages residents to do their homework and find out where your donations are going before making the choice to donate. Many times the charity bins found in store parking lots and strip malls benefit  for-profit companies that sell your donations to Third World countries.

 

When you donate to Goodwill, you can feel confident that your donations are helping people right here in our communities. Proceeds from the revenue of donated goods in Goodwill’s area retail stores help people with special needs get to work.

There are 23 convenient donation centers throughout Southern and Central NJ and Philadelphia. A donation attendant can help unload your donations and give you a receipt for tax purposes. For added convenience, you can access your donation history, reprint individualized receipts and donation reports using Goodwill’s online automated iDonate system.

GOODWILL’S DONATION CYCLE

1. You donate gently-used items to Goodwill.

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2. We sell them in our retail stores.

3. Revenue from their sale fund important job training programs that help individuals with disabilities and disadvantages gain marketable job skills.

4. Graduates of our job training programs secure competitive jobs in the community and become proud, tax paying members of the workforce.

As always, thank you for donating to Goodwill! Together we are building stronger communities through the power of work.

Share the Holiday Cheer with Goodwill This Year

Goodwill client Bobby McFadden presenting Santa with a card at last year’s Holiday Party.

The holiday season is upon us and everyone at Goodwill is looking forward to our Annual Client Holiday Party. This year’s event will be on December 13, at the Camden County Boathouse in Pennsauken, NJ. It is a day of food, music and dancing with Goodwill’s clients coming together to celebrate the season. Santa and his elf even make a visit to give the guests a special gift!

The holiday season, for most of us, is a time spent with friends, family and loved ones. But for many of Goodwill’s clients, this is the only holiday experience they have.

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In the spirit of giving, we invite you to participate in our Adopt-a-Client Program.  By making a $25 donation, you will provide lunch and a holiday gift for one of Goodwill’s hard working clients. You can make a secure donation online at http://bit.ly/donatetogoodwill. Please be sure to type in “Client Holiday Party” in the feedback section.

We thank you for considering to take part in this Goodwill holiday tradition.

Wishing you peace, joy, and love during this holiday season,

~Goodwill Staff