Holiday Round Up from Goodwill

The holiday season is in full swing and Goodwill has everything you need for the season. Goodwill’s 21 retail stores are overflowing with holiday home décor, festive fashions, sparkly baubles, DIY basics and everything you need to make this holiday season one of the best ones ever. Stop by your local Goodwill today and make us a part of your holiday this year!

family movingStart a new holiday tradition of giving. Teach your family to give back to the community this holiday season by donating to Goodwill. Before the influx of new holiday gifts and clothing, gather unwanted clothing and items from around the house to donate to Goodwill. Your donations help people with disabilities and disadvantages right here in our community get the job training needed so they can become competitively employed.
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Create simple and affordable DIY gifts and decorations. Goodwill is chock full of items to create affordable DIY gifts like these and create decorations like these. From holiday mugs and textiles to baubles and ornaments, you’re sure to find just what you need!

 
snowman ugley sweater from HammontonFind festive sweaters for your one (or nine) ugly sweater parties this year. Ugly Sweater parties have become a part of the holiday tradition over the past several years and Goodwill has plenty in stock. Don’t spend tons of money when you can buy them at Goodwill for less! Sweaters can cost $50 or more online, visit your local Goodwill store to find the perfect one at a fraction of the price. Take Goodwill’s Ugly Sweater quiz to find out your sweater style!

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ugs v1Find designer fashions for parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations. With the amount of money spent on gift giving during the season, why not save on designer clothing for holiday gatherings and even New Year’s Eve?! Goodwill has all the brand names for less. Shop once and you’ll never want to shop anywhere else!

 

The best news? When you shop Goodwill you put your dollars to work in our community. Shopping at or donating to Goodwill helps people with disabilities and disadvantages get to work!

 

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.

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

Being Green

At Goodwill, we like to consider ourselves the original recycler. Goodwill Industries® of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia has always been an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice.

By donating your unwanted items to Goodwill, you are reducing the amount of waste going to local landfills. And, through a partnership with Dell, Goodwill provides an easy way for residents to recycle electronic items too, like computers, printers, cell phones etc…

Your donated goods have the power to make a difference in people’s lives, strengthen communities, and create a healthier environment. Reselling donated goods not only provides Goodwill with a revenue stream to support its mission of putting people with special needs to work, it makes us responsible environmental stewards— a role we take very seriously!

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Goodwill is committed to improving the sustainability of our operations. Textiles, books, shoes, accessories and housewares that do not sell in Goodwill’s retail stores are salvaged. Nothing goes in the trash.

Just as there are things you Recycle, there are things you Donate. Here are 5 things that are probably collecting dust in your house that you can recycle by donating to Goodwill!

 

1. Cell Phone. That Zach Morris size phone stored in one of your junk drawers. Hello? Goodwill is calling.

2. Clothing. Follow the rule—if you haven’t worn it in a year, odds are you aren’t going to wear it. Donate it!

3. Computers. Good news. Goodwill accepts computers  in working and not working order!

4 . Chachkes. (choch – ke) That “unique” candle holder your grandma gave you for your birthday last year. Give it another home—Goodwill!

5. Books. Because, how many more times can you read the Harry Potter series?

The list could go on and on. But, you get the picture…clear the clutter and donate to Goodwill!

Check out the Goodwill is Green Video. Caution. Dancing may occur while watching!

Welcome!

We are so excited to launch the Goodwill blog, ALL THINGS GOODWILL. We will do our best to give you the “inside” scoop on everything happening at Goodwill. From thrift shopping tips, DIY projects and special events and sales to learning how YOUR donations turn jeans into JOBS for people with special needs in the community.  You can follow this blog by subscribing to our blog email list too!

Right now we are focused on all things “BACK TO SCHOOL” so be sure to check back next week for back to school fashions and savings!

~Mary

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