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!

 

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.

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