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Goodwill milestone: 1 million donor visits
Local donations fund employment and training
 
Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014
by Staff Reports

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PHOTO/COURTESY OF GOODWILL INDUSTRIES
A donor drops off items with a Goodwill worker at a Goodwill Donation site in South Charlotte.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont set a record this year, receiving over one million donor visits in 2013, marking a 2 percent increase from the previous year. The agency reports collecting 389,000 pounds (195 tons) of donated items on Dec. 31 alone. 

The December spike is typical, as donors seek to take make donations before the year ends for tax purposes.

“We normally see high donor activity the final weekend of the year,” said Goodwill President and CEO Michael Elder. “This year was no different.”

Goodwill operates 22 retail stores and has more than 30 total destination sites in the Southern Piedmont. Proceeds from the sale of donated goods fund job training and employment services for individuals facing barriers to employment, such as lack of skills, experience or education. Last year, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont delivered services to over 14,800 individuals.

 “It’s plain to see that if we each do a little, together we can accomplish a lot,” said Angela Amos, Goodwill’s director of marketing and communications. “What is most exciting about this milestone for us is that it points to the tremendous support of our donor base. The simple act of donating items one can no longer use is what fuels our mission of changing lives through the power of work.” 

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