Senior VP at Local Goodwill® Recognized with National Award

June 25th, 2015

Goodwill Industries International Honors Paulette Griffin with 2015 Edgar J. Helms Award for Staff

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 25, 2015)

An executive at a local Goodwill agency has received one of the nonprofit organization’s highest national honors. For her commitment to Goodwill’s mission and exemplifying the values of its founder, Paulette Griffin, Senior Vice President of Career Services, has been awarded the 2015 Edgar J. Helms Award for Staff from Goodwill Industries International. During an exemplary 27-year career, Griffin has helped develop and oversee the employment and training services for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, based in Charlotte, N.C. and serving individuals in 18 counties in North and South Carolina. Now, Griffin is the chief architect of a new service delivery model that focuses on long-term support and family sustaining employment for the people Goodwill serves.

During Griffin’s tenure, she and her team have served more than 150,000 individuals with multiple barriers to employment and have placed 28,000 people into competitive employment. She also leads several significant partnerships, including a service contract with the Department of Social Services. Other Goodwill agencies and workforce organizations across the country often seek the input of Griffin and her staff, who are always happy to share new concepts and service approaches.

“Paulette is a role model for everyone who works in employment and training because she’s committed to a whole-person and whole-family approach,” said Jim Gibbons, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “She embodies the values of Goodwill’s founder, Rev. Helms, who developed innovative programs to assist people in reaching their potential.”

Griffin was selected as the recipient of the award from among 165 Goodwill agencies in the United States and Canada. She received her award on Sunday, June 21, 2015 in San Diego, CA. Cintas® proudly sponsors the 2015 Edgar J. Helms Award for Staff.

About the Edgar J. Helms Award for Staff

The Edgar J. Helms Award for Staff honors a current Goodwill employee who has not received Goodwill services in the past and who exemplifies the mission of Goodwill Industries and its founder Rev. Edgar J. Helms’ values of providing assistance and service to people with disabilities or other disadvantaging conditions.

About Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Goodwill has been serving individuals and families in the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina for 50 years. Goodwill operates 22 retail stores and has more than 50 donation sites in the region. 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. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provided employment services to more than 13,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.goodwillsp.org.

Media Contact:

Molly Thompson | Public Relations & Social Media Manager | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: (704) 332-0262 | Email: molly.thompson@goodwillsp.org

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Looking for Work? Come to Goodwill’s Job Fair

May 6th, 2015

Nonprofit to host its largest ever multi-employer job fair during Goodwill® Industries WeekGW Job Fair

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 5, 2015) – In celebration of Goodwill Industries Week and its 50th anniversary in the region, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont will host a multi-employer job fair this Friday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at its Career Development Center, located at 2122 Freedom Drive in Charlotte. Representatives from more than 20 employers will be onsite to accept resumes and conduct interviews. The job fair is the largest in the organization’s history and open to the public.

Participating employers include Wells Fargo, Carolinas HealthCare System, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Starbucks, Chipotle, Verizon Wireless, AutoZone, Brookdale Senior Living, Air General, AmerisourceBergen, Dry-Pro Systems, SREE Hotels and more. These local businesses will hire for positions in fields such as customer service, call center, security, hospitality, food service, healthcare, construction, retail warehousing and more. Employers from these industries are involved to support the hiring of recent graduates from Goodwill’s occupational skills training programs, where students attend class daily for seven weeks in courses such as banking & customer service, hospitality & tourism, and construction skills. Guests to the job fair may also learn more about enrolling in these programs.

As North America’s leading nonprofit provider of job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs, Goodwill helps individuals overcome challenges that prevent them from finding and keeping jobs. As part of that ongoing effort, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont will join other Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada to host job fairs May 3-9, 2015 as part of Goodwill Industries Week. Since 1951, Goodwill Industries Week has taken place the first full week of May.

“A healthy community is one in which every member has the opportunity to gain a level of employment that will allow them to take care of themselves and their family,” said Michael Elder, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “Throughout its history, Goodwill has worked to provide individuals with the tools, support and connections necessary to obtain and maintain family sustaining employment.”

The sale of donated goods at Goodwill retail stores helps fund its job placement and training services. Everyone in the community can do their part by donating items they no longer need to Goodwill’s 22 retail stores and more than 50 donation sites throughout the region.

Individuals interested in attending the job fair on Friday, May 8 should dress professionally (no jeans, t-shirts or sneakers), and come prepared with a current resume and ready to interview. Those new to Goodwill are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 6 at the Career Development Center at 2122 Freedom Drive in Charlotte, or by calling (704) 372-3434 for more information. To learn more about the job fair or Goodwill’s retail and employment services, visit www.goodwillsp.org.

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About Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont:

Goodwill has been serving individuals and families in the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina for 50 years. Goodwill operates 22 retail stores and has more than 50 donation sites in the region. 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. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provided employment services to more than 13,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.goodwillsp.org.

Media Contact:

Molly Thompson | Public Relations & Social Media Manager | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: (704) 332-0262 | Email: molly.thompson@goodwillsp.org

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Goodwill® Celebrates 50 Years in the Southern Piedmont

April 9th, 2015

Nonprofit is Region’s Largest Private Provider of Training Services for People with Barriers to Employment

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CHARLOTTE, NC (March 17, 2015) –
This year Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont celebrates its 50th anniversary. The organization first opened its doors in 1965 on Seventh St, between College St. and Tyron St. – in a building across from Spirit Square. Over the next 50 years Goodwill developed job training programs and offered employment services for individuals facing barriers to employment such as lack of skills, experience or education. During its tenure in the region, Goodwill has served nearly 168,000 individuals and placed 31,000 people in to jobs.

Goodwill has been motivated by its mission of “Changing Lives Through the Power of Work” and has been a resource to provide various employment and job training programs along with counseling, vocational assessment and paid work experience to job seekers. In the early years, the organization forged partnerships with leaders in the local business community. Together, they identified current and future employment needs in the Charlotte metro-region and formed business advisory councils that led to highly successful training programs for computer programmers, banking and call center employees, construction and positions in the hospitality industry for individuals with barriers to employment.

“Goodwill gave me an understanding of how to translate my collection of skills into opportunities. For me that means no glass ceiling, no closed doors, no down economy. A career is whatever I wish it to be. For me that’s pretty exciting,” said Shell Richardson, 2010 graduate of Goodwill’s Hospitality Training Program, currently running an events business and serving on Goodwill’s Board of Directors.

Beginning with just one store, Goodwill is now operating a $40-plus million donated goods, retail business with 22 stores currently in operation, proceeds of which fuel the mission of Goodwill. From just 6 individuals placed in jobs in 1965 to more than 1,100 in 2014, Goodwill is now the region’s largest provider of training services for people with barriers to employment. The training programs that began in 1986 have more than 3,000 graduates with thriving careers in the technology sector, hospitality industry, construction and the field of banking.

“Having served as CEO for the past 38 years, it has been my privilege to see how Goodwill has continually re-invented itself to serve the needs of individuals with multiple barriers to employment,” said President & CEO Michael Elder. While the scale and scope of our services have grown dramatically during our 50 years in the region, so too have the needs of those who are working to gain economic stability and mobility. Our work is not done.”

With more than 150,500 individuals in Mecklenburg county living in poverty, or 15.5 percent of the population, Goodwill has a bold vision to change the trajectory of poverty and dependence in the area with the Goodwill Opportunity Campus, scheduled to open in 2016. Through the Goodwill Opportunity Campus, Goodwill’s strategic partners will be able to meet clients’ basic needs – including financial aid, legal services, food and nutrition, child drop-in center and health care. The facility will also help Goodwill to expand its services to provide long-term support for clients to help them continue to develop so they can earn a family-sustaining wage. Elder projects that in the first full year of operation the Campus will serve more than 10,400 individuals with multiple barriers to employment – a 23 percent increase from those presently served in the current Career Development Center on 2122 Freedom Dr.

The organization is celebrating this 50th milestone throughout 2015 by organizing 50 donation drives and offering anniversary themed retail promotions to its 22 retail stores throughout the year.

Goodwill’s Impact in the Region over the past 50 years:

  • Received more than 23 million donor visits
  • Sold an estimated 100 million pieces of clothing
  • Volunteers have dedicated more than 12,000 hours of service since the volunteer program began in 2002
  • Recycled nearly 11,000 tons of computer electronics while employing more than 400 individuals through E-waste and transitional work programs
  • Honored as Charlotte Regional Partnership’s 2014 Jerry Awards recipient
  • Recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2010.

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About Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Goodwill has been serving individuals and families in the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina for 50 years. Goodwill operates 22 retail stores and has more than 50 donation sites in the region. 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. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provided employment services to more than 13,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.goodwillsp.org.

Media Contacts:

Melinda Wilshire | Director, Marketing & Communications | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: 704-916-1616 | E-Mail: melinda.wilshire@goodwillsp.org | Facebook: GoodwillSP| Twitter: @GoodwillSP

Molly Thompson | PR & Social Media Manager | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: 704-332-0262| E-Mail: molly.thompson@goodwillsp.org |

Goodwill® Partners with the Queen City Style for Spring Cleaning and Fashion Tips

March 27th, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C.DSC_5336 CROPPED  – Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont has partnered with Charlotte-based professional stylist Whitley Adkins Hamlin to offer tips and techniques for cleaning out your closet this spring. The wardrobe stylist and author of TheQueenCityStyle.com blog also gives advice for fashion trends this spring.

The Queen City Style Wardrobe Refresh Advice:

  1. Schedule a time to clean out your closet: Commit to doing it all at once. Mentally transition from fall/winter to spring/summer.
  2. Divide your closet into subcategories: Shirts, sweaters, pants, belts, shoes, etc. so that you can closely compare and see if you have multiples of each item. Discard unnecessary multiples to Goodwill.
  3. Be honest with yourself: How long has it been since you’ve worn that item? Subscribe to the one, two or five year rule and part ways with a piece if it’s been that long since its last wear. However, there are exceptions if you invest in or inherit high quality items that will physically and fashionably stand the test of time.
  4. Thank your cast-offs: Say “Thank you for giving me joy when I bought you.” Instead of holding on to a piece you no longer wear for emotional reasons, donate the item to Goodwill and appreciate the joy you will create for another.
  5. Lovingly put away out-of-season clothes: Fold everything neatly, place on a shelf or in plastic boxes and store your shoes in shoe boxes. Keeping your possessions organized takes a little more time on the front end, but your pocketbook will thank you for providing the care to allow your wardrobe to stand the test of time.
  6. Track down the suede: As is the bohemian style of the 1970s, suede is a very big trend for this spring – it’s lightweight, yet chic.
  7. Reach for the silk scarves and bandanas: Silk scarves are a timeless, classic accessory that will never go out of style. They may not always be “on trend,” but they will always be in fashion. Goodwill always seems to have a great selection of scarves from different decades. Style tip: you can tie them around your head, ponytail, neck, waist, wrist or attach to a bag as a colorful accessory.
  8. Put away the boots: Reach for the hot shoe for spring: a mule with a stacked heel.
  9. Wear a denim jacket as an easy layering piece: Put the heavy coats in the hall closet – a denim jacket is a classic you can wear all four seasons of the year. It’s lightweight, compact and can dress up or down any outfit.
  10. Top it off with a fedora: Put away the beanie caps and break out your most polished topper – another easy find at Goodwill.

Goodwill makes spring cleaning easy. The nonprofit can help clean out more than just your closets and dresser drawers. From the office to the garage, Goodwill makes it simple and convenient to drop off your donations:

  • Goodwill has 22 retail stores and more than 50 donation sites throughout the Southern Piedmont that accept donations.
  • Goodwill accepts clothing, books, housewares, electronics, small appliances, sports equipment and furniture.
  • You can schedule a free home pick-up in the Charlotte-metro area. Items eligible for home pick-ups include at least two large, gently used furniture pieces, clothing, shoes, electronics and other household items.
  • If your community or organization is holding a spring yard or garage sale, you can call Goodwill to pick up remaining items from the sale. For more information about home pick-ups and service area, visit goodwillsp.org/donate.

“Goodwill relies on the generosity of its donors to fund programs that give people in our region the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential through family sustaining employment,” said Melinda Wilshire, Director of Marketing & Communications for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “Spring cleaning donations are a benefit not only to those overhauling their homes, but in turn for the thousands of individuals that benefit from Goodwill’s job training and employment services each year.”

Help turn a pair of jeans into a job for someone in the community this spring.

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About Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Goodwill has been serving individuals and families in the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina for 50 years. Goodwill operates 22 retail stores and has more than 50 donation sites in the region. 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. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provided employment services to more than 13,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.goodwillsp.org.

About Wardrobe Stylist Whitley Adkins Hamlin

Whitley Adkins Hamlin is a Charlotte-based professional wardrobe stylist, personal shopper and author of the Queen City Style blog. She has styled editorial photo shoots for local and regional magazines, spent several years working in New York City assisting top models and stylists, and later served as the executive assistant to the director of investor relations at Ralph Lauren Corporation. She contributes as a writer and stylist to various regional magazines, and makes regular television and radio appearances.

Media Contact:

Molly Thompson | PR & Social Media Manager | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: 704-332-0262 | Email: molly.thompson@goodwillsp.org

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Free Tax Assistance Available through Goodwill’s VITA Site

February 13th, 2015

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For the sixth year in a row, Goodwill® Industries of the Southern Piedmont will offer free tax preparation services to qualified individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Offered in partnership with Community Link and the Internal Revenue Service, this volunteer-driven program provides free tax assistance by certified tax preparers to individuals or families with an adjusted gross income of $53,000 or less.

Goodwill is operating the VITA site at its Career Development Center (2122 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28266) through Wednesday, April 15. The site will be open by appointment only each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and each Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for walk-ins.

“The average tax return can cost $200 – money that can be used instead to cover the cost of living such as food staples, rent and bills. Our partnership with the VITA program helps people keep their hard-earned money,” said LaToya Lowery, workforce training specialist at Goodwill. “In 2014 we completed 744 tax returns, resulting in more than $1 million in refunds being returned to local residents. This year we hope that even more people will take advantage of this free service.”

Goodwill encourages taxpayers to ask about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which provides tax breaks for some working families who earn up to $53,000 and can provide refunds up to $6,044. The IRS estimates that nearly 20 percent of eligible workers do not claim the EITC each year because they lack awareness of the program, cannot afford costly tax preparation fees or fear they will lose public benefits by filing.

To educate local taxpayers about tax benefits including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Goodwill will host a free Tax Awareness Day on Saturday, February 21 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at its Career Development Center (2122 Freedom Drive). Pre-registration is not required for this event.

To schedule an appointment for Goodwill’s VITA site, or to see if you qualify for free tax preparation, call (704) 761-VITA (8482) from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday or schedule an appointment online at www.clvita.org. Please bring the following items with you:

 

  • Proof of identification – Picture ID
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents OR a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration OR Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

 

For more information on VITA sites in our area, visit www.clvita.org.

 

Media Contact:

Melinda Wilshire | Director, Marketing & Communications | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: 704-916-1616 | E-Mail: melinda.wilshire@goodwillsp.org | Facebook: GoodwillSP| Twitter: @GoodwillSP

Sealed Air Corp. Donation Helps Promote Goodwill’s Sustainability Efforts

February 10th, 2015

For Immediate Release
February 11, 2015

Charlotte, NC (February 11, 2015) – Sealed Air Corp, a Fortune 500 company known for making Bubble Wrap® and recently moving its headquarters to Charlotte, made a substantial product donation to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. The donation will impact Goodwill’s TV/computer monitor refurbishing program and help safeguard electronics donations received which is expected to increase inventory of usable TVs and computer monitors sold at Goodwill’s electronics store The GRID: Powered by Goodwill. Funds from donations made to Goodwill fuel the organization’s mission of providing job training, job placement and job creation resources for disadvantage job seekers.

“Sealed Air is pleased to help Goodwill increase its sustainability efforts, while at the same time helping those in need,” said James Whaley, Vice President of Global Corporate Communications, Government Affairs and Sustainability at Sealed Air.

Goodwill helps people who face multiple barriers to employment such as lack of skills, education or work experience and other challenges to finding employment. For nearly 50 years, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont has been helping people build careers in a variety of in-demand fields including construction, banking and customer service and hospitality, free of charge to local job seekers. In addition, Goodwill offers basic computer training, resume building and other vocational services.

“We are grateful to Sealed Air for this donation. The amount of Bubble Wrap® donated will allow a full year’s effort to safeguard and repurpose these electronics through Goodwill’s sustainability efforts,” said Barbara Maida-Stolle, Executive Vice President of Business Enterprises, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “Goodwill’s recycling program helped to divert 2.4 million pounds of electronics and other products from area landfills last year. More refurbishable units impacts Goodwill’s ability to provide more paid training hours through its e-waste and transitional work programs.”

Donated electronics are often sold at Goodwill’s new electronics store, The GRID: Powered by Goodwill at 9605 North Tryon Street. Donated computers that are not suitable for sale at The GRID are de-manufactured by individuals in Goodwill’s employment and training program who earn while they learn new skills and appropriate work behaviors. To learn more about the process and benefits of donating your electronics to Goodwill, please visit www.goodwillsp.org.

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About Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
Goodwill has been serving individuals and families in the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina for 50 years. Goodwill operates 22 retail stores and has more than 50 donation sites in the region. 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. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provided employment services to more than 13,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.goodwillsp.org.

About Sealed Air
Sealed Air Corporation creates a world that feels, tastes and works better. In 2013, the Company generated revenue of approximately $7.7 billion by helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals in the face of today’s biggest social and environmental challenges. Our portfolio of widely recognized brands, including Cryovac® brand food packaging solutions, Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning and Diversey™ cleaning and hygiene solutions, ensures a safer and less wasteful food supply chain, protects valuable goods shipped around the world, and improves health through clean environments. Sealed Air has approximately 25,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries.

Media Contact
Melinda Wilshire | Director, Marketing & Communications | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: 704-916-1616 | E-Mail: melinda.wilshire@goodwillsp.org | Facebook: GoodwillSP| Twitter: @GoodwillSP

Goodwill’s Brian Otto Receives Full-Tuition University of Phoenix Scholarship

December 23rd, 2014

Brian Professional PictureScholarship Helps to Fulfill Goodwill Employee’s Aspirations as a Business Leader

Goodwill Industries International (GII) and University of Phoenix announced a new grant program that has awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Brian Otto, an employee of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont (Goodwill SP) in Charlotte, N.C. One of 10 Goodwill employees nationwide to receive the scholarship award, Otto currently serves as Director of Construction Services at Goodwill SP, where he has worked for almost five years. He plans to use the scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management.

GII partnered with University of Phoenix to award 10 employees at GII’s 165 independent, community-based agencies across the United States and Canada with full-tuition scholarships. These employees have demonstrated academic excellence and the potential of growing into executive positions. In addition, scholarship recipients were selected based on criteria that required they be participants or graduates in one of GII’s many leadership development programs such as the executive development program and the senior leader program, among others.

“Our organization strives to recruit motivated people who are passionate about their work and our mission, and Brian is a shining example of what we seek in our employees,” said Goodwill SP President and CEO Michael Elder. “Goodwill and University of Phoenix are proud to assist Brian in fulfilling his dreams, and we wish him great success in his course work and all his future endeavors.”

Otto became involved with Goodwill SP in 2007 when he began volunteering his time and expertise to the Construction Skills Training program and the Business Advisory Council. In this role, he conducted mock interviews, offered resume assistance and gave career-development lectures to Goodwill clients. In 2009, Otto was forced to close the business he had built over the past 13 years, but Goodwill SP contacted him to see if he could conduct some mock interviews. The mock interviews went well, and a case manager asked Otto if he had time to talk to the director. Five minutes into the conversation, Otto realized he was in a job interview.

“The mission of Goodwill is one that is close to my heart, as the ability to help individuals begin the journey of family sustaining employment is something that has guided my own personal and professional life,” explained Otto. “Leadership and management are two areas I have excelled in over the years, but life has not allowed me to pursue my educational dreams, until now. Earning this degree will not only reinforce my credibility in my current position, but also enable me to pursue more senior roles within the very organization that has afforded me this incredible opportunity to reach my career potential.”

University of Phoenix will continue to offer these scholarships each year through 2016, for a total of 30 full-tuition scholarships, as part of this new partnership with GII. The scholarship announcement is part of a bigger alliance between University of Phoenix and GII to address the nation’s skills gap by providing Goodwill employees with reduced tuition for degree programs as well as certificate programs and professional development courses. The scholarships make up one of four components of the University of Phoenix and GII partnership. Through GII’s corporate university, The Helm, University of Phoenix offers a 10 percent tuition discount for all Goodwill employees and provides three-year funding for a diversity and inclusion initiative and sponsorship of an internship program. Additionally, University of Phoenix will support GII national conferences and events with funding for three years.

For more information about the University of Phoenix scholarship opportunities, visit www.phoenix.edu/scholarships.

About Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont (Goodwill SP) has been in operation since 1965 and currently operates 22 retail stores and more than 50 total donation sites in the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina. 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. In 2013, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provided services to over 14,900 individuals. For more information, visit www.goodwillsp.org.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship university of  Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.edu.

Media Contact:
Leslie Jones
Ogilvy PR for University of Phoenix
(404) 836-2307
leslie.jones@ogilvy.com

Goodwill Encourages the Southern Piedmont to Give the Gift of Employment

December 10th, 2014

Deadline Approaching for End of Year Donations and 2014 Tax Break

With just a few weeks left before the new year, Goodwill would like to remind residents that donated goods and financial contributions made by the end of this month are eligible for a 2014 tax deduction.

Goodwill accepts donations of clothing, household items, toys, computers and small appliances. Proceeds from the sale of these items help fund the organization’s job training and employment programs, which are more critical than ever as unemployment continues to hover around 6.5 percent in Carolinas this holiday season.

Goodwill helps people who face multiple barriers to employment such as lack of skills, education or work experience and other challenges to finding employment. For nearly 50 years, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont has been helping people build careers in a variety of in-demand fields including construction, banking and customer service and hospitality, free of charge to local job seekers. In addition, Goodwill offers basic computer training, resume building and other vocational services.

“Donors can end the holiday season and start the new year off right by making an investment in our local community,” said Michael Elder, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “We encourage you to give the gift of employment this season. By making a donation, you are helping to provide services to thousands of individuals in our area who need job training, career services and other employment related services.”

Donors interested in claiming tax deductions should keep itemized lists of their donations. The Internal Revenue Service allows a deduction for each item, but the donor determines each item’s value. Generally, an item’s value should be based on fair market value – what the item would sell for in a Goodwill store.

To assist donors in calculating the value of popular items, below is a general guide for the value of items sold in Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont stores:

Men’s suits: $9.99 Women’s purses: $2.99
Coats: $7.99 Dishes and cups: $ 0.49
Adult shoes: $3.99 Paperback books: $0.99

Goodwill’s Donation Center attendants will gladly provide all donors with a receipt for their tax records. If donors are unsure whether a particular item qualifies for a tax deduction, they should consider whether they would give it to a relative or friend. If the answer is yes, then the item is most likely in good condition and is appropriate to donate. For general guidelines, visit http://www.goodwillsp.org/?page_id=292

Donors can drop off items at one of Goodwill’s 50+ convenient retail stores or donation centers in North or South Carolina. To make a material donation, use the online locator at http://www.goodwillsp.org/?page_id=150 to find the donation site near you. Goodwill holiday hours are December 24 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., December 25 closed, December 31 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and January 1 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

To make a financial donation, send a check to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Attn: Development Office, P.O. Box 668768, Charlotte, NC 28266.

Media Contact:
Melinda Wilshire | Director, Marketing & Communications | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: 704-916-1616 | E-Mail: melinda.wilshire@goodwillsp.org | Facebook: Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Twitter: @GoodwillSP

Goodwill Joins Giving Tuesday Movement

November 26th, 2014

Goodwill Encourages Public to Donate Throughout the Holiday Season

Each day, thousands of people come to Goodwill® looking for help finding a job. Goodwill’s job training and career services would not be possible without generous donations of used items from donors every day. This holiday season, Goodwill is proud to take part in Giving Tuesday, on December 2nd, and reminds people that financial giving is also a great way to support Goodwill’s mission of helping people build their careers.

Giving Tuesday is a collective effort to transform how people take part in the giving season. Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping, the goal of Giving Tuesday is to be a national day of giving. People from all walks of life are encouraged to find simple ways to give back to their communities and be part of a global celebration of generosity.

“For nearly 50 years, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont has been helping people build careers in a variety of in-demand fields including construction, banking and customer service and hospitality,” said Michael Elder, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “Your donations to Goodwill create jobs and help fund other employment programs. We see firsthand the positive benefits having a job has on a person’s well-being, family and community, and we encourage people to give to Goodwill during Giving Tuesday.”

Goodwill helps people who face multiple barriers to employment such as disabilities, lack of education or work experience and other challenges to finding employment. It is easy to make a tax-deductible financial gift to Goodwill on Giving Tuesday by visiting http://www.goodwillsp.org/donate/financial.

Beyond Giving Tuesday there are many opportunities for individuals to spread Goodwill this holiday season. When families donate clothing and other household items they can no longer use to Goodwill, it creates jobs and helps fund Goodwill’s employment programs for people in their community.

“Last year, Goodwill provided career and community services to nearly 15,000 in the southern piedmont and there are many others in our local communities who need the programs that Goodwill provides,” said Elder. “By making a financial gift or donation this holiday season you are helping to give the gift of employment to individuals in our community.”

For more than 110 years, Goodwill has been an environmental leader, turning the power of donated goods into job opportunities for people in need of work. By donating one bag of gently used clothing and housewares you are providing one hour of resume development for an individual seeking employment.

For more information about Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont visit www.goodwillsp.org.

For more information about Giving Tuesday, go to www.givingtuesday.org.

Media Contact:

Melinda Wilshire | PR & Social Media Manager | Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Office: 704-916-1616 | E-Mail: melinda.wilshire@goodwillsp.org | Facebook: Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont | Twitter: @GoodwillSP

Looking for a unique and affordable Halloween costume?

September 25th, 2014

zombie costume Goodwill

The best way to save this Halloween is to use your imagination. At your local Goodwill store, you’ll find everything you need to create an awesome, one-of-a-kind look.

A DIY costume is what you make of it. You can create a look as intricate as a character on “The Walking Dead” or you can simplify your costume in three easy steps:

Zombie
Items Needed:
1.    White dress or dark suit
2.    Doll or small children’s toy to hold
3.    White powder for your face and darker make-up for under the eyes

Pirate:
Items Needed:
1.    White sheet to cut into strips
2.    White shoespirate costume Goodwill
3.    White powder for face with darker make-up around the eyes

To help inspire trick-or-treaters this Halloween, Goodwill is showcasing a Halloween Look Book full of 18 DIY costume ideas. Click here to download the guide.

By purchasing items at Goodwill, you’ll save on your Halloween costumes and be able to use those clothes again once Halloween is over. You can also feel good knowing that your purchase will help provide job training and community services to people looking for work here in the Southern Piedmont community.

What will you be this Halloween?


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