Goodwill’s Report to the Community Annual Breakfast

May 26, 2011, WJAC-TV

To many people, the word “Goodwill” brings to mind retail stores where people can donate or buy lightly used items. But, at an event in Cambria County on Thursday, people were reminded that Goodwill Industries is much more than that.

Goodwill’s mission is to help individuals with employment barriers become employed, self-sufficient and integrated in the community. According to the organization’s annual report, it helped nearly 27,000 people last year from job placement to youth mentoring to disability services and psychiatric support.

During the Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies’s annual Report to the Community Breakfast in Richland Township, three people were recognized with the 2010 Achievement Award.

“When you donate something to our stores, that turns into (being) able to provide someone with services, career development, helping people get jobs, helping people get onto school, move forward, staying out of the hospital when there’s a mental illness,” said Phyllis Bandstra, president and chief executive officer of Goodwill. “Just on and on.”

Goodwill officials said thanks in part to people’s support at Goodwill retail stores, the organization was able to generate nearly $13 million in revenue last year to spend on serving people in six counties throughout the Alleghenies.

Online Shopping at Goodwill

Through the Shopgoodwill online auction site, you can experience a fun and exciting way to shop for specialty items such as one-of-a-kinds, collectibles, antiques, estate pieces, jewelry, nostalgic items, and more!

At Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies, we know that our donors value their donations to Goodwill and want us to get the maximum value possible to support our mission. Listing these items on Shopgoodwill allows us to generate more revenue because these items go to the highest bidders who know the values of the items.

Donors can be sure that the revenue generated from the sale of their donated items on will support job training and employment services for people in their community – just as it does through purchases made in our 10 Goodwill Retail Stores.