Goodwill Says ‘Thanks’ to All Who Helped

May 20, 2010, Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

—Thank you. Two simple words that mean so much.

Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies would like to say “thank you” to the communities we serve in a six-county area for the various forms of support you give our organization and our participants each year.

Because of you, we were able to serve more than 24,500 individuals in 2009 through services such as career development, job placement, community employment services for people with disabilities, employer services, recovery and community integration, retail operations and commercial contracts.

Because of you, families and children in need were strengthened.

How did you contribute to all of these programs and services being delivered to a six-county area? Whether you are a financial donor, a volunteer, a Goodwill store patron, a material donor, or just someone who believes in what Goodwill stands for – you are supporting Goodwill and our mission.

How? Goodwill donations make good skills possible.

Every time a purchase is made in a Goodwill store or someone drives up to an attended donor door and drops off a bag of donations, dollars are generated to support the many employment and training programs we offer.

The gift of time, the gift of money, and the gift of believing in what we do also contribute to our ability to serve a worthwhile mission.

So today, as we hold our annual Report to the Community breakfast and reflect on our many success stories of the past year, it is fitting to thank our communities on behalf of our staff, board of directors and program participants for doing their part to make good skills possible.

Your purchases and donations make good skills possible.For information on Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies and what you help to support, please visit our website at

Phyllis J. Bandstra is president and CEO of Goodwill of the Southern 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.