GoodNews | April 2012

April 2012 GoodNews E-Newsletter

Articles in full from the April 2012 issue.

A Mission Moment

Goodwill, Jobs in '12, Walk for Work Patricia's Optimism Leads to Employment

Before Patricia came to Goodwill she was unemployed for one year and was receiving food stamps from the government. One day her husband came across Goodwill’s flyer for the Green Pathway Construction program and encouraged her to apply.

Patricia didn’t know if the training would lead to a job, but she was open and willing to learn. Soon after graduating from the program Goodwill was so impressed with Patricia that we offered her a job as a retail team leader at one of our stores.

She is known as one of our most enthusiastic associates and is always willing to share the Goodwill mission with others. view video.



Catherine's Corner

"I’ve learned that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved."
-Andy Rooney

Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEOAndy Rooney had such a gift for saying so much with so few words…and this quote comes alive each day someone walks into our Goodwill and needs our help and support. Most times the faces are sad, the spirits are down trodden and the “shell” is hard. And yet, each person who we are honored to serve has one thing in common…they need to feel appreciated and loved. The team at Goodwill of Greater Washington thank you for giving us support financially and through your donations and by volunteering. You help create an environment where “shells” can be softened and people know that they are personally appreciated and have Goodwill to support them in their daily lives.

-Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEO



Retail & Donation News

Goodwill of Greater Washington Launches the International Organization’s First Mobile Shopping App

Goodwill of Greater Washington Special Offers and RewardsDC Goodwill just launched a new mobile shopping app for Apple devices that will provide greater convenience to its diverse shoppers and donors while also educating users about Goodwill’s workforce development programs

The DC Goodwill app, which initially launched in October of 2010, is the first fully integrated mobile shopping application within the 165 member Goodwill movement and can be downloaded for free through the iTunes app store.

In addition to its newest feature that allows users to shop more.



April’s Foursquare Deal!

Goodwill of Greater Washington Special Offers and RewardsWhen you shop at your Goodwill store remember to check-in via Foursquare. All this month receive, “25% off on all donated TVs when you check-in at any participating Goodwill of Greater Washington store or donation center in April. (Maximum of 1 TV per coupon per day).”

Not on Foursquare? Click here to sign up. Keep checking back each month to receive other exclusive discounts!




Friends of Goodwill

AAA & Goodwill Annual Trade-In/Trade-Up

Goodwill & AAA Trade-In/Trade-UpNow through April 14th, when you donate your gently used travel gear such as luggage, sneakers, and clothing to participating Goodwill locations, you will receive a coupon redeemable at a AAA Store towards new travel gear including luggage more.


FWD: Your Fashion: DC’s Largest Clothing Drive

Goodwill, Live Green, & Repax: Fwd: Your FashionFrom now until April 20th Live Green and Repax are conducting DC’s largest community clothing drive: Fwd: Your Fashion, The drive will conclude on April 21st at Live Green’s Green Rush. All donations will benefit Goodwill’s career counseling, on-the-job training, and more.



Goodwill Around Town

They fought for our home. Help us fight for theirs.

Goodwill of Greater Washington & Veteran HomelessnessOn a single night in January 2011, 67,495 Veterans were homeless in the United States. Of these homeless Veterans, 515 were in Washington, DC. The fact that Veterans who have served our country are now coping with homelessness is unacceptable.

VA has transformed its programs for homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of homelessness and their families by providing comprehensive, coordinated access to health care, housing, employment, education, job counseling and training, and justice system assistance and benefits. But VA can’t do it alone. more.



Goodwill on the Hill

Employment-Boosting Legislation Introduced in House of Representatives

Employment-Boosting Legislation Introduced in House of RepresentativesToday, Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), and Joe Heck (R-NV), all members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce introduced The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012.

While Goodwill® is still analyzing the bill’s details, it proposes to consolidate 27 programs into one Workforce Investment Fund. The new proposal is based upon on previous bills introduced last year by the three representatives more.



The Fashion of Goodwill

Fashion Fights Poverty 2012: Will I ever find something to wear?

DC Goodwill FashionistaDear readers, I visited the Columbia Pike Goodwill store a few weeks ago hoping to find something fun, flirty, and fabulous to wear to the Fashion Fights Poverty gala this weekend. What did I find? See for yourself: more.


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