GoodNews | September 2011

September 2011 GoodNews E-Newsletter

Articles in full from the September 2011 issue.

A Mission Moment

Anthony MelvinThree years ago Anthony had a heart attack and was put on disability for 13 months. When he came to Goodwill he worked with a job coach and learned he needed to be diligent to gain employment because of the lack of jobs in the economy. With the help of Goodwill, Anthony has been employed for nine months at Service Source-exactly where he wanted to work! View the video...


Catherine's Corner

"Never worry about the things I can no longer do, just concentrate on the things I can. I've learned that helping others. Life is the greatest show on earth, I have really been blessed.  Thanks; always!.
-Retired Goodwill of Greater Washington Associate

Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEOLife is the greatest show on earth what a perfect description of all the lives that are touched by the Goodwill of Greater Washington team.  From the receptionist to the donation attendant, to the store sales manager, to the custodian at Bolling Air Force Base, to our Vice President of Workforce Development, lives are touched daily and the greatest show on earth is unveiled right before our eyes. Helping others is the purest form of work and we are proud to do this daily for those who cross our door steps, for their families and for our community!

-Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEO


Retail & Donation News

DC Goodwill's E-commerce Division Celebrates Biggest Month Ever!

GGW CEO Catherine Meloy (Back row, second from right), celebrates with the GGW ecommerce team.Did you know that Goodwill also sells donated goods online? In August, GGW's e-commerce operations celebrated its best month ever, generating$67,584.00 in online sales! Goodwill sells books, clothing, accessories and other unique items through multiple online retail channels including,, and

Help us make September an even bigger month in online sales.  Visit Now Today!

Every purchase helps Goodwill transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment.


Mission Services

Goodwill of Greater Washington, in partnership with the HSC Foundation, is looking for qualified young adults with disabilities or chronic illnesses for our Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP).

LEAP is designed to enrich the lives of youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic illness by awarding qualified applicants with goods and services to assist them during a transition in their life.  Young adults ages 14 to 26 are encouraged to apply.

Examples of past award winners:

A young woman applied for assistance in purchasing furniture - she was transitioning from living with her parents to living in her own apartment - and LEAP was able to award her the basic furniture she needed.

During his transition from high school to college, one young adult realized he would need his own computer for doing homework and applied for assistance through our LEAP program, where we were able to fund the entire purchase of a new laptop.

Another young adult on her way to college decided she wanted to update her very old (but still fully functional) hearing aids. LEAP was able to award her assistance in the purchase and nearly covered the entire bill.

Other examples of life transitions: young, disabled veterans returning to civilian life; recreational athletes looking to transition into being competitive (i.e. competing in the Paralympics); and more.


For a complete list of requirements to qualify, please contact Kate Jetton at 202-715-2654 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Friends of Goodwill

Help Employ People with Disabilities Just By Sharing a Smile!

Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month? Employment has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence and dignity. Join Goodwill in celebrating the workplace achievements of people with disabilities by supporting our Share a Smile campaign.  When you donate one dollar to Goodwill as you pay for your purchase at any Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store throughout the month of October, a smile with your name on it will be posted on the store window, representing your support for Goodwill's mission of transforming lives and communities through the power of education and employment.  Just ask a Goodwill Store sales associate for more details.  To learn more about National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, click here.


ZIPS Dry Cleaners & Goodwill Partner Up Again on Will2Work Campaign

Zips Dry CleanersGoodwill® of Greater Washington is pleased to announce that it has renewed its successful partnership with ZIPS® Dry Cleaners on an area wide clothing drive during the month of September.


Will 2 WorkThe Will2Work Clothing Drive provides disadvantaged adults trying to re-enter the workforce with access to donated suits and professional attire that can be worn on the job or to job interviews.

Everyone knows the rule. First impressions count, said Brett Vago, Co-Owner and Chairman of ZIPS Dry Cleaners. This is the least we can do to help those in need put their best foot forward.

Throughout the month of September, each of ZIPS 26 stores in the Greater Washington-Baltimore region, as well as the dry cleaning chain's four stores in Pennsylvania, will serve as drop off locations for clothing donations during September. The participating ZIPS locations include:

Alexandria | Fredericksburg | Falls Church | Manassas | Norfolk | Fairfax | Dumfries | Chantilly

Annapolis | College Park | Columbia | Elkridge | Frederick | Gambrills | Kent Island | Laurel | Lanham | Marlow Heights | Pasadena | Pikesville | Rockville | Scaggsville | Silver Spring | Timonium | Towson

Washington, DC
Connecticut Ave./Van Ness

Bensalem | Lancaster | Warminster | York

For complete store information, visit

One of the biggest barriers to employment for people with a disadvantage is the lack of professional attire to wear to a job interview, said Brendan Hurley, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Goodwill of Greater Washington. The partnership between ZIPS and Goodwill will give hundreds of people in our community access to the clothing they will need to help secure and maintain employment.

About ZIPS
ZIPS, founded in 1996 and began franchising in 2006, has more than 28 locations on the East Coast. The company offers a fixed price of $1.99 for any garment to be dry cleaned and $1.19 for any shirt to be laundered. ZIPS offers same day service In by 9 out by 5 with the motto, .We take the sting out of dry cleaning. Furthermore, ZIPS is a cash only business which helps keep the price down for consumers and thus provides a large amount of inventory on a constant basis for the franchise owners (which can average nearly 3,000 garments per day). With less than 10 percent of total costs going towards supplies and inventory, ZIPS is proving that it is a hot investment. For more information, go to

About Goodwill of Greater Washington
Goodwill of Greater Washington's mission is to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment.


Goodwill Around Town

Goodwill Provides Youth with a Chance at Employment

Goodwill Provides Youth with a Chance at Employment Tomisha King and Lester Ayala, Vocational Coaching Specialists at Goodwill, recently visited the U.S. Department of Education to meet and assist a group of 12 DC public school students with disabilities who are participating in the Project SEARCH program over the next school year.

Project SEARCH is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities in their last year of high school.  Project SEARCH has won numerous high profile awards as an innovator of best practices leading to employment, including the Department of Labor New Freedom Initiative Award.

Tomisha and Lester will be providing intensive job coaching and mentoring to students as they move through on-site internship experiences at the Department of Education. The hugely successful program started last fall in collaboration with DC Public Schools, DC Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Education.


Goodwill on the Hill

Goodwill Urges TANF Reauthorization on 15th Anniversary


The Fashion of Goodwill

Celebrate Vintage Fashion Week with Goodwill & Spicy Candy DC!

Goodwill's Vintage Fashion WeekFrom September 18th through 24th Goodwill and local DC bloggers, Spicy Candy DC have collaborated to create the first known Vintage Fashion Week!

The week will kick off on Monday, September 19th with a photo series of amazing vintage fashions from the House of Goodwill on the DC Goodwill Fashionista Blog. Also, expect exclusive retail discounts all week at your local DC Goodwill store when checking in on foursquare.

All of the vintage fashions were donated to Goodwill of Greater Washington, and pulled right off its store racks. The photography and styling for the Mad Men inspired photo shoot and look book were done by Carlis & Katya of Spicy Candy DC. And the vintage accessories were loaned to Goodwill by Gossip on 23rd.

You've heard of the Fashion of Goodwill, now experience the Vintage Fashion of Goodwill!

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