GoodNews | January 2012

January 2012 GoodNews E-Newsletter

Articles in full from the January 2012 issue.

A Mission Moment

Robert Rises Up Before Robert came to Goodwill he was in a halfway house while searching for employment. He came across our flyer and decided to go through our 12 week Pathway out of Poverty construction program. After his training, he received an opportunity to work as a donation attendant at Goodwill’s Glebe Road donation center.

Due to his strong work ethic and desire to succeed, Robert was promoted to Team Leader just three months later! Congratulations to Robert! He’s a shining example of the Goodwill core values in action! view video.



Catherine's Corner

“The will to win is nowhere near as important as the will to prepare to win.”
-John Wooden

Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEOAs the New Year begins I would like to thank you for your incredible support in 2011 and look forward to your being a part of our organization in 2012. As most of you know, John Wooden was an inspirational coach who many have quoted. And this particular quote struck me as the job of Goodwill.

Daily the Goodwill team prepares people who are disadvantaged or have a disability with the desire to win in their personal lives. It is a long journey and with your support we will have many personal wins to celebrate at the end of 2012!

-Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEO



Retail & Donation News

January’s Foursquare Deal!

Goodwill of Greater Washington Monthly Foursquare DealWhen you shop at your Goodwill store remember to check-in via Foursquare. All this month, “Buy one pair of shoes at marked price and get a second pair of equal or lesser value for free when you check-in at any participating Goodwill of Greater Washington retail store.” Not on Foursquare? Sign up today. Keep checking back each month to receive other exclusive discounts!



Friends of Goodwill

Geico E-Cycling Donation Drive

Goodwill & GEICO E-Cycling Donation DriveGoodwill of Greater Washington and GEICO are partnering to conduct one of the region’s largest E-cycling and donation drives.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, GEICO will accept community donations for Goodwill at 5260 Western Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md., between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Donors can bring their electronics, clothing, housewares and furniture. A Goodwill truck will be at the site.

All computers and accessories will be recycled through the Dell Reconnect Program. Computers and parts do not need to be in working condition.

All other donations will be resold through Goodwill’s chain of retail stores. Sales help provide job training and employment services to people with disabilities and disadvantages throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Goodwill of Greater Washington transforms lives and communities through the power of education and employment.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States. GEICO handles auto insurance coverage for 10 million private passenger auto policies and insures more than 17 million vehicles.



Goodwill Around Town

Goodwill of Greater Washington Kicks off Jobs in ’12 Campaign with the “Walk for Work”

Walk for WorkThe Walk for Work was inspired by the success of our “Give to the Max Day” challenge on November 5th. Thanks to your passion for the Goodwill mission and the communities that we serve, Goodwill exceeded its fundraising goal of $5,000, so as promised, the Smiling “G” will take a long walk down K Street. read more.




Celebrate World Swap Day!

Goodwill & World Swap DayWe're celebrating World Swap Day on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 10:30AM-1PM. Join the DC Goodwill Fashionista at our store located at 10 South Glebe Road in Arlington, VA as we swap women's clothing, shoes and accessories. You'll have a chance to mix and mingle with other savvy Goodwill shoppers and spread a little "swaplove."

We'll be offering $1 raffle tickets for some great prizes: Two Goodwill gift certificates, free admission to a future swap event by our friend DewdropDC, and an entire Rock Band set! Refreshments are provided by Pretzel Crisps. The funds from raffle ticket sales will go directly to Goodwill of Greater Washington's job training and employment programs. Learn more about World Swap Day Today!



Goodwill on the Hill

Congress to Resume Spending Bill Discussions on Heels of 2011 Logjams

When the 112th Congress wrapped up its first session in December, it left behind a legacy of partisanship that caused public approval ratings to reach historic lows.

As of mid-December, Congress had passed the fewest number of bills since 1995. Legislators’ inability to reach an agreement on how to manage the budget and reduce debt triggered across-the-board spending cuts for 2012, and a lack of consensus on fiscal policy also contributed to the failure of President Obama’s $447 billion job creation package. read more.



The Fashion of Goodwill

Guest Blogger: New Year’s Resolution: Thrifting More

This post actually came at a perfect time, as one of the things I’ve been saying I want to make a point of doing in the New Year is to start thrifting more. It’s so easy to walk into a store... read more.

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