GoodNews | February 2012

February 2012 GoodNews E-Newsletter

Articles in full from the February 2012 issue.

A Mission Moment

Robert Rises Up Community College Career Collaboration

Goodwill agencies across the country, including Goodwill of Greater Washington (GGW), are developing cooperative relationships with local community colleges to dramatically improve the chances of employment for Goodwill job training graduates.

In partnership with Northern Virginia Community College, GGW recently completed its first Unarmed Security & Protective Services program and every graduate received a job offer!

This video explains the goals of Goodwill/community college joint initiatives in greater detail as well as the benefits to both our students and our community. view video.



Catherine's Corner

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant; there is a fuel within us which needs to be ignited with sparks".
-Johann Gottfried Von Herder

Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEOThe team at Goodwill works diligently to bring inspiration and personal desire to the people who are touched by Goodwill, both our associates and the people we serve in our community. In 2011 Goodwill served close to 3000 people in our region and increased the number of people we employ from 510 in 2010 to 630 in 2011. Thank you for helping us serve our community while creating growth in our organization. We are honored that you are our partner.

-Catherine Meloy, GGW President & CEO


Retail & Donation News

Special Offers & Rewards!

Goodwill of Greater Washington Special Offers and RewardsGoodwill shoppers, we have ongoing sales at your local DC Goodwill retail stores.
Click here to learn more about social media coupons and daily in-store sales.



Friends of Goodwill

Flash Your Zipcard During the Month of February and Receive 10% off at Goodwill!

Goodwill & Zipcar Drive your DonationsZipcar wants to make donating and shopping at Goodwill easy, while offering you additional benefits for doing so!

Click here to learn more.



GEICO E-Cycling Donation Drive was a Success!

GEICO E-Cycling Donation Drive was a Success! On Saturday, Jan. 28 Goodwill of Greater Washington and GEICO partnered up to conduct one of the region's largest E-cycling and donation drives.

GEICO accepted community donations for Goodwill at its corporate headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD. Donors brought their electronics, clothing, housewares and furniture. Our donors helped us fill more than two Goodwill trucks from floor to ceiling!

All computers and accessories will be recycled through the Dell Reconnect Program.

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.

Click here to see a video of the event.


Have Old Luggage You're Not Using?

Goodwill & AAA Luggage Trade-In/Trade-UpAAA Mid-Atlantic and Goodwill have once again partnered together to find good homes for your old, heavy luggage!

During the 3rd Annual Luggage Trade-In/Trade-Up, you can donate your luggage and save 40% off Antler luggage or $25 off other non-sale piece of luggage $50 or more!

    All you have to do from March 12th and April 14th:
  • Donate your gently used luggage (feel free to fill it with your gently used vacation clothes too!) to participating Goodwill locations.
  • Receive a voucher redeemable at AAA towards new luggage
  • Shop AAA and save!

It's that easy! This is a great time to trade-up to lightweight luggage and avoid baggage fees while also giving to a good cause. Find a Goodwill Retail Store location near you.



Goodwill Around Town

Goodwill Launches New Employment Campaign - Jobs in ’12: Let’s Put Greater Washington Back to Work

Walk for WorkOn January 20th Goodwill of Greater Washington kicked off the Jobs in ‘12 campaign with our inaugural Walk for Work from Union Station to our new Foggy Bottom Career Center on H Street, NW.

Stephen Kopalchick, Goodwill’s VP of Development, wore the loveable Smiling G costume through downtown DC to raise awareness for Goodwill’s goal of placing 200 people into new jobs in 2012. Stephen was honoring a commitment he made in November of 2011 during Give to the Max Day. He said he would wear the suit and make the walk if $5,000 was raised. Goodwill raised over $7,000!

Click here to learn more about our Jobs in '12 Campaign.

Click here to see photos of all the places the Smiling G visited on Facebook.



Goodwill on the Hill

Senior Job Seekers Stand to Benefit from New Senate Bill

Senior Job Seekers Stand to Benefit from New Senate BillSenior job seekers stand to benefit from a new bill recently introduced in the Senate to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). First funded in 1965, the act was the first federal level initiative aimed at providing services for older adults.

en. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the bill (S. 2037) (PDF) on January 26 and highlighted several provisions in the legislation, including those intended to strengthen and expand the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). read more.



The Fashion of Goodwill

Fashion forward: Swap love

Fashion forward: Swap lovePhew! I’m still bowled over by the amount of fun we had on World Swap Day this past Saturday. An awesome group of women braved the cold, icy streets to join us for a noontime swap. It is a day best told in photos! read more.



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