Letter To The Editor

January 29, 2016

Local Communities across North America Well Served by Local Goodwills

Throughout North America, communities are being well served by 165 autonomous and community-based Goodwill® organizations. These organizations are based on a century old model of providing a variety of populations of people with a hand up in life.

Each Goodwill organization is autonomous with an individual board of directors made up of local community leaders. Besides the Toronto and Eastern Ontario Region, there are six other regional Goodwill organizations, operating nearly 60 stores, throughout Canada.

When donors give to Goodwill, they are helping advance individuals, families and communities toward economic self-sufficiency and prosperity. Donations of clothing and household goods are the essential fuel for the Goodwill mission.

Goodwill organizations help people develop skills and get work. Various programs, unique to each community, assist people to enter or re-enter the labour market. In 2014, Goodwill organizations collectively helped place more than 318,000 people into jobs and assisted more than 26.4 million people through direct and virtual job training, skills development and credential building.

Goodwill organizations across Canada need their communities to know that their operations are solid; their stores are open, their programs are operating. They continue to need donations to support the people and families who benefit from Goodwill’s dedication to its social enterprise mission.

As volunteers in our communities, each of us has chosen to support this mission, because we have witnessed first hand how Goodwill responsibly and compassionately enriches lives, helping people achieve success.

Tim Dobbie, Chair – Goodwill, The Amity Group, Dave Watson, Chair – Goodwill Industries Essex Kent Lambton Inc., Stan Pride, Chair – Goodwill Industries Niagara, Kate Baldwin, Chair – Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes

Paul Chapin
President & CEO
Goodwill, The Amity Group
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