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A little education on Goodwill’s mission would do a lot of good

Posted: May 7, 2017 - 1:57am

To the editor:

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I read with interest the April 30 News-Times coverage of the semi-annual Wesley United Methodist Church yard sale. My wife and I occasionally attend Wesley, and we often visit the yard sales to hunt for treasures and support the church.

But as someone who also works for one of the world's larger charitable organizations, I couldn't help but notice a comment in the story from a yard sale donor: "We donate because rather than just giving it to Goodwill they can get money for missions, and have a purpose," he said.

Perhaps a little education on Goodwill and its very-purposeful mission would be useful. Founded more than 115 years ago - by a Methodist minister, Dr. Edgar J. Helms - Goodwill Industries is a 501c3 non-profit charity that collects donated goods, processes and sells them, and uses the revenue to support its mission of providing career services.

Wesley also uses the proceeds from its yard sales to support its mission trips to such venues as Guatemala, Honduras and Puerto Rico.

Goodwill's mission benefits people a bit closer to home. Last year in our Goodwill's 35-county service area, we provided nearly 21,000 individuals with "hand-up" job training and career development services aimed at putting them on the path to employment and self-sufficiency. We also helped nearly 7,000 people find gainful employment right here in our community.

There are 165 autonomous Goodwills in the world, four of them in Georgia, and last year those four Georgia Goodwills placed nearly 33,000 people into jobs, with an average wage of $10.32.

And that's after those Georgia Goodwills also paid more than $10.5 million in sales taxes, including $219,487 in sales taxes paid last year alone by the Martinez and Grovetown Goodwill retail training stores.

Much of that funding benefits education, transportation and quality of life projects in Columbia County.

There clearly is room for support of a great many charitable causes here, as evidenced by the Augusta area's recognition as having the highest number, per capita, of charities in the country. And under no circumstances would we suggest either/or when supporting churches vs. charities. In fact, our Goodwill recently cemented its roots deeper in its religious heritage by hiring a staff member dedicated to faith community outreach.

We believe that when donors are sufficiently informed, they will find Goodwill's life-changing mission and community-building purpose eminently worthy of their support. We invite them to learn more at www.goodwillworks.org.

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- Barry L. Paschal

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA

 

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Riverman1

Good Luck To Both

Ummm, I'll just say good luck to Wesley United and Goodwill in their charitable endeavors.