It’s a well-known fact that Goodwill Central Coast helps anyone who needs or wants a job — be it a veteran, high school dropout or someone with a physical disability.
For example, Goodwill Central Coast recently joined forces with Interim Inc., and Coastal Roots Hospitality to coordinate the delivery of 350 Thanksgiving meals, warm socks and more to Interim residents, clients and others in need in the community.
Goodwill will continue its support throughout the holiday season as Interim plans to coordinate two gift giveaways. One involves approximately 500 pairs of new socks donated by Goodwill Central Coast that will be paired with $15 gift certificates from Interim, which provide services and affordable housing supporting members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives.
In October, Goodwill Central Coast collaborated on the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Fundraiser for the second straight year. Through Round Up donations, customers gave $950 to the cause, and Goodwill matched those donations to increase the total to $1,900.
In November, Goodwill Central Coast collaborated with customers through an in-store donation drive to raise funds for The ALS Association Golden West Chapter.
Goodwill CC matched each donation dollar for dollar to aid the nonprofit provide daily assistance to those living with the challenges of ALS.
Following devastating fires in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, Goodwill Central Coast rallied with its shoppers to raise thousands of dollars (including nearly $1,400 at the Scotts Valley store alone).
Additionally, Goodwill Central Coast stores in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties aided wildfire victims by donating all funds from its Round-Up Program in September and October to those who lost their homes and were forced to evacuate, totalling nearly $8,000.
Goodwill’s popular Round Up program is a way for shoppers to help enhance Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and career services that help individuals with special needs get to work. Shoppers can either “round up” their purchase to the nearest dollar or donate a set amount ($1, $3 or $5). All of these options are displayed on the credit card terminal machine.
At Goodwill CC, revenue generated by its retail stores directly funds our high caliber job training programs. In-store change helps Goodwill change the lives of local residents for the better by providing them with the job training needed to become employed.
Funds will go to nonprofits and organizations assisting individuals and families with emergency assistance, health and human services, short-term housing/rental assistance, reimbursement of equipment and supplies and other support for affected residents. The fund is a trusted repository for philanthropic assets to be directed specifically for this purpose.
About Goodwill Central Coast
Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast now employs more than 600 people, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators. Its programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment. Each year Goodwill assists more than 9,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.
Marci Bracco Cain
The Buzz PR LLC