By Kim Praniewicz
While the economic impact of the pandemic can still be felt here, the pace of recovery is picking up: Theme parks are returning to full operation, hotels are reaching capacity, and restaurants are serving more diners. As that happens, there’s an opportunity to reconnect thousands of Floridians with new jobs and opportunities.
What you might not know is that there’s a surprisingly simple way you can help make that happen: The next time you reorganize or redecorate the house, pencil in a trip to Goodwill.
While donating clothing and household goods to your local Goodwill might not seem like much, the reality is that it translates to more resources and jobs for neighbors in need. Shopping at our stores is equally important because ninety cents out of every dollar in sales will go directly to our nonprofit services – and right now, that can do more good than ever.
Consider all the ways that funding goes back to the community: Through Project COMPASS, revenue from stores goes to provide one-on-one academic support and life skills education to high school students who are at risk of dropping out. At our vocational rehabilitation program, people facing obstacles to employment can gain on-the-job skills training and experience. Meanwhile, our virtual Job Connection Center offers services ranging from interview practice to certification programs, connecting thousands of Central Floridians with work every year.
The bottom line? While Central Florida is dealing with plenty of labor challenges, your donations are part of the solution. Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, Goodwill has been able to serve this community for more than 60 years – and we look forward to continuing to pursue our mission for many years to come.
Kim Praniewicz is the vice president of marketing and mission advancement for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.
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