Goodwill is more than just stores – we’re programs and services, too. And right now, two of our programs really need your help. Beacon 141 & 109 (programs serving youth and families in NYC) are in danger because of budget cuts. Here’s a simple, one-minute job you can do to make a difference: please sign this petition and forward it to as many people as you can.
We’ll post more information about the impact our Beacon programs have on their local communities, but in the meantime, take a look at what the kids have accomplished through Beacons 141 and 109 in just the past year alone:
- In-Sight Dance Company & Beacon Goodwill: Since October 2010, In-Sight has offered free after-school and weekend dance classes for Goodwill’s Beacon 141 children during the school year… Read more at http://nynjgoodwill.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/in-sight-dance-company-goodwill-beacon-141/
- Ole! Free Latin Dance Classes at Beacon 141: The Latin Dance Class begins tonight at Beacon 141 in Astoria, Queens and will be held on Mondays from 6pm-7pm – a great, free way for parents to join their community in fun… Read more at http://nynjgoodwill.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/ole-free-latin-dance-classes-at-beacon-141/
- Beacon’s Finest in the Daily News: This all-girls step team from Intermediate School 109 made it into the Daily News and into the paper’s citywide Youth Step USA Competition… Read more at http://nynjgoodwill.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/beacons-finest-in-the-daily-news/
- The Go Green Recycling Program: Goodwill Beacon 109 participated in the “Lights On After School Alliance Program” this year in support of the importance of after-school programming around the world. This year the theme was recycling, and so the Beacon kids decided to initiate the “Go Green” Recycling Program. Read more at http://nynjgoodwill.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/goodwill-beacon-109-the-go-green-recycling-program/
Beacons are school-based community centers serving children, youth, and adults. There are currently 80 Beacons located throughout New York City, five of which are operated by the Youth Services Division of Goodwill Industries, and all of which operate in the afternoons and evenings, on weekends, during school holidays, vacation periods, and during the summer.
Typical activities for youth include:
- Literacy activities
- High school/college prep
- Math clubs
- Martial arts
Typical activities for adults include:
- ESL classes
- GED preparation
- Computer classes
Please help us keep these programs operating in the communities that need them most. Thank you for your support, Goodwill fans!