The GoodwillNyNj Report: An Overview for You

Curious where the Goodwill goes? When you donate to Goodwill, your no-longer-neededs are sent to our Processing Center, where they’re sorted and shipped off to our stores. Once in our stores, your items are resold to other fantastic thrifters looking for unique, eco-friendly style finds.

You make great things happen every time you shop at or donate to Goodwill. Click here to see exactly what that means...
You make great things happen every time you shop at or donate to Goodwill. Click here to see exactly what that means…

The income from Goodwill Store sales funds our programs and services, helping ten of thousands of New Yorkers get job training and job placement services. The sales also fund our veterans programs, our Summer Camp, our rehabilitation programs, and more. For the full scoop on our programs and services, come visit our Programs/Services blog, “Where the Goodwill Goes” – http://nynjgoodwill.wordpress.com/

In 2012, Goodwill served 81,672 individuals in New York and Northern New Jersey.

■ Goodwill Industries’ mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work.

■ Every 6 minutes of every day people access Goodwill opportunities to build careers and strong families.

■ Goodwill provides an array of programs and services to meet the needs of our diverse clientele, including job readiness and work skills development.

■ Goodwill creates training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in our business operations, including our Retail division and GoodTemps, our temporary staffing division.

■ Nationally, Goodwill is one of the largest employers of people with disabilities.

To learn more about Goodwill and our services visit us at http://www.goodwillnynj.org.

DONATE. SHOP. GIVE GOODWILL.

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Why Did I Buy That??: #SevenThingsSunday & GoodwillNyNj

This Sunday, we’re teaming up with a new New York City venture, ClosetDash Shop, to promote reuse, community and smarter consumerism.

ClosetDash Shop’s #SevenThingsSunday will raise awareness about where Goodwill donations end up, while also providing a chance for local residents to meet one another and lend support in decluttering our lives.

Come RSVP and join us if you happen to be in the NY area – it’d be a pleasure to see you and your Why-Did-I-Buy-That?? donations!

For more information and tickets, please visit seventhingssunday.eventbrite.com. Also, please note that donations are accepted at all our local Goodwill stores during open hours as well as at this ClosetDash Event.

Where Your Goodwill Goes: Mudhaffer Al-Momani

Happy Friday! We’ve got your weekend stocked with sales, but if you’re looking for something more substantial to boost your spirits, check out where your Goodwill goes. After all, every time you donate or shop Goodwill, you’re supporting programs that change lives. Take a look:

Mudhaffer Al-Momani lost his vision in adulthood to a genetic eye disease but found direction towards a bright life through Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey.

Mudhaffer didn’t let an eye disease keep him from seeing his dreams come true.

Mudhaffer didn’t let an eye disease keep him from seeing his dreams come true.

I came to the United States in 1989 from Jordan. I wanted to secure my college education here; my desire was to be an engineer and work for NASA.

A year after coming here, my father passed away and my family fell into financial hardship afterwards. I left college and started working any job I could get so I could help my family and my siblings. I supported them financially to help their education as well.

A year later, I was diagnosed with a genetic eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, called RP for short. I was told I would be losing my vision in a few years. I knew that the only way for me to succeed was to get my education.

Continue reading “Where Your Goodwill Goes: Mudhaffer Al-Momani”

Without Human Services: Virtual Rally Today 12-2pm

Fashion is smashin’, but where would this city be without human services? We’re talking child care, job services, rehabilitation programs, support networks for people with disabilities, after-school options for inner-city kids, domestic violence programs… The list goes on and on.

Today, April 18th, from 12pm to 2pm, we’re joining the Who Cares? I Do campaign at  the #WithoutHS Virtual Rally held on Facebook and Twitter to tell Mayor Bloomberg to protect human services funding in his executive budget.

Join us, @WhoCares_IDo and other NY-area human service organizations to protect programs that keep this city strong, offering hope and support to millions who might otherwise have nowhere to turn.

Show up and tell your story. When this time comes, tweet or Facebook post about where you would be without human services – videos, photos, words, whatever you have, please share. Make sure you use the hashtag #WithoutHS and tag your posts @Who Cares? I Do. on Facebook and @WhoCares_IDo on Twitter. For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/186100074841621/

If you don’t have a story to share, share ours. Retweet or repost anything you like from our Facebook or Twitter pages. We’d be grateful for the added exposure. Please help us spread the word that New York needs its human services.

Thank you for helping us save human services and help countless New Yorkers and Northern New Jersey residents rebuild their lives – and thank you for shopping.

Where the Goodwill Goes: The Great Things That You Make Happen

Have you checked out what your shopping and donating is making possible? It’s pretty incredible. We have a whole thriving blog about it: Where the Goodwill Goes, and lately, the Goodwill’s been looking real good.

You make great things happen every time you shop at or donate to Goodwill. Click here to see exactly what that means...

Take a stroll over to our sister site and you’ll see everything from ballerinas to healthy cooking classes to single mom successes to winter coat donations to fantastically-useful tax deduction info ( <- donators, we’re looking at you). Come on and see Where the Goodwill Goes and let us know what you think!

Start 2012 Right: Join Us in “Goodwill Suits Vets”

Happy New Year! We know most resolutions involve the gym and carrot sticks, but if you’re looking for a 2012 task you can accomplish right this minute, let us suggest this: Help us help a veteran.

Extra suits clogging your closet? Low-heeled pumps lost under the bed? Come donate your excess business attire and help a veteran improve his or her life!

It’s simple. Just head to any Goodwill store in the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey area during open hours and drop off your no-longer-needed business clothes. Be sure to mention “Goodwill Suits Vets” and we’ll handle the rest. We’ll get those clothes to  any veteran, past or present, who stops by any of our 39 stores during open hours, shows their military ID and mentions “Goodwill Suits Vets” from Friday through Sunday, Jan. 6-8, 2012.

A new year is a new opportunity to improve the world around you. Please join in and take part.

We wish you a happy and healthy 2012 – and the best of luck with the gym and carrots!

Help Us Help Vets: Goodwill Suits Vets

This month, thousands of service men and women will return home and to the workforce. In appreciation for their service to our country, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey will provide a professional outfit to all veterans, past or present, who go to any of our 39 area stores, show their military ID, and mention “Goodwill Suits Vets” from Friday through Sunday, January 6-8, 2012.


We posted about Goodwill Suits Vets earlier this month, but we’re still taking clothing donations. Please help – you’ll be helping us help veterans in your community get back to work and back into the economic mainstream.

Here’s how you can help right now:Please donate professional clothing for men and women: suits, suit jackets, dress pants and skirts, shirts and blouses, shoes, ties, scarves and accessories. Drop your donations at any of ourstores or at DonationXpress, our attended donation center in Eastchester. Tax receipts are available upon request. If your company participates, we can arrange a special pick-up at your workplace.We also ask you to reach out to any veterans or veterans organizationsin your life or your community to tell them about the opportunity to receive  a professional outfit at no charge.Join Goodwill NY-NJ in telling all vets: “Job well done, and thanks to you and your family for your sacrifice!” – and please spread the word among your friends, family and networks.

Goodwill Suits Vets

This month, thousands of service men and women will return home and to the workforce. If you have any work-appropriate attire you are no longer using, now is a great chance to give the vets a warm welcome!

In appreciation for their service, GoodwillNyNj will provide a professional outfit to all Veterans, past or present, who go to any of its 39 area stores, show their military ID, and mention “Goodwill Suits Vets” from Friday through Sunday, January 6-8, 2012.

To help outfit these returning servicemen and women, we’re calling on you, Goodwill supporters, for help. Please donate professional clothing for men and women, including suits; suit jackets; dress pants and skirts, shirts and blouses, and shoes; ties; scarves; and accessories. Drop your donations at any of our Goodwill stores. If your company participates, we’ll arrange a special pick up – just email us at goodwillnynj@gmail.com to set up the details.

By giving to Goodwill, you will be helping your local vets, supporting our efforts to provide a broad selection of useful clothing to returning servicemen and women. (And you can take a tax deduction, as long as you donate before December 31st – just be sure to request a tax receipt at the time of your donation drop-off.)

Join Goodwill NY-NJ in telling all Vets: “Job well done, and thanks to you and your family for your and their sacrifice!

This holiday season, help a veteran get a strong start on the new year - donate to Goodwill!

And the Winner of the Goodwill Halloween Window Contest is…

…you’ll have to visit Where to Goodwill Goes to find out…

Curious who won the contest? Just click here!

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Goodwill Halloween Window Contest – we were amazed and inspired by the turn-out. The winning window alone scored hundreds of in-store votes, 90+ LIKES on Facebook, over a dozen fan comments and a great showing on our Halloween survey – and they weren’t the only store with active, amazing fans. Check out http://bit.ly/gwwinner for the grand prize winner and the runners-up.

Our stores provide job training, income, self-esteem and fun to those previously facing barriers to employment. Thank you for supporting our clients, our staff, our stores and our mission – and our love of Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

BOO! <– You know what that is? That’s the end of the Goodwill Halloween Window Contest sneaking up on you. We have been floored by the great turn-out of voters, and there’s still time to add yourself into the final count.

Come on n' vote! Just 12 hours left to pick your favorite Goodwill Halloween Window. After all, you wouldn't want to miss the contest & upset the Troy Goodwill's witch, would you?

We joined Where the Goodwill Goes in this contest amazed by our stores’ enthusiasm this season (after all, the stores themselves provide job training, income, and self-esteem to those previously facing barriers to employment), but now we’re equally amazed at the support of our fans. Keep it coming, but beware: only votes placed before 11pm tonight (October 31st, 2011) will count. So hurry up n’ vote, Goodwill fans, and Happy Halloween!

To vote, please visit our Facebook album at http://on.fb.me/gwspooky and click like underneath the image of your choice. If you don’t have Facebook, you can vote via the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gwhalloween, though the survey does not include images. We ask you only vote once, but please feel free to tell others to vote – the more the merrier!