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80,000 pounds a week of textiles. ment. Goodwill trains and employs
Goodwill Industries has also
By putting the jobless to
contract workers to fi ll outsourced
established a taskforce, represented needs for document management, as-
by individuals at more than 24 local
work, Goodwill is also
sembly, mailing and custodial work.
Goodwill facilities, to examine sustain- Goodwill of Mid-Michigan oper-
able business models for computer
helping businesses fi ll gaps
ates 13 retail thrift stores in eight Michi-
recycling and reuse, market trends for gan counties. The Flint facility holds an
used systems and parts, related training
caused by labor shortages,
open house and tour for civic groups
and career opportunities for Goodwill monthly. Learn more about these pro-
program participants and necessary
time constraints and limited
grams at,
e-waste advocacy efforts Goodwill is a, and
also partner on E-bay’s Rethink Initia-
space or equipment.
tive, an effort that brings together in-
Maryann Lawrence is a freelance
dustry, government and environmental
writer who lives with her family in
organizations to offer a fresh perspec- brella of programs. Goodwill Industries
Gregory, MI.
tive and new answers to the challenge is North America’s leading nonprofi t
of e-waste. provider of education, training and
But the organization has always career services for people with disad-
been about recycling. When the vantages, such as welfare dependency,
program originally began in Boston, homelessness and lack of education or
it was decided that funding would be work experience, as well as those with
Tell ‘em you saw it in
raised by recycling household good and physical, mental and emotional dis-
reselling them. So, Goodwill is really abilities. The organization reports that
one of the oldest recyclers in the U.S. 70 percent of those with disabilities are
To date, the organization says it has di- unemployed.
verted 9.4 million pounds of waste from The organization also operates a
landfi lls. Goodwill Industries also has prisoner “reentry” training program,
an online auction site, ShopGoodwill. including teaching computer skills and
com, that is second only to EBay. programs. Last year alone, Goodwill
Recycling has always been the provided employment and training ser-
vehicle by which Goodwill Industries vices to more than 1.1 million individu-
has survived year after year, but its als.
mission remains always in the forefront By putting the jobless to work,
of the organization’s work. Lives that Goodwill is also helping businesses fi ll
otherwise would remain jobless have gaps caused by labor shortages, time
an opportunity to prosper under its um- constraints and limited space or equip-
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