Archive for July, 2012

Goodwill of Greater Washington Annual Fashion Show

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Some of the most popular ways to support Goodwill Industries are through car donations and donations of household items and clothing. But Goodwill also has some other very creative ways of raising money for its job training and employment programs, such as the annual Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show & Gala.

The annual Runway Show and Gala is a chance for Goodwill to showcase some of the most unique and fashionable clothing that has been donated throughout the year. This year, the theme of the show is La Passione de Milano (The Passion of Milan) and the event will take place at the Italian Embassy on September 27, 2012.

The evening will include a runway show, which will be directed and choreographed by international fashion designer and creative consultant tu-anh. All the clothing in the show will be pulled straight from Goodwill’s donation centers and donation bins, including both vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories. All the items in the runway show will be for sale, as well as several other fashionable pieces that have been donated to Goodwill this year.

All of the money raised by the show this year will be put towards opening up a new retail store and donation center in Washington DC. Like all other Goodwill stores in the DC area, this new store is expected to provide jobs for 25-30 people and earn an annual profit of about $250,000.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Goodwill Runway Show & Gala, all you need to do is purchase a ticket. The ticket price is tax deductable to the fullest extent allowed by law and you can enjoy the evening even more knowing that your purchase is going to support a great cause.

Learn more about Goodwill of Greater Washington here, or if you are interested in other ways to support Goodwill consider making a car donation.

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Support Goodwill Through Clothing Donations

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Donating a car to Goodwill of Greater Washington is a great way to support Goodwill’s mission of helping people in the community with disadvantages find jobs. Car donations are sold and the proceeds are used to support Goodwill’s job training and employment programs.

The car donation program provides Goodwill with a significant amount of funding, but Goodwill also has several other creative and sustainable ways of raising money in the community, such as its clothing donation program. The clothing donation program at Goodwill is very similar to the vehicle donation program – people donate their used clothing and other household items to Goodwill and Goodwill sells the clothing to raise money to fund its job training and employment programs.

So, if you’re interested in supporting Goodwill but aren’t quite ready to donate your car, you should consider making a donation of household items to Goodwill. Goodwill accepts all types of gently household items such as clothing, furniture, kitchen appliances, children’s toys, and more!

To donate household items, you can either drop items off or take advantage of Goodwill’s free home pickup service. To drop items off, you can visit one of Goodwill’s donation centers or simply drop items in one of Goodwill’s donation bins. If you have 8 or more items to donate, Goodwill will pick up your items from your house for free! To arrange for a household pickup, all you need to do is call Goodwill at 202-715-2633.

Another great way to support Goodwill is by shopping at one of their retail stores. There are 14 locations in the Greater Washington DC area. These stores sell the gently used clothing and household items that have been donated to Goodwill. You will find a great selection of items at each store and you will be amazed at the low prices!

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Car Donations for Jobs in DC

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Donating a car to Goodwill of Greater Washington is a great way to support Goodwill’s mission of helping people with disadvantages to find gainful employment. One of the ways Goodwill is carrying out this mission is through the Career Navigation Training Program in DC. This training is a great opportunity for DC residents who are seeking employment as it teaches students several important skills that will be beneficial during their job search.

The Career Navigation Training Program includes the following components:

Occupational Skills Instruction – This part of the program includes assessment of students’ skills and strengths to help start their career search in the right direction. The Occupations Skills Instruction includes the following:

  • 3 Evaluations to help students identify their skills and abilities.
  • An evaluation of students’ potential employment opportunities based on their skills.
  • Additional tutoring for students who don’t already have basic math and adult literacy skills.
  • Training in customer service and interpersonal communication.
  • Improving writing skills and grammar.
  • Practice using the internet, email and Microsoft Office programs.

Life Skills and Job Readiness Instruction – In this part of the program, students have the opportunity increase their employability by learning essential job skills as well as how to perform a job search. The Life Skills and Job Readiness Instruction program includes:

  • Learning job interview skills and how to properly fill out a job application.
  • Practice using the internet to find jobs.
  • Making a resume that looks polished and professional.
  • Learning how to write a cover letter.
  • Participating in workshops to learn and practice skills in teamwork, customer service, overcoming obstacles, personal satisfaction and creativity.

Job Placement Assistance and Employer Networking – The program culminates in this final, key step when students get the chance to exercise their new skills and find employment. Goodwill provides students with:

  • Weekly workshops to connect students with professionals and conduct practice interviews.
  • Employee Relations Specialists who can give job referrals and references for students.

Becoming self-sufficient is one of the best things a person can achieve, especially those who face additional barriers and obstacles to employment. The Career Training Navigation Program in DC is giving many people the opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency by teaching them skills they need to find a job.

You can help support this and other great programs Goodwill offers by making a car donation to Goodwill of Greater Washington. To learn more about the programs you will support by donating a vehicle to Goodwill, please browse around our site.  Want to donate you car, but have questions?  Take a moment to read our “how to donate” page or call us toll free at 1-866-492-2770.

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