Dropping off a donation of a pair of jeans, a discarded toy, or an outdated computer might seem insignificant at times. But those very donations laid the foundation that helped 10,057 South Carolinians find new jobs during Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC)’s 2013/2014 fiscal year. The fiscal year ran from July 2013 through June 2014.
Items donated by people and businesses in the community generate the majority of funding for Goodwill’s job training and placement programs, focused on helping people in our community prepare for, obtain, and be successful in employment. Services include certified career training programs in Retail, Food Service, Nursing, Manufacturing, Custodial, and Call Center; resources and assistance at Goodwill Job Connections; and a variety of other employment programs. GIUMSC provides services in 16 South Carolina counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, and Union.
In addition to the impact employment will have on a person and, potentially, a family, the potential economic impact in the community is substantial. The 10,057 people now employed have the potential to earn over $112 million in wages alone during their first year of employment.
It all starts with a donation. And all donations made to Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina fund services in South Carolina, so donors can be assured that they are contributing to help their neighbors and better the community they live in.
“Every opportunity Goodwill has to provide services and help a person become employed is made possible because someone in the community donated,” says Patrick Michaels, President and CEO of GIUMSC. “Every donation made to Goodwill, whether it is a shirt, a pair of pants, a computer, or even a car, makes a direct impact on the life of someone right here in our community who is searching for employment.”
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina helps people become independent through education and training leading to employment.