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2nd Quarter 2016

Tickets were Drawn and the Winners Selected in the 2016 Annual Grand Raffle!

This year 1,000 tickets were sold raising nearly $8,000 to be used toward continuing the Goodwill mission.On Friday, May 27th we held the drawing in our Annual Grand Raffle to select the LUCKY WINNERS!

1st Prize of $1,000 cash went to Ginny L., Providence, RI
2nd Prize of $500 was awarded to Mike S., Greenville, RI
3rd Prize of a lap top computer from Goodwill’s Computer Works went to Ryan M., Johnston, RI

June was a Record Month for Clothing and Textile Collections

We would like to thank all of the generous donors who made this June the best month ever!

A grand total of 73,880 pounds of clothing and other textiles were collected from our bins located throughout the state as well as corporate and community events.

Your donations are utilized in many ways – some are given to our clients for job interviews and to get started in a new job. Others are sold in bulk to recycling vendors and others are sorted and held for retail sale.

Each of your donations helps Goodwill provide education, training and job placement services to Rhode Islanders with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

Visit Goodwill at the Cumberland Bargain City Galleria!

You can find us in booth #400 near Isabel’s La Cucina at the Galleria. In case you haven’t been there the Galleria is located at 1 Ann & Hope Way in Cumberland.Open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

You’ll find a selection of clothing, electronics, household items, furniture and more! All at GREAT Goodwill pricing.

Our Community Partners make it all Possible

Coventry Credit Union has forged a great relationship with Goodwill over the past few years. We have sponsored Clothing Drives and E-Waste events at all branches, benefiting both our members and communities as well as those that Goodwill supports. This year we have already held two very successful Clothing Drives at all 4 branches and there is an outdoor bin located at the Main Street branch in Coventry. Credit Unions were created to help people in communities that were otherwise not able to receive financing to build their lives and support their families – that is why Coventry Credit Union believes in the importance of giving back, whether it be through charitable donations, sponsorships, food drives, or their college scholarship opportunity.

Coventry Credit Union’s mission is to promote a cooperative spirit within the community and to respond to changing member needs, consistent with sound financial practices. Their partnership with Goodwill helps us provide necessary assistance where it is needed, while strengthening ties in the local communities.Together we have collected large quantities of clothing, shoes, toys and electronics. We look forward to continuing and strengthening our relationship for many years to come.

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Determination + Hard Work= Success

Xavier was referred to Goodwill through his counselor at the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) for the External Diploma Program (EDP) to attain his high school diploma. This is an online program that is an alternative to the GED program. Students receive their High School Diploma through Central Falls High School upon successful completion.

He was one of only three students who tested at the grade level needed to participate in the ED program. Everyone could see that Xavier was very bright and just needed some additional support to succeed. Xavier worked very well independently and was the first student to finish the ED program and attain his high school diploma from Central Falls in January of this year.

Currently Xavier is attending the Providence Career & Technical Academy in the Culinary Program. His attendance has been outstanding and he passed the Serve Safe certification with a 97%!

Xavier recently visited the staff at the Youth Center in Providence and said that he is a completely different person now than he was 18 months ago.

Everyone at Goodwill and the Providence Youth Center are proud of Xavier’s achievements. He is proof that with the right support and guidance along with personal determination, you can succeed!

Did You Know – Goodwill Serves the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Services for the Deaf had its start at Goodwill Industries of RI in 1989, even before the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. Back then we were Vocational Resources, Inc., and the program was a collaborative, team effort between Goodwill and ORS, with input from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, RI School for the Deaf, and other human service agencies. Goodwill began its program with a three-year start-up grant.

In the first year much was done by way of a needs assessment and research into how other Services for the Deaf programs were run in other states around the country.

For many years before this, Deaf clients were referred to our Agency and evaluators and case managers did their best to communicate with them, through gestures and written notes. When Services for the Deaf began, we finally had someone on staff who “spoke” their language, American Sign Language

For over 25 years Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island has served the Rhode Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in all things job related with grat results, assisting hundreds of people to find the jobs they desire, and developing lasting relationships in the business community.

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