AUI has been a big supporter of Goodwill Industries for years.  Most people know Goodwill for their thrift store across Northeast, Ohio.  However, many do not know that Goodwill supports more than 50 different functions in our community. Goodwill is one of the largest and most diverse social and human service organizations.  In Northeast Ohio, Goodwill served 12,245 people in 2022. In addition to positions in our stores, Goodwill also provides a broad array of employment-related education programs.  They also train individuals with special needs for workforce development.

More About Goodwill Industries:

Goodwill Industries of Akron is a private, not-for-profit corporation.  They are committed to providing employment preparation, training, rehabilitation, employment, and support service to persons with disabilities and/or other barriers to employment in our communities.

“The mission of Goodwill Industries of Akron is to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. Services are in response to identified community needs and are designed to help individuals reach their highest possible vocational and personal potential. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland, the Akron-based agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International.” – Goodwill Industries Akron

Nationally, Goodwill has over 50 programs and services that help people overcome barriers to employment, including individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, displaced workers, participants in welfare-to-work programs, people who are homeless, have limited work experience or education, job skills or training, veterans, youth and older workers, and people with criminal backgrounds.

Quote: "3.8 Billion pounds of reusable or recyclable good were redirected from local landfills through Goodwill retail stores in 2021 alone. "

Goodwill encourages you to think before you donate and to research and learn more about the charities you’d like to support. Be certain the organization you choose uses its revenue for charitable purposes that support a mission you can get behind.

How Does AUI Give Back to Goodwill Industries?

In January 2024 the team at AUI collected unused household items including electronics, small kitchen appliances, clothing and shoes to donate to our local Goodwill. We are proud to direct perfectly good items to an organization like Goodwill, we trust that they will be reused and kept out of landfills. We also know that much of the money from the sale of the items we donated will go towards some of the wonderful programs that Goodwill has.

Volunteering at Goodwill of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland Counties.

Goodwill is always looking for volunteers.  There are ample opportunities available for people 16 years or older.  In addition to individuals, businesses can also volunteer their time with Goodwill Industries.

Donate:

Goodwill also collects financial support from generous donors in our community.  In addition to a general fund there are opportunities to contribute to the Elizabeth Clark Emergency Fund, The Rising Together Program that supports the Ralph Alexander Scholarship Fund, The Reverend Roland C. Carter Endowment Fund and many more. Please visit their website for all donation opportunities HERE.