The effort seeks to raise funds to support the infrastructure needs of the headquarters facility in Adrian.
“Through the investment in this facility, we aim to serve 2,010 people by 2010,” said Goodwill Executive Director Beverly Lyell. “We outgrew our 90-year-old facility and needed additional space to expand and more efficiently operate all of our services”.
The facility was a vacant industrial property that Goodwill is “recycling” to accomplish their mission.
“We’re making this a true grass-roots community project by encouraging 2,010 people in each county that we serve—Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw—to consider donating $20.10,“ said fund-raising committee chair Jack Georgal. “That would put us well on our path to securing the funds necessary to make the investments in our facility.”
Goodwill Industries of Southeast Michigan provided training and employment services to 1,531 people in 2008 and also employs 90 part-time and full-time people.
Noteworthy accomplishments include an ongoing recycling project of computers and peripherals through the Dell Corporation; recycling more than 300,000 pounds of shred annually; providing more than 350 vehicles through the Workers on Wheels program since its inception; operating four retail stores in Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw counties; and providing more than $1.6 million in wages to Goodwill workers in 2008.
Goodwill is said to live its mission by putting people, with barriers, to work, which empowering them to build self-confidence and independence and to gain a chance to succeed.
To learn more about Goodwill, make a contribution or donate goods, visit www.goodwillsemi.org or call 517/263-2135.