If you’ve checked out our Twitter profile or our Facebook Fan Page lately, you’ll see things were humming this past Monday. What was all the buzz about? The Who Cares? I Do. Virtual Rally for Human Services in New York. In a nutshell, both state and local governments are tackling the budget at the end of this month, and we want to make sure that the people who depend on human services like after-school programs, senior centers, homeless shelters, food pantries, assistance for domestic violence, mental health clinics, foster homes, day care centers, and more aren’t forgotten.

While we love to post about fashion and thrift, the real heart of Goodwill is about helping provide the tools and opportunities one needs to reenter the economic mainstream after catastrophe like job loss, an illness, an accident, or a natural disaster. Your support goes a long way, but the government’s support of human services is also critical to our ability to help the 140,000+ people in Greater NY & Northern NJ every year.

You can see in the video below how these cuts would affect Richene, one of the many wonderful members of GoodwillNyNj’s Seamark Center community, a participant-driven psychosocial clubhouse in South Brooklyn aimed at individuals with mental illness.

If you’d like to join us in speaking up for those who’d be affected by budget cuts, please sign this petition here. Also, if this topic is near and dear to your heart, as it is to ours, please stop by our programs & services webpage, “like” the Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. Facebook Page and follow @GoodwillNyNj.

Thank you for everything, Goodwill fans – we couldn’t do this without you!

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