Goodwill Marks Labor Day
What comes to mind when you think about Labor Day? Perhaps that it’s a time for cookouts, get-togethers with friends and family, and parades.
For Goodwill NYNJ, it’s a reminder of our mission of empowering individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work. In 2015, Goodwill NYNJ is celebrating 100 years of helping find work for individuals with all types of disabilities, U.S. veterans and their spouses, welfare applicants and recipients, unskilled and older workers, and anybody who has a hard time finding a job. Work is our core!
This federal holiday is celebrated on the first Monday in September to pay tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The observance began more than 130 years ago in New York City as a “workingmen’s holiday.
In 1915 Reverend Dr. Henry Park Schauffler and Reverend Edward F. Sanderson founded The Brooklyn City Mission & Tract Society, a local assistance charity. Their goal was to train individuals in need to collect, mend and sell donated clothes and household goods so that they could earn a living on their own. This goal then evolved locally into the philosophy of retail stores funding programs and social services.
Then, in 1919, St. Paul’s Community House founded a Goodwill in Jersey City. The Brooklyn Goodwill merged with Manhattan Goodwill in 1962 and with Northern New Jersey Goodwill in 1999 to form Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey. Today, with headquarters in Astoria, Queens, Goodwill NYNJ serves 95,000 individuals and places 8,500 in jobs annually.
These individuals have a significant impact in their -and your,- communities by the taxes they pay, goods they purchase, and services they use.
Goodwill’s beginnings in Brooklyn were such a success that Goodwill Industries International, the nationwide movement, got its name from the Goodwill in New York.
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If you need help finding employment or your company would like to partner with Goodwill NYNJ to hire local residents, please visit the Goodwill NYNJ website