7 Things Goodwill NYNJ is grateful for this Thanksgiving Day

Don’t you love this time of the year? An opportunity to pause and think about all the good things in our lives. A chance to offer our gratitude for family, friends and the things that bring us happiness. Some of you will host a dinner party and may be already cooking. Last night, a friend posted on Facebook a photo of the three apple pies he had just baked. He was about to put a cherry and two pecan pies in the oven. Yum! Others will be lucky to be invited to a party with family and friends.

We here at Goodwill NYNJ are grateful for:

  1. Our Goodwill store customers: Every time you shop at our Goodwill stores, you help fund our programs that improve the lives of individuals who need work in your community. Without your help, we would have not been able to served 95,000 people and helped find jobs for more than 8,400 individuals last year.
  2. In-kind donors: Thank you for donating your unwanted clothing and household goods, or dropping-off used electronics at Goodwill stores. Not only you support Goodwill programs by re-stocking our stores with needed merchandise, but you also help the environment by re-purposing and recycling goods. Last year Goodwill NYNJ helped residents divert more than 112 million pounds of unwanted goods from local landfills.
  3. Financial donors: Your financial donations directly support the mission of Goodwill NYNJ. Donations sponsor our free training and employment services for individuals with all types of disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also help us offer free mentoring and after-school programs for children and youth. Each year, 92 cents out of each dollar we earn funds direct services.
  4. Volunteers: We are grateful for the invaluable work of volunteers who support the work of our staff to help the people we serve.
  5. Community partners: Our thanks go to our nonprofit partners for helping to expand the help we offer to our common stakeholders.
  6. Individuals with disabilities: According to the United States census, Americans with disabilities make up nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population, roughly 1 in 5. We thank the individuals with all types of disabilities we serve. Every day, their desire and persistence to find the best job reminds us that Work is our Core.
  7. U.S. veterans: We are grateful for the service of the thousands of men and women of the U.S. military forces for their service to our country. We are committed to offering all the support to find work Vets and their families need to get their lives back on track after their service.

Yesterday, November 23, five Microsoft volunteers joined staff from our Astoria headquarters who also volunteered to serve meals for our program participants. This is our traditional Thanksgiving luncheon for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, or mental illness. For over twenty years, staff members from all departments serve meals to guests at our Astoria headquarters. This is an opportunity for our participants to socialize with their peers and staff alike. For some of them, Goodwill staff is their only support system. We want to make sure every program participant has an opportunity to feel at home here at Goodwill.

Hours for Goodwill stores on Thanksgiving weekend:

Wednesday, 11/25: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 26 – closed
Friday: Regular hours (9 a.m.-9p.m.) Friday

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