Our region is home for many immigrants and refugees that come to the United States for a better life. A wide range of organizations, services and government support aid these groups in establishing their new lives. Seattle Goodwill served approximately 4000 adult immigrants last year, speaking more than 100 native languages and originating from 113 different countries, facing multiple challenges like Yibarek.
“I am really lucky,” said Yibarek Awelachw.
There was a time when he did not feel that way. In October of 2011, Yibarek left Ethiopia to come to Seattle to be with his wife and baby. “For one year I was disappointed,” he remembered. “My wife worked and I took care of the baby – I could not find work. It was a hard time for me.”
His luck changed when he ran into one of his high school teachers from Ethiopia on the street in Seattle. His former teacher took Yibarek to Goodwill the next day and told him about Goodwill’s job training and education program
. He signed up for some computer classes and now has a job where he uses his computer skills to process online orders.
Digital literacy is vitally important if a new resident is to navigate their new community; they need to prepare documents like resumes, apply for jobs, register for services, enroll their children, and access many other resources online.
With generous support from Comcast, Goodwill will develop a new digital literacy curriculum, train all of our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
computer instructors and roll-out the new program across our 10 job training sites.
Goodwill will be able to monitor progress and rework the curriculum as needed and measure outcomes and competency gains. In addition, Seattle Goodwill will actively share this prospectus with Goodwill organizations across the country and other non-profits, while acknowledging Comcast’s invaluable support in moving this effort forward.
“With digital access being our company’s rallying call across the country,” said Steve Kipp, VP of Communications for Comcast
in Washington, “we knew working with a local partner like Seattle Goodwill would be critical to making a lasting impact on our Puget Sound communities. We’re excited for this partnership with Seattle Goodwill and what the program can do for generations to come.”
By Ken Colling, Seattle Goodwill President and CEO
Dear Goodwill Community,
In January I publicly announced my retirement at the end of June 2014. It has been such a privilege to lead Goodwill over the past 10+ years and oversee changes that benefit the environment, the community and our organization.
One of the many things I’m very proud of was adding a process improvement program, sometimes called “Lean”, to improve our support services, donation and store processes, enhance our job training programs
and mitigate our environmental impact. This continuous improvement approach guided us to achieve ever greater organizational effectiveness and to increase stewardship of our resources, both material and financial.
As one of the original “recyclers” before that word became trendy, Seattle Goodwill’s social enterprise model encourages people to reuse and recycle by donating used items
to us and shopping at our stores
. Last year, with your help, we kept goods out of the landfill, while supporting our nonprofit mission of preparing people for work.
Thank you for your part in ensuring a healthy planet by continuing to donate, reuse and recycle.
President & CEO
Goodwill is pleased to announce a new store in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle located at 115 E. Belmont Street. The store will hold a grand opening in May 2014.
“We are very excited to be part of the Capitol Hill neighborhood,” said Cindi Forslund, Vice President of Operations for Goodwill. “The Capitol Hill area has a long history of appreciating thrift stores along with environmental awareness and support for recycling and re-use.”
Goodwill Capitol Hill
is the 24th Goodwill store in the north Puget Sound region and will stock a full range of products along with a convenient donation center. The selection of merchandise will appeal to shoppers looking for casual and fashionable clothing and accessories for adults and children. There will be a selection of home and office décor, along with housewares.
Donations are currently being accepted via mobile truck until the store and donation center opens in May.
Check donation hours and location here
“I am trying to give back because Goodwill helped me when I needed it,” said volunteer Carmen Tudor.
Carmen has been in the greater Seattle area for the past 9 years. Originally from Romania, she was trained as a mechanical engineer, teacher, and mentor and needed to find work after moving here with her mother. She took computer classes at the Bellevue Goodwill
job training and education center to update her skills and is currently a MBA student at City University of Seattle.
Carmen realized that she wanted to volunteer because “Goodwill raised both my spirits and my knowledge.” As a volunteer
for the Bellevue center she helps students and supports instructors in and out of the classroom. Carmen is an inspiration to the students because she can share her own experience at Goodwill and encourage the students in their success. This kind of dedication earned Carmen the 2014 Goodwill volunteer of the year. “I love volunteering at Goodwill and working with students,” she added.
Carmen supports the organization in other ways, too. She is an avid shopper and it is not unusual to find her wearing Goodwill attire from head to toe.
“The Youth Green Corps is a work readiness program that engages disconnected youth to inspire them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives. We teach responsibility for self, community and environment through teamwork, service and experiential education,”- Rob Jones, Employment Placement Specialist.
The Green Corps
is a nine-month partnership program with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
. This program helps unemployed young adults with work readiness while learning life and career skills and getting on-the-job training in parks maintenance and environmental practices.
One of the big recyclers of household items, we are especially proud of our participation in the E-Cycle Washington
program. Since it began over four years ago, Goodwill has collected millions of pounds of e-waste, including televisions, computers, monitors and laptops for recycling. It’s a convenient service for our donors that keeps harmful materials out of the landfills.
Goodwill donation drives can take place any time of the year at your workplace. We provide the donation bins, marketing materials and pick-up service and you collect the goods. For more information, please visit http://www.seattlegoodwill.org/corporate-donations
Goodwill is proud to announce the new and expanded Job Training & Education Center
serving individuals in the greater Bellingham area. On February 27, 2014 Goodwill hosted a ribbon cutting and open house for the community. The center will now have four classrooms instead of two and will be able to serve a greater number of individuals and expand the job training and education programs. Classes include computer, English for Speakers of Other Languages, GED preparation along with support and job placement services.
You can now conveniently shop Seattle Goodwill’s three online stores from one spot at http://www.seattlegoodwill.org/shop/shop-online
! Find a great selection of clothing, shoes and accessories, collectibles, books, and more for Mother’s Day, birthdays and other gift-giving occasions.
Goodwill is offering free tax preparation help again this tax season! The service is made possible by partnerships with United Way. The free tax help is offered at six Goodwill Job Training and Education Centers and is available to employees and people in the community. For more information, please visit http://www.seattlegoodwill.org/taxprep
Seattle Goodwill is excited to partner with PIMA (Pima Medical Institute, Seattle Campus)
to help our students receive dental care. PIMA is providing screenings, x-rays and cleanings to Goodwill students for a discounted amount. As PIMA dental students learn more advanced techniques, services will expand to include sealants, fluoride treatments, and fillings. This partnership allows low-income students access to expensive but essential dental treatment.