Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. is calling on community support to help provide vocational training and employment services for people in East Tennessee who have barriers to employment.
“The end of the year is the perfect time to consider putting your no longer needed clothing and household goods to work in the community,” said Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. President and CEO, Liz Nother. “The proceeds from the sale of these items fund Goodwill’s job training programs.”
Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. operates 30 stores and five employment training and rehabilitation centers in their 15-county East Tennessee service area; in 2014, they provided vocational services to over 5,200 individuals. Programs include Certified Nursing Assistant training, computer training, supported employment, school-to-work programs, youth mentoring, and placement services. All of Goodwill’s clients are working to overcome barriers to employment through these programs with the goal of obtaining a job within our community.
Donations may be made during regular business hours at any of Goodwill’s 30 stores or 15 attended donation centers and are tax deductable; Goodwill staff will offer a donation receipt for itemized taxes.
“It really is a win-win situation. You get a clean home and a receipt for your taxes, while allowing Goodwill to prepare clients to contribute to the workforce in our community through our job training and employment services,” says Nother.
Donations must be brought in to any local Goodwill store or attended donation center by December 31st to receive a receipt in time for 2014 taxes. To find a donation center near you, visit www.gwiktn.org/locations. For more information about Goodwill’s programs, stores or donation locations, call 865.588.8567.