On Tuesday December 10, Coloradans will celebrate Colorado Gives Day—a day that is meant to increase philanthropy in the state through online giving. Goodwill is thrilled to be a part of a day that encourages strengthening the community by supporting non-profit organizations. Donors will be able to search for and give to Goodwill Industries of Denver on the Colorado Gives Day website: www.coloradogives.org.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Goodwill Denver family. We hope your holiday is filled with family, friends, fun, and of course, lots of food. Here at Goodwill Denver, we're thankful for all of the donations we receive from individuals in our community. We're also grateful for the shoppers that frequent our stores and for the volunteers who work with our community programs.
Thank you for helping Goodwill Denver make an enormous impact on the metro Denver and northern Colorado communities.
Goodwill Industries of Denver was recently awarded a $10,000 Sprint Project Connect grant to support the Youth Career Development Entrepreneurial Program. The program will reaches approximately 600 students in the Denver metro area schools 30 schools in six school districts that have high dropout rates in the Denver metro area. Students are broken into small groups to learn how to develop a product or service, create business plans, conduct market research, and present materials to business leaders.
On February 22, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Goodwill Denver will host its first ever “Bridal Showcase” at the Goodwill store located at 21 S. Broadway. It will be a one day sale where brides can find wedding gowns, veils, and dresses for their bridesmaids. There will also be local wedding vendors on site, such as seamstresses, cake shops, photographers, and jewelers, so it will be a complete bridal event. To learn more, check out www.goodwilldenver.org over the next few months.
Keylen villagrana Juarez is an active Goodwill student who attends West High School. She is a member of Goodwill's Student Advisory Council, which is a small group of student leaders who are involved with Goodiwll programs.
Keylen was the recent recipient of a $10,000 scholarship from Denver's BBB. She received this scholarship upon entering and winning an essay contest. Her essay, which was about building one's own character, encapsulated Keylen's beliefs in community service and compassion.
Goodwill Industries of Denver will open new retail stores in Arvada, Highlands Ranch and Aurora next year. Each of the stores will include a drive-through donation drop-off area. The stores will create approximately 100 new jobs and are projected to contribute more than $4 million annually to the metro Denver economy.
Construction recently started on the Arvada store, located at 6350 McIntyre Parkway in Arvada. The almost 20,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.
On Saturday, October 26, head over to your local Goodwill for 50% off nearly everything in the store--that includes all Halloween costumes and decor. While you're at it, check out our Goodwilloween page to find some unique costume ideas made from items found at Goodwill as well as a video of the Halloween flash mob that took place in the Goodwill store at 21 S. Broadway earlier this month.
The Goodwill Effect is clearly evident in the statistics shared in this year’s impact report. Goodwill Denver’s various community programs touched the lives of more than 19,000 individuals in metro Denver and northern Colorado in 2012. In addition, 80.9 million pounds of goods donated to Goodwill Denver were either recycled or repurposed to keep those materials from ending up in landfills.