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Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity Celebrate One-of-a-Kind Partnership

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Goodwill Industries of Denver is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver at the organization’s newest ReStore location in Highlands Ranch. It’s the only collaboration of its kind in the country, and the two nonprofit organizations are celebrating the partnership in a grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 30.

The new ReStore will share the same donation dock with the Goodwill thrift store next door. While the two shops will have separate store fronts, the donations will be shared. The partnership allows supporters to bring donations accepted at both organizations to one shared location, making this a one-stop donation destination.  Habitat’s ReStore will receive all appliances, cabinets, flooring and other home improvement materials, while Goodwill will take all the clothing and housewares. Because both organizations accept furniture donations, the ReStore will get furniture donated on even days and Goodwill will get furniture donated on odd days.  

“Habitat for Humanity is thrilled to partner with Goodwill in this first-of-its-kind collaboration,” said Heather Lafferty, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. “We’re excited to work together to create this unique, shared resource which will support both of our organizations, and ultimately, strengthen our community.”

Habitat’s ReStores have similar missions to Goodwill’s thrift stores. Donations made to ReStores help Habitat for Humanity build homes for Coloradans in need. Donations made to Goodwill thrift stores fund community programs that help struggling adults, individuals with disabilities and at-risk students find work and prepare for a brighter future.

“Our collaboration with Habitat for Humanity was developed through hard work and ingenuity,” said Stuart Davie, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver. “Sharing the collective space in Highlands Ranch will allow both organizations to expand our impact on the community, and we can’t be more thrilled to pave the way in this innovative partnership.”

The grand opening at the new ReStore location at 8585 S. Poplar Way will begin with Heather Lafferty and Stuart Davie leading a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 30. Later that morning, two of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders will be on hand to celebrate the collaboration. Everything in ReStore locations across the metro area will be 25% off, and shoppers will have the chance to win a $300 gift card at each location. There will also be a free hot dog lunch, and sweet treats will be given out to anyone who makes a donation that day!  Shoppers at the Highlands Ranch ReStore will also have several chances to save at the Goodwill right next door as well.

About Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training resources to help families improve their housing.  Habitat was founded on the conviction that everyone deserves a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.  Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver has served more than 600 families throughout its 36-year history in Denver.  For more information, please visit www.habitatmetrodenver.org.

Wells Fargo Foundation Awards Goodwill Industries of Denver $10,000 for Career Services

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Wells Fargo Foundation is helping thousands of Coloradans get career development resources by supporting Goodwill Industries of Denver.  The foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to fund Goodwill Denver’s Career Connection Centers. There are ten Career Connection Centers across the Denver metro area and northern Colorado, and each one offers free tools to anyone seeking a path to a successful future.

In today’s workforce, postsecondary education and job training are critical to ensuring low-income struggling adults and individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to achieve a sustainable career. Goodwill Denver’s Career Connection Centers are open to the public and staffed by career counselors who mentor participants in resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies. Using a one-on-one approach, Goodwill counselors individualize their career development services to each job seeker who walks through the door by providing ongoing case management and support.

“Helping individuals succeed is the vision of Wells Fargo and a commitment we share with Goodwill Industries of Denver,” said Pat Cortez, Wells Fargo’s Community Affairs manager for Colorado. “Though we know this grant is a small part of Goodwill’s career services program, we hope it will make a big impact on the participants as they look to develop in their careers.”

Between 2014 and 2015 Goodwill Denver provided career development services to 5,672 adults, placing more than 1,430 people into jobs. “Goodwill is so thankful for its partnership with Wells Fargo,” said Kristen Blessman, Chief Marketing Officer at Goodwill Industries of Denver. “Their commitment to workforce development in our community will help thousands of struggling individuals get the training and support they need to find meaningful employment.”

To learn more about Goodwill’s Career Connection Centers please click here.

About the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
In 2014, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated nearly $20 million in support of affordable housing initiatives serving low-and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans, and families – through community revitalization efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $150 million to such efforts, along with mobilizing more than 4.6 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate more than 5,500 homes and counting.

About Wells Fargo @WellsFargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

 

Goodwill to Host Grand Opening Celebration at New Broomfield Store

Friday, January 8, 2016

Goodwill Industries of Denver will celebrate the opening of its 29th retail location in Broomfield on Saturday, January 23.  The 20,000 square foot building at 4775 W 121 Ave., Broomfield CO 80020 will house a thrift store and a donation area.

Goodwill will host a grand opening celebration for the whole community on January 23. The new store will open early at 8 a.m. after a ribbon cutting ceremony with Goodwill CEO Stuart Davie. Once the doors open, there will be snacks and refreshments provided to shoppers throughout the day. There will also be free kid-friendly entertainment including a face-painter, a balloon artist and bag toss. Shoppers can also enter a raffle to win several prizes that will be announced every hour, including two chances to win an iPad mini!                                                                                                                        

At all Goodwill stores, shoppers can expect to find gently used clothing, accessories, household goods and more. Proceeds from all sales fund Goodwill Denver’s career-focused community programs that help reverse the cycle of poverty for at-risk youth, struggling adults and individuals with disabilities across the metro area and northern Colorado.

The store’s regular hours will be 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the 28 other retail stores, Goodwill Denver operates three Outlet Worlds, the  Déjà Blue boutique in Cherry Creek, several donation centers, and ten Career Connection Centers across the metro area and northern Colorado.

Bank of America Awards Goodwill Industries of Denver $15,000 to Serve At-Risk Youth
Friday, December 4, 2015

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is investing in the future of local students. The Foundation has awarded Goodwill Industries of Denver a $15,000 grant to serve more than 17,000 at-risk students across the metro area and Northern Colorado. Goodwill Denver will use the funds to help students get the tools they need to be successful both in their education and in today’s workforce.

As part of its Youth Career Development Program, Goodwill facilitators host mock interviews throughout the year for students to prepare for both scholarship and job interviews they will undoubtedly face in the future. On Wednesday, November 18, representatives from Bank of America volunteered to participate in the mock interviews held at East High School giving the organization an opportunity to see their investment in action.

“We are so grateful to have partners like Bank of America support Goodwill’s mission,” said Goodwill Denver’s Chief People Officer Joyce Schlose during a check presentation ceremony held after the interviews. “Financial support is one thing, but it means so much to see volunteers in our schools, directly making a valuable impression on these kids they’ll carry into the future.”

The grant is part of Bank of America’s emphasis on supporting local workforce development programs and services. “The social and economic benefits of employment have been proven time and again, providing confidence, optimism and stability to our families,” said Jodi Rolland, Colorado state and Denver market president for Bank of America. “Our philanthropic investments are one way we’re working to connect individuals in our community to the resources they need to lead financially stable lives.”

Goodwill Denver has facilitators in more than 30 schools across seven Colorado school districts. Its youth programs deliver instruction with an emphasis on real-world experience and learning. In addition to mock interviews, the career-readiness curriculum includes resume workshops, career panels, as well as college and work site visits.

To learn more about Goodwill’s Youth career Development Program click here.

 

About The Bank of America Charitable Foundation

At Bank of America, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is critical to fulfilling our core purpose of making people’s financial lives better. A commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company, from our policies and practices to our services, products, governance and employee benefits. An important part of that commitment is forming strong partnerships across sectors, including nonprofit organizations serving community needs, bringing our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. We’re proud of our employees’ volunteer efforts, support of diversity and inclusion, and environmental and social responsibility. Across our company, we’re focused on simplifying banking and investing, advancing better money habits and making an impact in communities around the world. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_News.

Help Goodwill Industries of Denver Employ Colorado on Colorado Gives Day
Wednesday, November 25

Goodwill Industries of Denver invites Coloradans to support its efforts to spread hope through the power of work by making a financial donation on Colorado Gives Day, December 8, 2015. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. The event is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website. Participants can search for “Goodwill Denver” on the site and make safe and secure donations in a few easy steps.

“100% of every financial donation we receive on Colorado Gives Day, and throughout the year, goes straight to Goodwill’s programs that provide career education and job training to more than 23,000 people across the state,” said Goodwill Industries of Denver CEO Stuart Davie. “We’re looking forward to being involved in a movement that inspires thousands of donors to support their favorite causes, including our mission to put Coloradans back to work.” By participating in Colorado Gives Day, Goodwill Denver has the opportunity to benefit from a share of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

Goodwill Denver is joining the Colorado Gives Day movement on several digital platforms including social media. The organization is asking its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers to donate to Goodwill’s Employ Colorado campaign, and share selfies using the hashtags #ColoradoGivesDay, #GiveGoodwill and #EmployColorado to demonstrate their participation.

Community First Foundation, an Arvada-based foundation dedicated to fueling the power of community to drive positive change, and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank, have partnered to present Colorado Gives Day for the past six years. By making fundraising simple for nonprofits and giving easy for donors, Colorado Gives Day is one the most successful events of its kind in the nation. Last year, $26.2 million was raised for Colorado nonprofits in just 24 hours. Since its inception in 2010, $83 million has been donated on Colorado Gives Day.

Community First Foundation and FirstBank each contributed $500,000 to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated. For example, if Goodwill Denver receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, Goodwill Denver also receives 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.

To learn more about Goodwill’s Employ Colorado campaign click here.

About Community First Foundation
Since 1975, Community First Foundation has been helping generous donors and innovative nonprofits come together to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. We serve as a connector, partner, collaborator and resource to fuel the power of community for the greater good. We are proud to use our energy, leadership and trusted stewardship of financial resources to energize giving across our state, strengthen nonprofits, support donors and find new ways to address community needs. For more information, visit CommunityFirstFoundation.org.

About FirstBank
FirstBank operates more than 115 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank is the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving more than 650,000 customers. Since 2000, FirstBank has contributed more than $45 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. FirstBank is unique in that a majority of its stock is owned by management and employees. For more information, visit efirstbank.com.

Goodwill Raises More Than $140,000 at its Power of Work Award Luncheon

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Goodwill Industries of Denver raised just over $140,500 at its 19th annual Power of Work Award Luncheon that celebrated the accomplishments of program participants who have achieved great success in Goodwill’s career development programs. President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Kelly Brough, received an award for her support of Goodwill Denver.

Goodwill to Host 19th Annual Power of Work Award Luncheon April 21
Monday, April 13, 2015

Goodwill Industries of Denver will celebrate the accomplishments of program participants who have overcome tremendous challenges to find success in Goodwill’s career development programs at this year’s 19th Annual Power of Work Award Luncheon.  President of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and dedicated Goodwill supporter Kelly Brough, will also receive an award. The event will take place April 21, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

Project Runway’s Tim Gunn and Mondo Guerra “Make it Work” for Goodwill Denver
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Emmy award-winning fashion icon Tim Gunn and Denver-based designer Mondo Guerra hosted fashion show fundraiser, Goodwill En Vogue at Denver Union Station on Thursday, Feb. 26. The sold-out event featured a fashion show put on by local high school students in Goodwill Denver’s career development programs and ultimately raised more than $118,000 for Goodwill programs. The event was the first fashion show held at the recently restored, historic Union Station.

Goodwill Awarded Grant Through Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative
Monday, January 26, 2015

Goodwill to Host 2nd Annual Bridal Showcase Jan. 24
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:30

Attention all budget-savvy brides... Goodwill’s Bridal Showcase is back! On January 24, 2015, brides-to-be can choose from more than 100 new and gently used wedding gowns. The Goodwill Bridal Showcase will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Goodwill Store at 21 South Broadway in Denver. Early access, beginning at 7 a.m., is available exclusively to Goodwill Club Blue members.

Project Runway's Tim Gunn & Mondo Guerra to host Goodwill En Vogue
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 17:45

Emmy award-winning fashion guru Tim Gunn and Denver’s own Mondo Guerra will headline fashion show fundraiser Goodwill En Vogue at Denver Union Station on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event, featuring a fashion show put on by local high school students in Goodwill Denver’s programs, will be the first fashion show held at the recently restored historic Union Station.