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SPRING/SUMMER 2010

A publication of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Keeps the Focus on Jobs

inside this issue Fresh Air Camp 2010......................page 2 Happy Holidays at Goodwill .........page 3

For Holly Annis, Raphael Yisrael, and Annette Wingard, the job training programs and career resources Holly Annis at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries are making a difference in their lives. Holly had been out of work for a year. So had Raphael. For Annette, it was six months. But thanks to their determination to get jobs and

“The class really helped me with interviewing and how to get a job.” – Holly Annis

the programs and resources available to them at Goodwill, things worked out well in the end. For 23-year-old Holly, that meant a job at a City Convenience store where a promotion to management is in her sights. For Raphael, 38, it meant a good job as a courier at Parts Fleet, an auto parts delivery company. And for Annette, 40, it meant training for a new job as an administrative assistant at Boston University. Things turned around for Holly after she completed a First Step class last fall at Goodwill. The three-week program prepares job seekers for entry-level employment and proved to be just the ticket for Holly. “The class really helped me with interviewing and how to get a job,” she said. Raphael had a similar experience. He came to Goodwill’s Boston Career Link three or four times a week to conduct his job search.

Capital Campaign ..............................page 4 Goodwill Launches New Website........................................page 4

He also met regularly with a career advisor and attended resume and networking workshops. “Once I came to Boston Career Link, with the help I got, it only took me a month or two to find a job,” he said. Annette worked with a career advisor at Boston Career Link who helped her identify training options. After being connected to a five-month training program at YMCA Training Inc., she earned an administrative specialty certificate. Annette found her job at BU. continued on page 3

Make Goodwill Your Earth Day Destination! Help Us Make Earth Day the Biggest Donation Day Ever! For some, the three R’s are: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic. In our eco-friendly world, the three R’s are: reduce, reuse, recycle. Every year, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries keeps more than 18 million pounds of stuff out of our landfills. Yes, you read that correctly. 18 million pounds of stuff. So this year, when you do your spring cleaning, remember two things: donate your stuff to Goodwill, and make your biggest donation on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22). That way, you can help us make Earth Day the biggest donation day ever. continued on page 2

Mayor Menino, Speakers Make Annual Meeting a Memorable Affair Boston Mayor Thomas Menino vowed to make jobs a priority in 2010 and praised Goodwill for helping people find work. “Jobs give people opportunities, families stability, neighborhoods vitality, and the city strength,” Menino said in his keynote address at Goodwill’s 2009 Annual Meeting on Jan. 28, 2010. “Having a job is still the greatest equalizer,” he told about 100 business and community leaders, Goodwill board members, and staff. The other speakers at the Annual Meeting shared the mayor’s enthusiasm for work, and also talked about the difference Goodwill had made in their lives. continued on page 2


Fresh Air Camp for boys and girls

2010 For Summer Fun, Nothing Beats Fresh Air Camp Every summer, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries offers children and teenagers from Boston and nearby communities an exceptional overnight camp experience. This year, Fresh Air Camp, located on 500 acres of woods, fields and ponds in South Athol, Massachusetts, will once again provide campers with exciting recreational activities, an engaging learning curriculum, and lasting memories. With four two-week sessions, Fresh Air Camp gives children 8-16 the opportunity to participate in day and evening activities such as Red Cross swimming lessons, Fresh Air Olympics, arts and crafts, theater, and much more. While having a fun camping experience, campers also gain an understanding and appreciation for literacy, writing, math, science and technology. Throughout the stimulating summer camp program, these educational elements will help children become more motivated and confident learners. Jamal Leary is one young man who has gained much from being a Fresh Air camper. A Roxbury resident, 15-year-old Jamal has been coming to camp every summer for the past seven years. “Fresh Air Camp has made me a better role model and a stronger leader, too,” Jamal said. A counselor in training, Jamal said he loves working with kids and helping out. “Some day I’d like to be camp director!” If you’d like to make a donation to Fresh Air Camp, please call (617) 541-1254. Donations support camp scholarships that ensure that every child who wishes to attend can do so.

ANNUAL MEETING – continued

EARTH DAY – continued “When you donate to Goodwill, not only do you keep your stuff out of the landfill,” said Terry Fitzpatrick, vice president of retail enterprise at Goodwill. “You also support our charitable mission.” It really is that simple. A shirt here, a pair of trousers there. A book or a CD. It all adds up!

Goodwill president Joanne Hilferty; school-to-work program speaker Eric Chouinard; Boston Mayor Thomas Menino; youth program speaker Jamal Leary; outgoing board chair Allen Maltz; onsite job training program speaker Glennys Hughes; and new board chair Steve Pogorzelski.

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“I owe a lot to Goodwill,” said Eric Chouinard, a senior at Salem High School. “They helped me find my internship (at Peabody Essex Museum) and they helped me with mock interviews and other things that helped prepare me for this job.” Joanne Hilferty, Goodwill’s president, said Goodwill was a place for people to make connections. “That is because connections make all the difference. They help put people to work,” she said. “They work wonders for young people’s development into adulthood. And they help businesses find good workers to meet their hiring needs.”

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In other Annual Meeting news, Steve Pogorzelski was introduced as the new chair of the board of directors, replacing Allen Maltz. Upon reaching term limits on the board, Herbert Lemelman, Peter Morrissey and Mary Reed were recognized for their years of dedicated service. G


JOBS – continued “It’s great. I love my job,” Annette said. Goodwill serves hundreds of people every day. These are just three success stories that give meaning to “not charity, but a chance.”

Stop & Shop Offers Jobs to 27 Goodwill Job Trainee Participants Stop & Shop District Manager Thomas Marshall came to Goodwill recently for a job training graduation and came away with 27 new employees for his Boston area grocery stores. In an economy where job growth has taken center stage, that was good news, especially for the 27 participants from Goodwill’s job training programs who were offered jobs and will now have a regular paycheck. “I am so happy I got a job!” said Ladiana Rodriquez, a mother of three from Dorchester. “Goodwill and Stop & Shop have given me such a great opportunity. I am very proud of myself and happy that I will be able to provide for my family.”

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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1. NSTAR CEO Tom May serves a guest at Goodwill’s annual Thanks-for-Giving dinner on Nov. 25, 2009. May, along with many other supporters and friends, served Thanksgiving dinner to more than 400 participants. 2. New England Patriots player Shawn Springs carries a basket for a family at the 15th annual Thanksgiving-in-aBasket event at Goodwill on Nov. 24, 2009. More than 200 baskets were distributed to families of Goodwill participants. 3. Children play the dreidel game at Goodwill’s Youth Holiday Party on Dec. 12, 2009. More than 400 children and their families enjoyed the festivities at the annual holiday event. 1

“I am so happy I got a job.” – Ladiana Rodriquez

The majority of individuals offered jobs were from Goodwill’s First Step program. The First Step program prepares participants for entry-level employment and focuses on customer relations skills, employer expectations, problem solving, timeliness, and interview techniques, among other things. All participants from the program interviewed with Stop & Shop.

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“There is some good news on the economic front, but job growth and job creation is really the critical piece to getting things turned around,” said Joanne Hilferty, president of Goodwill. “We’re delighted for the participants who were hired, and grateful for a socially responsible company like Stop & Shop.” “We couldn’t be happier with our partnership with Goodwill,” said Thomas Marshall, the Stop & Shop district manger whose region includes 11 Boston area stores. “Our stores are growing and this is a wonderful way for us to find job-ready employees. I love working with Goodwill.” Since 2007, Stop & Shop has hired 132 employees from Goodwill. G

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Help Us Renovate Goodwill! Capital campaign seeks to raise $2 million Goodwill needs your urgent help – help us raise special donations of $2 million this year to replace and make critically needed repairs to key systems at its headquarters in Roxbury! A total of $5.7 million is needed for the renovations, of which $2 million is being raised through philanthropy. The Building Goodwill…by Raising the Roof and More! campaign asks friends and supporters to consider a special, one-time donation to help restore the Goodwill headquarters building, a place that so many

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people with disabilities and other barriers to self sufficiency depend on for help, and for hope for a better future. Gifts ranging from $50 to $50,000-plus will allow Goodwill to meet the needs of growing numbers of people looking for the chance to achieve lives of independence and dignity.

To make a contribution or for more information, please contact Christine Lojko in the Development Office at 617-541-1213 or clojko@goodwillmass.org.

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Goodwill responds to crisis in Haiti Goodwill is working with the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities’ Haitian Multi-Service Center to help Haitians and their families in Massachusetts who have suffered as a result of January’s devastating earthquake. Goodwill is providing the vouchers to these organizations who are in turn distributing them to individuals or families affected by the earthquake. The vouchers can be redeemed at any of the 11 Goodwill Stores in eastern and central Massachusetts.

Goodwill launches new website On Jan. 27, 2010, shortly after 5 p.m., Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries made a little history – it launched a new website, its first major redesign in more than five years. “One of the main objectives of the new website was to better tell the story of Goodwill and our mission,” said Joanne Hilferty, president of Goodwill. “To do that, we put a strong emphasis on highlighting the stories of some of the people who have enriched our organization by participating in our programs and our services.” In addition to these success stories, the new website features all new photographs of Goodwill participants or employees, a new events calendar, and links to make the website more interactive with visitors. For example, on the Home page, users can click on an image and see a video of the grand opening of Goodwill’s Jamaica Plain store while social media fans can go to the Related Links page and get access to Goodwill’s facebook, twitter, wikipedia, and youtube pages. The new website was created by The Boston Group. Web visitors can find the site at www.goodwillmass.org. G

Goodwill’s Salem Job Training Center Scores Big Goodwill’s Salem Job Training Center is known for delivering high quality business solutions for companies with light assembly, packaging, and fulfillment needs through the OutSource Resource. The center partners with a number of local companies including Boston America Corporation, Chex Finer Foods, and Grossman Marketing Group. Earlier this year, Goodwill secured another significant business partnership with Interstate Container New England. As a result the OutSource Resource provides packaging solutions for some of the best known brands around, including GE, Lindt Chocolates, and Yankee Candle. For more information on OutSource Resource, please contact Adam Dossas at (617) 799-4388 or adossas@goodwillmass.org.

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Goodwill’s mission is to provide exemplary job training and related services to help individuals with disabilities and other barriers to selfsufficiency to achieve independence and dignity through work. Not charity, but a chance.

Joanne K. Hilferty President & CEO Patrick Duff Vice President, Finance & CFO

Ready, Set, Run!

Terrence M. Fitzpatrick Vice President, Retail Enterprise

Goodwill’s Running for Great Kids Marathon Team has once again hit the pavement to run in this year’s Boston Marathon on April 19th. This is the sixth consecutive year that Goodwill has fielded a team of runners in the historic race.

Carol D. Ishkanian Vice President, Development & External Affairs

Fourteen runners have been training hard and will run to raise money for Goodwill’s youth programs, specifically the BNY Mellon After School Academy for Girls and the Fresh Air Summer Camp. In the last six years, Goodwill runners have raised almost $400,000 for these youth enrichment programs.

Goodwill, EITC Coalition Offer Free Tax Prep Goodwill and the Boston EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Coalition have teamed up again to provide free tax preparation for people earning less than $49,000 a year. Volunteers from the Boston EITC Coalition are on-site at Goodwill’s headquarters in Roxbury two days every week through April 15. Last year, nearly 12,000 Boston taxpayers used the campaign to file their taxes at one of the free tax prep centers, including Goodwill’s.

Paul MacNeil Vice President of Work Programs and Director of Boston Career Link Mary G. Rahal Vice President, Human Resources & Administration James Harder Director of Communications Editor, GoodwillOutlook Photo Credits Maria Arabbo Zev Fisher James Harder Design Studio A Design

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries 1010 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02119 (617) 445-1010 www.goodwillmass.org

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