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How we helped the environment

Impact Report 2021:
  • A word from President/CEO Clark Brekke and Chair of the Board of Directors Bridget Barrington
  • How we help people build independence
Who we helped:
  • Who we served by age
  • Who we served by ethnicity
  • Who we served by gender
2021 Program Highlights:
  • Basic Food, Employment and Training: BFET connects Kevin with a job
  • Building Independence: 2021 Independence Award Winner: Toby
2021 Program Highlights: Employment
  • Finding jobs in the community: Joshua finds a job he loves
  • 2021 Independence Award Winner: Ben
2021 Program Highlights: Housing
  • Housing and Essential Needs (HEN): Matthew works hard to shelter his family
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF): Kohl uses help from SSVF to get stable housing for his family
  • Goodwill’s SSVF program awarded additional funding in 2021
How we helped the Environment in 2021

Last year, we kept over 24.2 million pounds out of local landfills.

What happens to 24.2 million pounds of donated goods?

Goodwill's environmental impact 2021
Goodwill’s positive impact reaches farther than our community.

Goodwill is good for the planet. The Goodwill model has always been to reduce, reuse, and recycle. By collecting and selling donated goods, Goodwill extends the life of millions of items. Not only does this promote the health of communities by creating jobs and funding programs, it contributes to the health of the environment, keeping millions of pounds out of the landfill.

But what happens to items that don’t sell in the stores?

The creation of the Goodwill Outlet, where clothing is sold by the pound, has helped Goodwill sell more donations, even ones that don’t sell in the retail stores. If they do not sell there, they are sold as salvage to various after-market recyclers, who find uses for textile waste, old copper wires, and even single shoes. Many covered electronics are recycled separately, which recovers valuable resources and keeps toxic materials out of our landfills. The rest, about 20 percent, is thrown away. This includes items such as soiled mattresses, broken furniture, etc. Goodwill is constantly searching for more ways to shrink that amount.

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