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S3E4: More Than Secondhand, It's Second Chances

What’s Good, Goodwill? Podcast hosts Alicia and Michelle couldn’t wait to spring into this episode as it’s packed with sustainability and second chances. Spring cleaning isn’t just about tidying up; it’s about making a meaningful impact in your community. Did you know that your packed closet has amazing potential to change lives?

Learn about how Goodwill keeps both waste and e-waste out of landfills. Find out what Second Chance month is and how individuals like Wes and David found a second chance with Goodwill.

Don’t forget to stay till the end for a dad joke so bad, we’ll recycle it!

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E-Cycle Washington Program

What can you recycle to Goodwill?

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Monitors
  • Tablets
  • E-readers
  • Portable DVD players
  • Keyboards (Goodwill locations only) 
  • Printers (Goodwill locations only) 

Second Chance Month-Success Stories

Wes's Story

When Joseph ‘Wes’ Sawyer was growing up, he was surrounded by gang activity, drug use and crime. Without positive role models, he never imagined he’d one day be working hard to support a family of his own. As a young man, he started down the only path he knew, and ultimately served time in prison.

Once Wes decided to make a change, he faced a tough road ahead. Felonies on his record and large gaps in his work history stood in the way of the jobs available in his community. Through the Washington Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Wes discovered that Goodwill offers work experience and training for people with justice involvement.

David's Story

David was incarcerated for 14 years at the Airway Heights Correctional Facility. At the time of his incarceration, David’s partner was pregnant. He didn’t get to build a strong relationship with his son after he was born. His son’s mother was reluctant to bring him to the correctional facility to visit David. As David’s son got older, things changed. His son needed to know who his father was and build a connection. So, in the last few years of David’s incarceration, his son visited. So David put in a written request to visit Goodwill.

Once he was approved, he went to Goodwill and connected with the Career and Resource Center specialist.


Episode Hosts

This episode is brought to you by Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest team members Alicia and Michelle. 

We challenged them to find their favorite item in the store to share with you. Show our hosts your favorite Goodwill finds by tagging us using @goodwill_inw and #goodwill_inw on Instagram. 


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