Our relationship with Goodwill Industries began in September 2011 when the Reuse Centre began recruiting community groups to volunteer as Sorters in our facility.
Goodwill Industries of Alberta’s Power of Work program was the first group to sign up. The program supports people living with disabilities in locating volunteer opportunities in their communities. It was the perfect match – the Reuse Centre provided the Goodwill volunteers the opportunity to learn sorting, group and organizational skills and we got a group of cheerful, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. The partnership quickly grew from the volunteers coming in once a week to four times a week. Doug and Charlotte are part of the Goodwill group of volunteers. They are truly a joy to be around with their big smiles and positive attitudes. They have become an integral part of our store. In 2012, Doug and Charlotte and the rest of the Goodwill group contributed over 1600 volunteer hours at the Reuse Centre!
Charlotte and DougShortly after Goodwill volunteers began volunteering at the Centre we furthered our partnership with Goodwill. Goodwill and Reuse Centre exchange goal specific items in an effort to ensure the cycle of reuse continues and this system helps us reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Goodwill Industries has been very generous to us at the Reuse Centre. In 2012, Goodwill presented us with the 2012 Volunteer Organization Recognition Award. The award recognizes organizations that provide outstanding support for persons in the community with barriers to employment by providing volunteer work opportunities. And then this year, we were nominated and won the Community Partner of the Year Award given to organizations that help Goodwill reach its goals.