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GOODWILL® WEEK CELEBRATES THE POWER OF TEAMWORK

Gulfstream Goodwill Transforms Lives Through Empowerment, Education, and Employment

West Palm Beach, FL — Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill organizations across the United States and Canada celebrate Goodwill Industries Week to highlight the mission of local Goodwills— Changing Lives through Employment, Training, and Housing.

This year, Goodwill Week runs May 2 ­– 8. Throughout the week, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries (GGI) will share the Victories they have achieved over the past year, including:

·         Opening two homeless shelters that provide an array of integrated, tailored services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, guiding them to increased stability and independence;

·         Providing education, training, and employment services for over 500 individuals who faced barriers to independence and obstacles to work, helping them achieve meaningful employment and sustainable wages; and 

·         Repurposing over 8 million pounds of donated goods from impacting our landfills and environment.

Gulfstream Goodwill retail stores will hold daily specials and a #WhyILoveGGI contest, with the winner receiving a $200 gift certificate to a Gulfstream Goodwill retail store.

The week will commence with City of West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James presenting a proclamation to GGI President and CEO, Keith Kennedy, to officially proclaim it Goodwill week. The week will culminate with the awarding of the Inaugural Reverend Edgar J. Helms Award to spotlight the team member who has gone above and beyond to help those most in need in our community.  On Saturday, the GGI team will participate in a Share the Good event, volunteering in our community at the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County’s Red Apple Supply.

“This week is meant to highlight the hard work of our team and the participants in our programs that provide individuals with the means to create better lives for themselves and their families.  As the leading health, human, and social service organization across five counties in South Florida, GGI is much more than just our stores – we move individuals from a life of dependency to one of self-sufficiency.  More than 165,000 residents in Palm Beach County live below the poverty line, and COVID-19 has only intensified the need to support those most vulnerable. The work GGI did in 2020 to empower, educate, and employ people is a testament to the passion we have for making a difference in the lives of our neighbors,” said Keith Kennedy, GGI President and CEO.

For more information about the events happening during Goodwill Week visit [GoGGi.org]GoGGI.org. To support our programs and services that lift people out of poverty and into a better life, visit https://goggi.org/take-action

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