Donations Mean Jobs at Goodwill
“Go through your house, look for items that are sell-able,” says says Sal Manzi, director of business development for Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley. “Those that are sell-able go to our stores, the items that are not sell-able go to our plant and get processed.”
A few months ago, the Goodwill on Cottage Street in Springfield purchased new equipment that enables them to re-purpose practically anything that comes through the door.
“We have a station out in our plant that cuts cotton shirts into rags, so your shirt could be turned into that, which ultimately is a job for the folks that we serve,” says Manzi.
Like the items they sell in their thrift stores, Goodwill uses the profits from re-purposed materials to hire disabled adults in the Pioneer Valley. Employees at the Goodwill Manufacturing Center build products for companies across the region.
“Oh, it means everything,” says Anne Kaboray, who supervises employees at the manufacturing center. It gives them pride, self confidence.”
Kaboray adds, “If they didn’t have the funding and they didn’t have Goodwill to come to, they would be sitting at home and they are quite capable of working.”
“The problem we’re facing right now is lack of work, so that’s why we’re asking for your donations,” says Manzi. “The more items that come in, it creates a job, so we want to have work for our individuals that work in our plant and we can only do that with your donations.”
Goodwill is partnering with Rocky’s Ace Hardware to collect donations. You’re invited to drop off old or unwanted items at any Rocky’s Ace Hardware location, except for the store in Hadley, on December 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.