Special Message Regarding Goodwill & Haiti Relief Efforts
Goodwill South Florida stands with the people of Haiti and their families. Our hearts are broken at the devastation the earthquake has caused. As with any disaster, the biggest priority is rescue, safety and meeting immediate needs. At this time, the American Red Cross and other organizations are assessing the needs and delivering their services - shelter, food and providing comfort for the victims of disasters. While Goodwill does collect donations for a local mission, there is no infrastructure to transport donations overseas. There is also no system currently in place to distribute the items once onshore.
We know the global community would like to come together to help anyway they can. We ask that you continue to make normal clothing donations to Goodwill. If we receive temporary or permanent families in need, we will find ways to partner with local agencies to help with clothing needs.
Thank you for your willingness to get involved and help. We will keep a watchful eye to see what we can do when we hear from the local authorities on how to best help our fellow Haitians.
About Goodwill South Florida
Goodwill South Florida, serving Miami, Broward and Monroe counties, is the 17th largest employer in South Florida. The nonprofit’s mission is the training, employment and job placement of people with disabilities and other barriers to work; helping individuals increase productivity and achieve greater independence. The agency provides disability services to over 7,000 South Floridians. Goodwill engages in a unique social enterprise model that funds mission services and employment for over 3,100 persons. Although most known for its Goodwill donation centers and retail stores, the organization’s other entrepreneurial businesses include Ryder Apparel Manufacturing, Custodial Services, Laundry Services and Third Party Logistics Solutions, which train and employ a large number of people, while providing mission funding. Goodwill South Florida is one of the most cost-effective nonprofits in the U.S with 96 percent of its budget going directly to programs that are aimed at people with disabilities and other barriers to work. For more information, please visit goodwillsouthflorida.org or visit us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.