Last week we received some alarming news. Our longtime partner, the United Way for Greater Austin, eliminated $85,000 in funding for Goodwill Industries of Central Texas due to budget shortfalls, effective immediately. While we are saddened by this blow to our organization and the community, Goodwill remains optimistic. We are determined to continue raising the funds we need to fulfill our mission - generating lifelong connections to work. Will youmake a gift of $25, $50, $75, or more this week? We greatly appreciate your generosity and support of our mission.
Over the years, United Way funding has been critical to our success. Their support has enabled us to provide our neighbors living in poverty with essential job training and placement services, financial literacy education, and access to traditional banking accounts. Clients served through the United Way grant include people lacking education and job skills, experiencing homelessness, and those with criminal backgrounds seeking a second chance. This unanticipated $85,000 budget cut directly impacts Goodwill’s ability to provide services. These most vulnerable members of our community need help to overcome these barriers and build independence through the power of work.
Every day five Central Texans secure employment through the help they received at Goodwill. To accomplish this, we rely on financial contributions from people like you to provide much needed services. Unemployment rates are holding steady, and a reduction in Goodwill programs is harmful to our economy and workforce. The greater Austin area needs Goodwill, and right now,Goodwill needs your help more than ever.
You can also help by donating gently used clothing, decorations, toys, computers, and household goods. Collect these donations of goods from your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues as well to increase your impact!Donations from the community are at the foundation of Goodwill’s history and our growth. We estimate that it will take more than 100,000 pounds of donations to make up for this lost funding.
Finally, will you spread the word? Please share what Goodwill means to you and why this is so important to our community. Forward this email. Post it to Facebook. Tweet it. You can even pick up the phone. Telling others that Goodwill needs help now can make a big difference.
On behalf of our board, staff, and most importantly our clients – thank you. We couldn’t do it without you, and we are honored to be part of a community that pulls together when the going gets tough.
Gerald L. Davis, President and CEO
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas