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48 hours at Goodwill

April 16, 2010

The diversity of what we do at Goodwill means we’ve always got a lot going on, and this week has been no exception. We’re in the middle of a 48-hour span that will have us celebrating Earth Day, teaching young people about recycling and the impact of donating to help their community, showing off the great clothing you can find in our stores, and congratulating a new class of Goodwill graduates.

Here’s how it’s all unfolding:

2pm, Thursday: We visited Hawk Ridge Elementary School to share the work of Goodwill with 800 elementary school students. They gave us (and our mascot, Smiling G) a really warm welcome. See it for yourself here. We’ll be back to visit them next week, when they’ll be filling up a Goodwill trailer with donations!

6:45 pm, Thursday: It’s time for the Well Suited Fashion Show & Etiquette Dinner at Queens University! Students from Queens shopped at our South Boulevard and Sardis Road stores to find both business casual and interview-appropriate clothing to show close-to-graduation seniors that you can find great, affordable clothing at Goodwill. (Most of their outfits cost less than $8; click the image for more photos!)

9am, Friday: We hosted 76 new Goodwill graduates of our Occupational Skills Training program at the Carole A. Hoefener Center Uptown. For the past week, we’ve been busy framing certificates, organizing food and drinks, and working with our three graduation speakers, Harriet Washington from the Hospitality & Tourism class, Gregory Green from the Construction class, and Shelley Allen from the Banking & Customer Service class, to perfect their speeches, which they delivered beautifully. Click here to listen to Shelley’s speech.

10am-3pm Saturday: We’ll have a donation trailer parked at 1515 Elizabeth Avenue near Central Piedmont Community College as part of the festivities planned for Charlotte Clean and Green. (We’ll also be participating in several other local Earth Day events–check them all out on our web site, here.) We’ll be collecting old computers and computer accessories to be recycled or refurbished and sold in our Computer Works store. Either way, they won’t end up in a local landfill, which makes us–and Mother Earth–happy. Hope to see you there!

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