WICHITA, KAN. – Goodwill Industries of Kansas will donate $2,000 to those affected by the Kansas wildfires. Of the total, $1,621.43 was raised from Goodwill shoppers this past weekend through the Register Round-Up Program; Goodwill will provide the remaining amount. The program typically allows shoppers to “round-up” their total bill to the nearest dollar at checkout, supporting Goodwill’s programs and services to provide job training and education to people with disabilities and other employment barriers. Announced on Friday, March 10, stores across Kansas raised funds Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, to help with long-term recovery efforts statewide.
“Our customers are the best,” Goodwill Industries’ President/CEO Emily Compton said. “We are grateful for their support of Kansas employment and education services year-round – and we are grateful for their generous response to our neighbors who have suffered the loss of homes, farmland, or even their herds.”
The funds are being sent to the United Way of the Plains, who is partnering with United Way of Reno County and United Way of Dodge City to respond to the wildfires in those areas.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Goodwill Industries of Kansas provides opportunities for people with disabilities and barriers to employment seeking independent and productive lives. Hundreds of people with disabilities receive case management services and develop life and job skills through employment at Goodwill’s home office and in the community. Whether it be recycling donated items or preparing insulation for local aviation manufacturers, Goodwill clients and employees have found success and become more independent through work in our contracts division. More than 1,200 adults work toward their GED and other certificate programs through the NexStep Alliance, a partnership between Goodwill and Wichita Area Technical College. These programs are supported by 19 retail stores in Kansas along with an online division at shopgoodwill.com/ks. For more information about Goodwill, visit goodwillks.org.