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Get the Facts: 5 Things You Should Know about Goodwill

1. Goodwill stores fund programs that help local people find jobs.

Many people think our retail stores are places that sell used items to people with low incomes. While we are happy we can provide affordable goods, our retail stores do so much more!  For every dollar spent in our stores, 90 cents goes to support our mission and sustainability – providing employment and training programs to thousands of people each year in our local community.

2. Goodwill is an independent nonprofit organization.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is a registered  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has been serving the local community for more than 90 years. Goodwill consistently ranks among top charities that make your donations go further. We are one of 162 member agencies of Goodwill Industries International. Each agency is independently operated, funded and guided by its own Board of Directors made up of volunteers from the community.

3. All Goodwill employees earn above minimum wage.

All of Goodwill’s 1,100+ employees earn greater than minimum wage. Starting wage for our hourly employees is $9.25/hour and they receive numerous benefits including a pension, health insurance, dental and vision coverage, paid time off, retail bonuses, education reimbursement and more. It’s a great place to work and we are always looking for dedicated people to join our team.

4. Our CEO and President is Art Gibel.

Like other nonprofits, Goodwill Northwest NC is led by respected leaders and a volunteer board of directors which provides guidance and oversight. Goodwill isn’t “owned” by anyone. As our CEO, Art Gibel is accountable for the effectiveness of the organization. He manages 1,100+ employees, more than 60 stores and training centers, and is responsible for ensuring that one of North Carolina’s largest nonprofits is able to fulfill its mission now and in the future. The Board of Directors reviews and sets Art’s salary within the context of the organization’s revenues, service to people, and overall impact on our community.

5. You may know someone Goodwill has helped.

This year alone, we served more than 35,000 people in need in northwest NC. You may know one of the at-risk teenagers who we’ve helped get on the path to educational and vocational success, or maybe you’ve met one of the 4,000 people who we helped find a job, or perhaps you know one of the thousands of veterans who received employment assistance. Regardless of situation, Goodwill believes that everyone deserves the right to live, learn, and work in our community with dignity, choices, and opportunities.

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