Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona

Goodwill

How does the company you are nominating exemplify the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling? (500 character max.)

Goodwill is founded on the principle of reusing and recycling products from local households and turning them into revenue for our many programs. Last year alone local donations helped us to keep over 27 million pounds out of Southern Arizona’s landfills. Shopping and donating with Goodwill helps to slow the cycle of waste in fashion all while combating the cycle of poverty in our community. Every pair of jeans you purchase or donate at Goodwill helps to conserve over 1,800 gallons of water.

How does the company engage and inform employees and consumers about sustainability? (500 character max.)

As an organization Goodwill makes a concerted effort to educate the community about shopping and living in a sustainable manner. Our green initiative revolves around educating the community through social media & our website. We also partner with organizations across Southern Arizona for sustainability fairs, promotions and outreach activities. Additionally we have an extensive internal recycling program. We understand that going green is not only good for the Earth, it is good for business.

How does the company you are nominating give back to the community? (500 character max.)

90 cents of every dollar we spend as a 501c3 nonprofit organization goes back into either employment or our job training programs and services. Last year alone we served over 12,000 individuals in Tucson and it’s surrounding areas. With 5 youth and 5 adult programs Goodwill helps convert items that would have otherwise been thrown away into opportunities and resources for less fortunate individuals in our community. With Goodwill, it’s so easy to do GOOD and live sustainably.

What else would you like us to know about this company? (1,000 character max.)

The mission of Goodwill of Southern Arizona has always been to provide a “hand up” to those looking to provide a better life for themselves and their families. We believe that jobs are transformational…and they can strengthen both the community and families through the POWER OF WORK. As you know, Southern Arizona has a proactive and passionate culture of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling. When you donate and shop with Goodwill, you practice those values!

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