Goodwill's Grand Island-area annual campaign is gearing up for a November kickoff, with a $70,000 goal, and a $7,500 match challenge made possible by two generous local businesses.
The Principal Financial Group has pledged $5,000, and Garrett Tires and Treads has pledged $2,500, for a combined total of up to $7,500 to match all new or increased donations to help Goodwill meet its campaign goal.
"Every first-time donation, and each dollar given above last year's gift will be matched by The Principal Financial Group and Garrett Tires and Treads," said Kris Nolan Brown, Goodwill CEO. "That doubles the power of those donations, allowing us to provide even more opportunities for the people Goodwill serves."
The 2012 Annual Campaign will provide valuable support for Goodwill's Developmental Disabilities Services, which help people experiencing barriers and disabilities build such life and job skills as time and money management, computer and technology assistance, and goal achievement.
Roger and June Andrews are the Grand Island Campaign Co-Chairs for the third consecutive year, largely because of the level of enthusiasm the campaign generates. "The Annual Campaign is a great example of Grand Island's generous and enthusiastic spirit," said June Andrews. "Goodwill programs provide opportunities that might otherwise be nonexistent. Supporting Goodwill is an easy decision to make, because you can see the positive impact these programs have in our community."
The campaign officially kicks off Monday, November 12th, with a phone-a-thon manned by more than 75 volunteers who will call Grand Island residents and businesses from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Area high school students will make evening follow-up calls through Thursday, November 15. "Our volunteers and supporters are outstanding because they believe in the Goodwill mission," said June. "Their energy is infectious." Donations can also be made on the Goodwill website at www.goodwillne.org.
Donations to Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska are tax-deductible as specified by current tax law, and stay in Grand Island to help people with disabilities or barriers reach their goals and improve their quality of life. For more information, call Tom Conlon, Development Director, at (308) 384-7896.