South Florida has 3.5 million working-aged people, and amongst this group, 12.6%, or 460,000 have a Developmental Disability, Physical Disability, or Mental Disorder. A startling 82% of this group is not working.
Goodwill is the most significant organization in South Florida, focused on this community issue. Aside from having earned a gold seal of transparency from GuidingStar (the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations), we’re the largest and best example of Social Entrepreneurism, starting businesses that can help fund our human services mission, while actually employing many of the people that we are focused on helping.
While primarily self-funded, Goodwill South Florida still struggles with funding, like any non-profit. We are challenged by the ups and downs of business, the support of our mission-based vocational training programs, and acquiring enough seed money to launch additional growth-focused businesses, that allow us to vocationally train, place and employ more people.
Yes, we get great help from both donors of clothing and goods and shoppers in our stores, but it’s not enough to fund our robust mission of employing people with disabilities and other barriers to work. We are looking for folks who are excited about financially participating in this endeavor.
goodwillsouthflorida.org/onlinedonation or mail your check to:
Goodwill South Florida | 2121 NW. 21 St. Miami, FL 33142 | Attn: Lourdes de La Mata-Little
Goodwill focuses on training, employment and job placement for people with disabilities, transitioning individuals to independence and productivity.
To be the leader in providing services to those with disabilities who want to work, but face barriers to employment. To train and place them in jobs they can perform successfully and retain.
Our community has one million jobs that "employ" people. Goodwill has jobs that "assist" people. These Goodwill jobs provide transitional employment for people with disabilities and special needs until ready for community employment.
Goodwill Industries of South Florida is affliated and a member of Goodwill Industries International. We are a network of 172 community-based, autonomous member organizations that serves people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support. With locations in the United States, Canada and 22 other countries, we help people overcome barriers to employment and become independent, tax-paying members of their communities. In 2010, Goodwill Industries International, comprised of the 208 independent local Goodwill's, served 544,765 individuals.
Non-profit organizations can achieve their goals in a variety of ways. Goodwill achieves its mission by employing a combination of human services and entrepreneurial activities.
The entrepreneurial activities serve as tools to help our program participants develop valuable work skills and experience and also generate funds to support the mission. This is a unique combination that provides opportunities to serve people, maintain stability and sustain growth.
Goodwill is an entrepreneurial organization to the core--a product of the free enterprise system, always serving more people and sending a powerful message: "Goodwill practices what it preaches" to those it serves.
The businesses we operate allow us to help people and generate revenue to support the mission.
These businesses make Goodwill almost 96% self-supporting with total revenues of $109.6 million.