Goodwill Places a Record-Number of Individuals into Jobs in 2013

Jan 16, 2014, 12:46 ET from Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

Through Goodwill, the public can donate, recycle and change lives

BALTIMORE, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake placed over 2,532 people into jobs in the Baltimore metro area and the Eastern Shore in 2013. This is the largest number of people Goodwill has placed into jobs in a single year in its 95 year history.

Revenue from donated goods enables Goodwill to provide job training and placement services to more than 33,000 people in need of assistance each year because of physical, mental or other social barriers. In 2013, Goodwill collected approximately 33.6 million pounds of clothing and household goods. Donations were sold in its 27 retail stores or recycled at Goodwill's Recycling Center.

"It's a great feeling to know that we were able to help so many people in need get back on the road to self-sufficiency last year," said Lisa Rusyniak, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. "We look forward to breaking another record this year by helping even more people gain the skills they need to find stable jobs. Without the help of our staff who are so dedicated to fulfilling our mission, none of this would have been possible."

Through the sale of donated goods, Goodwill generates opportunities for those in need to secure and retain employment by providing job training, placement services and other community-based programs. These programs are available to adults and youth who have disabilities, criminal backgrounds, lack education or job experience or are facing employment challenges.

In 2013, Goodwill was able to recycle:

  • 1,734,603 pounds of books
  • 160,220 pounds of cardboard
  • 10,623,751 pounds of clothing
  • 119,796 pounds of handbags
  • 262,407 pounds of linens
  • 550,543 pounds of scrap metal
  • 423,520 pounds of shoes
  • 472,694 pounds of computer equipment
  • 128,570 pounds of toys

For more information, visit  Visit to calculate the human impact of donations to Goodwill.

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SOURCE Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.