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7000 Pounds!

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Ray Pec Middle School almost filled a trailer with clothes!

That’s right! In just a week the students at Ray Pec Middle School collected 7000 pounds of clothing for Goodwill! It’s part of their Green Week Project. Ray Pec Mom Kaycie Reasoner organized the drive as a project for her sustainability class at UMKC. She’s an Environmental Sciences major.

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They had to use a school bus and U-Haul truck as temporary storage until the Goodwill truck came to pick up the clothing.

In just a few days the students collected 4500 pounds of clothes. They filled a school bus and a U-Haul truck as temporary storage until the Goodwill truck could pick up the donations! Students and parents even asked for the drive to be extended over the weekend. By the time the drive was over they’d collected 7000 pounds!

Reasoner and the Ray Pec Middle community didn’t expect the donations to pour in like they did. She says it restores her hope in the future to see the community getting involved and caring about recycling to sustain the Earth’s natural resources.

They got some attention from 2 local TV stations, Fox 4 KC & KCTV 5.

They got some attention from 2 local TV stations, Fox 4 KC & KCTV 5.

Reasoner chose Goodwill because the agency cares so much about reducing, reusing and recycling. Goodwill keeps thousands of tons of stuff out of landfills every year. Items that aren’t sold in our stores or outlet are recycled and reused in every possible. Goodwill’s goal is to reach Zero Wasted…and we’re close! ” It makes a huge different when thinking of where to donate the fact that a company is responsible in the way they dispose of the items you donate,” says Reasoner. “It’s a real plus.”

Goodwill’s looking to partner with schools and nonprofits in the Greater Kansas City area to put on similar clothing drives. Nonprofits can earn cash or vouchers for their groups. Contact us at community@mokangoodwill.org to learn more.

Do a Good Turn for Goodwill!

Good Turn for Goodwill Patches

As a part of the Good Turn for Goodwill Earth Day Donation Drive, Girl Scouts can earn a community service patch.

Calling all who love Girl Scouts, Goodwill and Mother Earth!
Won’t you do a good turn for Goodwill?
Goodwill has teamed up with the girls in green once again for the annual Earth Day donation drive.
It’s win win for everyone! Girl Scouts can earn a community service patch. Community members get a chance to clear their closets and save a trip to Goodwill, while resting assured that their donations are doing so much good.
Goodwill sells your donations to fund mission services which help local job seekers with barriers to employment find and keep work.
Here are some dates to remember:

    • March 22nd:  Registration Deadline for Local troops
    • April 5, 2014 to 12th : Girl Scouts distribute flyers and collection bags in their target areas
    • April 19th Collection and delivery day

Click here to learn more and download the application!

We’re With Cupid! Are you?

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KC Cupid’s Undie Run

Thank you for making KC’s first Cupid’s Undie Run a huge success. G Willy joined around 250 pant less people in the 1-mile fun run downtown in the Kansas City Power & Light District Saturday February 15, 2 p.m.
We froze our buns off, but together we raised $34,424 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a non profit group that works to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by a rare genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis or (NF).
And you helped local folks with barriers to employment find work too, by donating clothing to Goodwill! We collected a couple of barrels of your stuff! Ninety-cents of every dollar you donate or spend in one of our stores goes toward our mission.

New Year. New You!

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Does your New Year’s Resolutions include improving your health in 2014? We’re here to help! Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas has teamed up with Title Boxing Club to help you reach your goal, body and soul.
Look for our clothing donations bins at Title Boxing Clubs in Prairie Village, Olathe, Belton, Overland Park and Parkville!
Your gently used clothing donations help us provide employment services to local job seekers with barriers to finding work.
Plus, you’ll look great on the outside and feel fantastic on the inside!
If you belong to a gym and would like to partner with Goodwill to collect clothing, let us know!
Contact community@mokangoodwill.org or816.842.7425 ext. 246.
Thanks for helping us do Good!

Last Chance!

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You’re running out of time to donate toward this year’s taxes.
Now’s the time to clear out the old to make way for the new!
Drop off unwanted clothing and other donations at any of our 17 retail stores. We also have two Donation Express locations and we’re holding clothing donation drives at a retail or grocery store near you from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday in December except December 21st.
All the unwanted stuff might be clutter taking up closet space to some, but it’s treasure to Goodwill and the people we serve.
Goodwill counts on your donations to help us provide employment services to local job seekers with barriers to employment.
There’s still time to donate your time this Holiday Season too. We’re looking for groups willing to host a donation drive and volunteers willing to work them.
Those interested can contact the Goodwill Community Engagement Team at 816.842.7425 ext. 297, 816.863.1558 or community@mokangoodwill.org. Click here for the latest scheduled drives.

Don’t Wait. Donate!

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Most of us probably agree with Mark Twain when he said, “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well”.
But Goodwill would like to entice you to donate, NOT procrastinate!
Clear the clutter from your closet and donate to Goodwill NOW!
Don’t wait until the last minute and rush in right before the end of the year to the beat the tax deadline.
If you donate clothing during the month of November, we’ll give you a coupon for 25% off a purchase of $15 or more!
Drop off your clothing at any of our 20 stores and Donation Express Locations or at a clothing donation drive near you.

 We Want YOU and Your Doggone Clothes!

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We’re holding weekend clothing donation drives at retail and grocery stores in the Kansas City Metro Area. We are looking for groups to work those events on Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of the year. Your group of at least 8 people can earn a stipend or vouchers based on the number of pounds collected.
It’s the perfect time clear out the old and prepare for the new this Holiday season. All the unwanted stuff might be clutter taking up closet space to some, but gently used clothing is treasure to Goodwill and the people we serve. Goodwill counts on these clothing donations to ensure a high quality shopping experience for our loyal customers, and our loyal customers help us provide job training and development for local people with barriers to employment.
Those interested in volunteering can contact the Community Engagement Team at by phone (816) 842.7425 ext. 297 or emailcommunity@mokangoodwill.org to be added to the schedule.
Click here to see the latest scheduled drives.

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It’s simple, yet powerful! Donate Stuff. Create Jobs. When you drop off your donations at one of our more than 20 locations we sell them in our retail stores. The money you spend at Goodwill supports local job seekers. Instead of your donations cluttering your closet or packing the landfill, they end up helping hundreds of people with barriers to employment find work. Our mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities with the Power of Work.
All resources invested into Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas go toward providing job training and placement for individuals with disabilities, disadvantages, or other barriers to employment. Material goods can be dropped off at any of our store or attended donation center locations throughout the Kansas City metro and surrounding areas. Thank you for partnering with us in bringing help and hope to others in the job seeking process!