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Celebrate Earth Day with Goodwill

Donations to be Accepted April 18 for Festival at Centennial Park

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee will accept donations of gently used clothing, shoes and books at the Nashville Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Centennial Park.

Nashville’s annual Earth Day Festival is a free, family-friendly event drawing thousands of people for live entertainment, exhibits and activities aimed at educating area residents about protecting the environment. This year Rebirth Brass Band, HoneyHoney and Roots of Rebellion will perform, and  produce and locally made products will be sold at a Green Market/Farmers Market. At the Reuse Village, children and adults will learn ways to creatively reuse and upcycle items before recycling them.

Goodwill is one of more than a hundred organizations expected to participate in the festival. Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is a social enterprise that sells donated goods in its stores to provide employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities and others struggling to find work across 48 Tennessee counties. Last year, Goodwill assisted 28,159 people and helped 9,558 of those find jobs.

Also in 2014, Goodwill kept more than 28 million pounds of recyclables and salvage and recyclable materials from going into landfills. The not-for-profit’s recycling of cardboard and paper pulp saved more than 48,000 trees from being cut down.

A Goodwill box truck will be parked at Centennial Park, and attendants will be ready to accept donations, providing festival-goers with a convenient way to reduce clutter in their homes while earning a tax deduction and helping others in their communities. Goodwill also will have a tent where representatives will distribute information and answer questions about Goodwill’s donation and retail operations as well as its mission arm, Goodwill Career Solutions.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at  www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.

Donation Site Launch Coincides with Lebanon ‘Think Green’ Event

Schools Hosting Goodwill Donation Drive April 11 at Lebanon Premium Outlets

The opening of a new Goodwill Donation Express Center in Wilson County will coincide with a community cleanup and recycling event that includes a donation drive for Goodwill by a dozen local schools.

The donation center, which will open Friday, April 10, will be located in the parking lot of Lebanon Premium Outlets at 1 Outlet Village Blvd. in Lebanon in front of the Nike Store. It will be the eighth Goodwill donation site where citizens can drop off gently used clothing and household items in Wilson County.

Although Goodwill has more than 80 Donation Express Centers, this will be the first one located at a mall. Hours at the new center will be 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week.

“We chose the location because of our outstanding relationship with Lebanon Premium Outlets and their community of stores,” said Goodwill Director of Donations Scott Crites. “It’s a high-traffic area with customers coming from all over. That exposure will be good for Goodwill, and the convenience will be great for our donors.”

On Saturday, April 11, more than 600 Wilson County students will take part in the Think Green, Think Clean Youth Litter Challenge & Recycling Carnival, part of which — including a donation drive for Goodwill — will be held at Lebanon Premium Outlets.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. with litter pickups in communities near participating schools. At noon, students will gather in the north parking lot of Lebanon Premium Outlets for the Recycling Carnival.

Officials from Byars Dowdy, Castle Heights, Coles Ferry, Sam Houston, Carroll Oakland, Mt. Juliet, Lakeview, Gladeville and Watertown elementary schools and Walter Baird, Winfree Bryant and Mt. Juliet middle schools have asked students and their families to bring items for donation to Goodwill to the carnival. The public is encouraged to support these schools by also bringing donations for Goodwill. Attendants will be onsite to accept items from students and the public. All donations are tax-deductible.

The purpose of the Think Clean, Think Green event is to instill in children and adults the importance of protecting the environment and keeping the community litter-free. Goodwill strives to be an excellent steward of the environment. In 2014, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, which serves 48 counties, kept more than 28 million pounds of salvage and recyclable material from going into landfills. Through recycling of cardboard and paper pulp last year alone, Goodwill saved more than 48,000 trees from being cut down.

Donations to Goodwill are sold in our retail stores to provide employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities and others who have trouble finding or keeping jobs. In 2014, Goodwill Career Solutions assisted 28,159 people and placed 9,558 into jobs.

Think Green, Think Clean is sponsored by the City of Lebanon and City of Mt. Juliet Stormwater Department, Wilson County Stormwater group, Lebanon Premium Outlets, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and WANT 98.9 FM.

NEW GOODWILL DONATIONS EXPRESS CENTER OPENING

When: Friday, April 10

Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 7 days per week

Where: Lebanon Premium Outlets parking lot near the Nike store

1 Outlet Village Blvd.

Lebanon, Tenn.

 

THINK GREEN, THINK CLEAN RECYCLING CARNIVAL

When: Saturday, April 11

Noon – 3 p.m.

Where: Lebanon Premium Outlets north parking lot

1 Outlet Village Blvd.

Lebanon, Tenn.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. To set up a donation drive, contact Community Services Donation Specialist Jamie Goss at (615) 346-1844 or jamie.goss@givegw.org. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at  www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1 (800) 545-9231.

 

Hours Expanding at Local Goodwill Stores

Change Scheduled for April 1

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is extending business hours at its stores to better serve customers.

Starting April 1, stores will open one hour earlier. New store hours will be 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday.

The new standard hours will also be observed during storewide half-off sales the first Saturday of each month, at the Goodwill Outlet store in Nashville and at Donation Express Centers connected to Goodwill stores.

The sale of donated items in the 34 retail stores operated by Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee funds the not-for-profit’s mission of providing employment and training opportunities to people struggling to find or keep jobs.

 

What: Hours Changing at Goodwill Stores

When: April 1

New Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Where: 34 stores in Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee’s 48-county territory

 

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2014, Goodwill served 28,159 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 9.558 people in jobs. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at  www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.

 

Reel in Some Fun and Change a Life: Goodwill Bass Challenge Set May 9

Top Five Fishermen to Receive Cash Prizes in Tournament on Old Hickory Lake

Cash prizes are on the line for anglers who hook up with a good cause at the Goodwill Industries Bass Challenge fishing tournament scheduled for 6 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Old Hickory Lake.

Professional fishing guide Mike Davis, who has organized the annual event for three years, expects attendance to be strong, with May being a prime sportfishing month for largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky (spotted) bass.

“Old Hickory is a good location, with plenty of fish to be caught,” Davis said. “This is a great way to have some fun with family and friends, make some memories and help a great cause.”

The entry fee is $100 per boat plus a donation for Goodwill of gently used clothing or household goods. Payment is due at registration, which will begin at 4:30 a.m. the day of the event at Flippers Bait & Tackle, 200 Odoms Bend Road, Gallatin.

Prizes will be given at weigh-in for the top five anglers. Exact payouts will be adjusted based on attendance, but 100 boats participating would result in $1,000 for first place; $600 for second place; $300 for third place; $400 for biggest fish and $100 for second biggest fish.

All other proceeds will benefit Goodwill Cares, Goodwill’s community assistance program. In 2014, Goodwill Cares provided families and individuals in need with 922 gift cards worth more than $20,000 in merchandise.

Anglers can pre-register and review tournament rules at www.giveit2goodwill.org/bigfish.

What: Goodwill Industries Bass Challenge fishing tournament

When: Saturday, May 9

6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Where: Flippers Bait & Tackle (on Old Hickory Lake)

200 Odoms Bend Road

Gallatin

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2014, Goodwill served 28,159 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 9.558 people in jobs. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at  www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.

Davidson Co. Judge Visits Area Goodwill Store To Praise Probationer

After Years of  Trouble with the Law, Man Achieves Sobriety, Lands Job

 

Darnell Whitworth had faced Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Steve R. Dozier half a dozen times over the years, but never like this. He was nervous, fidgeting with his uniform as he stood looking at the judge.

“We wanted to come up and congratulate you,” Dozier said as Whitworth’s face lit up. “You’re doing a good job.”

The two men shook hands as they stood in the center aisle of the Goodwill store on Nashville Pike in Gallatin Friday, and Dozier gave Whitworth a gift card for groceries. The judge said it was the first time in his 17 years on the bench he had ever gone outside the courtroom to honor a probationer for good progress.

“We probably, as a court, don’t take enough time to recognize the good in people,” he said. “That’s why we came out here.”

For at least two decades, Whitworth struggled with alcohol addiction, having been in and out of court and jail for a variety of usually minor offenses. Things got worse seven years ago after his daughter, whom he calls “my princess,” was born with Down’s Syndrome.

“I started drinking to hide all the pain and emotions I was going through,” he recalls.

He had trouble finding places to live. He missed meetings with his probation officer. He was running out of chances, and people who cared about him feared he might end up in prison.

But that didn’t happen. Instead, on Friday, Whitworth was the man of the hour.

Besides the judge, his case officer with Davidson County Community Corrections, his case manager and site manager with Buffalo Valley Inc. addiction treatment center, his Goodwill Career Solutions counselor and his Goodwill store supervisors were on hand to praise him.

“I’m actually living a good life now, and I appreciate you all for everything, especially the big guy over here,” Whitworth said, referring to the judge. “At first, I thought he was short because he was sitting behind the bench. I never stood this close to him.”

Whitworth wore the blue Goodwill smock he dons to sweep and clean the Gallatin store. It was the 40-year-old’s last day as a paid trainee in a custodial position with Goodwill Career Solutions. Having enthusiastically completed his training and passed his drug test and other hurdles, his supervisors welcomed him as a permanent employee.

“You look terrible in orange, you know that?” the judge asked Whitworth, referring to the standard orange inmate attire at the Davidson County Jail. “You look better in blue.”

Whitworth also wore a coin on a chain around his neck, a token he received in December after completing a 60-day alcohol treatment program at Buffalo Valley Inc. in Castilian Springs. The Nashville native now lives in Buffalo Valley’s transitional housing in Gallatin and attends four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week. He will remain there through September.

“Every day I get up and thank God for giving me a chance to get up clean and sober, and then I thank God for all the people who had a hand in it,” Whitworth said.

There was even more to celebrate. Not long after Whitworth entered the alcohol treatment program, he visited the Zion Upper Room Apostolic Faith Church in Gallatin with Buffalo Valley Site Manager Douglas Fuqua, who who attends church there. Whitworth recognized the pastor and suddenly realized he was standing in the church where he’d been baptized 15 years earlier.

Whitworth, who has extensive knowledge of the Bible, now attends services regularly and hopes to receive his minister’s license to preach at the church soon.

Dozier said he appreciates organizations that are willing to hire people with a criminal record.

“It’s a risk that Goodwill takes, but it’s something they need to be  proud of as well, helping not only Darnell but helping the community keep him out of trouble,” he said.

Many of those present for the judge’s visit to Goodwill, including Whitworth, shed tears as he talked about his road to recovery, his rediscovery of his faith and how his mother and his four children can now be proud of him.

“Yes, I did something — I accomplished something,” he said. “I get to just live a life, a chance I didn’t get to do when I was drinking and not caring.”

When the judge admonished him to keep working and stay on the right path,

Whitworth responded, “I’ve worked too hard to go back.”

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2014, Goodwill served 28,159 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 9.558 people in jobs. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at  www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.

 

 

 

 

FirstBank Conducts Goodwill Donation Drive

Sixteen Branches Gather Gently Used Clothes, Household Items from Customers and Employees

Sixteen FirstBank branches around middle and west Tennessee are conducting a donation drive for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee to benefit its mission of providing employment and training opportunities for people struggling to find a job.

The drive will last throughout the month of March. Bank employees, customers and the community are encouraged to participate by bringing their donations of gently used clothing, shoes, housewares and other goods into the bank, where clearly marked bins will be set up to receive them.

“FirstBank is very involved in our communities and always take the opportunity to give back when we can,” said Jordan Waldron, FirstBank’s vice president of marketing and public relations, explaining why the bank chose to hold a Goodwill donation drive. “Our goal is to fill as many bins as we can. We know that every little bit helps and makes a difference.”

Participating branches can be found at:

  • 126 Highway 641 North and 21 N. Forest Ave. in Camden
  • 2202 Fairview Blvd. in Fairview
  • 1927 Wilson Parkway in Fayetteville
  • 510 Columbia Ave. Suite 106 in Franklin
  • 855 Conference Dr. Suite 100 in Goodlettesville
  • 28915 Broad St. in Hollow Rock
  • 15 University Parkway in Jackson
  • 4110 N. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet
  • 615 Memorial Blvd. and 2670 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro
  • 2121 Abbott Martin Road and 211 Commerce St. Suite 300 in Nashville
  • 450 Tennessee Ave. South in Parsons
  • 200 W. Main St. in Smithville
  • 417 S. Lowry St. in Smyrna

More information about the drive can be obtained by contacting Jordan Waldron, FirstBank’s vice president of marketing and public relations, at (615) 248-9761 or jwaldron@firstbankonline.com, and information about FirstBank is available at www.firstbankonline.com. More information about Goodwill corporate donation drives is available at giveit2goodwill.org/donate/donation-drives/ or call (800) 545-9231 to set up a drive today.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2014, Goodwill served 28,159 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 9.558 people in jobs. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at  www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.

About FirstBank
FirstBank is the third largest Tennessee-based bank, with 48 banking locations across Tennessee and Alabama and mortgage locations across the Southeast. The bank serves every major metropolitan market in the state and, with $2.4 billion in total assets, has the resources to provide a comprehensive variety of financial services and products. FirstBank follows a community-banking model which began when the charter was issued in 1906 as Farmers State Bank, in Scotts Hill, Tenn. As Tennessee’s premier community bank, FirstBank is committed to its role as a leader in the communities it serves. That commitment is reflected by the Ayers Foundation Scholars program, a scholarship fund established by FirstBank Chairman and sole shareholder James W. Ayers to advance higher education for young people in Tennessee.

 

 

Goodwill Stores Likely To Open, Many Other Facilities Closed By Winter Weather

Most Goodwill stores across middle and west Tennessee were open Thursday, although many other Goodwill facilities closed because of another round of snow and ice.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee declared a bad weather day and encouraged all employees to make their safety the top priority. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the region which has seen snow and ice accumulations of 2-6 inches.

Some stores opened late, and a few remained closed. Goodwill’s 83 Donation Exchange Centers across the 48-county territory were closed. Ten of Goodwill’s 29 Career Solutions centers opened Thursday morning; the remainder were closed.

Phone numbers, hours and other information for individual Goodwill stores, Career Solutions Centers and Donation Express Centers can be found on our website, giveit2goodwill.org.

 

Wedding Dress Sale Under Way at Rivergate Goodwill

Hundreds of beautiful wedding dresses and prom gowns will be sold at bargain prices at Nashville’s Rivergate  area Goodwill store from now until April 4.

The sale is being held in lieu of Goodwill’s annual Wedding Gala, which was put on hold this year but will return in 2016. The dresses can be found in a featured section at the front of the Rivergate store, located near Rivergate Mall at 2101 Gallatin Rd, Madison, TN.

“Our other stores will have a few gowns in stock, but we are trying to concentrate them at Rivergate so customers will find a wide selection in various sizes,” Goodwill’s Director of Retail Jeff Luther said. “We will be replenishing the stock daily as they are sold.”

Prices for wedding dresses will range from $19.99 up, depending on the quality and type of gown. Prom dresses will be priced as low as $9.99.

Shoppers have two more chances to buy them at extreme discounts: Saturday March 21, during a half-off clothing sale, and April 4, the next storewide half-off sale.

The Rivergate Goodwill store is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

 

New Goodwill Store Planned in Bellevue

Former Toys “R” Us Space To Include Career Solutions Center

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is expanding with a new store, Goodwill Career Solutions center and covered, drive-through Donation Express Center in the former Toys “R” Us location in Nashville’s Bellevue community.

The thoroughly remodeled, 35,091-square-foot building at 7663 U.S. Highway 70 South will open in early June. The facility is expected to create 45-50 new jobs.

“We’re excited to bring the full complement of Goodwill’s employment and training services to the Bellevue area and to increase our longstanding investment in the community,” said Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee President and CEO Matthew Bourlakas. “Community residents will now be able to donate their gently used items, get help finding a job and enjoy a top-notch shopping experience at the reasonable prices Goodwill is known for, all in a single location.”

Goodwill first established a presence in the Bellevue Community in 1997 with a donations site. In December of 2006, Goodwill chose 247 Old Hickory Blvd. in Bellevue as the site of its first free-standing, drive-through Donations Express Center. There is another Donations Express Center at 8056 Highway 100 in the Shoppes on the Harpeth.

“The Bellevue Harpeth Chamber is excited for the opportunity that Goodwill has taken to fill the retail space formerly occupied by Toys-R-Us,” said Jad A. Duncan, president of the Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce. “Our excitement seems to match the sentiment of the Bellevue community as well.

“Goodwill is an excellent organization that truly embraces the spirit of our community by giving back to our citizens,” he added. “With two other locations in Bellevue, Goodwill expanding its footprint in the community makes perfect sense, and we look forward to years of partnering together.”

Goodwill Career Solutions offers free one-on-one job training and placement services to people who need help getting a job. In 2014, Goodwill assisted 28,159 people at its 29 Career Solutions centers in Middle and West Tennessee. Of those, 9,558 landed jobs. Goodwill offers these free services through the generosity of its donors and shoppers. The funds used to deliver Career Solutions services are generated through the sale of donated items.

The new Goodwill store and Career Solutions Center are a reflection of Goodwill’s commitment to the community and an outgrowth of Bellevue’s support over the years for Goodwill’s mission, Goodwill Vice President of Retail David Jenkins said.

“This is not your typical Goodwill,” he said. “Our average store sales floor is 17,000 square feet. Bellevue’s store will have a sales floor of 25,000 square feet, making it the second-largest in our 48-county area.”

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2014, Goodwill served 28,159 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 9.558 people in jobs. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at  www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.

Most Stores Open on Time as Winter Storms Stretch Into Third Day

All but one of Goodwill’s 34 stores opened on time Wednesday as snow fell in some parts of Middle and West Tennessee, keeping salt trucks and snowplows busy for a third consecutive day.

The store at 205A Indian Lake Boulevard in Hendersonville was without power at 7:30 a.m., along with other businesses in the area, forcing management to delay opening for customers until after the power was restored about 9:40 a.m.

Another arctic blast was forecast to deliver brutally cold temperatures — with wind chills as low as -15 degrees — overnight and through midday Thursday.

Only one of the 29 Goodwill Career Solutions centers —  780 Berry Road in Nashville — remained closed Wednesday. Though clients were being assisted at open centers, many of the job fairs that had been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday were being postponed.

Some of Goodwill’s Donation Express Centers were closed Wednesday, although drive-through donation sites and those located at stores were open.

Hours at Goodwill facilities remaining open are subject to change according to the weather. Phone numbers, hours and other information for individual Goodwill stores, Career Solutions Centers and Donation Express Centers can be found on our website, giveit2goodwill.org.