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Credit Card Security Alert Does Not Involve Goodwill of Middle Tennessee

 

As you may recall, this past July Goodwill Industries International (GII) made the public aware of a potential data security compromise of some Goodwill members’ customer data.

GII and the potentially impacted Goodwill members worked extensively with an investigative expert and law enforcement authorities.

 The investigation concluded that our Goodwill has not been impacted by this data issue and our customers should feel assured that their payment card information is not affected by this issue.

The affected Goodwill members took immediate action to ensure the malware found on their third-party vendor’s systems no longer presents a threat to individuals shopping at their Goodwill stores.

So while this has no bearing on Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, you are a trusted part of the Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee family, so we wanted to reach out to you directly. We want to assure you that you can continue to have the utmost confidence in our work to create employment opportunities for job seekers facing multiple barriers to employment in middle and west Tennessee.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call toll-free 1-800-GOODWILL. Goodwill Industries International (GII) will be available to answer your questions 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sundays; and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays Eastern time.

Sincerly,

Matthew Bourlakas
President & CEO
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee

Grand Opening for New Mt. Juliet Goodwill Includes iPad Mini Giveaway

Brand New Career Solutions Center to Host Job Fair on Grand Opening Day

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is expanding and opening up its newest store, Donation Express Center and Career Solutions center, and you’re invited to the grand opening. A ribbon cutting will take place at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 22 at Goodwill newest store located at 1985 Providence West Parkway in Mt. Juliet. Doors will open immediately after the ribbon cutting.

Goodwill has several exciting things planned for the grand opening. If you visit the new Mt. Juliet store between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on May 22, you can sign up for a chance to win a new iPad mini. Also, the first 500 shoppers on grand opening day will be given a Goodwill tote bag. As always, Goodwill gift cards will be given away throughout the weekend.

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

When:
Thursday, May 22
8:45 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting
9 a.m. – Doors Open

Where:
1985 Providence West Parkway
Mt. Juliet

The new Mt. Juliet store is one of only a handful of stores Goodwill has built from the ground up. The nearly 28,400 square foot facility features a retail sales floor of more than 19,400 square feet. That’s twice the size of the current Mt. Juliet store.

A new covered drive-thru for donations will be located on the side of the store.

The new facility also houses Wilson County’s first Career Solutions center. Goodwill Career Solutions offers free one-on-one job training and placement services to people who need help getting a job.

The new center will celebrate grand opening day by hosting a job fair for several employers looking to fill more than 1,000 positions. The job fair will be held from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Job seekers are encouraged to bring resumes, photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate.

CAREER SOLUTIONS TO HOST JOB FAIR ON GRAND OPENING DAY

When:
Thursday, May 22
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:
1985 Providence West Parkway
Mt. Juliet

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 2013, Goodwill served 17,498 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 5,615 people in jobs. For more information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers, visit www.giveit2goodwill.org or call 1-800-545-9231.

Celebrating Goodwill Week With 70+ Job Fairs & Events

Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada celebrate the power of work through local events and promotions.

Governor Bill Haslam has issued a state proclamation declaring the week of May 5, Goodwill Week in Tennessee.

This year, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee will celebrate Goodwill Week by hosting more than 70 events, including 50 job fairs, at the 26 Goodwill Career Solutions centers across Middle and West Tennessee.

Goodwill will kick off the week by hosting 12 events, including a huge job fair at the downtown Nashville Career Solutions center. More than 20 employers looking to fill more than 800 positions will be present. Employers include UPS, Goodwill and Holiday Inn.

JOB FAIR FOR 20+ EMPLOYERS

When:
Monday, May 5
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:
Goodwill Career Solutions
937 Herman Street
Nashville

Job seekers can gain early entrance to the job fair by attending a job fair success workshop at 10 a.m. on Monday. The workshop will help prepare job seekers for the job fair.

For a complete list of events taking place all across Middle and West Tennessee during Goodwill Week, visit www.giveit2goodwill.org/goodwillweek.

Grand Opening for Relocated South Jackson Goodwill Store

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has relocated its retail store and Donation Express Center on South Highland Avenue in Jackson, and you’re invited to our grand opening celebration.

Join us on Thursday, February 13, as we celebrate the opening of the new space located at 1320 South Highland Avenue. A ribbon cutting will take place at 8:45 a.m., and doors will open to the public at 9 a.m. The grand opening celebration will continue throughout the weekend with Goodwill gift card giveaways.

The new store, located just one mile from the current store, is nearly twice the size, which means more bargains. Plus, Goodwill’s new covered drive-thru located next to the store makes it easy for you to donate.

The new facility will also house Jackson’s second Career Solutions center. Goodwill Career Solutions provides free one-on-one job training and placement services to people who need help looking for, finding and keeping a job. In 2013, Goodwill served 17,498 people at our 25 Career Solutions centers in Middle and West Tennessee. Of those, 5,615 found a job.

Goodwill Store Grand Opening

When:
Thursday, February 13
8:45 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting
9 a.m. – Doors Open

Where:
1320 S. Highland Ave.
Jackson

Extended Hours at Twelve Donation Sites

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee will extend the hours of 12 donation sites.

January 2014 turned out to be the coldest month in more than a decade. When the weather turns cold, donations tend to drop. “We saw a significant decrease in donations last month,” said Karl Houston, senior director of donations. “By extending our hours, we are hoping more people will have an opportunity to donate.”

Goodwill relies heavily on donations to fulfill its mission of providing employment and training opportunities to people who have trouble finding and keeping jobs. Last year, Goodwill assisted 17,498 people in their search for work. Of those, 5,615 found a job. Houston said, “It’s because of our generous donors and shoppers that we are able to help so many people find work.”

Store sales were also down in January. “Fewer people came out to shop because of the frigid temperatures last month,” said David Jenkins, senior director of retail. “This is good news for shoppers looking for great finds.”

Donors can make an immediate impact by shopping in the stores, or by donating the following items: clothing, household goods, shoes and accessories.

Ninety-eight percent of Goodwill’s revenue comes from the sale of donated items. Donate today and change a life.

Donation sites in Middle and West Tennessee extending hours to 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.:

  • 7034 Charlotte Pk., Nashville TN 37209 (Lowe’s parking lot)
  • 3460 Dickerson Rd., Nashville TN 37207 (Lowe’s parking lot)
  • 215 Lowe’s Dr., Clarksville TN (Lowe’s parking lot)
  • 1825 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro (Lowe’s parking lot)
  • 710 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro (Goodwill Store parking lot)
  • 1114 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro (Mercury Plaza Shopping Center)
  • 4120 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet (Kroger parking lot)
  • 645 S. Cumberland St., Lebanon (Lowe’s parking lot)
  • 1301 Nashville Pk., Gallatin (Lowe’s parking lot)
  • 2008 Memorial Blvd., Springfield (Goodwill Store parking lot)
  • 657 W. Church St., Lexington (Beechlake Shopping Center)
  • 1155 Hwy. 51 Bypass West, Dyersburg (Lowe’s parking lot)

Record-Breaking Year for Goodwill Career Solutions

5,615 People Placed in Jobs in 2013

2013 turned out to be a record-breaking year for Goodwill. Career Solutions placed 5,615 people in jobs. That’s up from 3,154 in 2012.

From January to June, Goodwill Career Solutions placed an average of 340 people into job each month. From July to December, that number increased to an average of 600 each month.

There are currently 1,300 area employers actively hiring Goodwill Career Solutions clients. The increase in placements is partly due to the increase in the number of job fairs hosted by the Career Solutions centers for these employer partners. In fact, the number of job fairs more than doubled in the second part of the year.

More Information About Goodwill Career Solutions

Goodwill Career Solutions provides one-on-one job training and placement services to people who need help looking for, finding and keeping a job. Each of Goodwill’s 25 Career Solutions centers is staffed with a career counselor who works one-on-one with clients to help them meet their individual career goals. Career counselors also provide assistance with job searches, job applications, resumes and interviewing skills.

Goodwill Career Solutions offers several certification and training courses for adults. They include Call Center Training, Health Care Initiatives & Training, Document Imaging Training, Custodial Certification, Retail & Customer Service Certification, Forklift Certification and Security Guard Certification. Career Solutions also offer six computer programs: Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Course, Internet and Computing Core Certification Class (IC3), 3-Day Intro to MS Office, Digital Literacy Computer Basics, Digital Literacy Resume Writing, and Digital Literacy Online Job Search.

Nearly all of the services offered through Career Solutions are free, thanks to Goodwill’s generous donors and shoppers. When someone donates to Goodwill, those items are then placed in our retail stores, and the revenue from the sale of those items funds our mission of providing employment and training opportunities for people who have disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping jobs.

For more information about Goodwill Career Solutions, please visit goodwillcareersolutions.org.

All Donation Trailer Sites Closed Monday and Tuesday, January 6-7

All Other Donation Sites Will Remain Open

In anticipation of single-digit weather, and for the safety of our employees, all of Goodwill’s 34 trailer sites will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Only the trailer sites will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. The other 45 donation and store sites will operate normal business hours on Monday and Tuesday.

Goodwill will resume normal business hours at all donation sites on Wednesday.


Sites closed Monday and Tuesday, January 6-7:

  • Ashland City Donation Express Center
  • Brentwood Donation Express Center
  • Charlotte Lowe’s Donation Express Center
  • Clarksville Lowe’s Donation Express Center
  • Clarksville/Woodlawn Donation Express Center
  • Columbia Carters Creek Donation Express Center
  • Dyersburg Lowe’s Donation Express Center
  • Franklin/Grassland Donation Express Center
  • Franklin/Trinity Center Donation Express Center
  • Gallatin Lowe’s Donation Express Center
  • Hillsboro/Green Hills Donation Express Center
  • Jackson- Pipkin Rd. Donation Express Center
  • Portland Donation Express Center
  • LaVergne Donation Express Center
  • Lebanon Lowe’s Donation Express Center
  • Martha (Wilson) Donation Express Center
  • Mt. Juliet Donation Express Center
  • Murfreesboro Lowe’s Donation Express Center
  • Murfreesboro Mercury Blvd.
  • Nolensville Donation Express Center
  • Smyrna Recycling Donation Express Center
  • Springfield Golf Course Donation Express Center
  • Suggs Creek/Mt. Juliet Donation Express Center
  • Thompson Station Donation Express Center
  • White Bluff Donation Express Center
  • Skyline Lowe’s Donation Express Center
  • Fairview Donation Express Center
  • Murfreesboro Donation Express Center
  • Cookeville Donation Express Center
  • Baxter Donation Express Center
  • Paris Donation Express Center
  • Springfield Donation Express Center
  • Lexington Donation Express Center
  • Hermitage Donation Express Center

Goodwill Holiday Hours

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday on Wednesday, December 25. Please see below for store and donation hours on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Stores

Tuesday, December 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25 – All stores will be closed
Tuesday, December 31 – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Donation Express Centers

Tuesday, December 24

  • Recycling centers in Maury, Rutherford, Dickson, Wilson and Putnam – Counties will be closed.
  • Recycling center locations in Williamson County will close at 11 a.m.
  • Recycling center location in Montgomery County will close at 12 p.m.
  • All other sites close at 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 25

  • All Donation Express Centers will be closed.
  • Thursday, December 26

  • Recycling center locations in Dickson and Putnam Counties will be closed.
  • All other sites will operate normal business hours.
  • Tuesday, December 31

  • Recycling center location in Montgomery County will be closed.
  • Retail store donation sites will close at 6 p.m.
  • Drive-thru and store front sites will operate 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • All other Donation Express Centers will operate normal hours.
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Recycling center locations in Dickson, Rutherford, Wilson, Williamson, Maury, Montgomery, Putnam and Madison will be closed.
  • The retail store donation sites will close at 6 p.m.
  • All Donation Express Centers will operate normal business hours.
  • Goodwill Gearing Up for Last-Minute Donations Rush

    As 2013 winds down, Goodwill’s donations team is gearing up for its busiest time – the final six days of the year. During that time last year, donation attendants assisted double the number of donors who ordinarily visit a Goodwill donation site during the course of a week.

    Why the rush? Many donors are giving in order to get their last-minute tax receipt. That’s because all items donated to Goodwill before January 1 is deductible on your 2013 tax return.

    Here are a few things to keep in mind when donating to Goodwill:

    • Donors who wish to claim a tax deduction should request a receipt form the attendant when they drop off their donations. The IRS allows a deduction for each item, but it is up to the donor to estimate each item’s value.
    • Have an inventory of your items ready before your trip to Goodwill.
    • It helps if you remove all hangers from clothing.
    • If you have a single donation worth more than $500, you will need to complete IRS Form 8283.
    • If you have a single donation worth more than $5,000, you will need a qualified written appraisal.

    You can avoid the rush by donating before Christmas. There are 78 Donation Express Centers located throughout 48 counties served by Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee.

    You can feel good about donating to Goodwill. More than 80 percent of the revenue from the sale of donated items funds our mission of providing employment and training opportunities to people who have disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping jobs.

    Goodwill Receives Award from Bank of America For Impact in Workforce Development and Employment

    Nonprofit to receive training for leaders and $200,000 in flexible funding

    The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee recipient of the 2013 Neighborhood Builders® award. The program is a strategic investment that couples leadership training with a $200,000 unrestricted grant for high-performing nonprofits that have made a significant impact addressing needs related to community development, critical needs or workforce development and education. Nonprofit leaders gain valuable skills and apply funding where it is most needed for maximum local impact.

    “We recognize the important role Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee plays in serving our most vulnerable residents and ensuring better lives for so many in our community,” said John Stein, Tennessee president, Bank of America. “The leadership training and funding will not only deepen Goodwill’s impact today but sustain its mission and services over time.”

    Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee sells donated goods to provide employment and training opportunities for people who have disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping a job. The nonprofit employs more than 2,200 people in 48 counties throughout Middle and West Tennessee.

    “We are pleased and thrilled to be awarded the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders grant,” said Betty Johnson, vice president and chief people officer for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. “This funding will enable us to serve 350 older youth, ages 17-25 who are unemployed, by connecting them with opportunities to train for jobs, securing a recognized credential and ultimately starting a new job. We plan to partner with at least 10 nonprofits in the region and even more employers to ensure there are opportunities for this under-served population.”

    According to the Bridgespan Group, Neighborhood Builders is the largest investment in nonprofit leadership development, 2.5 times the next largest program (in spending) and the third largest in number of leaders served. Through the program, now in its tenth year, Bank of America has invested $160 million in 800 nonprofit organizations and provided training to 1,600 nonprofit leaders. Neighborhood Builders furthers the company’s broader philanthropic commitment to addressing core issues that are critical to the economic vitality of local economies, with a particular focus on low- and moderate-income communities.


    Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

    Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about.

    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. Since January 2013, Goodwill has served 15,171 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 4,380 clients in jobs.