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Kathleen Malcom
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Goodwill Truck at Mueller 9-20-14
by Kathleen Malcom on August 27th, 2014

COMMUNITY YARD SALE UPDATE: After all the work you put into cleaning your house OUT for the Yard Sale, we know that the last thing you want to do is to carry those things BACK into your house! Therefore, we have arranged for the GOODWILL Donation Truck to be parked at the Ella Wooten Pool on Sat, Sept 20th from 12:00PM until 2:00PM to collect your left over Yard Sale goods. Feel free to load up your items and make a charitable donation, after you’ve earned money from your sale. It’s a win/win!
 
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lasp4448
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Goodwill Truck at Mueller 9-20-14
by lasp4448 on August 27th, 2014

Great idea, Kat!!!
 
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Sol Acosta-Houston
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Sally Jean Brinker
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Goodwill Rumor
by Sally Jean Brinker on September 4th, 2014

I saw these posts about Goodwill - which alarmed me as been a long time supporter. I forward the info and got this reply from Cindy Goldsberry, Board Member, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas:


Sally, thanks for the chance to reply.
This is a super old (2012) and FALSE publishing. Sadly, lots is written by
those who are really ill informed.
This one keeps surfacing about every 6 months (I've been sent it 3 times
now)-- that and there is another one with a chart that makes the rounds!
I've verified the truth personally --
Yes, there are workers paid less than minimum wage in some locations (our GW
Central Texas does not)-- However, these or disabled folks
paid on PRODUCTION (not time). They are given jobs no one else would offer
-- meaning, they have the opportunity to be paid SOMETHING based on what
they CAN DO.

I represented Goodwill of Central Texas in May on Capital Hill in Washington
DC I was part of task force to make sure the law did get rid of this
opportunity for those eligible. The ignorance of the program's value would
have potentially displaced tens of thousands of people who are currently
earning SOMETHING -- and would potentially be unemployed otherwise.
Traditional business won't touch them...not when required to pay minimum
wage. The stories of people given PURPOSE through work are amazing. Imagine
life with nowhere to go and nothing to do...while money is important, that
is not always what makes the biggest difference for many of these people.

As to the pay of the CEO, ours is running an $80MM company employing
thousands of people in central Texas and is measured by Balanced Scorecard
(as are the board members). Pay is less than comparable to other CEOs in
business. Thank you so much for the opportunity to inform your neighbors. If
anyone has questions, they can find me on Linked In.
Cindy Goldsberry, Board Member, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
 
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Sol Acosta-Houston
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Goodwill information
by Sol Acosta-Houston on September 5th, 2014

 
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Sally Jean Brinker
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Goodwill information
by Sally Jean Brinker on September 5th, 2014

To be clear, TEXAS goodwill does not do what you are concerned over -- per Goodwill Board response.
 
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Sol Acosta-Houston
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Goodwill information
by Sol Acosta-Houston on September 5th, 2014

 
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Belinda Roberts
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Goodwill information
by Belinda Roberts on September 6th, 2014

Hearing your concerns, I would imagine the Mueller Yard Sale folks would appreciate a suggestion that would serve as a one stop solution to picking up all the unsold items at the garage sale. I see that you provided a link to a database where one could search to find a charity that fits each individual item. However, as a volunteer for many Mueller events, it can be incredibility frustrating to find a solution, have a well meaning neighbor nitpick it without offering a specific solution or the willingness to jump in and help.

If you have a specific suggestion that would be an improvement over Goodwill that would also come pick up everything that is left unsold -- now that is something to write about, especially if you are willing to make the phone calls and coordinate the pick up. If all you want to do is shame a hardworking volunteer by pointing out shortcomings and suggesting they do more work, it sounds like a little more compassion is in order.

A relavity small number of our neighbors do the work to make these events happen time and time again. A sure fire way to bring these events to a stop is to make our hardworking volunteers feel like crap. I would like to suggest to my well-meaning neighbors that when you feel something can be improved, please do some research, make some phone calls, do some work -- then reach out to the volunteer directly and say, "I would like to help. Here is what I have done and here is what I can do."
 
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Jim Raup
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Goodwill information
by Jim Raup on September 6th, 2014

I know a great deal about Texas Goodwill. A suggestion that it is not "legitimately altruistic" is both untrue and libelous. "What I consider to be exploitive" is the beginning of an arrogant attack on an organization that does tremendous good in this community. Seriously, you are the ultimate judge of what is exploitive? Fine if you do not donate there, but I hope readers will not be dissuaded by your hyperbole. Goodwill is and will continue to be my primary donation site.
 
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C. Frimire
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Goodwill information
by C. Frimire on September 7th, 2014

Jim Raup (if that is his real name) is right. Goodwill towards men is important and it could be argued that it is the very fabric which holds our glorious society together. I can't believe that people are actually promoting the idea of not respecting and practicing goodwill?!?

This listserv really brings out a strange side of the neighborhood. Are y'all trying keep Austin weird or something? IMHO, There are better ways to do it.




 
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