HONOLULU (KHON2) – Do you have any clothes you would like to donate? Goodwill Hawaii has partnered with the YMCA of Honolulu to open three new donation centers at branches in Mililani, Nu’uanu and Kalihi.
The non-profit organization says it is carefully seeking donations of used clothing and household items to support workforce development and placement programs.
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“We are grateful to the YMCA of Honolulu for this opportunity to connect with its members and other potential new donors in these three great neighborhoods,” said Goodwill Hawaii President and CEO Katy Chen. “These new donor sites will allow us to respond to the growing need for more job training and employment services as people are returning to the workforce as the pandemic subsides.”
Over the past year, Goodwill has helped thousands of people across the state get the training, education and support services they need to get back to work. The organization says these programs are supported by the sale of community donations at its thrift stores, with 90% of revenue generated in thrift stores going to help low-income families, people transitioning from incarceration, adults with disabilities, youth at risk, immigrants and other community members with employment barriers.
“We are pleased to partner with Goodwill Hawaii as their mission is aligned with our core values of strengthening the community through programs and services that address the critical needs of the people of Hawaii,” said Greg Waibel, YMCA President and CEO of Honolulu. “Especially at a time when people continue to face the social and economic burdens of the pandemic, we are committed to connecting our participants and members to services and resources that benefit their well-being, whether at Y or other organizations like Goodwill. ”