I have been hedging my affinity for Goodwill due to the backlash in public sentiment. My goal is to help you declutter your house, not debate current news events.
However, when I received an email from the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities agency asking to help spread the word about the goodwill that Goodwill was doing in our community, I was excited to jump in.
How do donations to Goodwill = vouchers for the disabled in Butler County, Ohio?
The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities has had a “voucher” collaboration with Goodwill for almost three years. Through this collaboration, the Friends, Allies, and Neighbors (FANS) Network encourages people to donate items to Goodwill with the attached voucher ticket.
In return, the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities receives vouchers that are given to people with disabilities to purchase items they need to live and work in the community. Through this collaboration, individuals with disabilities and their families receive $9,600 in vouchers each year to meet tangible, often urgent, needs.
To keep this collaboration going, our community needs to continue to donate items to the three Goodwill locations that are participating in this initiative.
- Goodwill Fairfield Store: 4605 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. Donations accepted Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Goodwill West Chester Donation Collection: Big Lots Plaza at corner of Tylersville and Cox Roads. Donations accepted Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Goodwill Middletown Store: 3526 Towne Boulevard, Middletown. Donations accepted Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Just print the donation tickets on the bottom of this flyer to hand in with your donations.
Goodwill Donation Ticket for BCBDD Voucher Program 2016
When you do this, vouchers are accumulated and given to individuals with developmental disabilities so they can buy items needed to live and work successfully in the community.
It is a win/win/win/win situation:
- Goodwill receives more donations;
- Individuals with disabilities in Butler County receive vouchers;
- Donors who drop off items still receive a receipt from Goodwill for their own personal taxes;
- It is an easy “ask” and people are more than willing to help once they know it is an option.
In today's podcast, I go more in depth about my affinity for Goodwill over the last 20 years and how I have experienced excellent service and amazing opportunities in my community for the disabled because of the opportunities Goodwill provides.
It has been my experience that Goodwill lives up to their mission, "Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami Valley and Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries provide vocational training to people with developmental disabilities. Goodwill’s core mission is to empower people with disabilities and other needs to achieve independence and to enhance their lives. The local Goodwill organizations are a part of the world’s largest and most successful network providing employment and training services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment."