In 2016, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois served 8,153 people in many different ways, but with the same end goal – helping people create opportunities to enhance their lives.
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois established the following goals–
- Increase opportunity and efficiency in all our retail stores and mission service programs
- Live our value of constant learning for all – our participants, our employees, and our community
- Serve all of our communities with mission service programming, and
- Position Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois as a leader among thrift retail, mission services, and employers
In 2016, we served 8,153 individuals in our communities.
Goodwill helped over 247 individuals find and maintain work.
Goodwill served 725 individuals in our DeKalb Resource Room, with over 3,100 visits and over 30 employers hosting Hiring Events.
We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for their support of our DeKalb Community Resource Room.
In September 2016, Goodwill began our Supported Work Program in conjunction with the State of Illinois Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. In 2016, this program served 8 individuals and placed 4 in community employment.
Goodwill will expand this program in 2017 with opportunities in Goodwill’s Sterling, Illinois location.
We are thankful for The Blazer Foundation, who generously supports this program.
In 2016, Goodwill Youth program, in partnership with The Elevate Program, a WIOA funded service, served 190 youth ages 17-24.
113 students earned their GED or High School diploma and 18 individuals earned their Work Keys National Career Readiness Certificate.
Goodwill’s GoodGRADS program served 187 individuals through Adult Education classes. Over 81% of Goodwill’s students persisted in the GoodGRADS program and over 71% of students had increases in both math and reading in our 8-week class sessions.
Goodwill provided scholarships for 367 people in our communities to take their High School equivalency test, in addition to 354 practice tests funded.
Our partner programs, including the 4 Agency GED program, a collaborative program with Rock Valley College, United Way of the Rock River Valley, and the Workforce Connection, served 96 students with GED instruction, case management, and career planning and post-secondary training.
The Alpine Kiwanis Foundation generously provided funding to assist Goodwill’s students with transportation and testing assistance.
Additionally, Goodwill is actively working with local legislators to bring an Excel Center, an adult high school that provides a high school diploma, in addition to industry recognized credentials, dual college enrollment and credits, on-site child care, and support services, to this area.
Goodwill provided the IRS Certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for the 9th year in 2016.
Goodwill prepared taxes for 2,636 customers, returning over $3.5 million in federal refunds to our community.
Goodwill’s goal is to serve customers efficiently and effectively and we reached our goals in 2016. Goodwill’s customer satisfaction at tax sites was over 95% and our acceptance rate with the IRS was over 92%, far above the national average of 85% of returns accepted.
This program is generously supported through the United Way of the Rock River Valley and the Internal Revenue Service.
Let's Go To Work Program
Goodwill’s Let’s Go to Work program offers employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in 9 community locations. In 2016, we served 66 individuals in this program.
Our Let’s Go to Work Retail training hosted 17 training events serving over 250 students with disabilities training sessions about the retail industry and how to succeed in the industry.
Goodwill’s Round up at the Register program provides scholarships to individuals with disabilities at the community colleges in all of our local communities. In 2016, over $80,500 in scholarship funds was given to individuals with disabilities through the generosity of Goodwill customers. Community Colleges are: Blackhawk Technical College, Highland Community College, Illinois Valley Community College, Kishwaukee College, McHenry County College, Rock Valley College, and Sauk Valley College.
In 2016, Goodwill generated $1,104,820 in retail sales tax and paid employee income taxes in the amount of over $560,000.
Goodwill also diverted over 10.9 million pounds from our local landfills by recycling cardboard, shoes, clothing, and metals, and computers.