Monday, October 3rd, The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Keith T. Parker, President & CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia, speak about the many great services Goodwill provides for our community and their accomplishments thus far.
Goodwill's mission is to put people to work. For more than 90 years, Goodwill has been dedicated to leading people on a path to self-sufficiency regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, criminal background or education. 85% of the funds they use to help put people to work come from the retail sales in their store fronts. These stores are driven by the donations that the community provides. In addition to generating revenue to help a good cause, donations also have a positive environmental impact. In 2021 alone, they were able to divert almost 44 million pounds of material from landfills.
In Parker's five-year tenure with Goodwill of North Georgia he has
- Moved 36,278 Georgia families out of poverty and into living wage jobs.
- Surpassed the quarter million person employed mark since being founded in 1925.
- On track to help 19,000 more families move out of poverty next year.
- Helped 96,700 people attain gainful employment, allowing them to transition from being tax recipients to taxpayers and experience the dignity of work.
These results have made Goodwill of North Georgia the #1 Goodwill in the country for the last 3 years and made them one of the most impactful workforce nonprofits in the country.
Thank you for all you do for our Community, our State, and even our Country, Keith. Keep up the excellent work!
Learn more about Goodwill of North Georgia at https://goodwillng.org/