The Difference Made By Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley And SourceAmerica

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley is an organization providing training and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. This is often through federal contract sites and individuals are given the chance to become a part of the workforce. The organization has activities designed to gather donations to assist those in need. One of their competitions is called the Drive to Victory and is a battle between two communities. Each community tries to collect the most donations including clothing, computers, and household items. The donations are tax deductible and the donors are given receipts for their generosity. Arby’s has become the partner for the Goodwill Drive to Victory this year and they are giving coupons for anyone donating. This will benefit Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley in addition to the local high school.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley offers numerous programs for individuals with disabilities including a program for adult day care, personal care for homemakers, non-medical transportation services, and vocational habilitation. They receive a lot of support from the volunteers in the community as mentors interested in improving an individual’s quality of life and assisting with their disability. The Goodwill Auto Auction accepts donations of old vehicles and the proceeds help fund over forty services and programs offered by Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley and provides an excellent tax deduction.

Source America established the Ideas to Work Fund and Grant Program in 2011. Nonprofit agencies are given matching grant funds so more jobs can be created for individuals with significant disabilities. They have given funding to thirty nonprofits throughout the county resulting in the creation of 1,300 jobs. The program includes an electronic recycling program, two nonprofit consortiums, a franchise opportunity, a distribution services program, a healthcare and elder food services program, contract manufacturing, and paid internship programs.

Source America formed a partnership with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley in 2014 a help provide support to veterans. Prior to this, the organizations in Miami Valley offering services to Veterans were not aware of what was being provided by the other organizations. Any collaboration or coordination was almost nonexistent and any value for veterans was not being capitalized. The partnership changed this resulting in more services for veterans capable of changing lives. The perfect example is the gentleman who was hired by Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley as an assistant computer technician. His performance was so outstanding he received an award for customer service through the business division of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley.