Goodwill donations fund programs that help people get back to work

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — As the year comes to an end, more and more people head out to Goodwill to drop off their donations, but how do those donations affect the community?

As of November of this year, donations given to Goodwill Industries of the Valleys have assisted more than 41,000 people and have paid for programs to get 3,400 people back to work.

The manager at the Staunton Goodwill, George Shaffer, said that they rely on donations to fund a variety of programs that help people with disabilities, economic disadvantages, criminal records and other barriers rejoin the workforce.

"Whether it goes to the stores or even to the outlets, that's our revenue and that's what we depend on," said Shaffer. "And it's really the generosity of you all that keep us going. So those donations are what keeps us going."

When a donation makes its way to the store floor and is sold, 89 percent of the revenue goes back in to helping the community.

"Goodwill impacts the people of Staunton not only by being a place where they can come and find great deals for a great price, but also by putting people in the community back to work, the people who really need to get back to work, through our programs," said Shaffer.

Shaffer also said New Year's Eve is the busiest time of year for donations and Goodwill will be open until 6 p.m. on December 31st

Many charities across the country are seeing a jolt in donations this year, but there is widespread worry those numbers will drastically decrease next year, when fewer people are expected to file their taxes with itemized deductions under the new tax plan.