9/7/17: Goodwill, disaster relief agencies encourage financial donations to support hurricane survivors

Louisville, KY – At the advice of disaster relief agencies such as the American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky encourages citizens to make financial contributions to organizations that participate in relief efforts in areas affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in early September and the impending impact of Hurricane Irma, disaster relief agencies request critical dollars to provide for immediate needs such as food, water, and shelter. While Goodwill regularly receives donations of clothing and household items, the organization and other nonprofits have been discouraged from sending such donations to areas that have been or will be affected by severe flooding and damaged infrastructure. Volunteers and workers often lack the storage and logistics capabilities to effectively manage and distribute donated goods to survivors, resulting in many of the donations being wasted or rendered unusable.

Disaster relief organizations, in conjunction with local nonprofit agencies, have expertise that allows them to quickly and nimbly respond to the needs of their communities on a day-to-day, minute-by-minute basis. These needs change frequently and vary from community to community.

Goodwill appreciates its communities’ continued donations to support its mission of helping Kentuckians earn a paycheck. Goodwill connects job seekers who have disabilities or other challenges—such as limited education, a criminal background, or a history of unemployment—with meaningful opportunities to work and move out of poverty.

Resources:

Kentucky chapters of the American Red Cross

Best intentions: When disaster relief brings anything but relief

What to know before donating to Hurricane Harvey victims

Want to help Hurricane Harvey victims? Experts say donate cash

About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky accepts a variety of donations, including clothing and other household items, which are sold locally in its stores. Donations are tax deductible and receipts are available. In fiscal year 2016, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed Kentuckians into 2,859 jobs and paid more than $15 million in mission-related wages. Kentucky’s Goodwill has 64 stores throughout the state that provide jobs and hands-on job training. Goodwill also provides employment services and post-employment support to help people with disabilities or other challenges achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. For your nearest donation center and retail store, visit www.goodwillky.org.

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