The Stories of the Upstate™ #291: (Patrick Michaels) "I thought I was going to be a dock worker when I grew up."

The President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, Patrick Michaels shares our 291st story.

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So you donate some old clothes, a piece of furniture or some dishes to Goodwill and feel good about it, but do you really understand what your donation means to folks in your community?  You might think that you are helping folks who are struggling financially acquire much needed items at a price they can afford and you are, but your donations do much more than that.  According to Patrick Michaels, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, your donations help them accomplish their real mission: providing employment and training leading to job placement for people who have a barrier to employment.  Goodwill provides job training, job placement and workforce development for folks who struggle to be gainfully employees: people with criminal backgrounds, the long term unemployed, those with few skills; veterans, elderly and those seeking better jobs.  Last year alone, Goodwill placed 11,786 people into employment and your donations made that possible.

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