You can make a real difference by donating to Goodwill of North Georgia.
NORTH GEORGIA — The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to give thanks and to give back to people who are facing challenges within our communities. Youth, particularly those at risk for delinquency, need assistance to help them succeed in spite of the unfortunate circumstances they may have encountered. This season, Goodwill of North Georgia encourages you to give them the gift of employment.

In the spirit of holiday giving, Goodwill is urging everyone to make a real difference by giving a financial gift or donating gently-used household goods to Goodwill of North Georgia. Your gifts and donations are used to help fund Goodwill’s job placement services, hands-on and virtual skills training, employment training and other community-based services, such as career counseling, English-language training, financial education, and industry-recognized credentials. All of those services go to help people who need a hand up, not a handout. One such person who from Goodwill services is Socorro Garcia.

Now one of the top merchandisers at Big Lots in Duluth, Georgia, Socorro Garcia originally came through Goodwill’s Workforce Development program because she is deaf and was having a hard time finding work on her own. She had never held a job before and was very shy about communicating with others.

While in the program she gained hands-on training at the store, aided by job coaching services from Goodwill staff. Garcia worked with her coaches to identify different ways to communicate on the job, like lip reading and using her phone to text. She discovered a love for organization and helping others and has decided these skills will help her toward her dream career of being a Kindergarten teacher for deaf kids.
In the meantime Garcia was hired full-time at Big Lots and is enjoying her job as a. “Socorro has been a key to the success of this store,” says Brian Lockley, district team lead at Big Lots.

During this holiday season, if you’re having trouble coming up with great gift ideas, Goodwill of North Georgia encourages you to give the gift of employment.

“We hope that this holiday season, everyone will fight for job creation, purpose and opportunity,” said Elaine Armstrong, vice president of marketing at Goodwill of North Georgia. “That’s because we know that each and every one of us is able to make a real difference by giving a financial gift or donating household goods we no longer need to Goodwill.”

Monetary gifts can be given safely and securely through Goodwill’s website, and they go directly to helping members of the community access the services they need to succeed. Goodwill's donation impact calculator provides detailed feedback on the effect even the smallest donations can have for people in the donor’s community.

By donating to Goodwill, you help open up opportunities for others looking to find a job and build skills, including veterans and military families, single mothers, seniors, youth, and many others, including people like Socorro.

Share your Goodwill donations on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #WhyGoodwill.

About Goodwill
The mission of Goodwill of North Georgia is to put people to work. The nonprofit has provided services in the region for more than 90 years. In fiscal year 2016, Goodwill of North Georgia provided job training and employment services to 49,691 people and helped 20,903 people find jobs or start new businesses. The organization currently operates 58 stores and nearly 60 attended donation centers. Revenues generated from Goodwill’s retail program help fund job training and placement programs. For more information about Goodwill of North Georgia, visit


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Happy Holidays! 
We will be observing holiday hours at our stores, donation centers and career centers. Please make note of the changes so you can plan accordingly for your donation, shopping and career center needs!   
Stores and Donation Centers:
Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24 – Open 9am-6pm 
Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25 – Closed 
New Year’s Eve: Saturday, December 31 – Open 9am-6pm 
New Year’s Day: Sunday, January 1 – Open Regular Business Hours 

Career Centers:
Wednesday, December 21 – 9am - 3pm
Thursday, December 22 – 9am - 3pm
Friday, December 23 – Closed
Saturday, December 24 – Closed

Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25 – Closed
Monday, December 26 – Closed
New Year’s Eve: Saturday, December 31 – Closed
New Year’s Day: Sunday, January 1 – Closed
Monday, January 2 – Closed