From Staff Reports

GREENFIELD — Bryan Spellman, events and collections manager of Goodwill Industries, told Greenfield Kiwanis recently that the mission of Goodwill is to eliminate generational poverty. The retail operation helps fulfill part of the mission and funds the rest.

Goodwill’s programs include a charter high school, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School. Students who meet their expectations are guaranteed college acceptance or the opportunity to earn placement in a high-demand career.

Ten central Indiana Excel Centers offer tuition-free adult high school leading to a high school diploma. Flexible schedules and classes, in-house day care, and transportation assistance enable the students to earn a Core 40 diploma as adults.

Nurse-Family Partnership pairs women pregnant with their first child with a registered nurse for ongoing home visits aimed at supporting mothers and families in providing the very best start for their children during the earliest, most developmentally critical years.

Job seeker services includes direct employment as well as placement with for-profit business.

Nonprofit organizations can assist Goodwill through the Collect & Connect Program. The organization starts a collection program by contacting Goodwill and the nonprofits then fill 13 gallon bags with clothing. Each bag is taken to the local collection center. At the end of the collection period Goodwill issues a $5 voucher for each bag donated. The vouchers can be redeemed at any Central Indiana Goodwill store for clothing and shoes. The nonprofit can give the vouchers to an agency to distribute to those in need or give them away directly.

For more information on Goodwill or their programs contact Spellman at bspellman@good or 317-524-4074.