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JEA, Goodwill team to collect used computer equipment

POSTED: June 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Bill Oakley (left), president/CEO of Goodwill Industries with Adam Solender (right), executive director of JEA.

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The Jewish Educational Alliance announces a partnership with the Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. e-Commerce program by encouraging their membership to donate their pre-owned computers, keyboards and monitors and other technological equipment.  

 The partnership compliments the Goodwill focused theme for 2008-2009 (DONOR) which honors all Goodwill donors, whether it be donors donating clothing, furniture, household items, cars, computers, etc., vs shopping in the 14 thrift stores, donors volunteering their time, donors making financial contributions and donors promoting the Goodwill name and mission.

“We have made it very easy for our membership to donate their electrical and computer items; we have placed a donation bin in our lobby area for their convenience. It’s an opportunity for our membership to support the community at large by keeping such items out of our landfills as well as provides an opportunity to create jobs and resources for people with disabilities,” said Adam Solender, executive director of the JEA. “This partnership is the latest example of the wonderful collaboration between Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. and the Jewish Educational Alliance that allows our organization to expand our mission statement which is to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed, said Bill Oakley, Goodwill president and CEO.

The e-Commerce Program at Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. allows donors to donate computers and related technological equipment that are recyclable and keep them out of the landfills.  Desktops, laptops, monitors and keyboards are refurbished and sold in the Goodwill Retail Stores.  The donated computers also provide opportunities for low-income families to purchase professionally refurbished PC systems at a price they can afford. Every computer donated undergoes a stringent cleaning process that involves wiping all personal information using one of several programs that are approved by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. provides job training, employment services, job placement opportunities and post employment support to strengthen communities and families by training people to become independent, tax-paying members of society.  Those services include Second Chance, a community re-entry program for people with acquired brain injury.  To find a local Goodwill and for information on all Goodwill services, call (912) 354-6611 or visit www.goodwillsavannahga.org

For more information, contact Joe Driggers, director of marketing and development, Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. at (912) 354-6611 ext. 128 (office) or (912) 596-6208 (cell)

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