Medford, OR — Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries® will give out $62,850 in vouchers to community service agencies in Douglas, Klamath, Jackson and Josephine counties to help people who need clothing and home essentials in 2017.
Dating back to 1998, the voucher program evolved from the magnitude of requests Goodwill received for assistance with clothing and household goods. “Goodwill’s donations are the major source of funding for our Mission but we wanted to address the needs of the communities we serve,” explained Southern Oregon Goodwill President and CEO Shae Johns. “By partnering with other service agencies we could truly reach people with the most need throughout Southern Oregon,” she said, adding, that the program is one more way that Goodwill’s donors are reinvesting locally.
In the first year, Goodwill issued $14,000 in vouchers shared among seven agencies. In 2016, 62 participating agencies received $60,650. This year vouchers will go to 72 agencies, including nonprofits, government agencies and community groups. Those partners evaluate requests for help and give out the vouchers, which enable the people served to shop with dignity in Southern Oregon Goodwill stores. Partner agencies include Maslow Project, Community Works, Compass House, Head Start, Living Opportunities, UCAN, Illinois Valley Safe House, Rogue Retreat, and Oregon Department of Human Services across the region.
Here’s a story about the program written by Haylie Ellison at The News-Review in Roseburg. Thanks for your diligent reporting and sharing this story with readers in Douglas County.
The Mail Tribune in Medford wrote a brief about the program, too.
KOBI-TV, NBC 5, in Medford also ran a story by Matt Jordan about the voucher program.