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​Goodwill of Western New York

1119 William Street

Buffalo, New York 14206

(716) 854-3494

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Goodwill Teams Up with Girl Scouts of WNY

Goodwill was happy to team up with Girl Scouts of Western New York to host cookie booths in our retail stores for three weekends in March. Individuals looking for Girl Scout cookies simply had to enter a zip code into the cookie finder located on the Girl Scouts of WNY website to find a sale near them. We were proud to host these young business women and future leaders!

The Spring Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale!

The Goodwill Sale event represents the largest and longest standing cause partnership and department store donation drive for Goodwill. Customers bring donations to any area Bon-Ton location or Goodwill attended donation center or retail store from March 15 - April 3. In return they receive Goodwill Sale coupons and help Goodwill turn those donations into jobs for people in our local community.

Spring It On!

At Goodwill, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to earn wages and achieve their dreams. That is why we give people with barriers to employment a "hand up, not a hand out" by providing the training and support they need to find, train for, and keep a good job. Thank you for helping us change people's lives through the power of work through this year's Spring It On campaign! https://www.springiton.org/organizations/goodwill-of-western-new-york

Achiever of the Year-Lester Walker

Lester is a quiet, humble, man who shows up to work every day in Goodwill’s Contract Manufacturing division and simply does his job - and does it well. He came to Goodwill after working at the former Phoenix Frontier agency where he felt safe and comfortable. He figured out how to take the three buses it takes him to get to work each day and transitioned well to his new environment at Goodwill. Lester takes his job seriously. No matter what project he is assigned to, he can be counted on to work to the best of his ability whether it is packaging, heat sealing, shrink wrapping or any other manufacturing assignment. He will tell you that his favorite job is working on handles and kit assembly

Achiever of the Year-Jonathan Riggio

Jonathan’s path took a few turns, but he came back to his original goal. He dreamed of being the first person in his family to graduate from college. Jonathan is learning disabled and had been told by his school counselors that he “was not college material and shouldn’t try”. He wanted to join the military, but a medical condition prevented that dream from becoming a reality. He tried working at various jobs that really were not meaningful to him. Jonathan was referred to Goodwill by ACCES-VR. Although he had “no idea” of what Goodwill was at the time, he knew he needed “help and options”. He worked with Goodwill’s vocational evaluator, completed work readiness training in Goodwill’s onli

Achiever of the Year-Edward Parker

Edward Parker is a man who exudes confidence. He is also a man who has handled whatever life brings him with a positive attitude and the belief that “everything is a learning experience no matter what happens in life”. Edward proudly served in the US Air Force. After the Air Force, he completed a four-year apprenticeship and became an electrician in his home town of Memphis, Tennessee. Life changed for Edward when his mom became ill and he had to relocate to Buffalo to restart his life. He found the job market to be very competitive, and he was forced to rely on side jobs which provided no stability for him. Edward decided to change his career focus, went back to school for medical billing

Achiever of the Year-Carra Wilson

Carra graduated from Trocaire College with an associate’s degree in Hospitality. She planned to continue her education at Buffalo State College, but the birth of her son delayed her educational plans. Carra needed to work to support herself and her son but, because of her learning disability, she knew she needed assistance. Carra was referred to Goodwill from ACCES-VR (Adult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) to obtain the help she needed. She worked with Goodwill’s Employment Services Manager and was placed in four different positions - but was not able to retain employment. Carra was having difficulty making work-related decisions and needed to improve her w