Goodwill of West Texas campaign helping provide job opportunities


ABILENE, Texas - Goodwill West Texas's "Donate Stuff, Create Jobs" campaign is now entering its second phase with the goal of provide job opportunities for those who need them most.

Sadie Smith, communications/development director of Goodwill West Texas, said for every item that is donated and sold, 87 cents per dollar goes toward the services they provide. The company aims to provide training, support, opportunity and job placement for people who might otherwise not be employed.

"We define a barrier to employment as a mental or physical disability," Smith said. "We have a lot of deaf employees. We have a lot of single mothers who have trouble finding employment and need help. Age, those who are older but need work."

Eloise Aguero, a part-time worker at the Abilene Goodwill on North 1 st Street, said she greatly appreciates the campaign's efforts.

"At my age you know, it's hard to find a job anywhere," said Aguero, who was previously retired but returned to the workforce to pay for her expensive medications. "That's why I came here, because I used to come here all the time. They were so welcoming, I love it here."

Johnny Garcia, a truck driver with Goodwill, told KTXS that the process was pretty simple and he appreciated the opportunities the non-profit provided him.

"I learned that they give a lot of jobs," said Garcia. "They give everybody a chance so I heard about it and I came by."

Rudy Ramirez, Garcia's assistant said he felt the same way.

"I never had a job but this is my real good job," Ramirez said. "The people are awesome, the employees and the bosses, and I just love everything about it. I appreciate everything they do for me."

Smith says those interested in job opportunities provided by Goodwill can ask for an application at any location.