One Tech Teams Up to Spread Goodwill in North Texas
onetechnologies — February 2, 2017
For over 90 years, Goodwill Industries of Dallas has been committed to providing job training and employment to those with disabilities and disadvantaging conditions. They believe that when you empower someone with work, education, or purpose, you not only give them a chance to better themselves, but also a chance to better their families, friends, and community.
Volunteers play a crucial role in Goodwill’s ability to help transform lives – and One Technologies is eager to extend a helping hand. One Tech teams volunteered at the Goodwill warehouse in 2015 and 2016, logging 102 hours sorting and organizing donations right alongside Goodwill employees.
“It was such a humbling experience,” said Heather George, Vice President of Human Resources and Facilities at One Technologies. “The work was not always easy. Seeing Goodwill’s dedication to employing those with special needs and circumstances – and the determination of those employees to get the job done is profound. Everyone at Goodwill made us feel so welcome.”
Giving back is in One Tech’s DNA. Several times a year, the company organizes groups of employees to take time away from the office to do volunteer work.
“We want our One Tech family to be able to go out and help the community as a team,” said Mark Henry, CEO of One Technologies. “We believe in helping our employees make a difference by giving back to the communities where we work and live.”
Goodwill processes millions of pounds of donations a year through their warehouse and stores. The sale of donated clothing, books, bicycles, small electronics and appliances, computer equipment, household items and other useable goods, enables Goodwill to provide jobs and training opportunities for persons who face barriers to employment.
By recovering the value in people’s unwanted items, Goodwill also helps protect the environment. In 2015 alone, Goodwill diverted over 27 million pounds from the landfill; more than 2 million pounds of that were computers and computer-related material.
“Proceeds from 2015 donations and stores sales enabled us to provide 3,132 individuals with employment services including hiring, job training and job placement,” said Caitlin Kruger, Volunteer Coordinator at Goodwill Industries of Dallas. “Over 70% of the individuals working at Goodwill Dallas had a disability or disadvantaging condition. We helped them acquire $16.2 million in estimated wages through employment with Goodwill or by being placed in a job in the community. We simply cannot successfully transform lives without the help of dedicated volunteer groups like One Technologies!”