News & Publications

Communication is one of our core values and here we share our organization's media releases, latest blog posts, annual report and more. Get to know Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota!

Goodwill-Easter Seals MN partners with Girl Scouts

Second Chance Day on the Hill

Chaska Goodwill opens



Community Need: In 2016, the average duration of unemployment in the U.S. was 27.6 weeks – that’s half a year without income! Our 1-1 employment services help lessen this gap.

Our Response:

    • In 2016, we made progress in advancing workforce-related public policy, engaging with 117 elected officials on our public policy objectives.
    • Our retail stores exist to provide support for programs and services that help people experience the power of work; every Goodwill retail location provides 40-50 jobs in the community.
    • Customers champion our mission - nearly $1M was raised by Goodwill shoppers who rounded up at the register in 2016!

Community Need: The U.S. has roughly 5 million job openings in any given month. Our employment, education and training services position job-seekers for success.

Our Response:

    • Our holistic approach ranges from assistance with interview clothing to industry-specific job training programs, and we place 4 people in the workplace every day.
    • In any given year, we partner with 150 government and nonprofit agencies to connect participants with community resources.

Community Need: In any given year, Americans generate over 250 tons of waste that populates landfills. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has a number of initiatives to reduce our community’s carbon footprint.

Our Response:

    • Our “donate-shop-reuse-educate-employ” model diverts over 50M pounds from landfills annually and brings us one step closer to a world where everyone experiences the power of work.
    • Over 60% of our retail stores are Energy Star Certified and many have electric car charging stations.
    • Check out our green initiatives here!

Media contact: Marketing & Communications Director Melissa Becker or 651-379-5955