From Part-Time to Full-Time–and now a high school graduate

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 30, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education

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    Courtney McCowan did not expect to drop out of high school only three months away from graduation. However, when she became pregnant with her first child, her health became her top priority.

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    Young Man With Traumatic Brain Injury Finds Employment Through Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Disability, Success Story, Disability Services

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    After experiencing a traumatic brain injury, Aaron Yates has trouble storing long-term memories. In 2016, he started working with Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana’s Disability Services team to find a job.

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    Single Father Making School a Priority

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2018 8:00:00 PM / by Aisha Herring posted in The Excel Center, Education, Criminal History, Parents

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    When someone struggles with being in and out of the criminal justice system, it can be difficult to break the cycle. For many of these individuals, education becomes a solution to make that happen. Cortez Adkins, 23, enrolled at The Excel Center®, Goodwill’s high school for adults, in 2017 seeking a change in his life.

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    Goodwill Competes for $10,000 in Brackets for Good Tournament

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Goodwill Young Leaders Board posted in Goodwill Young Leaders, Foundation

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    Goodwill Foundation of Central & Southern Indiana has been selected from more than 2,000 charitable organizations across the country to compete among 64 Indiana nonprofits for a chance to win $10,000. Brackets For Good is an Indianapolis-based 501(c)3 charitable organization that pairs corporate and nonprofit sponsors to host online bracket-style fundraising tournaments. Goodwill needs your support to advance in this single-elimination fundraising tournament by making a donation. 

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    Single Mother Overcomes Obstacles to Reach High School Graduation

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2018 8:00:00 PM / by Aisha Herring posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Parents

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    For adults, returning to high school can be a difficult task especially when life’s obstacles arise. However, with the right support, they can still thrive in a high school setting to reach their ultimate goal—graduation. Paige Mallory, 28, learned about The Excel Center®, Goodwill’s high school for adults, after she saw a flier. In fall 2016, she decided to enroll to better her life and her children’s lives.

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    This Senior Is Determined to Reach her Life-long Education Goal

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2018 8:00:00 PM / by Scott Crabb posted in Employment, Education, Senior Community Service Employment Program, McClelland Scholarship

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    Ella Morris is 63 years old, a mother of four and a grandmother of five. Throughout her life, she has valued education and dreamed of becoming a college graduate. Being a 2017 McClelland Scholar will bring her that much closer to achieving her goal.

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    My First Time at a Goodwill Outlet

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2018 8:00:00 PM / by Scott Crabb posted in Goodwill Outlet, Goodwill Intern, Retail

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    It has become a tradition to send the Goodwill marketing interns to the Goodwill Outlet for their first shopping experience, requesting they report back with any tips, tricks and noteworthy findings.  This past summer's intern, Scott Crabb, went to visit one of our Goodwill Outlets. We armed him with gloves and the ever-important rule of "don't touch anything until all the bins are together." 

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    DIY Heart Garland for Valentine's Day

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Rachel Nelson posted in DIY from Goodwill Finds, DIY, Valentines Day, Retail

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    Goodwill stores may not be the first thought in your mind when Valentine’s Day rolls around, but it should be up on the list. Your local store location easily offers date-worthy wear, even if it’s just comfy sweats for a night in. The donation door makes an easy drop-off for a long-procrastinated box of former Valentine’s things that no one wants to claim any longer, and the shelves are full of potential ambiance makers and supplies for sweet DIY gifts.

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    Growing at Goodwill with the Help of His Guide

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2018 6:00:00 PM / by Scott Crabb posted in Employment, Goodwill Guides, Retail

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    Erik Caldwell moved back to Crawfordsville three years ago to help his dad through some difficult life circumstances. He applied for a job at the local Goodwill store, expecting it to be temporary, but remains a valuable associate today, staying longer than he ever planned.

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    The Excel Center celebrates 3,000th Graduate

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2018 8:00:00 PM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in The Excel Center, Education

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