On Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Goodwill Industries Day Habilitation facility located at 205 SE Catawba Rd. The Day Habilitation programs are offered in Erie and Ottawa counties for people with disabilities to work in a closely supervised environment. Workers sort donations (such as baseball cards, jewelry and toys) and bag or organize to sell in the Goodwill stores. Workers also scan donated books and enter them into a computer database so the books can be sold on Amazon or Half.com.
“It’s a great work environment,” said Goodwill CEO Eric Kochendoerfer. “We are very excited for this location to open.”
All of the donations are sold, cleaned, reused or recycled. Even if shirts are torn or have holes and cannot be sold in the store, they are shredded and used as rags for cleaning. Books that have been donated that cannot be sold are shredded and recycled. This program is a minimal waste program and is green friendly.
“Ninety five cents to every dollar goes back into the industries and back into programs like this. It happens because of the generosity of the communities that we serve,” said Kochendoerfer.
For more information on Goodwill Industries or the Day Habilitation program contact the local main office in Sandusky at 419-625-4744 or visit www.goodwillsandusky.org.