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10 Decades in 10 Months of Evergreen Goodwill: 2010s

POSTED December 21, 2023 IN: Community

10 Decades In 10 Months Of Evergreen Goodwill 2010s

Despite the ongoing Great Recession, Evergreen Goodwill became the fifth largest Goodwill region in North America by 2014. No small part of this success was due to the 2012 release of “Thrift Shop”, a music video by local artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis that promoted thrifting, criticized consumerism, and showcased several Evergreen Goodwill locations. CEO Ken Colling described the song, which became a viral sensation overnight, as “the best advertising the organization could have” and credited it with inspiring a new generation of people to donate and shop at Goodwill.

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In April 2013, Evergreen Goodwill opened its new, LEED-certified administrative building, featuring environmentally friendly lighting, rain catchment water conservation, recycled construction materials, and other energy efficient technologies. The 50,000 sq. ft. building allowed for the expansion of free Job Training and Education programs, leading to a 500% increase in enrollment by the middle of the decade. With a focus on inclusivity and accessibility, the enrollment of women and BIPOC individuals in these programs grew steadily throughout the decade.

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By 2019, Evergreen Goodwill offered dozens of new classes, trainings, and apprenticeship programs to better serve the needs of communities across Northwest Washington. Some of these included the Aerospace and Maritime Pre-Apprenticeship programs, digital and mobile skills, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Evergreen Goodwill would continue to expand these programs into the next decade, enriching communities and preparing students and trainees for the modern workforce.

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