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Don’t Let Online Rumors Guide Your Charitable Giving

The “Ryan Muncy” story originated back in 2017 and has been re-posted via social channels as new first-person posting purporting to be Mr. Muncy’s parent. Although the original Facebook posting contained a number of unfortunate inaccuracies and did not provide important context for the situation, we recognized the poster’s viewpoint and appreciated his desire to help. The young man with a disability was shopping with his case manager at a Goodwill store in a small Midwest town. He was referred to Goodwill from a local community agency in order that he might shop for clothing under a voucher program that the local Goodwill organization provided within that community.

That voucher program had limitations, as articulated by the concerned Facebook poster. More specifically, the voucher was for adults over the age of 18 who are in an emergency situation. Its value was $50.

The young man received a voucher for his circumstances and both he and his case manager reported that they appreciated the service offered by the local Goodwill as well as the supplementary support by the individual who chose to purchase additional clothing for him.

Each Goodwill organization has different programs based on various needs of the community. Collectively, local, community-based Goodwill organizations provide job placement, training, career counseling, virtual skills training, mock interviews, dress etiquette, and résumé review to hundreds of thousands of people each year.

The Goodwill social enterprise model is a key instrument for providing resources to communities that allow millions of people to receive training and community services, such as child care, transportation and youth mentoring, and place hundreds of thousands of people in jobs.

We are grateful to the hundreds of thousands of people who collectively support Goodwill’s mission and share the Goodwill story. More importantly, the people across North America who are served by Goodwill every month are appreciative of their community’s support. We thank you for your ongoing involvement while Goodwill organizations continually strive to improve all of our services and your role in helping to ensure the spread of accurate information to your friends, family and those you connect with online.

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