Elizabeth Clark Emergency Fund

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The Elizabeth Clark Emergency Fund was established to be a general emergency fund and today is utilized in collaboration with other organizations to help address the emergency needs of individuals and families. This is a fund of last resort and is limited to assistance with obtaining clothing, furniture and household items at any of our retail stores.  In 2020 $55,660 was redeemed in store gift cards to those in crisis through the Elizabeth Clark Emergency Fund .

Each of our retail stores help support the fund through a round up program.  Upon checkout, customers are asked if they would like to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar to help change a life.  Last year, nearly $69,000 was donated through this program from our generous customers.

The funds are available to individuals who meet established criteria set forth by the program. Eligible individuals include those who are not financially able to secure things such as clothing, furniture and household items for themselves. Hardship, emergency situations and unforeseen circumstances are considered when a determination is made. The determination of whether an individual warrants access to the fund is made through an exploratory interview regarding their financial need and situation. Generally, individuals and families can only request funds once per year.

Individuals seeking assistance can download and complete the application below or for questions, contact

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The Ralph Alexander Scholarship Fund

The Ralph Alexander Scholarship Fund was established in memory of a former board member who was dedicated to the mission of Goodwill. This need-based fund was originally established to assist individuals in obtaining training, job skills and uniforms needed to secure employment.  It has recently been expanded to fund individuals not eligible for traditional referral sources for various employment related services offered by Goodwill.

Funded by:

Generous Individuals from the Community

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Community Agency Bus Pass Program

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The Community Agency Bus Pass Program provides bus pass assistance to Summit County Community agencies to support the individuals they provide services with transportation needs.

Summit County Agencies needing assistance are encouraged to call Goodwill at 330-724-6995 ext. 200 for more information.

Individuals seeking assistance can contact the 211 program at United Way of Summit and Medina by calling 2-1-1 or (330) 376-6660 to identify agencies offering assistance.

Program Funded By:

United Way of Summit County

Lisette Ertel Fund of the Akron Community Foundation

Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust

Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Foundation

W. Paul Mills and Thora J. Mills Memorial Foundation

The Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation

The Clara Weiss Fund

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Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

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In Ashland and Richland county, get paid while learning new skills through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at Goodwill®.

If you are 55 years of age or older, have a low income*, and want to get back into the workforce, Goodwill can help.

Let Goodwill help you return to the workforce! Goodwill can connect you with a local nonprofit or other community service agency, where you will get paid to build work experience through on-the-job training. Then, take the skills you learn to advance to regular employment.

Program Funded By:

Goodwill® proudly participates in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a national employment and training program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. A $22,011,223 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor provided 90 percent of the funding for Goodwill’s SCSEP programs in the program year 2020. Goodwill’s provided the remaining 10 percent through in-kind contributions worth $2,201,122. See for funding details. The Goodwill of Akron, OH, Inc. received a subaward of $306,430 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $35,757.44 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.