Monday, March 31, 2014

Goodwill's FOCUSED Program

Watch this video to learn about Goodwill's FOCUSED program and see how it has helped change lives!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

14th Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party

Join the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. at the 14th Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween party on Monday, October 28th at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills Mall. This year’s Ravens hosts include defensive tackle Arthur Jones, Tackle Michael Oher and Tight Ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson. All proceeds from the event benefit Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. 

The 14th year of the best Halloween party in the area will feature Baltimore Ravens players along with many from the area business community. The event will raise nearly $135,000 for Goodwill’s training and employment programs serving individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Goodwill’s largest fundraiser for the last thirteen years, the Gridiron Halloween party supports Goodwill’s mission of preparing people to secure and retain employment and build successful independent lives.

“We are very excited for this year’s Goodwill Gridiron Halloween party,” said Lisa Rusyniak, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. “We have some fantastic items in our silent auction this year and are looking forward to a great party with the Ravens, their fans and our supporters.”

The party will include video games, pool, bowling, dancing, a costume contest, catered food, an open bar and a silent auction. Items to be auctioned include an African Safari, Disney Paris, a trip to the ESPYs, gift  certificates from many local restaurants and hotels, autographed memorabilia from the Ravens and The Rolling Stones, Sylvester Stallone, and much more.

Tickets are $150 for individuals and $250 per couple. Costumes are optional. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Goodwill Success Story

Meet Evangeline--a 77 year old mother, grandmother, great grandmother, cancer survivor and caregiver for her sick family members. A friend asked Evangeline what she wanted to do with her life now that she had retired. She told her friend that she wanted to go back to school so that she could get her GED. At 77 years old, Evangeline enrolled in Goodwill's computer and clerical program to learn the computer skills necessary to take the test. After she acquired those skills, she enrolled in Goodwill's GED program in conjunction with BCCC. Evangeline passed the GED test in June and achieved her life goal. She has proved that it's never too late to learn! Congratulations Evangeline!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Goodwill Announces New Senior Community Service Employment Program

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. is now offering help for individuals 55+ who need job placement assistance in Harford & Cecil Counties.  A new partner of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), participants are paid the minimum wage while they gain skills working part-time in nonprofit or public agencies.  Beginning July 1, 2013, Goodwill will administer SCSEP under a USDOL grant and in cooperation with Senior Service America, Inc., the national SCSEP grantee in Maryland. The SCSEP is an equal opportunity program.

The SCSEP is the largest federally-funded program specifically targeting older adults seeking employment and training assistance. SCSEP gives special attention to seniors as well as veterans most in need including those with low income, poor employment history, physical disabilities and language barriers. Most SCSEP participants work part-time at a local nonprofit or public agency serving their communities. This paid work experience prepares many of them to find future employment outside of the SCSEP program.

The program provides a win-win for participants, host work sites and the communities in Cecil and Harford counties. Participants help community organizations extend their reach and capabilities while developing their own job skills, self-confidence and a restored sense of self-worth.

To be eligible for the program, participants must be:
  • Age 55 or over
  • Unemployed
  • Resident of either Cecil or Harford County (Maryland)
  • Living in a household with low income (125% of the federal poverty level)
To enroll in the program as a participant or a host work site please contact:
Deborah Gray
Project Coordinator, Goodwill SCSEP
208 S. Bridge Street, Elkton, MD  21921
Phone:  (410) 996-0026

About Senior Service America, Inc:
Headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) is committed to helping low-income and other disadvantaged older adults participate fully in determining their own future and the future of their communities. For over 40 years, SSAI has operated the federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), through a network of local sub-grantee organizations.  For more information, visit