Something amazing is happening inside the county jail– inmates are finding Goodwill Easterseals’ GED program, and are joining to get their high school education. If they succeed in passing the test, they have a 50% better chance of leaving the jail and NEVER COMING BACK. Classes are held inside the chapel at specific times during daytime hours.
Want to make a difference like never before? Help tutor or assist with classroom tasks like grading. We match men with men’s classes, and women with women’s classes. We have a critical need for more help for the men, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity or know someone who would like to help make a difference, please visit our page on VolunteerMatch.org or call Lydia at 251-380-7150.
Goodwill Industries has been in operation since 1902, helping people by giving them inspiration and self confidence to lead a productive life. During the early thirties when this photograph was taken, Goodwill was assisting people with disabilities and others in need. Here on the Gulf Coast in 2015, our co-branded organization, Goodwill Easterseals, is still carrying on that same mission.
Photo courtesy of the Richard Bolt Collection.
Easterseals, a national organization which we are still a part of today, also began nearly 100 years ago in 1919 with the mission to help people with disabilities. In the spring of 1934, the organization launched its first Easter “seals” campaign to raise money for its services. To show their support, donors placed the seals on envelopes and letters. Easterseals has been instrumental in advocating for the passage of legislation to help people with disabilities achieve independence, including the Americans with Disasbilities Act (ADA), which was passed in 1990. This photo was taken from one of their campaign posters supporting the passage of the ADA.
Photo courtesy of Easterseals.