Don’t Leave Your Money on the Table

Last year more than 27 million eligible workers and families received more than $67 billion with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). However, every year the IRS estimates that one out of five qualified taxpayers are leaving money on the table by not using the credit. On January 27, also known as EITC Awareness Day, those who qualify can receive help to keep that money in their pocket.

Currently, the amount refunded with EITC depends on a number of factors including income, marital status and children in the household. EITC can increase a worker’s tax refund up to more than $6,000 – making a significant difference in the lives of low- and moderate-income individuals and families, and to the economic stability of their communities overall. In addition to the federal tax credit, 25 states plus New York City and Washington, DC have established their own EITCs to supplement the federal credit, and in 2016, more than 170 EITC-related bills were considered in state legislatures to create, expand and promote tax credit for workers and their families. Even at the federal level many Republicans and Democrats in Congress support EITC expansion.

While the IRS continues its work to increase participation of eligible taxpayers in the program, in the coming congress, we will be advocating along with partner organizations and people like you to raise or expand the EITC benefit for low- and moderate income young adults, non-custodial parents, and veterans. This program has already lifted millions of people out of poverty, and its expansion is key to helping more Americans become self-sufficient, permanently.

You work hard, so see if EITC can work just as hard for you. Whether or not you qualify now, follow Goodwill Industries International’s advocacy team to stay informed of efforts to expand the EITC to workers who need it, and improve economic security for millions of young people, parents, veterans and others to encourage and reward work.

Visit our website: to access a link to prepare your own Federal and State return for free for households with an income up to $64,000. Telephone and local support will be available.

For more information or to set an appointment please call our VITA Coordinator at 251-433-4900 or click here to set your own appointment at the site of your choice.

post source:

Add Some Greenery to Your Life

Article By Goodwill Author,

Every year, designers and stylists eager for a fresh take on what’s fashionable excitedly await the announcement of the Pantone color of the year. For 2017, the zesty hue Greenery—nature’s signature pigment which symbolizes a new start—is taking center stage and will influence decor and dressing alike for the next several seasons. To whet your appetite for the year ahead, here are just a few ways we’ve seen this statement color on Goodwill® finds in the past!

Image via

I think this adorable mini-peacoat is exactly what the people at Pantone had in mind when they selected this year’s color. The rich, deep hue is invigorating and bold without appearing over the top. Usually found among the racks of Anthropologie, this gorgeous piece was scouted out by DC’s Goodwill Fashionista in her local shop. Check out her post for more details on the coat itself plus tips on how to style it!

Image via

Next up we have a desk thrifted from Goodwill by Rachel of the blog Loving Life! When she spotted this piece of old, badly finished, furniture one day while shopping, she knew it would be the perfect solution to mail organization in her home…after it got a fresh coat of paint. The bright green tint brought it back to life with a quick refinish and now keeps the entryway tidy. Slapping a coat of this cheerful color on your thrifted fixtures would be a great way to liven up any dreary or messy corner and you’ll be able to boast to your guests that it’s right on trend.

Image via

And finally, with the Superbowl right around the corner, why not show support for your favorite players with a team-themed craft? After snagging some inexpensive tee-shirts from a local shop, Goodwill Industries of Kansas (Wichita) spent an afternoon whipping super easy scarves in the colors of their favorite teams. Now, who’s going to tell me which team has green and dark charcoal uniforms so I can swap my alliance for the year? This color combo is just too perfect for me not to replicate!

So, what do you think? Are you ready to take the plunge and let the color of the year influence your decor and fashion decisions? At Goodwill we embrace going green not just cosmetically, but also when it comes to our attention to the environment. You surely know that we help to keep things out of the landfill by selling donated goods, but have you heard about what we do with the items that don’t sell? After a significant time in Goodwill stores and outlets, unsold donations are baled and sold to textile recyclers which extends the life of already manufactured goods. Your support of our organization makes that possible! Now, everybody pop on those Emerald City spectacles and get ready to see green(ery) in 2017.



Keep ALL of your refund by using Goodwill Easter Seals’ FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION SERVICES!

To qualify for this service, your household income must be below $54,000 and you must present a photo ID and have a social security card for everyone on the return.

Think you can do your own taxes? Here is another way you can take advantage of FREE income tax preparation services:

Visit our website: to access a link to prepare your own Federal and State return for free for households with an income up to $64,000. Telephone and local support will be available.

For more information or to set an appointment please call our VITA Coordinator at 251-433-4900 or click here to set your own appointment at the site of your choice.

Dress up your Home with Glassware Finds

Here are 3 photos taken this week in our Pace, Florida store.  You can find similar items in any of our Goodwill Easterseals Retail Store locations.  Let’s look at how you can dress up your home with some of the items in these photos:



Dessert Towers

Cake Plate

Spray paint metal or glass candlesticks, or give them a seaglass look with this technique:


Wrap with jute, fill with shells, add silk flowers

Use the seaglass technique above:




This is the most adorable bird house and bird feeder:

Don’t forget to check out our online sales at SHOPGOODWILL.COM

Find glassware here


Organize and Decorate your home from a Goodwill Easterseals Store

As Kathryn from Do It on a Dime says in the video below, storage baskets are plentiful at Goodwill and go a long way to streamline a home. Wicker baskets are perfect to store smaller accessories like scarves, handbags, and belts and would beautify shelving. Rolling storage containers, like the black one shown in the video, are an efficient use of floor space in your closet since they can easily glide out of the way when necessary. Don’t like the color of a thrift shop basket? Spray paint can fix that! If you use these ideas, or  have made an incredible find at one of our stores, please let us know in the comments.