Special Education students from Centennial High School helped Goodwill of Southern Nevada break ground on a new Goodwill Store & Drive Thru Donation Center on Thursday, May 14 on N Durango near Deer Springs.
The students are part of the nonprofit’s Student Work Experience Program (S.W.E.P.), which provides more than 600 Clark County School District special education students from about thirty CCSD schools an opportunity to develop valuable and life-changing work-related skills in a real world environment.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman as well as Mayor Pro Tem & Ward Six Councilman Steve Ross also attended the groundbreaking.
This latest groundbreaking marks an unprecedented period of growth for Goodwill of Southern Nevada. Two weeks ago, the nonprofit announced plans to open its largest store to date at the newly renovated The Boulevard Mall.
In addition, a new Goodwill Store & Drive Thru Donation Center at American Pacific and Stephanie opened in March 2015 (relocated from a previous, smaller location). Two other build-to-suit Goodwill stores and Donation Centers, located at Lake Mead Blvd & Civic Center, and Silverado & Bermuda, are currently under construction with opening dates to be announced soon. (Groundbreakings occurred October 2014.) A Drive Thru Donation Center attached to a smaller “Goodwill Select” is expected to open this fall at Durango and Arby. Broker CBRE Las Vegas helped secure each of Goodwill’s new retail store locations.
“As a Goodwill of Southern Nevada board member for more than a decade I have seen first hand how this nonprofit changes lives in our community,” said Penny Mendlovic, CBRE Las Vegas. “We are thrilled to be part of Goodwill’s growth.”
Opening new stores is vital to the nonprofit, as sales of donated items fund Goodwill’s mission of helping members of the community find employment, no matter circumstance or disability.
In 2014, Goodwill of Southern Nevada’s Career Connections helped a record 2,361 people in Southern Nevada get jobs, and provided training, job search or other supportive services to more than 12,800 individuals. Goodwill’s help is offered at no cost.
For more on Goodwill of Southern Nevada, please visit: www.Goodwill.Vegas