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Donate4good: "We Care Wednesday" Drive to Benefit Goodwill of Orange County

Goodwill of Orange County to Participate in Clothing Drive at the OC Fair on July 30

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwired - July 21, 2014) - Goodwill of Orange County, a social-enterprise organization that helps people facing barriers secure purpose-filling jobs, is pleased to announce its participation in the "We Care Wednesday" donation drive at the OC Fair on Wednesday, July 30, from noon-3:00 p.m. Community members are encouraged to donate for good (#Donate4Good) by bringing five new or gently used clothing items. Each person who donates five items will receive one free admission ticket and one carnival ride ticket to the Fair.

Donations to Goodwill of Orange County allow the organization to fund its vital employment and training programs, which provide tools and resources to help those living with disabilities and facing other barriers achieve independence through work-and are responsible for placing more than three people into good jobs every day.

"Our success at Goodwill is driven by the generosity of the community," says Frank Talarico, Jr., president and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County. "The 'We Care Wednesday' drive is an excellent opportunity for Orange County residents to give back before enjoying one of the most anticipated events of the summer. We're thrilled to be part of it."
OC Fair attendees who donate to Goodwill of Orange County can feel confident that their donations will be put to good use knowing that all goods donated are reused, repurposed or recycled; whether sold in stores, on shopgoodwill.com or routed through the organization's recycling program. Regardless, donations positively support the environment and the community.

Those who are interested in donating are recommended to arrive early on Wednesday, July 30 and visit the blue gate, yellow gate or green gate to make donations. The drive will take place at the OC Fair - 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Calif. 92626. For further details, please visit ocgoodwill.org/ocfair.

To learn more about how Goodwill is helping those who need it most secure and keep jobs in the community, visit ocgoodwill.org/videos.

About Goodwill of Orange County: Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to enter the workforce in a meaningful, fulfilling manner. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most recognized for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in America's favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that provides the services to those who face employment challenges. Celebrating its 90th year in 2014, Goodwill of Orange County has supported thousands of Orange County residents since its inception by creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower its program participants to be productive and independent. The nonprofit organization has dozens of programs that support this effort, including the Goodwill Fitness Center, Orange County's only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its veterans' advocacy program, Enduring Independence, which helps veterans and their families transition to civilian life through the power of work; and its Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), which provides access to more than 1,000 state-of-the-art technology devices for children and adults with disabilities. These are just a few of Goodwill of Orange County's innovative programs that have served those facing barriers in Orange County for the past nine decades. In 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County's Most Trusted Brands. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit ocgoodwill.org.

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