Legislative Priorities:
Non-profit Workforce Reinvestment Act (HB 108/SB 82): Allow non-profits that sell donated items but have a workforce development portion of their operations to retain a portion of sales tax collected on donated items to fund workforce programs. Grants are essential, but our unique retail model allows us to further support workforce development. Our programs don't fully rely on grants because our stores generate revenue. This legislation would enable us to reinvest 25% of the states sales tax directly into new or existing programs, benefiting more Ohioans.

Donations Solicitation Bill (HB 184): Regulate donation collection receptacles under the Ohio Charitable Solicitation Law. As a leader in the donation industry, Goodwill prioritizes transparency. We believe in ethical practices throughout the donation process, from initial contribution to final use. This legislation aligns with our commitment to social responsibility and advocating for a strong regulatory framework.

Ohio Tri-Share: We support initiatives that address barriers to employment, and childcare is a significant concern for many. The Ohio Tri Share program would address this barrier in a creative way and eliminating barriers to affordable childcare. The state of Ohio, the participating company, and the parent would each pay a portion of the child care cost making childcare affordable for even middle class families. Facilitator hubs would play a pivotal role in this program These hubs or organizations play a crucial role in coordinating the interactions between families, employers, and childcare providers, ensuring the smooth operation of the Tri-Share model.

Legislative Watchlist:
Tackling the Benefits Cliff: The Ohio Goodwills have a strong track record of helping individuals transition off assistance and into sustainable employment. However, many we serve face a significant barrier known as the "benefits cliff." This occurs when a small, sometimes temporary, wage increase results in the loss of critical economic support programs, disincentivizing further work. This issue impacts countless Ohioans and hinders workforce development across the state.

The Ohio Association of Goodwill Industries, a leading provider in workforce development, wholeheartedly supports legislation that addresses the benefits cliff. We believe in empowering individuals to achieve financial stability and build fulfilling careers.

Manufacturing Technologies Assistance Grant Program HB (435): This program fosters economic development by strengthening Ohio's manufacturing sector. The creation of a grant program that small to medium sized manufacturers could apply for to buy new equipment or upgrade facilities. Many of our Goodwill members have manufacturing plants with contracts with Honda, whirlpool, Wooster brush and many others.

Legislative areas
Workforce Development: Goodwill is a leading workforce development organization. Our slogan, "Power of Work," isn't just a slogan, it's a call to action for job creation, training, and economic mobility. We address various employment barriers, including childcare, transportation, homelessness, disability, reintegration for veterans and returning citizens,and Addressing the Benefits Cliff. We advocate for policies that ensure everyone has a fair shot at employment.

Economic Development: While workforce development is our core mission, we significantly contribute to economic development. In 2023, we placed over 5,000 people in high-demand jobs, generating over $53 million in payroll taxes collected. Additionally, our 8,000 employees contribute $160 million in payroll taxes to the state . We collaborate with trade associations to develop skills needed for economic growth across all 88 Ohio counties, spanning sectors like manufacturing and construction. We contribute to building successful and vibrant communities while promoting wealth creation for all Ohioans.

Environmental Sustainability: Goodwill is the go-to store for donated items, and environmental sustainability is central to our mission. Last year, we diverted over 192 million pounds of product from landfills, saving our state money and protecting the environment. This allows resources to be directed towards other crucial areas. Our retail operations not only create jobs but also contribute to environmental well-being by diverting textiles and other items from landfills, ultimately benefiting all Ohioans.