Goodwill Industries expands to county that needs its services

Goodwill Industries is on another building spree in South Carolina.

Five Goodwill stores have been built in Horry County since 2007. Now, Goodwill is adding two more stores in a county that's in need of what the non-profit can offer.

One of the new facilities will be exactly like the Carolina Forest store where David Graham of Conway has been working for the past year, sorting donated items and greeting customers at the donation door.

"It's good experience, you know. You learn different things, you learn something new every day," Graham said.

More people like Graham will soon be able to find work at the new Goodwill stores that will open in Georgetown County this year.

One of them is under construction in Murrells Inlet and scheduled to open this summer. The other store will be in Georgetown.

Each store will employ about 25 to 30 people.

Goodwill officials say they've had plans to expand to Georgetown County for some time.

"The unemployment rates in Georgetown County certainly indicate a need for services to bring in opportunities for people who need jobs," said Goodwill's regional workforce development director Rick Shelley.

Shelley says Georgetown County has a particular need for opportunities for the disabled. For those people, jobs are often set up to match what workers can do.

"At Goodwill, we do job carving where needed, to make a person successful in their abilities to do a particular part of the processing job," Shelley said.

Shelley said Georgetown County residents are also in need of what Goodwill has to sell: inexpensive thrift store items.

"We hear from local folks that, yes, they have to travel to Surfside or Mount Pleasant to visit a Goodwill and they're looking forward to us coming to town."

Both Georgetown County stores will have job link centers, where people can get help finding employment.

Goodwill will be collecting items to sell at those new stores.

In Pawleys Island, donors will be able to drop off gently used clothing and household items from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Franks Restaurant at 10434 Ocean Highway on April 20.

Goodwill will also host donation drives in Murrells Inlet at the Food Lion at 760 Mink Ave. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11 and May 18.

Donors will receive a tax deductible receipt and can be entered to win a 60-second shopping spree at the store grand opening.