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Nonprofit Revenue up 3%, Client Base Rises 2%
Volunteers Increase 10%, Staff Up 4% at 93 Groups

December 5, 2016
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By Michael De Los Reyes , Orange County Business Journal

'Everyone's a winner’ at the Faley Special Games
June 6, 2016
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By Brian Whitehead

Goodwill Data Plan to Connect Vets in Need, Service Providers
June 22, 2015
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By Kate Schwartz, Orange County Business Journal

Read the article titled: Most Influential 2014: Frank Talarico
Most Influential 2014: Frank Talarico
December 26, 2014
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By Heather Skyler, Orange County Register

Read the article titled: Seeking a sense of hope: More than 90% of Californians with mental illness struggle to find, keep job
Seeking a sense of hope: More than 90% of Californians with mental illness struggle to find, keep jobs
December 25, 2014
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By Bernard J. Wolfson, Orange County Register

Raquel Toledo darts cheerfully from aisle to aisle at a Dollar Tree store in Mission Viejo, re-shelving misplaced merchandise and picking up items that careless customers have knocked to the floor.

The work is tedious, but it gives Toledo a sense of security and self-esteem she never knew before. By her own unabashed admission, the 27-year-old daughter of Mexican immigrants was a “troublemaker” in her teens and early adult years – completely “messed up.”

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Goodwill Goes After Hipster Shoppers With New Boutique Store
December 17, 2014
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By Liz Dywer, Takepart.com

If you’ve ever spent a Saturday afternoon combing through the racks of clothing at your local thrift store, you know that finding a shirt or a pair of pants that looks stylish (not dated) can sometimes be tough. But what if buying used items were more like shopping in a fashionable boutique, complete with attractive furniture, books, and clothing displayed to catch the eye of a younger, more chic clientele?

That’s the idea behind Rare by Goodwill, a community concept store full of upcycled skinny jeans and record turntables that opened in early December in Anaheim, Calif. According to the store’s website, the retail space is to spark shoppers’ imagination and help them “reinvent something to fit your individual personality.” To that end, “unique items, from clothing and shoes to home goods and décor, will be specially chosen and transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces by each individual shopper.”

The store is located in Anaheim’s Center Street Promenade, a newly remade downtown shopping district with vegan-friendly restaurants, a yoga studio, and shops that sell handcrafted jewelry—which all attract socially conscious and trendy millennial shoppers.

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Goodwill's latest experiment: A 'rare' boutique targeting the hipster crowd
December 16, 2014
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By Lily Leung, Orange County Register

Goodwill of Orange County’s new shop in downtown Anaheim is like a cross between an Urban Outfitters store and a Williamsburg hipster’s fantasy loft.

Old-timey typewriters are perched above rows of curated men’s hats, sneakers and boots. Three turntable stations let customers play any of the boutique’s large selection of vinyl records before purchasing. And an art installation made of books reads in bold, capital letters, “We are anything but ordinary. We are rare.”

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Commentary: Donating your old stuff means training, jobs for others
Commentary: Donating your old stuff means training, jobs for others
December 12, 2014
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By Frank Talarico Jr.

Do you know what's lurking in your garage? Under your bed? In your closet?

It's opportunity.

For the last 90 years, Goodwill of Orange County stores have used revenue from the resale of donated goods to fund programs and services that help local people — including veterans and individuals with disabilities — find employment and receive job-skills training. It also pays for a growing and increasingly valuable set of services, including Wellness for Work initiatives, physical therapy and fitness classes designed especially for people with physical disabilities or chronic illness, all available at the Goodwill Fitness Center.

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Goodwill a trend leader? That's the goal, CEO says
December 4, 2014
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By Jenna L. Jones, Orange County Register

Perusing secondhand goods in the hopes of landing a trendy find just got a little easier in Orange County. Goodwill Industries of Orange County is opening its second boutique-style store today at the Center Street Promenade in downtown Anaheim.

Unique among Goodwill’s other 23 stores in the county, RARE by Goodwill offers hand-selected items geared toward fashion-forward consumers.

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Read the article titled: OC Goodwill employee behind multimillion-dollar operation set to retire
OC Goodwill employee behind multimillion-dollar operation set to retire
November 16, 2014
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By Theresa Walker, Orange County Register

Is it Leonel Barragan’s smooth, Spanish-accented baritone that does it? That voice, used in Goodwill of Orange County public service announcements, and for 16 years as the auctioneer at the popular Goodwill Marketplace, does invite the comparison. So do his bearded, movie star good looks. And the way he’s dressed – natty, with a jacket and open collar – for a weekday at a place where he’s worked 45 years.

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OC Register Metro Hot 25: Frank Talarico, Jr.
November 2014
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By Jerry Hicks

Goodwill of Orange County's president and CEO, Frank Talarico, Jr., has the 90-year-old noprofit on the move. Retail growth at the county's 24 stores is up 37 percent since he took over in January 2012. Its online shopping growth has more than doubled. But even more important: Talarico is slowly turning around the Goodwill image.

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Momfluential: The Secret Source for the Best Halloween Costumes in the OC
The Secret Source for the Best Halloween Costumes in the OC
October 8, 2014
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By Angela - Blogger

Shopping for Halloween costumes for four children can get really pricy.

Have you been to the OC Goodwill Boutique in Tustin?

The OC Goodwill Boutique gave us a sneak peek of their fabulous Halloween section. It might not occur to you to shop secondhand for Halloween, but it should. There a million reasons why OC Goodwill is one of the best kept secrets of local Halloween costume pros & aficianados.

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For Goodwill stores, 'Halloween is our Christmas'
October 7, 2014
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By Lily Leung, Orange County Register

While big-box stores still have a few more weeks to prep for their busiest time of the year, Goodwill of Orange County is already in the midst of its holiday peak season.

“Halloween is our Christmas,” said Eric Smissen, the nonprofit’s visual specialist, as he stood near a Day of the Dead-styled mannequin that steals the show at Goodwill’s Tustin boutique.

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The best of him hasn't changed
August 15, 2014
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By Marcia C. Smith, Orange County Register

The day I finally got Alec “Bunk” Wurth on the phone, we were both busy.

I had a column to write, several interviews to do, a dog to walk, a living room to vacuum and a bike ride to squeeze in so that I can keep squeezing into my jeans.

Wurth, 44, of Orange, had a two-hour workout at the Goodwill Fitness Center in Santa Ana, a thesis to complete for his second master’s degree – this one in art education from the Art Academy of America – and several commissioned paintings to finish in his home studio.

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KTLA: We Care Wednesday Clothing Drive
We Care Wednesday Clothing Drive
July 30, 2014
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By Gayle Anderson and Nancy Cruz

Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa for the WE CARE WEDNESDAY CLOTHING DRIVE at the Orange County Fair. The 2014 Orange County Fair is now open through Sunday, August 10th. This year’s fair, with the theme, “Summer Starts Here,” consists of 23 days of food, exhibits, rides, animals and shopping. With all of the discounts, promotions and deals offered by the OC Fair, all of this fun can be enjoyed without breaking your bank.

Fairgoers can save on admission and give back to the community by participating in the “We Care Wednesday” weekly donation drives, which offer FREE admission and one FREE carnival ride per person with the proper donation. Donation requirements change weekly. Click HERE for this year’s schedule and guidelines.

Today’s “We Care Wednesday” donation drive is a clothing drive benefiting Goodwill of Orange County. Donate 5 new or gently used clothing items and receive free admission plus one FREE carnival ride per person from Noon to 3 PM TODAY.

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Smith: Big hitters helping Orange County vets
June 23, 2014
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By Marcia C. Smith, Orange County Register

The CEO of Goodwill of Orange County, the Angels chairman and a former U.S. Army general played a round on Friday at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point.

Get these heavy – and long and straight – hitters together for 18 holes at the Goodwill Invitational charity tournament, and you know they won’t just be making small talk.

In their own ways, all three of these golfers are players in how the military drawdown will affect our country and, yes, our county.

George Casey, the former general and chief of staff of the U.S. Army, knows that the vast majority of the military personnel who will be ending their service careers soon will be searching for employment.

Frank Talarico Jr., the CEO of Santa Ana-based Goodwill of Orange County, expects California to continue to lead Texas, Florida and New York as the top destination state for honorably discharged military servicemen as they transition into civilian life.

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