Minutes from April 17, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 

  Open Board of Directors Meeting

San Bernardino Community College District

 114 S. Del Rosa Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:  Dimitrios Alexiou, Carole Beswick, Erin Brinker, Ken Coate, Bill Easley, Fran Inman, Lowell King, John Mirau, Tom Nightingale and Phil Waller.     

Announcements: 1) A retirement party will be held for Ty Schuiling at 4p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 2086 South E Street, San Bernardino.  Details will be e-mailed to members.  2) The Cal State University San Bernardino Philanthropic Foundation will have a reception and dinner as a tribute to President Al Karnig on Saturday, May 12, 2012 .  For more information or to register please go online to http://gala.csusb.edu 3) If you plan to attend the trip to Sacramento May 21 & May 22 please complete the reservation form and submit it as soon as possible.

M/S/P: Minutes of the April 10, 2012 meeting

Lowell King, Regional Operations Officer summarized the history of Goodwill and then introduced Craig Smith, Chief Operations Officer, Goodwill Southern California.  Goodwill was founded in 1902 by Rev. Edgar Helms.  Helms and his congregation collected used household goods and clothing being discarded in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired the unemployed or bereft to mend and repair them. The products were then redistributed to those in need for a nominal price or were given to the needy people who helped to repair them.  Rev. Helms recognized that the less fortunate did not want charity; they really wanted an opportunity for a sustainable life.

Goodwill has worked to change the thrift store mentality and has begun to leverage its stores to advocate their guiding principles of empowering individuals, advancing businesses, enriching the community and caring for the earth.  Rather than the silo approach they are working towards a matrix that blends the branches of their operation together.  Assessment of each community is an integral part of their success but in general they are focusing on veterans, prisoner re-entry, youth and youth at risk, in addition to those with disabilities.

Veterans are an important resource and Goodwill now serves as the job component in the nationwide program “Got your 6”.  They offer job placement, special training programs, on the job training opportunities and referrals in addition to a hotline for other ancillary services.  Other companies joining the national campaign, like Disney and other studios, are hiring and publicizing the importance of hiring veterans.  Goodwill also held a “Boots to Suits” campaign that gave veterans up to $50.00 credit for them to purchase job appropriate attire in their retail stores.  This campaign will be held again on Memorial Day.

The San Bernardino campus has made a successful turnaround since 2004.  Their retail branch is up 70%, contributions have increased from 8 million to 20 million, and their contract services (such as shredding and electronic recycling) made 1.4 million last year. They were able to purchase the property and now have plans for the buildings growth with LEEDS gold standard.  The Inland Empire’s 22 retail stores employ 750 people and had 22.2 million in retail sales last year.  They plan for an additional six stores to be opened in the next three years.  They assisted over 24,000 people and businesses and they placed 3,196 people in jobs last year.

Job placement for individuals with disabilities and vocational challenges is the mission of Goodwill industries.   They focus on a for profit business plan with a nonprofit mission.  After expenses, 92% of their income goes back to the program

A Q & A period and a tour of the facility followed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 a.m.