Goodwill 2015 Annual Report

Dear Friends of Goodwill

We hope you enjoy the 2015 Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. Annual Report. Hopefully, it will give you an in-depth understanding of our organization and how we believe in our goal of Growing a Better Baltimore Together.

Our success is not possible without support in the community. It is the loyal donors, shoppers, corporate supporters, community partners, and program participants that allowed us to continue to grow and deliver effective results in our 96th year.

In 1919, Reverend John S. German and a group of prominent civic leaders first incorporated the Baltimore Goodwill Industries and opened the first factory in the Fellowship Hall of Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church. Since then, we have used creative solutions and hard work to help our community advance and its citizens prosper. 

While 2015 was a difficult year in our city, it was also a year of hope and promise. After the unrest in April, Goodwill industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. silently took the lead in fulfilling our mission of helping people find jobs. A full staff effort included increasing our presence in West Baltimore, increasing our program outreach to the community and a voucher program committed to providing Goodwill store support to those who needed belongings in a time of need. 

2015 was also a record breaking year for Goodwill as we placed 3,307 program participants into jobs! Additionally, we provided basic services and referrals to 35,069 individuals. Job readiness, skills training and placement services were provided to 5,017 new participants. Staff held 112 hiring events with local employers. Four job fairs were sponsored by a United Way Grant and, in total, had over 1,000 individuals in attendance. 

Our SEETTS program, which assists ex-offenders with employment, training and transitional services, facilitated its first ever Expungement and Self-Advocacy Fair. Eight community organizations were present, with over 192 individuals attending and 33 people registering for legal aid to further review their cases for possible record expungement. We also opened our first official Baltimore County Career Center at Turner Station through a new partnership with Baltimore County Department of Parks and Recreation. We continue to offer job readiness classes through the Baltimore County Library System as well.

Retail and donations from the public provided the largest sources of revenue for Goodwill’s workforce development services. Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. operated 29 retail locations with over 1.7 million individuals making purchases during the year. Over 1 million contributors donated to one of Goodwill’s donation centers. Donors contributed over 34 million pounds of clothing, shoes and household items. We also opened our sixth store in Anne Arundel County in Edgewater, MD with over 1,000 individuals shopping on opening day. The new store employs 17 community members.

Our story is always best told through the successful individuals we see every day. People like Christy.  When Christy came to Goodwill she was faced with many challenges including being a single parent with no home and no income. She enrolled in Goodwill’s FOCUSED program, which helps individuals transition off of welfare. Christy excelled through the program and found employment with 7-Eleven. She immediately excelled and was promoted four times in two years. Because of her success, Christy was invited to a closed door session with members of Congress to share her story. 

In 2016, we will continue our efforts to become one of the region’s top leaders in providing prepared candidates for entry level and middle-skilled jobs.  We will fuel our retail economic engine by opening two new stores. As one of the largest nonprofits and employers in the region, we will continue to make Goodwill a recognized “Best Place to Work” by modeling our organizational values, expanding case management/life coaching services to our employees, and increasing training opportunities for all staff.  

It is clear that Goodwill’s staff are inspired and proud to be a part of the rich history of a treasured organization whose mission is to help people build successful independent lives.  It is this mission that drives Goodwill’s staff and volunteers every day to realize our goals for the betterment of our community.

Thank you for your support.

Jeff Jacobson

Chairman of the Board

Lisa Rusyniak

President & CEO



  • Jeff Jacobson
    Board Chair
    Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra
  • David J. Downey, Jr.
    Vice Chair
    Cushman & Wakefield
  • Dean Kenderdine
    Immediate Past Chair
    Maryland State Retirement Agency
  • Clay Henry
    PNC Wealth Management
  • Donna Wilson
    Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company
  • Lisa Rusyniak
    President & CEO
    Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.


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    The Baltimore Times
  • Kevin Byrne
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  • Joan Corcoran
    Community Volunteer
  • Seth Dunbar
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  • Joe Durham
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  • Kenneth Grant
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  • Thomas Kazmierczak
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  • Lillian Suffolk Kilroy
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  • Robert Kimmons
  • Jayne Miller
    WBAL-TV 11
  • Michael Powell
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  • Joel Suldan
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  • Frances Taylor
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  • Joyce R. Van Dee, Esq.
    Law Offices of Joyce Rogers Van Dee
  • Ashley Warrick
  • Kim Weaver
    Community Volunteer