Goodwill Central Coast’s philanthropic Round-Up Program funneled more than $5,000 to various charities and nonprofits throughout 2022.
Described as “change for change,” the initiative allows shoppers to round-up purchases to the nearest dollar and donate that amount to a designated charity — with other donation options displayed on the credit card terminal machine.
Local beneficiaries within GCC’s communities (Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Cruz counties) included the following:
- Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, is a financial rescue for pets experiencing a health crisis.
- Cookies for Kids Cancer, funding research for new, improved, and most importantly less toxic treatments for kids battling all types of pediatric cancers.
- ALS Association, in support of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease
- SC Downtown Streets Team, restoring dignity, inspiring hope, and providing a pathway to recover from homelessness.
- Homeless Garden Project provides transitional support, job training, and social work support to individuals experiencing homelessness.
Additionally, GCC donated rounded-up change in October to benefit the Florida Goodwill Association and its voucher program to aid displaced victims from Hurricane Ian — with GCC matching a minimum of $5,000.