HARLINGEN — Goodwill Industries is moving dirt on a second facility in the city, this one a $1.3 million donation station and store which should be finished by the end of the year.

The new donation center, which will cover almost 12,000 square feet, is being built at 1101 N. Ed Carey Drive next to the new Tru Fit Athletic Club.

Goodwill already has a facility in the city at 702 Dixieland Drive.

Marjorie Boudreaux, vice president of marketing and fund development for Goodwill Industries of South Texas in Corpus Christi, said her organization is enthusiastic about the location of the new facility on heavily traveled Ed Carey Drive.

“We’ve seen that there’s a lot of growth in that area, and that space is going to be visible, lots of traffic, so we want to make donating to Goodwill convenient for the Harlingen community, and also shopping for the community,” she said.

Boudreaux said the new building will serve dual purposes.

“It’s going to be a store and a donation station,” she said. “It’ll have a drive-thru donation station. We know that donors are motivated by cars and the convenience, so we are building this stand-alone building which will feature a drive-thru donation station as well as the store.”

Boudreaux said the older location in the city will continue to operate.

“We’re going to have two locations,” she said. “Assuming there are no more delays, we’re hoping to be open by the end of the year or the first part of next year.”

Goodwill has a learning center at its current location and the donations and the re-sale of these items creates the revenue which funds the organization’s mission services program, she said.

“We’re a non-profit, so a lot of people connect Goodwill with our stores and our donation stations, which is great, because that’s how we put ourselves out there,” Boudreaux said.

“But really the heart of why we do that is to be able to provide more job training and employment placement programs for people, especially in the Harlingen community,” she added. “In order for us to grow our ability to provide services, we need to grow our revenue through our stores and our donation stations.”

Despite the initial weather delay, contractor Paving Solutions of Alamo was leveling dirt at the Ed Carey Drive site yesterday afternoon.

Boudreaux said Harlingen has proved to be a generous place for Goodwill, and there is a definite need for the organization’s job training programs here in the Rio Grande Valley.

“So yes, to answer your question, it is an investment in the Harlingen community,” she said.

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What is Goodwill?

Goodwill Industries International Inc. is an American nonprofit.

Its primary focus is providing job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have barriers preventing them from entering the workforce.

Goodwill is funded by a massive network of retail thrift stores which operate as nonprofits as well.

New Harlingen facility

LOCATION: 1101 N. Ed Carey Dr.

START DATE: July 1

COMPLETION DATE: Dec. 31

BUILDING SIZE: 11,979 square feet

COST: $1.3 million

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