Dear Friend of Goodwill

Welcome to the 2014 Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. Annual Report. We hope you take the time to learn more about our mission, watch a few of our wonderful stories, and see how together we are Making our Community Stronger.

As always, our success is not possible without the many supporters we have in the community including donors, shoppers, corporate supporters, community partners, and program participants.

In 2014 we placed 2,506 program participants into jobs and hired 210 new employees at Goodwill. 39 percent of our new employees came from Goodwill programs. We are extremely proud of these individuals as they now have a chance to fulfill their dreams of leading productive, independent lives. Additionally, we provided job readiness, skills training, case management and placement services to over 58,292 individuals.

Growth, coupled with diversity of Goodwill’s funding streams to support mission-related activities, helped us to maintain strong financials in a trying year. Retail and donations from the public provided the largest sources of revenue for Goodwill’s workforce development services. We’re proud that these funding streams can help us weather any economic storm or cut in governmental funding.

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. operates 29 retail locations with 1.7 million individuals making purchases during the year generating $34.6 million in retail sales. We opened 3 new locations in Towson,  Ellicott City, and Rosedale. To support the stores, we collected over 35,120 bags of clothing, shoes and household items from 969,523 donors, diverting over 19 million pounds of goods from landfills.

Additionally, 482,572 pounds of computers and electronic components were collected through the Dell Computer Recycling Program.

The true impact of our services is exemplified through Myron. You can learn his story through his own words, but Myron is the epitome of Goodwill working to make one person’s life better. He enrolled in Goodwill’s job readiness program within several weeks of being released from prison.  With the help of our talented and amazing staff, Myron created a career plan that included on the job paid training at Goodwill’s Recycling & Transportation Center through our Transitional Work Program.  As a result of his hard work and dedication, Goodwill hired Myron without hesitation at the completion of the program. He went on to obtain his CDL license and continued to take on more responsibility regularly. Promoted twice in two years, Myron was most recently promoted to Donations Services Supervisor in November—his third promotion since 2012! His desire to work and access to our services were a winning combination.

In 2015 we will grow our retail division with new stores, expand our career services, and continue to make our organization an Employer of Choice. As always we will embody our organizational values of Accountability, Collaboration, Community Engagement, Performance Excellence, and Respect and Compassion. Our vision for the future is for Goodwill’s leadership, program innovation, and determination to transform its community into one in which all individuals have the opportunity to work and succeed in their journey to build successful independent lives.

Thank you for your support. Sincerely,

Jeff Jacobson
Chairman of the Board

Lisa Rusyniak
President & CEO

Board of Directors


  • Jeff Jacobson Board Chair Mister, Burton, and French, LLC
  • David J. Downey, Jr. Vice Chair DTZ
  • Dean Kenderdine Immediate Past Chair Maryland State Retirement Agency

  • Donna Wilson Secretary Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company
  • Clay Henry Treasurer PNC Harborside
  • Lisa Rusyniak President & CEO Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.


  • Robert Aumiller MacKenzie
  • Laura Barnard PMO Strategies LLC
  • Joy Bramble The Baltimore Times
  • Kevin Byrne Baltimore Ravens
  • Joan Corcoran Community Volunteer
  • Joe Durham The Columbia Bank
  • Valerie Frank-Solorzano New York Life
  • Herbert Goldman Gordon Feinblatt, LLC
  • Kenneth Grant Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Thomas Kazmierczak T. Rowe Price
  • Lillian Suffolk Kilroy OneMain Financial
  • Robert Kimmons Whiting-Turner
  • Jayne Miller WBAL-TV 11
  • Alexander Sanchez Office of the Mayor
  • Joel Suldan Life Bridge Health
  • Joyce R. Van Dee Law Offices of Joyce Rogers Van Dee
  • Frances Taylor Taylor and Ryan, LLC
  • Ashley Warrick CohnReznick
  • Kim Weaver Community Volunteer