ROCKFORD, Illinois – SwedishAmerican and Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois are pleased to announce that 4,136 pounds of items were donated by SwedishAmerican employees in this year’s Goodwill Donation Drive.

SwedishAmerican’s annual drive is the largest in the region for Goodwill. This year’s drive ran from March 25 through April 8 and included 18 drop-off locations around the health system. Employees contributed used clothing, computers, household items, small electronics, toys, games, sporting goods, shoes, jewelry and purses.

“Goodwill is grateful for SwedishAmerican Health System’s continued support through this annual donation drive,” stated Ben Bernsten, President of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. “The SwedishAmerican donations this year were exceptionally bountiful and will help provide individuals in the community with the opportunity to experience the power and dignity of work through Goodwill’s employment programs.”

This year’s total of 4,136 pounds more than doubled what is usually donated annually from SwedishAmerican employees.

“SwedishAmerican is proud of the long-standing partnership we’ve had with Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois,” said SwedishAmerican President and CEO Dr. Michael Born. “We fully support Goodwill’s programs and share in their mission of giving back to our community.”

About SwedishAmerican:

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics, and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Visit www.swedishamerican.org to learn more.

About Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois:
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a community-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives. Goodwill funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in its 12 retail stores located in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. In 2018, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois served 24,560 people in the communities in which it resides. A three-year CARF accreditation — official recognition that the organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices — was awarded to Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois for its employment programs in 2018. Goodwill has stores in Northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake, and Algonquin) and Beloit, WI, and employs more than 550 people. Visit www.goodwillni.org to learn more.