353/365: 12/19/2013. Red Bow!

With the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping season nearly upon us, United Services is calling on residents of the Quiet Corner to “GoodShop” for their neighbors in need.  Simply go to the United Services website at www.UnitedServicesCT.org and click on the “GoodShop” logo at the bottom of the page.  The online shopping portal will then offer users discounts to hundreds of popular online retailers, with each retailer donating a percentage of the purchase price back to United Services at no cost to the purchaser.

By using GoodShop through United Services, consumers can help their neighbors in need right here in Northeast Connecticut.  Proceeds from GoodShop sales through United Services will help to support critical programs in the Quiet Corner, including the only Domestic Violence shelters and services in Windham County, the Center for Autism, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support groups and other programs that are vital to the community.

GoodShop offers access to hundreds of well known retailers including Amazon, Toys R Us, Apple, Gap, Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, Orbitz, Staples and others.   The shopping experience and the prices are exactly the same as going to the online retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop, up to 37% of the purchase price will be donated back to United Services.  And, GoodShop will provide links to valuable coupons and discounts for each retailer.

“While shopping locally and helping area merchants is the best way to support our community, today more and more people are shopping online” said John Goodman, United Services Director of Development. “If you’re going to shop online you can still make every online purchase help our community by using GoodShop, providing vital support to our local programs like the Domestic Violence shelters.”

The United Services Domestic Violence Program provides support, advocacy, referral and counseling for victims of domestic violence and their children. Emergency shelter and referrals are also available for families who need a safe place in a crisis. All calls are confidential. Support groups are also available to the community and shelter residents. Certified, trained domestic violence advocates provide all services.

The GoodShop link at www.UnitedServicesCT.org is active all year ‘round, not just during the holidays.  A link for “GoodSearch,” which raises approximately one cent each time you use it to search the Internet, is also available on the United Services homepage.