“I’ve always wanted to be part of something that’s more than making dollars and cents,” says Scott Jenkins. That’s why he joined Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois nine years ago. Now, as head of retail operations, his primary focus is making and saving money—money that allows Goodwill to serve our communities with job skills training, youth mentoring, veteran housing and more than 300 job positions.
"When our shoppers come into the buildings, we want them to have a good experience every time. If you don’t have good lighting, you’re disadvantaged right off the bat,” Scott says. And the lighting in his stores wasn’t good. With the shadows it cast, employees could easily miss small stains or tears in donated merchandise, and lower quality goods could end up on the sales floor.
That’s why Goodwill used Ameren Illinois’ energy-efficient lighting program to relight five of its locations. The financial incentives covered significant portions of the upgrade costs—61% of the two most recent upgrades, in fact. And now Goodwill continues to save on its energy costs.
“Each store ended up with new lighting, a brighter environment for our customers and a great place to shop,” Scott says. “We’re seeing a reduction in costs and the amount of watts we’re using. The lighting’s made a big difference.”