Goodwill Donor Recognition Wall

A fire in 1996 destroyed the Goodwill Center in Klamath Falls,Oregon.  In an act of renewed commitment to this southern Oregon community, Goodwill purchased 2.25 acres of land and built a new facility, which opened in the fall of 1998.  This action was made possible largely through material and cash donations from the local community.

The staff at Goodwill then embarked upon a special venture.  They called upon the artisans at Illahe Tileworks to create a “Donor Recognition Wall” honoring those who had given financial support to the new facility and to the mission of Goodwill International.  Susan Springer, artist and owner of Illahe Tileworks, worked with the staff to custom design the wall that would incorporate the logo of Goodwill, while creating a distinctive art piece to grace the community.

The Donor Recognition Wall consists of a 30 square foot panel of ceramic tiles with names printed on them.  These 60 tiles, measuring 6” x 6”, contain up to eight names of Goodwill supporters.  The Goodwill logo was replicated in brightly glazed ceramic tiles and incorporated into the overall design of the wall.  It stands as a constant symbol of the community’s commitment and to the mission of Goodwill Industries; “Helping to Create a Better Community!”

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