Launched in 2012 with a $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, Operation: GoodJobs helped 800 veterans and family members in two states. Based on the success of that pilot, the Walmart Foundation renewed its commitment the following year with $5 million in funding that expanded the initiative to four states with high concentrations of veterans: California, New York, North Carolina and Texas, changing the lives of 7,820 people in 12 communities. This year, the grant expanded from California, Texas, North Carolina and Washington State, to include veterans in South Carolina.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women veterans are the minority of both the veteran population and the working women population. In 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 49,000 women veterans in the U.S. were unemployed. The initiative has helped women veterans gain meaningful employment at an average national wage of $15.48. The main priority of Operation: GoodJobs in its third iteration is to bring employment and training opportunities to more women veterans across the country.
Participating local Goodwill organizations and links to their Operation: GoodJobs initiatives are listed below. If you have any additional questions, please contact your local Goodwill or call 1-800-GOODWILL.
|Sub-Grantees||Goodwill Veteran URL|
|Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina||http://www.goodwillsc.org/job-training/programs|
|Goodwill of Houston||https://www.goodwillhouston.org/services/for-veterans/|
|Goodwill Southern California||https://www.goodwillsocal.org/career-services/veteran-employment/|
|Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties||http://www.goodwillvsb.org/index.php/workforce-services/operation-goodjobs|
|Goodwill San Antonio||https://www.goodwillsa.org/services/vetcenter|
|Goodwill San Diego County||https://sdgoodwill.org/programs/veterans/|
|Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont||https://goodwillsp.org/military-veteran-services/|
|Goodwill Olympics & Rainer Region||https://www.goodwillwa.org/training/veteran/|
Read the official press release here.