ROCKVILLE — As Americans honor the men and women who have died while serving our country this Memorial Day, Goodwill honors our fallen heroes year-round by providing their families with the support they need through tailored job training, and career and transitional services to help them find jobs and financially support their families.
Gold Star families have diverse and varied career and support needs, and Goodwill helps them work toward their goals as they rebuild their lives. In particular, Goodwill has shown success in assisting a growing number of military families through Operation: GoodJobs, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation. Operation: GoodJobs helps veterans and military families create individualized plans to support the needs of their families and provide job training and placement services to help them build their financial security. Through this investment, Goodwill organizations in five states, California, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington, have supported more than 7,200 veterans and military family members since January 2012. In addition, Goodwill organizations have provided services to more than 241,690 veterans and military family members since 2011.
“Goodwill is honored to help veterans and military and Gold Star families with tailored job placement, employment advice and additional services to help them rebuild their lives after a loss,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Our veterans and military families are resilient, and Goodwill is ready to help them meet their goals of earning jobs and caring for their families.”
Goodwill has been committed to helping veterans transition from military service to civilian employment since World War I. Foundations and government agencies have taken note of this expertise and have given grants to local Goodwill nonprofit organizations around the United States to help veterans and military families receive training to secure employment, pursue credentials or degrees, and strengthen their finances.
The 162 local and independent Goodwill organizations in the United States and Canada provide job placement services, onsite and virtual skills training, employment training and other community-based services, such as career counseling, English-language training, financial education, industry-recognized credentials, résumé preparation, and/or access to reliable transportation and dependent child care.
For more information on Goodwill services for veterans and military families, visit: www.goodwill.org/goodwill-for-you/specialized-services/veterans/
About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.
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