Tis the season of tax preparation! According to a recent survey by TaxSlayer, more than half of U.S. adults find the tax-filing process stressful. Luckily, local Goodwill organizations are willing to take this burden off your shoulders, at no cost! More than 20 local Goodwill organizations across the nation offer free tax preparation services.
Jasmine Bible was 17 years old when she got her first job as a cashier at Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana (Indianapolis, IN). She struggled to find reliable transportation, stable housing and dependable child care for her son with special needs. Eager to advance her career, Bible took advantage of every opportunity available to her through Goodwill®.
January is National Reaching Your Potential Month, and a new tool at Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County (Wilmington) is helping residents do just that. According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 19,000 Delaware residents are unemployed. In an effort to combat unemployment, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County launched Career Connection, a digital career services platform that supports job seekers through the process of securing employment.
In December 2018, the Easter Seals Goodwill ND, Inc. (Mandan, ND) store in Jamestown, ND was presented with the Business of the Month award. The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Jamestown honor businesses that provide superior customer service, exhibit community spirit and provide a positive economic impact to the community.
The holiday season will be a little more special for one Florida family. Thanks to Goodwill Manasota and Florida Power & Light (FPL), the Landis family’s home has been transformed into a winter wonderland at no cost to them, complete with more than 1,000 energy-efficient lights, a Santa Claus figure, stocking and present props, and even a palm tree!
Goodwill® organizations around the country are committed to serving all members of the community, especially those facing specific challenges finding work. All too often, people transitioning back into society face a difficult stigma that causes challenges to gaining meaningful employment. To help alleviate this problem, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is expanding its re-entry programs in Northwest Arkansas through its new resource center.
At Everglades University, students, staff and faculty choose a nonprofit to support each month. The Suits for Vets charitable effort was a particularly good fit for the campus: Everglades University is a yellow ribbon school, serving many veterans who are on campus getting their education after serving our country. The partnership was cemented after school representatives visited the Veterans Services Program office and heard how Goodwill works to address critical needs of the local veteran population.
In the minds of many, Goodwill® is the place to drop off donations and shop at cheaper prices. The nonprofit organization brings a lot more to the table, though. Goodwill’s overarching mission is to help community members find jobs. Goodwill Southeast Georgia serves 29 counties in Georgia and four counties in South Carolina. That area coverage includes 17 retail stores and four career centers. The Job Connection Center, located directly beside the Goodwill store in Brunswick, located at 249 Village at Glynn Place, offers workshops, professional development, GED courses and computer access. The center’s staff provides résumé and interviewing skills training and teach courses in hospitality training, soft skills development and computer skills.
Six months after launching Goodwill’s Digital Career AcceleratorSM program with founding partner Google, Goodwill®Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. has blown past all training and placement benchmarks. The program is part of a three-year$300,000 Google.org grant to provide technical training and employment services for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Through this grant, Goodwill NYNJ provided information, assessment and digital training to 6,773 people (225% of the six-month goal set by Google) and placed 803 individuals in jobs using the digital skills they gained.
All too often, many people face challenges when trying to find employment. One of these is having access to necessary skills training. To address the issue head-on, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake has collaborated with CVS Health and Baltimore City Community College to open a “CVS Mock Pharmacy” to provide an innovative classroom experience for aspiring pharmacy technicians and retail associates.
At the Recycling Council of Alberta’s annual Rolling out the Recycling Red Carpetconference Thursday, September 20, Goodwill Industries of Alberta was awarded an Rs of Excellence Award for innovation and excellence in the operation of Canada’s first Impact Centre.
On Saturday, August 25, Goodwill Olympics & Rainier Region (Tacoma) gave approximately 850 teachers and educators 50,000 free books at four local Goodwill® retail stores in order to address the need for age appropriate books in elementary and middle schools in southwest Washington.