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Get a Job and Go Green

Shawn from Phoenix, AZ, asks, “I’ve heard of green jobs and supported clean energy organizations that create jobs for folks. What other areas create green jobs for workers?”

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GCFLatino.org Helps Spanish Speakers Build English, Job Skills

GCFLatino.org creates learning opportunities for Spanish speakers who want to enhance essential skills needed for employment. The web-based curricula of the virtual workshops can help anyone become highly knowledgeable on Windows Office programs, social media platforms, computer applications and day-to-day life skills. Tutorials on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint help users acquire essential skills for office or administrative positions.

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My Story: Gabi Argotti

Gabi came to Goodwill as a single mom, surviving on welfare with limited work experience, and little computer and office skills. While participating in the agency's Customer Service Supply Chain program, she gained valuable computer skills that would lead to a job as a part-time receptionist, and eventually as a full-time administrative assistant, at the agency. She is now attending college and is proud to be a positive role model for her daughter.

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State of the Union Address Includes Programs for Job Seekers

On Tuesday evening, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress, outlining messages that are likely to form the foundation for his reelection campaign. The president’s speech acknowledged that, at a time when unemployment is stubbornly declining from the highest rates experienced in a generation, growing industries in science and technology can’t find workers with the right skills to perform the jobs they need to fill.

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File Your Taxes for Free and Claim the Credits You Earned

Rita from Corpus Christi asks, “How can I get help filing my taxes and be sure that I get all the tax credits that I qualify for?”

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Students Give Each Other a Hand Up in Tallahassee Goodwill® Donation Drive

A six-year partnership between Goodwill Industries-Big Bend (FL) and Leon County Schools (LCS) is helping students in need give each other a hand up through an annual voucher system and donation drive. At the beginning of each school year, LCS social workers receive Goodwill vouchers to distribute to students throughout the year when needed. In return, Leon County Schools allows Goodwill to have an annual district-wide clothing drive.

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My Story: Calvin Okeson

Calvin had retired with a long and successful job history, but realized he wasn't quite ready to leave the workforce completely. After struggling to use online job search tools and find a job with his criminal background, he sought assistance from Rappahannock Goodwill Industries. There, he acquired valuable job search and networking skills which helped him get hired on to a new position.

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Home Organization Tips for Parents Heading Back to Work

Whether you’ve been on maternity leave or have had a period of unemployment, returning to work after a few months can be a complicated time of transition. If you haven’t been leaving the house regularly at a certain time, achieving this daily can be a challenge! Read on to learn about some organized systems and habits that will support you.

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Congressional Action Can Prevent Worsening Poverty Situation

A new study released by Indiana University finds that poverty is likely to get worse despite a recovering economy due to long periods of unemployment, continued impact on budget cuts to social programs and the quality of new jobs. The study warns that if Congress does not protect benefits for the long-term unemployed, and continues to make cuts to social safety net programs while reducing state fiscal relief, the poverty situation will worsen.

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Need a Job? Consider Work-at-Home Employment

Keiko from San Francisco, CA, asks, “What are good options for work-at-home jobs?”

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Single Mothers Seeking Jobs Turn to NY/NJ Goodwill®

For most single mothers in the Bronx, their number one priority is to keep their children safe. Many of these women do not thrive in traditional school settings, so Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey focused its Good Jobs program on turning job seekers into job holders in high-growth industries such as health care, retail and hospitality.

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My Story: Robbie Thomas

Eleven years ago, Robbie was living on the streets of Los Angeles with nowhere to turn. After being referred to Goodwill, she took a free computer class -- a move which gave her the skills she needed to be hired as an administrative assistant at the agency. She now works as an employment services specialist, helping people who were once in her shoes empower themselves through work.

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