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My Story: Jerry Jackson

Jerry is a Vietnam with more than 20 years of service in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard. After retiring from service in 1995, he was unable to find work due to physical ailments. The VA suggested he find a training program to get back into a routine, which led him to Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA. There, staff helped create a customized curriculum for Jerry that taught him how to use a computer, the Internet and a digital camera. He now uses these skills in his everyday life and is thankful for the training he received.

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Stand with Goodwill® in Supporting Funding for Job Training Programs

Action is needed to prevent Congress from drastically cutting funding for job training programs that support Goodwill’s efforts to help people with employment challenges in your community to find jobs and advance in careers. Send a letter to your members of Congress and ask them to support the Senate version of the FY 2012 spending bill that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

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How to Get a Job If You Have Been Out of Work for a While

Justin from Irving, TX, asks, "What can I do if I've been unemployed for an extended period of time?"

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Goodwill® to Help People with Disabilities in South Korea Go to Work

Goodwill Industries International is partnering with the Together Foundation to expand the Goodwill Industries® mission and social enterprise model in South Korea, establishing a social welfare model that creates jobs and support for people with disabilities. The plan includes opening up 100 stores, serving 3,000 people with disabilities and creating 1,000 jobs for people with disadvantages over the next five years, specifically within the network of Goodwill affiliates in the cities of Busan, Seoul and Suwon.

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My Story: Jackie Weimer

After ending her 30-year career in the loss prevention industry due to health issues, Jackie decided to focus her attention on working on her ranch and training racehorses. However, because of her physical limitations, she was having a hard time staying active and independent. Goodwill Industries of Denver's AgrAbility Program helped connect her with the equipment she needed to perform all of the tasks on the farm, including a utility task vehicle and a manure vac, and keep her farm running.

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Fresno State Kicks Off Goodwill® Donation Drive with Flash Mob

Fresno State University students jump-started their campus-wide donation drive on Monday, October 24, with a flash mob and rally (video below). Working alongside the Goodwill of San Joaquin Valley (Stockton, CA), service learning students from the Craig School of Business teamed up with Fresno State’s University Student Union and the Break the Barriers community organization to support the Donate Movement.

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Finding Jobs for Veterans Is a High Priority for White House, Goodwill®

On Tuesday, October 25, President Obama announced two executive actions that aim to help veterans find jobs. Goodwill® commends efforts to create more jobs for service members, veterans and their families in light of the continuing challenges this population faces in transitioning to the civilian workforce, and plans to release a white paper next month to help stakeholders understand the current employment situation and support systems for this population.

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Six Strategies to Make Employers Read Your Résumé

Tara from Albuquerque, NM, asks, "I am stuck trying to write a résumé and worried it won’t stand out with the hundreds of résumés I’m sure the employer is receiving. Do you have any suggestions for how I can make mine stand out?"

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Goodwill® Helps Job Seekers Go Forth and Financially Prosper

Helping people succeed financially means more than helping them find jobs; it means giving them all the tools they need to build financial security and independence once they have a job, including resume-writing assistance, skills assessment, career counseling, access to computer and high-speed internet, and help with interviewing skills and financial counseling. Goodwill prosperity centers are a new model of financial education and assistance that are helping people build a safety net for themselves.

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My Story: Karen Owens

For 23 years, Karen Owens spent her life caring for others as an RN. She was proud to help those who were critically ill and support their families through difficult times. After being diagnosed with a psychological disability, Karen found the demands and stress of her job too difficult to continue. She decided to find an alternate path to make a fresh start for herself by going back to school for ultrasonography, and began taking computer courses at Goodwill Industries of Knoxville to help prepare for her return to college.

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Detroit Job Seekers 'Get on the Bus' to Work with Goodwill's Help

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is helping individuals throughout Metro Detroit overcome transportation-related employment challenges during the 4th consecutive year of its “Get on the Bus” campaign, taking place this month. Every $20 collected during the campaign enables a program participant to ride the bus to or from work, interviews or job training for at least a week. Donations also go towards providing aid to individuals in need of other employment-related transportation assistance, including gas cards and automobile repairs.

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Detroit Job Seekers ‘Get on the Bus’ to Work with Goodwill’s Help

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is helping individuals throughout Metro Detroit overcome transportation-related employment challenges during the 4th consecutive year of its “Get on the Bus” campaign, taking place this month. Every $20 collected during the campaign enables a program participant to ride the bus to or from work, interviews or job training for at least a week. Donations also go towards providing aid to individuals in need of other employment-related transportation assistance, including gas cards and automobile repairs.

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