My Story – Cristina Pastor

After getting laid off in Florida, Cristina Pastor moved to Buffalo, NY, to be near family. Goodwill Industries of Western New York helped her find a job with regular daytime hours that gives her plenty of time with her five children.

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Goodwill® and the Walmart Foundation Stand Up

Connecting Veterans to their Next Mission ROCKVILLE, MD — Thanks to a $5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, new career services will be available to veterans in Astoria, NY; Buffalo, NY; Fort Worth, TX; Oxnard, CA; San Antonio, TX; Santa Ana, CA; San Diego, CA; Waco, TX; and Winston-Salem, NC. With this grant, Goodwill

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Goodwill to Announce New Initiative to Serve Women Veterans

Women make up the fastest-growing group of the armed forces; the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that currently one in 10 veterans is female. These women are returning from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and struggling to transition to civilian life, facing challenges such as high child care costs, lack of transportation, homelessness, disabilities, lack of licensing or credentialing, and other issues impeding their families’ path to economic self-sufficiency. Goodwill® understands what these veterans face when they return home and equips them to successfully transition into the workforce through job training and placement services, career planning and advancement opportunities, and family strengthening services.

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Goodwill Announces New Initiative to Serve Women Veterans

Women make up an increasingly large part of our armed forces. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports one in ten veterans is a woman. Many women veterans returning from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are struggling to transition to civilian life, with factors such as homelessness, childcare, disability, lack of licensing or credentialing, and other challenges impeding their and their family’s path to economic self-sufficiency. In January, the unemployment rate was 17.1 percent for women veterans; the latest data for May says it stands at the lowest rate in years – 4.9 percent according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for women veterans transitioning to the labor force is volatile, and, if the cycle continues, we will likely see the rate rise dramatically again. Women veterans continue to drop out of the labor force: too many of this country's heroes are on the labor market sidelines, giving up on connecting to careers. Now is the time for employers and service providers to address this critical issue by connecting women veterans to stable employment so they can support their families and contribute to their communities.

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Goodwill® and Rotary Clubs Form Alliance to Help Thousands Earn Good Jobs

Goodwill and Rotary Launch Spring Donation Drive to Fund Job Training ROCKVILLE, MD — Goodwill Industries International and Rotary International are partnering to help thousands of people find and keep good jobs this spring. Members of Rotary clubs across the United States and Canada will be cleaning out their closets and donating gently used clothing

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Goodwill® Agencies in 45 Communities to Deliver Expanded Beyond Jobs Program

ROCKVILLE, MD – Goodwill is expanding its innovative Beyond Jobs program to provide job training and placement services to unemployed and underemployed women in 45 communities around the country. The Beyond Jobs program, which is funded through a $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, was piloted by five Goodwill agencies in 2010. Originally serving

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Dream Playground to Become Reality for Gulf Coast Goodwill Children

Young child hangs from monkey bars.Children at the Gordon Smith Child Development Center, a project of Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast (Mobile, AL) will soon have a brand new playground to enjoy. In November, children at the center enjoyed a “design day” as they put crayon to paper to design their dream playgrounds. With a significant investment from the PNC Foundation, volunteers and organizers from KaBOOM! will help make these drawings a reality. Elements from the children’s drawings will be incorporated into the final design for the new community playground, scheduled to be constructed in January.

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Goodwill® and HelloWallet to Provide Financial Assistance to Enhance People’s Lives

ROCKVILLE, MD — Goodwill Industries International has announced a partnership with HelloWallet, an innovative web and mobile based software company leveraging the latest research in behavioral science to provide employees with personalized financial guidance. Through a 30-month program, 17 Goodwill agencies across the country will provide the HelloWallet subscription to employees as well as community

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Goodwill®, Salvation Army Join Forces to Jump Start Careers in Augusta, GA

When deciding to open its first satellite office in the Augusta area, Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA’s Job Connectionsm chose the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center to work closely with other community resources and to help serve new clients. The Kroc Center’s First Stop Family Service Center is a facility where people in need can receive assistance through a partnership of social service organizations such as Goodwill Industries.

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Goodwill® and Walmart Foundation Connect Veterans with Job Success

Operation: GoodJobs Empowers Veterans and Their Families with the Tools They Need to Succeed in the Workplace ROCKVILLE, MD — A new program, funded by the Walmart Foundation and administered by Goodwill®, will empower military veterans with  the tools they need to find employment, advance in their careers and ensure long-term financial stability for their

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