My Story: Lee Ann Hannaford

Lee Ann Hannaford is the winner of Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut's (Bridgeport) 2015 Spirit of Inspiration Award, She discusses how she has recently been able to overcome living with a debilitating brain injury and hopes for the future.

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Goodwill® Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Goodwill Industries International is proud to join service providers, advocacy groups and employers among other stakeholders, in acknowledging the importance of employees with disabilities as a vital component of the U.S. labor force. This year's theme, developed by the U.S. Department of Labor — "My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am" — underscores the fact that employees with disabilities bring a wide variety of skills to the table. However, it is evident that more work needs to be done to educate employers and support people with disabilities. Approximately one in five Americans has a disability and they make up nearly 20 percent of America's workforce, yet their unemployment rate is more than twice that of workers without disabilities.

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My Story: Justin Newbern

Hi, my name is Justin Newbern and I work at ABVI-Goodwill (Rochester) in Geneseo, NY. I work in the wares department and at the donation door and I love my job! I learned how to pull and push items in the store, take out the garbage and do recycling. Running the donation door is my

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Big Changes Still Possible from Lame Duck Congress

The reference to a lame duck Congress gives the impression of being powerless, yet in reality the current Congress still holds the power and the duty to act on areas that will impact Goodwill and the people we serve.

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My Story – Montreal Ellis

Before I came to Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, I was working for a lawn service;  when the company changed managers, I was laid off. I worked for a while fixing TVs for cash, but that didn’t last long. My mom took me to see a counselor at Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, and she referred me

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Goodwill Supports Legislation to Reauthorize and Strengthen Workforce Investment Act

Provision of Senate bill would transform the Special Minimum Wage Certificate from an employment placement tool to an employment, training and rehabilitation program   ROCKVILLE, MD — On July 31, 2013, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted 18-3 to advance bipartisan legislation (S. 1356) to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

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Goodwill Responds to Recent Media Coverage on Special Minimum Wage Certificate

Goodwill® is a nonprofit organization that exists for one purpose: to eliminate barriers to opportunity and help people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work. For more than a century, Goodwill has worked in communities to help people with disabilities, disadvantages and anyone facing challenges to finding employment including youth, seniors, veterans, immigrants, and people with other specialized needs totaling 6.7 million people last year. Every 33 seconds of every business day, someone gets a job with Goodwill’s help. That is our mission which our business model helps us achieve. Collectively 82 percent of the revenue generated through our stores, e-commerce sites, and contracts go right into our mission.

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Response to NBC News Reports on Special Minimum Wage Certificates

ROCKVILLE, MD — Goodwill Industries International President and CEO Jim Gibbons made the following statement in response to NBC News reports on the use of Special Minimum Wage Certificates by some local Goodwill® agencies: “The Special Minimum Wage Certificate allows employers to focus on what workers with the most significant and multiple disabilities can do

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My Story: Christopher Smallwood

Christopher had a desire to be independent and earn his own money, but his disability posed an obstacle in finding and maintaining long-term employment. After connecting with Goodwill, his confidence and attitude began to improve. He now believes in his potential and says, "Because I am successful at work, I feel better about myself."

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FL Program Participants Turn Hot Dog Cart into Self-Sustaining Business

During the workweek, hungry lunchtime shoppers near the Goodwill Industries-Suncoast (St. Petersburg, FL) Ocala Outlet store on West Silver Springs Boulevard now have a unique option: hot dogs from a cart managed by nine participants in the Goodwill Adult Day Training Program.

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