Celebrating New Lives with Goodwill Industries

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May 3, 2013 - PRLog -- (SAVANNAH, GA) As the economy continues its slow recovery, many people continue to struggle to find and keep good jobs. Even in the toughest of times, however, Goodwill has reason to celebrate. Last year, 24,427 people in the Coastal Empire who were struggling to find and keep good jobs benefited from the sale of Goodwill donations, an annual increase of nearly 30 percent.

Every year since 1951, Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada have
marked the first full week of May as Goodwill Industries Week, a commemoration that celebrates new jobs and changed lives. As is tradition at Goodwill will host a variety of events including career fairs, award ceremonies and employees’ events.

Goodwill will hold six career fairs at local Job Connection sites throughout the region on Tuesday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a chance for local residents to find out about training resources and job opportunities within their community. Goodwill career fair locations will include West Broad Street YMCA, Richmond Hill, Statesboro, Brunswick, Lyons, and Waycross. Goodwill funds job training and placement programs, and support services such as financial education, youth programs and other family strengthening initiatives by selling donations of gently used clothing and household goods in both stores and online.

“When you give to Goodwill, you are helping people who lack education or work experience, those who have physical or mental disabilities, older workers, veterans and others,” said Mohsen Badran, CEO of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire. “This year, we plan to strengthen the work we do here in our local community by adding four additional Job Connection sites within our region.”

As one of North America’s top five most valuable and recognized nonprofit brands and the leading nonprofit provider of employment programs for people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others who face challenges to finding employment, Goodwill has been helping people gain the opportunity to become self-sufficient through the power of hard work for 48 years.

“Thank you for your ongoing support as we celebrate Goodwill Industries Week,” said Badran “Together, we are preparing people for new jobs and changing lives.”

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. The not-for-profit organization employs nearly 600 employees throughout the area. In 2012, Goodwill provided services to 24,427 people and placed 1,406 people into employment through various programs offered throughout the region.
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina,
operating 14 retail locations and six Job Connection Centers in the region. Goodwill accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, computers, and car donations, as well as operates an online store at www.shopgoodwill.com. For more
information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit http://www.goodwillsavannah.org.
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