A new Goodwill Career Resource Center is now open in Victorville to help bring job seekers and employers together. A grand opening ceremony was held on January 9, featuring comments from some of the company’s employees.
Goodwill has been working on job preparedness for more than 100 years. Most people know Goodwill as a chain of retail stores where they can donate or purchase used goods. What they don’t realize is these facilities help fund programs that enable Americans to find jobs, train for them, and prepare. Now, there’s an online store: www.shopgoodwill.com, one of the top auction sites on the web today.
Goodwill’s first priority is helping people in need find sustainable employment. The company maintains a large network of businesses, educators, community partners and government agencies.
They work to match qualified talent with employment opportunities. The goal is to prepare and place those with the most significant disabilities and vocational challenges, including veterans, the homeless, ex-offenders, mature workers and at risk youth.
The facility offer employers customized recruiting services with access to an extensive pool of candidates from entry-level to middle management.
Goodwill’s services include needs assessments, job postings, resume review, meeting space, on-the-job training, and more.
For job seekers, there’s one-on-one career counseling, skills assessment, resume building, on-the-job experience, access to computers, internet and phones, community and government resources, training, certifications and education.
The Youth Opportunity Program serves some of the most disadvantaged young people, who may be challenged by poverty, high crime, failing schools and broken families. Goodwill’s programs help them focus on scholastic success, acquire vocational skills and obtain employment. Many youth have gone on to college and found good jobs after participating in the program.
Young adults may be placed in internships, job-readiness training and employment positions with businesses throughout the community. That way they develop skills, get experience and build relationships needed to succeed. A host of other support services such as work uniforms, gas reimbursement, bus passes, work tools, books and educational fees are also available.
Goodwill has also established a program dedicated solely to assisting veterans. Unemployed veterans can benefit from a host of services from former vets who are uniquely qualified to respond to and address the special needs of those who have served the country and now face the challenges of reintegrating into a civilian world, with it’s massive unemployment rates, and advance beyond their military careers to regain a sense of pride, dignity and purpose.
Services include one-on-one career counseling, employment preparation courses, educational and technical skills classes, and work tools as well as access to a host of other partner services including shelter and housing assistance, transportation assistance, medical and dental health services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, Veterans Benefits Assistance and more, to help veterans secure meaningful and sustainable employment.
Fort Irwin is offering a Transitional Veteran Employment Program, where Goodwill staff offer vocational counseling, employment preparation workshops, job placement and follow-up services to military personnel transitioning into civilian life. Boots to Suits program gives veterans and active military personnel $50 towards clothing to help them prepare for employment.
A networking breakfast program helps veterans find jobs, encourages them to share their stories and experiences in a safe and compassionate environment, and build a long-term support system. It’s an opportunity to educate participants on a no cost training and placement service offered, and connect them with community resource sand professionals.
In addition to it’s employment services, Goodwill offers “green” business services including document imaging, shredding, e-wast recycling, landscape care, custodial, commissary, assembly and fulfillment services.
In 2012, Goodwill recycles more than 65.7 million pounds of electronics, paper, textiles and homegoods. By using Goodwill’s services, you provide skills training, a paycheck, and independence for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages. All Goodwill locations accept electronics (working or not) which include anything with a plug.
For more information on the Veteran Employment Program, call (323) 539-2184, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For green business services call (323) 539-2113. www.goodwillsocal.org. For information on recruiting and placement, call (323) 223-1211, ext. 2331.Youth Opportunity Program. (888) 4-goodwill.