Goodwill Industries’ online newsroom is the place to find all of the latest info about the nonprofit’s efforts to improve lives through education and employment-focused programs and activities. Recently, Goodwill has been hard at work on the national and local levels ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to find and maintain quality jobs.
Here’s more information about these and other activities from the Maryland-based nonprofit:
Goodwill, White House Promote Second-Chance Job Training Programs
Goodwill organizations throughout the country help challenged individuals reach their full potential through the power of work. The variety of individuals served by local Goodwill stores includes those reentering their communities after spending time incarcerated. Recently, Goodwill representatives joined key partners at the White House to promote reentry-specific support programs for people benefitting from the First Step Act.
Passed with bipartisan support in late 2018, the First Step Act is helping hundreds of people gain early release from the nation’s federal prisons. In addition to easing sentences at the federal level, the piece of criminal justice reform legislation aims to reduce recidivism by connecting second-chance individuals with educational, vocational, and rehabilitative programs before and after their prison release.
For its part, Goodwill Industries is helping to support the efforts behind the First Step Act by providing these individuals with access to occupational skills training, apprenticeships, post-secondary education, job-specific credentials, and employment opportunities. Today, over 100,000 people turn to Goodwill Industries annually for services that help them get a fair shot at a second chance after incarceration.
The success of local Goodwill’s reentry services is evident in the fact that less than 5 percent of the second-chance individuals they serve return to prison within the first year of release. Goodwill organizations are achieving these impressive numbers with the support of US Department of Labor reentry grants. Currently, Goodwill Industries is advocating for additional funding for the First Step Act and similar legislation via its advocacy Action Center.
Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator Wins Halo Award
During the 2019 Engage for Good Conference in Chicago, Goodwill Industries and Google.org were recognized with a Halo Award for their work partnering on the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator. Now in its 17th year, the Halo Awards recognize and honor outstanding businesses and nonprofits for various social impact initiatives. Goodwill and Google received the Silver Halo Award in the Employee Engagement Category (Skilled Volunteering).
Launched in 2017, the Career Accelerator helps people who are older, veterans, people with disabilities, and other challenged employee groups develop the digital skills needed to excel in the modern workplace. To date, over 275,000 people have benefitted from the initiative, which is supported by a $10.3 million grant from Google.
The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator also relies on the hard work of hundreds of Google volunteers and Goodwill team members. For their part, Google volunteers provide train-the-trainer services to Goodwill organizations and career coaching services for program participants. The volunteers also oversee digital skills training sessions throughout the year. The 2019 Silver Halo Award is a reflection of the efforts that Google and Goodwill employees are putting toward making the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator a success.
New COO Joins Goodwill’s Executive Team
After welcoming Steven C. Preston as its new president and CEO in early 2019, Goodwill Industries International now has a new chief operating officer (COO) in charge of its legal, finance, human resources, and technology departments. David Eagles began his tenure as the organization’s new COO in mid-May. He will now focus his attention on supporting Goodwill organization’s nationwide in their efforts to help individuals and families improve their lives.
Prior to joining Goodwill, Eagles gained experience leading organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. His past roles include serving as COO at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and working in executive operating positions for several Fortune 500 companies. He launched his career after earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alabama and Harvard University, respectively.
At Goodwill Industries, Eagles will take a lead role in helping the organization explore new markets and innovative ideas to expand its network and advance its mission. He will also work to ensure that Goodwill maintains its reputation as one of the world’s most inspiring nonprofit organizations.
Indeed Partners with Goodwill on Inclusive Hiring Initiative
In a May 2019 press release, Goodwill Industries announced the launch of a new five-year initiative with Indeed, the world’s top online resource for job seekers. On Indeed, users can search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies in over 60 countries. Each month, over 250 million people use the site’s services.
As part of its new initiative with Goodwill, Indeed has made a commitment to help 1 million people facing barriers to employment find work. The company will work to fulfill its commitment by connecting people with various job seeker resources. Throughout 2019 and beyond, Indeed and Goodwill will partner with local employers to host hiring events at Goodwill locations across the country.
The two organizations will also work together to train people on how to post an online resume and search for jobs using the Indeed platform. Other areas of focus will include skill-based assessments, which job seekers can use to demonstrate their hirable skills. Goodwill and Indeed will use the remainder of 2019 to pilot and refine these and other activities in select cities before expanding the program nationwide.
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