To the editor:
Goodwill is grateful to be a part of your community. Our stores and Donation Express Centers are visible, and I hope, well-known signs of what we do. But there is much more to our story than you may know.
We are all about jobs. For everyone. Our mission is to provide job training and placement services to people who need help looking for, finding and keeping a job.
This is accomplished within our Career Solutions Centers where our career counselors work one-on-one with individuals on a career plan, which may include training in job readiness and computer skills, all of which are offered at each of our 16 centers.
The individuals we are privileged to serve come from all backgrounds and experiences. Some have never worked, some have seen their jobs disappear due to any number of reasons, others want to better themselves with a higher paying job, and there are those who just need encouragement and direction.
Our career counselors work hard to find a good job fit for the individual and the employer, whether it's a job within Goodwill or with one of our community employer partners.
How does Goodwill make it work? It's thanks to the donors and shoppers like you who continue to give and buy gently-used clothing, household goods and furniture. The proceeds from the sales in our stores are the foundation by which we are able to provide these free services to the community.
Last year more than 11,000 Tennesseans received help from our 16 Career Solutions centers located throughout Middle and West Tennessee.
If you're saying to yourself, "I had no idea," and are wondering how you can continue to support our mission, I ask you to continue donating and shopping. And if you're an employer looking for qualified, ready-to-work individuals, contact the career counselor at your Career Solutions Center.
Goodwill is good business, good for people and good for your community. We appreciate your support.
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc