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Causes: Goodwill Industries, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: Founded in 1902 by Rev. Edgar Helms, Goodwill Industries'' primary mission is to place people in productive and competitive jobs.

Results: 2009 Statistics Served Total 2469 Some of which includes: At Risk Youth 709 Persons with Disabilities 1033 Ex-Offenders 976

Target demographics: Low income adults as well as youth in the North Louisiana area Between the ages of 12 and up.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2500 families served each year

Geographic areas served: 26 Parishes North Louisiana

Programs: Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. provides job training and job placement services to persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment. We teach people to work and help people find jobs.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past several years, I have worked with Goodwill and found that they are an excellent community resource. Their staff members not only provide great services that help mainstream their clients back to becoming productive members of community, their staff also provides support for numerous other community nonprofit and for profit organizations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Goodwill is rather unusual. I am working with another nonprofit in the area and we are in the process of working towards certification through a state program of excellence. We have turned to Goodwill Industries of No Louisiana as a model and mentor. The incredible lengths the staff and board have gone through to establish thoughtful and well written policies is commendable. They have also thoroughly researched and established clear and concise written procedures for their operations. I cannot think of another organization that would be more deserving of my own personal funds and I would highly recommend them to any potential donor based on Goodwill's outstanding management of funds.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Goodwill for several years now. They are a very professional organization. They are very dedicated to their misson. Goodwill is there when you need them, and has helped numerous individuals make a transition into the communituy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an area employer that has worked with Goodwill by hiring one of their clients. They were there for the client and me every step of the way. I hope that more employers would choose to hire from Goodwill.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Louisiana is a great organization that provides outstanding service and assistance to our community. They have helped so many people in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member and have seen the results of Goodwill's efforts on many occasions. It is interesting to see the amount of assistance and effort that this agency puts into the client's life. There is a lot of caring going on here.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have worked as a grant writer for Goodwill of North Louisiana, and was impressed by their professionalism, positive attitude, their array of programs to help the unemployed, disabled, prisoners returning to society, and at-risk youth, and their collaboration with numerous other agencies in our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Goodwill was excellent in helping me find a employee who was fast, friendly, and caught on quick. I will definitely use them in the future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Goodwill Industries of North Louisian, Inc. has partnered with the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce numerous times, most notably in the areas of Workforce and Economic Development. Inasmuch as we both cover the same geographic areas, this is a critical alliance. We worked very closely with them in the "Making Work Work" project funded by a grant from the Hitachi Foundation. That agency is always in the forefront in planning and presenting job fairs for the region. Also, their involvement in creating jobs for the local communities is a huge asset.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am the Homeless Services Director for Centerpoint Community Services in Shreveport, LA. Our agency works closely with Goodwill Industries, utilizing there job training services for our clients. The agency is also active with re-entry in our area and I work closely with the Manager of Workforce Dev on the Steering Committee for re-entry (monthly meetings). The services provided by Goodwill are vital to many of the agencies in our region. Goodwill is truly one of the great nonprofits.