Goodwill Industries of South Central California

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Education, Job Training

Location: 4901 Stine Rd Bakersfield CA 93313 USA

Mission: Goodwill Industries of So. Central Calif provides employment skills training and job placement to disadvantaged persons. We have more than doubled the number of persons served each of the last two years. We continue to add new programs to increase the job opportunities for our clients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Goodwill Industries is a little-known extremely valuable community resource. When most people think of Goodwill they imagine thrift stores but what the majority of people don't know is that Goodwill offers very unique programs that cater to the underserved members of our communities. My experience interacting with Goodwill is a very direct reflection of their mission: providing opportunites for individuals with barriers or disabilities. Goodwill always puts the client first with the philosophy in mind that in order to foster indpendence/success in the workforce, it all starts with the individual. This philosophy is put into practice by highly qualified very passionate employees who come from a variety of backgrounds adding to the diversity and, thus developing a capacity to understand and better serve the needs of any individual who walks through their doors. Regardless of whether or not it is an individual with special needs who needs job placement assistance and coaching, or if it is an individual with special needs (and talents) who would like to open a business, Goodwill Industries has led many individuals to success that may otherwise still struggle with the hardships of disability or economic disadvantage. Thus catering not only to the needs of the economy and workforce, but also fostering independence and an improved quality of life for individuals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own line of work, providing referrals for valuable resources for independence to my own clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more programs!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The variety of services and how unique each of them are in catering to the needs of the individual.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very understanding and outgoing team of iniviuals who all share a passion for the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Generate more programs that would greatly enhance the quality of life and independence of underserved individuals in the community.

Ways to make it better...

I was the recipient of their services! :)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The economy, limited funding sources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Goodwill Industries appears to appreciate their employees which I think really allows for people to go above and beyond what is expected of them when working in a field faced with so much adversity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Goodwill Provides opportunity to memebers of the community. Many individuals have found employment because of the training provided by Goodwill.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could employ more people from the community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I would like to commend the workers at the store located at downtown in Bakersfield. I am like the store it is clean, smells good and the people who work there are courteous and ready to help you. I had some time left over during my lunch and I found a treasure chest. I work half a block away from Goodwill, my girlfriends and I plan to walk there and as often as possible and look around instead of eating. I do not know who runs the store but my “congrats” to them. Maria De La Cruz

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly

Ways to make it better...

they were closer to my home

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

The donation attendants were extremely friendly and made me feel welcomed and thanked me profusely for my donations. I was very impressed with the "no-wait" time and the quick distribution of a receipt.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I understand completely that my donations are used for re-sale revenue that funds local job training services in our area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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