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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My office the Bossier Parish Ttuancy Office under the D.A.'s Office has entered into a cooperatilve endevor with Goodwill, the Bossier Parish Schools, and the Judges of the 26th. This program is designed to reduce the drop out rate, which ils 40% in the state. The school system identilfies at risk students through their attendance, my office petiltions at risk students and their parents to juvenile court. AT court the juvenile is ordered to complete the Goodwill Program designed for work readiness training. It cost our state approximaly $2million in a lifetime for someone who drops out of high school. This program is is very important to our communityk and our state. It is a pleasure workilng with Julie Bass and her staff.
The management team of Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana serves as mentors to the nonprofit community in our area. They have taught the management team and Board of Directors for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council how to develop many of the new Policies for Board Governance; procedures for implementation; strategies for recording/reporting success and weaknesses; and guidelines for improvement. This is a stellar organization that serves its constituents and its fellow nonprofit organizations well. Additionally, when our organization suffered a devastating fire that completely destroyed our offices, the leadership of Goodwill Industries was "there" for us from Day 1. The staff brought tangible assistance and offered advice about getting back into business right away. With the leadership of John Rankin and Romney guy, we did not lose one day of community engagement.
I have been fortunate to have been involved with Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana since I moved to Shrevport in February 1999. I have been involved professionally as a funding organization and personally through donations and as a customer in their stores. I have the utmost respect for Goodwill Industries as a whole and individully for the numerous staff members that I have dealt with one-on-one during the past 11 years. They are very passionate about the job they do. Their heart is in their work and they truly care about their staff and those they serve - no matter which program they may be working at the time. The staff is also involved outside their own Goodwill programs through community coalitions and organizations - they are a great community partner. They are always willing to reach out and help when I have contacted them for information or assistance with an event or program.
As a funder we have found that many nonprofits have been unable to move beyond counting outputs to working towards creating outcomes and having a set of indicators to measure progress on those outcomes. Our Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is "lightyears" head of most in this most important aspect. How can you create change if you don't AIM at where you focus your work? Goodwill has taken AIM!