Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Inc.

Rating: 4.8 stars   10 reviews


2122 Freedom Dr Charlotte NC 28208 USA


Goodwill Industries provides workforce development services that enable individuals with employment barriers to achieve their highest level of personal and economic independence.

Geographic areas served:

Southern Piedmont of NC & SC


At Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, we put people to work. In 2004, Goodwill provided workforce development services to more than 6,700 people. Through comprehensive workforce development services, we put people to work everyday: People who are underemployed and struggling to make ends meet and people who, because of a disability or economic barrier, have not had the opportunity to gain specific and viable skills. Goodwill provides the training and services necessary for people with vocational barriers to obtain, maintain and improve employment opportunities. With job centers in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cleveland, and Lincoln Counties, we move closer to achieving our vision of becoming the region's leader in assisting persons with vocational barriers to gain employment and independence. At Goodwill, we believe that every individual deserves the opportunity to experience the dignity and self-esteem that comes from productive work. We also believe that the entire community benefits when every able adult is engaged in productive work. Career Development ServicesWe match individual skills and abilities with employers' job needs, and provide job readiness training to help prepare individuals for the world of work. We offer retention strategies to assist participants in maintaining employment and exploring career development opportunities. Employment Skills Training Services - Careers in Banking, Call Center/Customer Service, and Careers in Hospitality Training Programs Organizational Employment Services - Sheltered Employment and Work Activities - Provide long-term job and work experience training for people with severe vocational barriers.- SWEEP (Supervised Work Experience and Education Program) - Combines classroom instruction and hands-on work experience to prepare individuals with a mental disability for work. Employment Support Services - GAIN (Greater Access to INdependence) - Provides instruction in independent living skills in areas such as money management and transportation for people with vocational barriers.- Deafness Services - Serve the needs of people within Goodwill training programs who are deaf and have vocational barriers. Goodwill's Deafness Services provide access to vocational training programs at Goodwill through interpreter services and goal-setting for individuals.- Coaching Services - Provide placement assistance through on-the-job training with a trained work counselor who assists both the employee and the employer during and beyond the training period.- Vocational Assessment Services - Provide the identification of aptitudes and abilities for individuals, matching skills with job goals. Assessment Services, through the evaluation process, identify future training needs for the individual to achieve his/her vocational goals.- Work Adjustment - Provides a realistic work setting to evaluate individual work habits and abilities.

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Reviews for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Inc.

Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Excellent organization, well-managed and always maintaining clear mission focus, helping area job-seekers receive both professional guidance and traning. At all levels of GISP, every effort is made to help improve the lives of individuals through gainful employment, as well as assistance in managing finances, training for positions with increased opportunities for compensation and basic life skills.

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

exposure to individuals helped by Goodwill who have shared their stories of success and given Goodwill overall, as well as specific employees, praise and thanks for their efforts

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

its clear mission focus and sense of responsibility to customers, donors and community, collaborating with other non-profits and local businesses for maximum positive impact.

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

enthusiastic about the mission of Goodwill, trained in their responsibilities and efficient in pursuit of results.

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

make a significant difference in the Charlotte region with expanded services to those in need. At this particular point in our country's economic struggle, getting more people to work is both what is needed and what Goodwill does well.

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