Mission: 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
Programs: 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.
Until a few years ago, I only looked at Goodwill as a place to donate my used items. I knew that they were reputable, but I had no idea what they did with the revenue they generated from the resale of these items. I then saw a tv ad for Goodwill that explained that the money went towards job training. In this economy, that is great news for our community! I've always found their donation sites and stores to be clean and the staff is always friendly and helpful. I recommend GWSP to everyone and will continue to support this wonderful cause by donating and shopping!