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Goodwill Industries of Central Ohio, Inc.
January 25, 2010

As a member of the Goodwill Columbus Service Board for 20+ years, and a member of the Goodwill Board of Directors for 10 years, I have observed at close hand numerous clients attend their graduation from the Goodwill programs with a job in hand as they leave our doors. They have new skills, they have been coached on their responsibilities and will continue to be, if needed. The success stories shared by "keynote speakers", i.e., previous graduates are inspiring. Goodwill has close relationships with area businesses, and many of those come to Goodwill asking for our graduates based on their experiences with former Goodwill students. GWC (Goodwill Cols) strives to find out what the student would like to do, and if possible, find a way that they can be trained to do this job. The management and program staff constantly strives to find out the needs of our business community, and make sure graduates have the skills and tools to do those jobs in an ever-changing and competitive marketplace. GWC has a Business Advisory Counsel composed of business people in the community who advise our staff and help train our students. They practice interviewing techniques with students and do role playing with them before they head out for their real life interviews. The staff truly desires to make sure their graduates are fully equipped to succeed. What more could you ask for? I've been proud and happy to be associated with GWC for many years.

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

Understanding how they go about serving the needs of people with very diverse disabilities or barriers to employment. The staff is innovative and anxious to find new ways both to serve the mission and to raise funds for the mission.

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

The staff always exceeds my expectations in their dedication and desire to serve the clients. Although non-profits like GWC do not hand out grand paychecks, so many of the staff members have been there 10, 20 or more years!

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

With 10 million $$$, this organization could serve so many more people. They are currently trying to assess serving more veterans and former prison inmates. This takes more staff, but these populations have needs that could effectively be served by GWC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Raise funds, educate public, projects related to Service Board, also volunteered with a blind person in our community who needed some help thru the Volunteers Express program.