Goodwill Celebrates Workers with Disabilities

By Laura Walling

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. This year’s theme—”America’s Workforce: Empowering All” —aligns with Goodwill’s defining mission of providing all workers, including those with disabilities, with job placement and training services.

The origin of NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress established a week of recognition for workers with physical disabilities. The period was expanded to a full month in 1988, and now spotlights the employment needs and contributions of workers with all types of disabilities. NDEAM is overseen by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

“A workforce that empowers everyone is good for job seekers as well as job creators,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Continued steady job creation will provide even more opportunities for all Americans to get hired and provide for their families.”

While the unemployment rate for people with disabilities has fallen steadily since 2009, it remains more than double the rate for people without a disability—8.0 percent versus 3.8 percent in August 2018. It is evident that more work needs to be done to educate employers and support people with disabilities.

Goodwill has a 116-year history of commitment to providing support for job seekers, regardless of ability or circumstance. Last year, Goodwill’s network of 161 organizations helped place more than 288,000 people in jobs, and delivered in-person services to more than two million people in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on NDEAM, visit: www.dol.gov/ndeam.

Goodwill is proud to support people with disabilities year round, but during the month of October, join us in celebrating to contributions of American workers with disabilities – past, present, and future.

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Why Hiring Older Workers Makes Sense

Goodwill Celebrates National Employ Older Workers Week
September 24-28

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Older workers are a growing part of the 21st century labor force, and they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and maturity to the work place. To celebrate their contributions and achievements, Goodwill Industries International is observing National Employ Older Workers Week from September 24-28, 2018.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that workers age 55 and older will make up 24 percent of the labor force in 2020, up from 13 percent in 2000. Many of those older workers will require additional training to remain competitive in today’s job market.

Goodwill Industries International provides critical job training and placement services to support older job seekers in nine states through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP.) The program offers paid, on-the-job training for older workers who have low incomes or are unemployed.

To mark National Employ Older Workers Week, Goodwill® has released this new video featuring the stories of SCSEP trainees and graduates.

“SCSEP participants train in local agencies and nonprofits like food banks, libraries, schools and senior centers. They serve in their own communities,” said Kristin Pratt, Senior Director of Mission Advancement at Goodwill Industries International. “Public and nonprofit agencies are often stretched thin, and SCSEP allows them to supplement their workforce and expand services while helping older job seekers develop valuable skills.”

For the 2018 program year, the U.S. Department of Labor is providing 90 percent of the funding for Goodwill’s SCSEP programs through a $20,971,372 million grant. Goodwill is providing the remaining 10 percent of funding through in-kind contributions worth $2,330,152.

The goal is to provide training and employment services for approximately 3400 people this program year.
Since 2006, Goodwill’s SCSEP effort has helped more than 29,000 older workers in local communities across the country.

The ultimate objective is for SCSEP participants to raise their skill levels to meet employers’ needs, in order to build financial security for their families and to save for retirement.

To see if the program is a good fit for you, or for additional information, contact:
Mary Ewing
Senior Employment Program Manager
Marion, Morrow, Crawford and Union County
419-233-0144
SCSEP@mariongoodwill.org

National Thrift Shop Day

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Shop Goodwill and Help People Earn Jobs!

Marion Goodwill is excited to celebrate and recognize National Thrift Shop Day on Friday, August 17! By shopping at one of 9 of Goodwill’s stores, you can find a vast array of clothing, accessories, furniture and home décor for a fraction of the price. But our affordable and vintage finds aren’t the only unique thing about us: when you donate and shop at Goodwill you do good for your community.

The revenue from the sale of goods at our retail stores is used to provide community programs and support services such as digital skills training, job readiness classes, and résumé reviews for people who are struggling to find employment. Marion Goodwill provides opportunities for youth, seniors, people with disabilities and people who are underrepresented in the labor market.

This special holiday, Marion Goodwill will be sharing unique assets and videos using the hashtags #BringGoodHome and #NationalThriftShopDay.

“National Thrift Shop Day is always a good time to share our story with our customers. Yes, we’re the store where you can score great deals on fashionable clothing and household items, but we’re also providing services to place people in our community into jobs or help them find new career paths”, said Kathy Wink, Director of Marketing.

So when you’re deciding which store to celebrate with remember that you can make a difference in your community when you grab unique finds at Goodwill!

Summer Youth Programs Keep Youth Busy as Bees!

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Our youth programs help guide youth on their way to becoming self-sufficient and productive adults in the communities we serve. We assist young adults, ages 14 to 24, in developing the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work.

Through our partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, we are working with 37 individuals in our Work Experience Program and 17 individuals in our Career Exploration Program this summer.

Our Work Experience Program helps young people gain work skills, improve their communication skills and their ability to work with others. They are able to develop a work history, as well as gain experience to prepare them for long-term employment and independence. This program begins with one week of education and is followed up with four weeks of work experience.

Our Career Exploration Program is designed for young people who can benefit from learning more about careers that are available in their communities. The program participants have the opportunity to experience a variety of different community worksites and are transported and supported by Goodwill team members at all locations. A variety of work opportunities are explored including, landscaping, food service, day care, retail, warehousing and janitorial, just to name a few.

Through our partnerships with Marion County Job & Family Services, Morrow County Job & Family Services and Crawford County Job & Family Services, we are giving close to 200 young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience this summer. These programs allow the youth to develop a work history and have a current reference from an employer. Goodwill is responsible for placing the youth at job-sites, as well as providing training, job coaching and mentoring. The programs continue to be strong employment programs for our youth, as well as a great opportunity for local businesses. Businesses receive additional summer help and they can evaluate and observe the youth before a potential job offer.
Overall, these programs are allowing Goodwill to work with close to 250 young people over the summer months. We have also added an additional 19 job coaches to our staff this summer to help with these programs.

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