Most often when we think of Goodwill, we think of the stores, we think of donations and we think of buying things at a huge discount. We don't always think of Goodwill as a way to find a good-paying job. But we might have to change the way we think. In fact, Good Year of the Coastal Empire has made it their mission to find jobs for those most in need. And they've been hard at work. According to a recent report filed by CEO Mohsen Badran, Goodwill helped place more than 16 hundred Chatham county residents in new jobs in 2013. Most of these jobs are outside the Goodwill organization itself.
One of the ways they do this is through a program they call G Star Staffing. This staffing effort puts those in need of jobs in touch with employers who are hiring. And the process is precise; Goodwill works to match job seekers with positions that match their skills and desires. The effort got underway in earnest in 2011. Things started to really get going in 2012, but in 2013 it began to see the kind of success organizers were really hoping for.
Goodwill says whenever people shop at their stores, about 11 cents of each dollar goes for overhead. But that means that 89 cents of each dollar goes toward helping the unemployed get back to work in meaningful, satisfying employment. Jobs that can turn into careers. Badran says when that's happening, Goodwill is fulfilling its mission. And that's when Goodwill is at its best.
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