ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2017) – Goodwill Industries of Central Florida marked a record year in 2016, providing 49,670 individuals with resources and training to help them find meaningful work – a 16 percent increase from 2015. Additionally, the nonprofit placed more than 8,500 Central Floridians into jobs with local employers.
New and relocated Job Connection Centers, including locations in Apopka and Daytona Beach, increased community access to Goodwill’s services. Goodwill also hosted multiple job fairs and numerous job clubs. The GoodSource Staffing Services initiative for homeless individuals also hit its stride, placing numerous people into temporary employment. Additionally, Goodwill’s youth-focused programs provided education, mentoring and job-skills training to hundreds of teens and young adults.
“The economy in 2016 was continuing to recover – and, as a result, we saw a constant stream of people looking for additional and better jobs,” said Bill Oakley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “We continue to focus on equipping people with the skills and resources to find meaningful work, particularly those with barriers to employment, such as a disability, lack of work experience or limited education.”
Goodwill’s services are supported by the sales of donated items in its retail stores. Residents can donate clothing, shoes, books, household goods and electronics at their nearest retail store or Donation Xpress. A list of locations is available at www.goodwillcfl.org.