Goodwill helps hundreds find jobs

Friday, January 15, 2016
A Goodwill client receives forklift training. (Submitted photo)

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee helped 15,412 people find jobs in 2015, a 61 percent increase over its efforts the prior year.

The not-for-profit provides free training, education and employment opportunities across 48 middle and west Tennessee counties. Overall, the agency assisted 36,081 people in 2015 -- a 28 percent rise compared to 2014.

The Goodwill Career Solutions center in Shelbyville assisted 1,213 people in 2015, helping 572 of those land jobs.

Goals reached

Goodwill's territory-wide goals for last year were to assist 30,000 people and place 11,000 in jobs. Those benchmarks were met in November. The organization's new goal focuses on 2020, by which it hopes to be placing 20,000 people into jobs annually.

A recent study by the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University forecast that by 2024 Goodwill will place more than 21,500 people into jobs each year.

Goodwill sells donated clothing and household goods in its stores to fund its mission. The agency employs more than 2,100 people, but 92 percent of Goodwill's clients who find jobs are placed with other employers. More than 3,000 employers actively hire through Goodwill.

Changing lives

"We are extremely proud of the results our 29 Goodwill Career Solutions centers have achieved for the people and communities we serve," said Betty Johnson, vice president and chief people officer of the local Goodwill.

"It's exciting to be changing so many lives through the power of work. Our generous donors and shoppers make it possible."