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Thank you for your interest in our Olympics and Rainier region operations!

Please contact us for media tours, subject expertise, interviews and information.

George White
PR/Communications Manager
O: 253.573.6677 | C: 253-753-4171
Email     georgew@goodwillwa.org

Goodwill uses thrift store revenue, community support, and their training campuses to provide career skills, other education and job placement in a variety of career fields. As a unique nonprofit business serving 15 counties, thrift shop revenue and public donations fuel programs that help people with limited income, disabilities and disadvantages overcome barriers to employment.

This year alone, Goodwill Industries will help 8,500 people with education, job training and placement so they can become independent self-supporting citizens. Of these, more than 1,000 people will be offered office, culinary, catering, retail, custodial, warehouse, transportation and logistics careers thanks to partnerships with employers across Washington. These career development and placement services are funded through generous financial gifts, grants, fees, commercial services and the operation of 37 thrift stores and an online store throughout our western and south central Washington operations.

Construction career program accepting applications


Some of YouthBuild’s 20 current students and program managers/instructors Walt Woolf (6’1) & Starla Muir

Hiring market & top wages await YouthBuild graduates

Pierce County youth in Goodwill’s YouthBuild construction training program will build several small homes for the homeless in 2018. And YouthBuild graduates will find their new skills in high demand in 2018, as seventy percent of contractors are having a hard time finding qualified craft workers.

As more construction industry jobs open up in the wake of retiring baby boomers, less youth are favoring the field, preferring computer and electronic careers over skilled craftmanship. The result is a career field with rapid advancement potential willing to pay premium wages – $25/hr. – for qualified entry level employees.

Under the six-month (30 weeks) YouthBuild Tacoma career pathways program, Goodwill, Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity and funding partner the U.S. Department of Labor work with low-income young adults to build lives and careers. Each YouthBuild student (18 – 24 yrs.) is the recipient of a $20,000 scholarship from Goodwill, which provides six months of construction training, community service, civic engagement and if needed, earning a GED or furthering post-secondary education.  The program also features life, leadership and organizational skills, construction certifications, financial incentives, and one year of follow-up services and support – all in a safe supportive community.

In 2015 and 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOL) awarded $1.1 million to fund Goodwill in Tacoma’s construction career program for three more years. DOL funds 80% of the YouthBuild program while $275,000 is provided through Goodwill retail sales, with additional support from Habitat for Humanity, the youth REACH Center in Tacoma, and other local partners.

Call for more details today 253-573-6819 OR
Come to an orientation session the 3rd Thursday each month:

REACH Center at Goodwill’s Milgard Work Opportunity Center
714 S. 27th Street |  1st Floor  |  Tacoma, WA

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