Ready to Work Goodwill Breakfast 2010 is Tomorrow May 4th!

Excitement mounts as final preparations for the Ready to Work Breakfast are completed: materials are being moved to the convention center, the tables are being set and volunteers are hard at work. Tomorrow morning from 7:30am to 9:00am the breakfast will take place in the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. The Ready to Work […]

Excitement mounts as final preparations for the Ready to Work Breakfast are completed: materials are being moved to the convention center, the tables are being set and volunteers are hard at work. Tomorrow morning from 7:30am to 9:00am the breakfast will take place in the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

The Ready to Work Breakfast celebrates Goodwill program graduates and business partners helping make a difference in the community. At the Breakfast, attendees have the chance to meet current and recent program graduates who are “Ready to Work”. Their stories inspire and serve to remind everyone of the very real challenges people face to go to work.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ruby Payne, educator and author of “Bridges Out of Poverty”
About Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.
Video: Dr. Payne describes how schools can be successful by involving the larger community in a networked, linked system.

Ready to Work Goodwill Breakfast
Columbia Bank presents the Ready to Work Goodwill Breakfast and event sponsors include:
Columbia Bank
Murray Pacific Corporation
Rainier Pacific Foundation
The News Tribune
Propel Insurance
BINW
Robblee’s Total Secruity Inc.
Mountain Construction Inc.
Tucci & Sons
Rushforth Construction Company Inc.
Rodda Paint
Business Examiner
Key Bank
Panagiotu Pension Advisors Inc.
Cole Screenprint Inc.
Willie C. Stewart
Apple Physical Therapy

SCSEP gets $1.36M for older workers

A $1.36 million federal grant will provide more job training and placement services for older workers, particularly in Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties where waiting lists are longest. The Department of Labor grant announced Jan. 29 will fund 140 placements into the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), according to Richard Corak, director […]

A $1.36 million federal grant will provide more job training and placement services for older workers, particularly in Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties where waiting lists are longest.

The Department of Labor grant announced Jan. 29 will fund 140 placements into the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), according to Richard Corak, director of Workforce Development for Goodwill. The money will also provide for additional case management in South Lacey and Yakima, where the emphasis will be on Hispanic outreach. Additional recruitment of host agencies also will take place.

“We have seen a marked increase in need especially in these tough times,” said Corak, who noted a third of Goodwill’s SCSEP participants are over 65 and 41 percent face homelessness. “This grant will help shorten the waiting list across our service area.”

SCSEP provides temporary subsidized, part-time community service work for people age 55 and older to help them build current work skills and develop a current work history. Call Goodwill at 800.606.9849 for additional information.

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Scholarship ‘opens so many doors’

For Ray Hernandez, a scholarship to a Goodwill program changed his life. At 56, he had worked as a painter in the aerospace industry before being let go and eventually needing a family shelter. That’s where he heard about Goodwill’s Custodial skills program, a state certified program for commercial cleaning work. As a result of […]


For Ray Hernandez, a scholarship to a Goodwill program changed his life. At 56, he had worked as a painter in the aerospace industry before being let go and eventually needing a family shelter. That’s where he heard about Goodwill’s Custodial skills program, a state certified program for commercial cleaning work.

As a result of a Foundation scholarship, Hernandez completed the program in January and now works for Goodwill’s Go2 Services, providing property management and janitorial services to a variety of customers. “I tell people all the time about Goodwill, especially if they can’t find a job,” he said.

What would have happened without the scholarship? “I couldn’t tell you – if I didn’t come to Goodwill I don’t know what I’d be doing right now,” he said. “The scholarship opened so many doors for me.”

At his graduation ceremony, Hernandez had family and friends on hand. “I’m very grateful for the support,” he said, noting especially the help of Custodial Skills Instructor Fern Livingston. “I’ll try and keep up the good work.”

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Annual Goodwill Breakfast Around the Corner

It’s crunch time! We are about a week away from this year’s Ready to Work Goodwill Breakfast and everyone is hard at work putting the final touches together in preparation for our Annual Breakfast. This is a wonderful event that showcases some excellent people that are direct results of our programs. There will be 3 […]

It’s crunch time! We are about a week away from this year’s Ready to Work Goodwill Breakfast and everyone is hard at work putting the final touches together in preparation for our Annual Breakfast. This is a wonderful event that showcases some excellent people that are direct results of our programs. There will be 3 award winners that will present to a crowd of community and business leaders that help commit to the Goodwill cause. These people are amazing just to get up in front of that crowd warrants a lot of inspiration. I had the opportunity to attend the event last year and wow what a wonderful event. When you leave, your heart will be filled with pride to know that you contributed in some part to changing our award winners and many other lives. To learn more about the breakfast or contribute yourself, please visit our breakfast page on our web site.

 

Road work slows Goodwill donations

HOWARD STREET CLOSURE MAY IMPACT JOB TRAINING, PLACEMENT PROGRAMS PORT TOWNSEND – Construction along upper Sims Way that has closed a portion of Howard Street dropped donations of gently used clothes, shoes and household items to the Port Townsend Goodwill Store nearly in half and impacted funds raised toward the agency’s job training and placement […]

HOWARD STREET CLOSURE MAY IMPACT JOB TRAINING, PLACEMENT PROGRAMS

PORT TOWNSEND – Construction along upper Sims Way that has closed a portion of Howard Street dropped donations of gently used clothes, shoes and household items to the Port Townsend Goodwill Store nearly in half and impacted funds raised toward the agency’s job training and placement programs

“The need for donations doesn’t stop because of road construction,” said Terry A. Hayes, CEO of Goodwill, which oversees the Port Townsend Store and a 15-county service area. “This is usually the best time of year for us to receive items as people go through spring cleaning – even a single bag can make a difference.”

When construction of the first roundabout as part of the Upper Sims Way Improvement Project began March 8, it closed easy access to the Port Townsend Goodwill Store, 602 Howard St. On that day, donor visits dropped from the usual 75 to 80 cars to about 45 cars, said store Manager Kimberly Fulginiti. Last month, the store received nearly 92,000 pounds of donations based on about 1,600 visits – both those figures are expected to be down this month.

Sales also dropped about 20 percent on the same day, Fulginiti said. The store plans a One Day sale March 27 in hopes of making up for proceeds that support Goodwill’s job training and placement programs.

The store is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. The store can be reached by calling 360.385.6600. The store can be reached by taking Cliff Street to South Park Avenue to get to Howard Street during the street closure from construction.

 

Help the Eduardo Vilog Family Fund

There is still time to help Eduardo Vilog, a Goodwill employee, who lost his wife in the tragic Dec. 22 apartment fire in Lakewood. The Eduardo Vilog Family Fund would help pay for funeral and related expenses in helping bring his wife, Aida, home to the Philippines. Here are stories that ran yesterday and today […]

There is still time to help Eduardo Vilog, a Goodwill employee, who lost his wife in the tragic Dec. 22 apartment fire in Lakewood. The Eduardo Vilog Family Fund would help pay for funeral and related expenses in helping bring his wife, Aida, home to the Philippines. Here are stories that ran yesterday and today in The News Tribune in Tacoma, and on KOMO and KING tv.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/1011483.html#user_comments

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Widower-hopes-to-send-wifes-remains-overseas-80362322.html

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/80382522.html

 

Clothes, shoes make great year-end gifts

Donations to Goodwill support job training and placement services TACOMA – With the end of the year just days away, there are more opportunities than ever to receive tax benefits for making donations of gently used clothes, shoes and household goods to Goodwill. The donations support the agency’s job training and placement programs, which in […]

Donations to Goodwill support job training and placement services
TACOMA – With the end of the year just days away, there are more opportunities than ever to receive tax benefits for making donations of gently used clothes, shoes and household goods to Goodwill.

The donations support the agency’s job training and placement programs, which in 2009 faced a 20 percent increase in demand for services over the previous year, said Terry A. Hayes, Goodwill CEO. A complete list of donation locations, including Goodwill stores, is located at www.goodwillwa.org.

“The end of the year is a great time to make donations, since they’re tax deductible,” Hayes said. “The gift of even a single box of clothes or other items helps provide opportunities for people to get that first job or that second chance.”

In 2009, Goodwill served more than 6,200 people and placed more than 1,000 in jobs.

Goodwill is also a certified collector in the E-Cycle Washington campaign. The program allows free drop-off of laptops, TVs, computers and monitors. In Pierce County, South King County and portions of Thurston County, Goodwill provides free pickup of large furniture items or other high value items as part of its Premier Donations program. Call 253.573.6687 for information.
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About Goodwill
Goodwill is a unique nonprofit business. It turns donations and business revenue into programs that change lives by helping people with disabilities or disadvantages go to work. This year, Goodwill Industries will help more than 7,500 people with education, job training and placement so they can become independent self-supporting citizens. Of these, 1,200 people with barriers to employment will be placed in jobs in the community. Job-training services are funded through financial gifts, grants, fees, commercial services and the operation of 25 thrift stores throughout Western and Southcentral Washington. Please visit our Web site at www.goodwillwa.org.

 

Goodwill finds exciting home in Bonney Lake

BONNEY LAKE – A new Goodwill store in Bonney Lake will open Thursday, Dec. 3, with a weekend grand opening sale. The long-anticipated store will feature thousands of new items in a “fashion-forward” shopping experience, with a convenient donation site and be a site for workers with developmental disabilities and disadvantages. A store-opening ceremony will […]

BONNEY LAKE – A new Goodwill store in Bonney Lake will open Thursday, Dec. 3, with a weekend grand opening sale. The long-anticipated store will feature thousands of new items in a “fashion-forward” shopping experience, with a convenient donation site and be a site for workers with developmental disabilities and disadvantages.

A store-opening ceremony will take place at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 3 at the store, 21153 State Route 410 E. in Bonney Lake Village. Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson Jr. will join Goodwill Board of Directors President Bob Bruback and CEO Terry A. Hayes to celebrate the event. After the 15-minute ceremony, the store will open to the public.

“We are very excited about having a store in this growing community,” said Bruback. “In these tough economic times, a Goodwill store provides many ways to help a community: It’s a way for families to stretch the value of their dollar; a place for people to get that first job or second chance; and a support for our job training and placement services.”

There are several events taking place during the opening weekend Dec. 3-6, including:

• The opportunity for shoppers to win a DVD player, iPod and $50 gas cards daily throughout the event. Other, free giveaways will also be available at the store.

• A New Mattress Truckload Sale, while supplies last. The sale includes a free frame – valued up to $49 – with each mattress purchase. Sale prices start at $199 for a Twin set, $249 for a Full set, $299 for a Queen set, and $399 for King set.

• On Friday, Dec. 4, radio station KMPS 94.1-FM, featuring “Today’s Country,” will broadcast live from the store from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the Stubbs show.

CEO Terry A. Hayes noted Goodwill has already been providing services for Bonney Lake residents – nearly 60 in the past year alone. About a third have participated in the Key to Change financial literacy class Goodwill offers. Other programs residents have taken include Office Essentials and “soft skills” training for job interviews and resume writing.

The store will also host a work site for people with developmental disabilities through Goodwill’s Supported Employment program. The employees will do retail and production work with supervision from a job-skills trainer.

“We are expanding our job training and placement services in Pierce County as part of an initiative to triple services,” Hayes said. “We look forward to making more services available through our stores.”

The new store will provide jobs for about 30 people, from the store manager to supervisors, cashiers, production clerks and donation attendants. About 70 percent of the people hired to work in Goodwill stores are people with disabilities or disadvantages.

Hayes thanked architects BCRA and contractor Mountain Construction. She noted Goodwill signed a 10-year lease with the property owner, Rosen-Harbottle Commercial Real Estate. The Bonney Lake store is 15,850 square feet in size and a former retail store.

Frank Quintana will be the store manager. Quintana has more than two decades of retail management experience, including involvement in a remodel at the Bonney Lake Fred Meyer Store when he worked with that company. Quintana started with Goodwill in August 2009.

The store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The store can be reached by calling 253.862.0237. More information about Goodwill is available online at www.goodwillwa.org.

The store will be the 25th for the agency, headquartered in Tacoma, and marks the 11th store in Pierce County. Goodwill’s service area covers 15 counties, including most of the Olympic Peninsula, Pierce, Thurston and South King counties and east to Yakima and Ellensburg.

 
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