Goodwill Industries employs more people with disabilities (28% of their workforce) than any other private-sector business in the area. In 2010, Goodwill provided services to nearly 42,000 men and women with disabilities and disadvantages. A strong expression of their financial stewardship is that 88 cents out of every dollar Goodwill receives is reinvested in programs and services.
Goodwill is a not-for-profit organization that has served the local community since 1919 providing training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence. The organization enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work. We believe that everyone has the opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.
Goodwill does this through various business units. Goodwill Human Services provides workforce development services including skills assessment, computer skills, food service, forklift and light industrial training, job placement and job coaching. Goodwill developed Workforce Connection Centers that offer free employment services and resources in a professional environment for people looking for work. Services include access to technology and onsite interviewing. Computers, printers, internet access are all available and Goodwill staff is on hand to provide guidance throughout the job search. Day Services provides a safe, nurturing environment for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Senior Services assist individuals in maintaining their independence. Goodwill delivers annually nearly 250,000 meals to homebound older adults and serves over 143,000 meals at several dining centers in Milwaukee County.
Goodwill Manufacturing provides packaging, assembly, rework and inspection services as well as complete supply chain and inventory management. Some of our customer partnerships include: Briggs & Stratton, Rust-Oleum, and SC Johnson.
Goodwill TalentBridge is a recruiting and staffing service that provides talent acquisition solutions for area companies and manufacturers.
The most visible part of the organization is Goodwill Retail Services. The revenue made through the collection and sale of donated clothing and household goods, helps fund job training and other Goodwill human service programs. Each retail store has between 40 to 45 local employees in every community where one of their 44 stores is based. Last year, retail operations diverted nearly 65.7 million pounds from landfills and had 2.2 million donors and 5 million shoppers.
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