Goodwill looks to get Americans back to work courtesy of largest investment in organization’s history

Roanoke Valley News
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(Photo: Courtesy MGN Online)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Goodwill Industries of the Valleys announced a significant donation of $10 million that aims to help Americans get back to work.

The donation came from MacKenzie Scott as part of a historic gift presented to Goodwill Industries International (GII) and 45 other local Goodwill organizations.

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The investment comes at a time when more than 10 million Americans are unemployed.

The gift will enable Goodwill Industries of the Valleys to expand its direct efforts and deliver its mission locally to equip individuals with the skills they need to get back to work and onto sustainable career paths.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys responds to resident’s most pressing needs in Central, Southwest and Southside Virginia and is dedicated to closing the skills gap and eliminating the associated challenges created by inequities. Resources will be deployed over a three-year period to support the mission, business, and human service needs with a focus on serving individuals with obstacles to employment and providing individuals with opportunities for greater independence.

“We are uniquely positioned to lead the way in ensuring that every individual, regardless of challenges and backgrounds, has access to the skills and services that they need to face today’s economic situation. We are humbled, grateful and overwhelmed by Mackenzie Scott’s transformative contribution, which will address the growing need for skills training for job seekers and help them move onto career paths while building access to opportunity and equitable hiring nationwide as millions of community members continue to face historic hardships during this pandemic.”

Bruce Phipps, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

The breadth of services Goodwill Industries of the Valleys provides including job readiness, skills training – including digital skills, certifications, and credentials – and employment placement, as well as access to holistic wraparound services such as housing, child care, financial education and transportation.

To learn more about Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, click here.

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