From goodwill to good jobs

Jul 17, 2012

Established in 1965 in Charlotte, NC, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provides employment, job training and career services for adults and youth in 18 counties throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. By operating as part of a network of 165 autonomous Goodwill organizations, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is able to provide workforce development programming throughout a large and diverse region.

Goodwill’s approach provides both specialized training and placement services. Individuals have found success in acquiring new skills through training programs in a variety of fields, such as hospitality and tourism and banking and customer service, as well as construction. Goodwill also works with individuals to find temporary and permanent employment by matching participants’ skills and abilities with employers’ needs through its GoodWork Staffing business and six job resource centers in the region.

Bank of America has been a proud partner of Goodwill for 15 years. While the bank has donated over $400,000 in support to the organization, the greatest benefit of the relationship comes in the form of volunteerism; working together, bank executives and employees volunteer their expertise and time through Goodwill’s Banking and Customer service training program, as well as financial literacy training sessions throughout the year. The bank also provides executive leadership on Goodwill’s Board of Directors.

“Calling Bank of America a corporate partner is an understatement,” said Michael Elder, President and CEO for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. “We would not be able to provide nearly as many programs or help the thousands of unemployed in the region without the leadership and support of the bank. They are truly a strategic partner that supports the advancement of our goals and objectives on so many levels.”

The Southern Piedmont region of the Carolinas was hard hit during the recent economic crisis. Businesses and industries suffered, leaving thousands of North and South Carolinians unemployed and seeking new skill sets. 

As the Southern Piedmont region recovers from a tough recession and high unemployment rates, thousands of Carolinians have gained new skill sets thanks to Goodwill’s services and Bank of America’s financial and volunteer support.

In 2011 alone, Goodwill’s support services helped more than 2,000 people find employment while also providing more than 16,000 people with workforce skills and programming. These efforts help individuals and their families support themselves, but will also help to advance Charlotte’s growth and transformation for years to come.

“Charlotte and its workforce would not be the same without the services that Goodwill provides the region,” said Charles Bowman, North Carolina and Charlotte market president, Bank of America. “Bank of America has been a strong supporter because Goodwill delivers high quality services, collaborates with other nonprofits and creatively uses every resource available to them.” 

Learn how Goodwill Industries is partnering with the Bank of America Charitable Foundation on the Vested in Veterans program to connect veterans with support to gain civilian employment.

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