Goodwill GoodGuides are Recruiting for Summer Program and Next School Year

(SAVANNAH) On Thursday, May 14 Goodwill GoodGuides will be holding a recruitment event at Hubert Middle School at 1:30 PM for both mentors and mentees interested in guiding the youth in the community. This recruitment event will provide interactive games for the youth and potential mentors to enjoy.

GoodGuides seeks creative opportunities for our mentees to not only have fun, but to learn important lessons and skills that will better them as a person now and in the future as well. Games 2 U will provide laser tag, a game bus, and other interactive games for the current mentees to enjoy as a reward to for reaching their goal this year. They see fun, but GoodGuides realizes these games help to provide team building, leadership, cardio, hand-eye coordination, among other skills are being exercised while they have fun. This is the exact intent of our GoodGuides Mentoring Program!

With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is serving youth, ages 12 to 17, who want to learn about careers and prepare for success. The Goodwill GoodGuides program pairs teens with mentors who help them build career plans and skills and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training and productive work. This will provide for additional training and mentor support, advocacy and teaching roles for mentors, expanded parent engagement and more structured activities at 22 Goodwill agencies around the United States.

Goodwill’s Youth Services include youth education, youth employment, and youth engagement to provide the services, opportunities, and supports youth need to succeed. Goodwill emphasizes positive youth development to ensure our young people have psychological and physical safety, supportive relationships, and positive social norms as they transition into adulthood.

Goodwill GoodGuides
The Goodwill GoodGuides program began in 2009 with a $19.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Delinquency Prevention. The enhanced GoodGuides program seeks to improve outcomes for more than 2,640 youth in high-risk situations in communities such as Savannah. Visit the GoodProspects® website (goodprospects.goodwill.com), a career exploration and social media site offering online support and resources for mentors, parents and local GoodGuides staff.

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with over 850 employees. In 2014, Goodwill provided intensive services to 9,885 people and placed 2,421 into competitive employment. Goodwill serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, operating 17 retail locations, and five Job Connection Centers. Goodwill accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, computers, and car donations. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook: Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter: @SavGoodwill

Employment Op

Are you looking for employment? We have an employer seeking 3 housekeepers immediately. Experience is preferred but they are willing to train. You MUST have a clean background and strong work ethic. Must be willing to work evenings and Weekends. Visit Michael at the Sallie Mood Goodwill Job Connection Monday through Thurs. or call 912.354.6611 ext 10242

CARF Recertification

GOODWILL SAVANNAH EARNS TOP ACCREDITATION STATUS

The Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF), recently reaccredited Goodwill of the Coastal Empire for its Community Employment Services, including Employment Supports and Job Development, Organizational Employment and Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation. The three-year accreditation awarded to Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is the highest mark of excellence offered by CARF, and is the 10th time Goodwill of the Coastal Empire has earned a three-year seal.

CARF accreditation is considered the hallmark of excellence for rehabilitation organizations throughout North America and other parts of the world. The widely-respected credential attests to a service provider’s commitment to continuous improvement of services, encourages consumer input in finding evidenced-based strategies to serve the community better. Accreditation guides service providers in best practices, thereby improving the quality of services and meeting internationally-recognized quality standards. Consumers, their families, and the public look for CARF accreditation as assurance that providers strive to offer the highest quality services.

By pursuing and achieving accreditation, Goodwill demonstrates that it meets the rigid international quality standards and is committed to pursuing excellence in providing quality services to persons with disabilities. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is a not for profit organization celebrating nearly 50 years of providing a full array of community employment and job search and placement programs for people with disabilities and barriers to employment in 33 counties of the Coastal Empire.

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc.

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is a 501©3 not-for-profit organization with nearly 50 years of service provision and 850 employees. Goodwill is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. In 2013, Goodwill provided services to 19,518 people and placed 1,672 into employment. Goodwill serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, operating 19 retail locations, and ten Job Connection Centers. Goodwill accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, computers, and car donations, as well as operates an online store at www.shopgoodwill.com. When community members donate, shop, or make a monetary contribution Goodwill is able to serve more individuals. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find Goodwill Savannah on Facebook: Savannah Goodwill or follow on Twitter: @SavGoodwill. Learn more about CARF Accreditation at: http://carf.org

2014 Vested in Vets Awarded to Goodwill

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Recognized for Veteran Programs for Providing Education and Job Resources

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire was recognized by Goodwill Industries International at its Spring Conference for  their commitment to serving veterans.  Only two member agencies were awarded as Vested in Veterans Center of Excellence.  Goodwill of the Coastal Empire will serve as a role model to other Goodwill’s designing programs to serve veterans.  Theresa Gerton, deputy secretary for policy at the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) program, served as the keynote speaker at the lunch. She encouraged Goodwills to continue their great work connecting veterans and their families to much needed employment and support services, emphasizing the growing need for credential building in this population.

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire began its dedicated veteran services program in 2010 with Operation Open Doors, serving homeless veterans in Savannah and the surrounding areas. The agency quickly realized other veterans within the community could benefit from their services

Today, the Savannah Goodwill operates ten job connection centers with professionals who assist veterans with an array of services and supports. All veterans are assigned a peer counselor who serves as a navigator supporting the efforts of the veterans to address immediate needs such as housing, benefits verifications and medical concerns.

“We owe it to every one of our veterans and their families to provide them with the tools they need to advance beyond their military careers and connect them with employers who understand the value of their military experience, so they can succeed at work and at home,” said Brenda Pollen, vice president of mission services. “Through Vested in Veterans, we will enable veterans and military family members to focus on their careers and financial goals, and create a road map for successful civilian careers.”

These efforts are bolstered by the agency’s many community partnerships, including the Veterans Administration, Savannah-Chatham County Homeless Authority, Step-Up-Savannah Workforce Action Team’s Apprenticeship Program, and local colleges and universities.

GOODWILL OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with over 850 employees. In 2013, Goodwill provided services to 19,518 people and placed 1,672 into employment. Goodwill serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, operating 19 retail locations, and ten Job Connection Centers. Goodwill accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, computers, and car donations, as well as operates an online store at www.shopgoodwill.com. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find on Facebook: Savannah Goodwill, or follow on Twitter: @SavGoodwill.

VESTED IN VETERANS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
In 2013, Bank of America and Goodwill Industries International launched the Vested in Veterans initiative with Goodwills in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and San Antonio. “Bank of America’s investment in Goodwill is just one of the ways we are helping individuals, including returning military, to access the education and training they need to access jobs and build better financial futures,” said Kerry Sullivan, president, Bank of America Charitable Foundation. “We’re honored to recognize the sacrifice and leadership of our military members, veterans and their families through longstanding support and pleased to partner with Goodwill as part of our ongoing commitment to improve local economies.”

BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. The bank’s CSR efforts guide how it operates in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world on behalf of shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Bank of America’s goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with stakeholders, the bank creates value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. Bank of America has several core areas of focus for CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

Victory Drive Goodwill Opens Thursday, February 13

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Goodwill Opens New Retail Location at McAlpin Square

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire will open its 19th retail location at McAlpin Square, 1900 East Victory Drive in Savannah at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. Activities will include a ribbon cutting, raffle and give-aways throughout the day. www.goodwillsavannah.org

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Goodwill’s 19th Retail Location to Open at McAlpin Square, Ribbon Cutting Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire will open its 19th retail location at McAlpin Square, 1900 East Victory Drive in Savannah. The doors open on 3,200 square-foot retail space at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 with an official ribbon cutting. Activities will include a raffle and giveaways throughout the day.

In addition, Goodwill has added a new attended donation site at the same location.

McAlpin Square is located on the north side of East Victory Drive, just east of Truman Parkway, the site of the Kroger shopping plaza, directly across the street from the Home Depot/Target plaza.

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc.
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with over 800 employees. Goodwill is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. In 2013, Goodwill provided services to 19,518 people and placed 1,672 into employment. Goodwill serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, operating 19 retail locations, and nine Job Connection Centers. Goodwill accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, computers, and car donations, as well as operates an online store at www.shopgoodwill.com. When community members donate, shop, or make a monetary contribution Goodwill is able to serve more individuals. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook: Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter: @SavGoodwill.  http://goodwillsavannah.org/shop/

Pooler Goodwill Grand Opening, Thursday, January 16

Pooler Grand Opening ImagePooler Goodwill Opening 15,000 Square Foot Storeand Career Center in Pooler on January 16
Celebrity Fashion Show at 9:30am, Ribbon Cutting at 10 am and Job/Resource Fair 10 am-2 pm.

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. continues its rapid growth under the leadership of President & CEO, Mohsen Badran, with the opening of a new Goodwill full-service complex at 1115 Grand Central Boulevard in the Godly Station area of Pooler.

On Thursday, January 16, the Pooler Goodwill will host the grand opening of this 15,000 square-feet facility that will house a full-scale retail center, a Job Connection Center and a donation drop-off center.
The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with a fashion show produced by community volunteer Ashley Borders, and will feature quality Goodwill apparel modeled by some of the community’s best-known business and community leaders. The list of models includes: Diana Morrison of Advertising Specialty Services; Celia Russo of Celia Russo Marketing, Jenny Gentry of Wells Fargo Bank, Patty Mcintosh of Melaver McIntosh, Joe Marinelli of Visit Savannah, Mark Howard of the Memorial Foundation, Interim Police Chief Terry Enoch, Paula Fogarty of South Magazine, Marjorie Young of CarriageTradePR and SCORE, Charisse Bennett of the Creative Coast, Tina Henson of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Joe Marchese, Marchese Construction, Adel Karam of PetSmart, Melissa Hall of Cora Bett Realty, and Molly Rowe of SCAD. Several other local notables have been invited but are yet to confirm. The public will be invited to purchase the ensembles displayed by the celebrity models.

A key component of this new facility is the Pooler Job Connection.  The new Job Connection Center serves as the ninth in the region. It will offer job seekers access to job leads and provides the technology resources to prepare job seekers for successful job searches. The Job Connection Manager serves as an onsite coordinator that works with individuals to explore different career interests and develop a plan based on the individual’s personal job goals.

The Job Connection offers assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, health and wellness education, financial literacy, and many other classes. Career fairs and other networking opportunities are open to the public. Free computer and internet access enables applicants to view job postings and submit their job history online.

Additionally a Goodwill Job/Resource Fair is scheduled for the grand opening day from 10 am to 2 pm at the Job Connection.  More than 15 employers from the area will be onsite to interview and hire.

The fashion show beings promptly at 9:30 a.m. and the official ribbon-cutting ceremony commences at 10 a.m. There will be prizes, giveaways and valuable coupons from local stores and restaurants.

On Saturday, January 18, a workshop is to take place in the Job Connection Center 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. titled, Re-Tailoring Your Wardrobe. The wardrobe expert presenters will offer advice on how redo and make-over Goodwill purchases and things already in your closet.

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc.
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with over 800 employees. In 2013, Goodwill provided services to 19,518 people and placed 1,672 into employment. Goodwill serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, operating 17 retail locations, and eight Job Connection Centers. Goodwill accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, computers, and car donations, as well as operates an online store at www.shopgoodwill.com. When community members donate, shop, or make a monetary contribution Goodwill is able to serve more individuals. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook: Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter: @SavGoodwill.

Berwick Grand Opening Thursday, December 19

Berwick postcardGrand Opening of New Store in Southside Savannah

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce the grand opening of the newest Goodwill Store and Donation Center located in Southside Savannah at the Berwick Shopping Plaza at 5730 Ogeechee Road on Thursday, December 19 at 10 a.m.

Berwick Goodwill Opening on the Southside

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce the grand opening of the newest Goodwill Store and Donation Center located in Southside Savannah at the Berwick Shopping Plaza at 5730 Ogeechee Road on Thursday, December 19 at 10 a.m.

The Berwick Goodwill Store and Donation Center will be the seventeenth retail location in the Coastal Empire.  “We hope to provide Southside Savannah shoppers with a new experience,” said Coni Curtas, Vice President of Donated Goods. “The Berwick Goodwill Store will have a new look and new location but same good prices.” The store will be open to the public with a full selection of merchandise.

Goodwill is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. When community members donate, shop or make a monetary contribution Goodwill is able to serve more individuals.

Join Goodwill this holiday season for last minute holiday shopping and make those end-of-year tax deductible donations onsite.

Grand Opening of the Jesup Goodwill on Friday, December 6

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Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce the opening of the newest Goodwill Retail Store and Job Connection location in Jesup at 990 North Macon Street on Friday, December 6th at 10 a.m.

Goodwill’s expansion of services to Wayne County comes as a welcome relief to many in the community. Goodwill plans to serve the community with a retail store, convenient donation center and Job Connection center.

The Jesup Goodwill will serve as the sixteenth retail location with a nearly 12,000 foot facility. Goodwill is expected to employ about 25 new employees from the local area.

This will be Goodwill’s eighth Job Connection Center in the region. The Jesup Center offers job seekers access to job leads and provides the technology resources to prepare the job seeker for a successful job search. The Center Manager serves as an onsite coordinator that works with individuals to explore different career interests and develop a plan based on the individual’s personal job goals. There is a definite need for these services with Georgia’s unemployment rate at 8.4 percent, well above the national average. The job connection center offers assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, health and wellness education, financial literacy, and many other classes. Career fairs and other networking opportunities are open to the public. Free computer and internet access enables applicants to view job postings and submit their job history online.

When community members donate, shop, or make a monetary contribution Goodwill is able to serve more individuals. In 2012, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire placed into meaningful employment more than 1,400 people.

G-Star Staffing Puts Locals to Work at the Brunswick Port

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Brunswick, GA — G-Star Staffing, a division of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, will soon begin providing staffing services for International Auto Processing, Inc. at IAP’s facility on Colonel’s Island.

“Goodwill is already a member of the Brunswick community. Our retail store and job connection center here allow us to engage with individuals and provide work opportunities,” said Tammie Blaha, Goodwill Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “G-Star Staffing has been supplying temporary employees to Savannah’s local businesses for more than three years and it makes sense to bring this great capability to Brunswick.”

Apply online: www.GStarstaffing.com or at

Brunswick Goodwill Job Connection
249 Village at Glynn Place, Brunswick, GA  31525
Phone  912.342.1106               Fax  912.342.1107

About International Auto Processing: IAP is an independently owned company specializing in the preparation of new export and import vehicles. Its operation in Glynn County is the largest in the country, processing more than 400,000 vehicles a year.

Goodwill and Girls Scouts Team up for Good Turn Day

Girl Scouts to participate in Good Turn Day

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Goodwill of the Coastal Empire and Girl Scouts are teaming up to do a good turn for the community by donating clothing and household items to the Richmond Hill Goodwill Store on Oct. 26 for the annual Good Turn Day Drive. The collected goods will be sold at Goodwill’s retail stores to fund Goodwill’s job training programs for people with disabilities or barriers to employment.

Registered Girl Scouts who participate will earn a special patch to commemorate their participation. The Good Turn Day collaborative service project has offered Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia the opportunity to make a positive impact in their community while recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.

Girl Scouts and community members are invited to collect and donate gently used clothing, books, housewares, and other items. Girl Scouts must register individually or by troop at www.gshg.org to qualify for patch.

In addition to Richmond Hill donation locations include Brunswick, Pooler, Rincon, Savannah, Statesboro, Vidalia, Waycross and Wilmington Island Goodwill Stores.

For more information or request an additional store location, email jbass@goodwillsavannah.com or, call 354-6611 ext. 107.