Waycross Goodwill Retail location and Job Connection will open Thursday, July 19 @ 10. Come join us and cut the ribbon on our newest location in Southeast Georgia….Drawings and Giveaways all weekend long!
Goodwill to open in Waycross
Employers, job seekers to have many free resources and services at Job Connections, and retail location will offer a wide variety of items
(WAYCROSS, Ga.) – Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is opening a free community career center, Job Connections, and a retail location in Waycross. The grand opening will be Thursday, July 19 at 10 a.m.
The career center and retail store will consist of nearly 12,000 square feet and employ nearly 25 local residents. The store (15,000 sq. foot) will be open to the public July 19 at 10 a.m. with a full selection of merchandise. The store will have door prizes and drawings throughout the grand opening. There will also be a donation center, with the donations helping to fund Goodwill’s Workforce Development programs.
Job Connections offers many free resources and services to both employers and job seekers. For example, Goodwill offers applicant screening. Employers can provide Goodwill with job descriptions and Goodwill can match qualified applicants out of their database for the employer to interview. Goodwill can also provide office space for interviewing and job fairs at no charge.
Resources, technology and support services have been designed to help job seekers secure and maintain employment. The center will be a resource for job searches, offering help with resumes and interviewing skills, as well as a phone bank, printer, and copier. Educational seminars will also help with job skills as well as areas such as health and wellness and financial well-being.
“We talk to employers and match their needs to our services,” said Brenda Pollen, Director of Workforce Development for Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire. “We find the areas that employers see a need and tailor our programs to that.” For example, at another Job Connections location Pollen discovered that many job seekers lacked computer skills, so Job Connections started offering computer classes.
In terms of services for job seekers, Goodwill will be offering a resume writing class and working with job seekers to develop interviewing skills so that they feel confident when they walk into an interview. There will also be networking opportunities and job fairs, and applicants will be able to view job postings that are available in the community.
The Waycross Goodwill is located at 2101 Memorial Dr. Call 912-663-0685 if you’re interested in partnering.
About Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire
Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. The not-for-profit organization employs more than 550 people. In 2011, Goodwill provided services to approximately 17,000 people and placed about 650 people in real jobs in our community this year. Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina and operates 13 other retail locations in the region. Goodwill accepts tax deductable car donations and operates an online store at shopgoodwill.com. For more information on Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook: Savannah Goodwill or follow us on Twitter: @SavGoodwill.