Monday, May 3, 2010

Governor Quinn and Goodwill Put Illinois to Work

Peoria, IL – April 26, 2010 – Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is proud to announce its participation in Put Illinois to Work, an anti-poverty program intended to create subsidized employment opportunities for low income families and individuals.

Governor Quinn officially announced the program on April 26th. “Put Illinois to Work will provide good-paying jobs that will help support families and strengthen communities. The program will also assist in building a workforce that possesses the skills, abilities and experiences that Illinois employers need to remain competitive in the U.S. and global marketplace.”

Put Illinois to Work is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS), and Goodwill Industries. Funding is provided through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Through Put Illinois to Work, eligible Illinois residents will be placed in subsidized employment positions with participating central Illinois companies for up to six months, learning valuable skills and supporting their families. The program will help stimulate Illinois’ ailing economy and develop a healthy workforce by providing meaningful work experience for participants.

Goodwill is acting as a sub-contractor in a 16 county region of central Illinois. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to help facilitate this program,” said Patty Fuchs, Goodwill’s President and CEO. “This is a win-win opportunity for employers and people seeking employment.”

For further information on program guidelines and eligibility contact Brenda Wilder at 309-682-1113, ext. 121 or log onto http://www.putillinoistowork.illinois.gov/

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