Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Goodwill Receives Grant to Support Veterans

Goodwill of Central Illinois has been awarded a grant for $25,000 from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The money will be used for Goodwill’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and Goodwill’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

Goodwill’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans takes place yearly and is a community based intervention event designed to provide area homeless veterans with much needed resources. Goodwill, along with other social service agencies, local businesses, and veterans’ services organizations, provide homeless veterans with food, winter clothing, personal hygiene products, and an opportunity for a hot shower and a haircut. The veterans can also attend classes relating to maintaining sobriety, managing depression and stress, veterans’ benefits, money management, and legal matters.

Goodwill’s Veterans Employment Program provides employment and counseling services to area veterans. Goodwill employment specialists assist veterans with the skills and support needed to find employment, including resume and cover letter writing, preparation for an interview, and how to search for a job using the Internet.

“This grant will allow Goodwill to continue these two very successful programs,” said Patty Fuchs, Goodwill’s President and CEO. “Grants like these and the support of the people of central Illinois have allowed us to assist those who have served our country. Goodwill puts the highest priority on giving these men and women the tools they need to find employment and succeed.”

Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Revenues from the sale of donated or recycled items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill.  For more information visit www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.