Goodwill of Central Illinois announces Beyond Jobs, its newest free program designed to assist area women in finding employment. The Beyond Jobs program, under a grant from the Walmart Foundation, will focus on unemployed and underemployed women in Central Illinois. Women who participate in the program will be matched with respected area employers.
Nearly 15 million U.S. households are headed by women and despite being the sole providers, more than 29 percent of women live below the poverty level. Female-headed families have the lowest earnings among all family types.
Women who participate in Beyond Jobs will work with a Goodwill Employment Specialist to determine their strengths and identify the tools and training they need to achieve their career goals. They are then matched with area businesses where their skill sets apply. After employment is found, ongoing support for both employees and employers will be provided by Goodwill.
“This program reflects Goodwill’s culture through its ongoing support for both program participants and the businesses that employ them,” says Patty Fuchs, Goodwill’s President and CEO. “Our mission is to support individuals and families who are working to better their lives and that support continues until goals are met and independence is found through work.”
Women interested in the program can contact Brenda Wilder at (309) 682-1113, ext. 2124. Businesses interested in participating can call Jamie Newell at (309) 210-3289
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. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.