Goodwill of Central Illinois will commemorate its 80th anniversary with a ribbon cutting on Monday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. The event will take
place at Goodwill Commons, 2319 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria.
Goodwill of Central Illinois was founded on November 9, 1934. For 80 years, Goodwill’s mission has been to support individuals and families who are working to better their lives. With a territory that touches 21 counties, Goodwill operates eleven retail stores and two donation centers. Goodwill also operates the General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans. The home provides a secure, intensive and holistic environment for honorably discharged male veterans who have been homeless and are dealing with a diagnosed disability.
Goodwill’s free vocational services are vast and include computer classes which are held at one of three Learning Centers, located in Peoria, Pekin and Galesburg. The organization has also partnered with Spoon River College to offer computer classes at the college’s locations.
Goodwill also offers free services to veterans, including job readiness training, job placement assistance and support with any issues causing a barrier to employment or reintegration into our community. Job placement assistance and career planning are also available with Goodwill’s Job Connection and Career Pathways programs.
Youth mentoring services are available through Goodwill’s GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring Program. Youth, ages 12 to 17 are paired with a trusted adult mentor. The goal is to provide
support with issues faced by the youth and to help them plan for the future.
“We are able to provide all of these free services and more because the people of Central Illinois donate,” said Patty Fuchs, Goodwill President and CEO. “After 80 years, Goodwill of Central Illinois is stronger than ever because of the generosity of our community.”
To learn more about Goodwill of Central Illinois visit, www.goodwillpeo.org or call the administrative offices at (309) 682-1113.