Local Nonprofit Helped More Than 49,800 People Across Six Counties, Placed 10,700 in Jobs
Across the board, 2018 was a stellar year for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.
The nonprofit organization served a record number of 49,863 individuals by connecting them with resources and job training. Goodwill placed 10,768 of those people with local employers, a nearly 33 percent increase over 2017.
“The people we help want to work; they just need a chance,” said Nima Hodaei, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “Despite a record-low unemployment rate in Central Florida, we’re seeing a steady stream of individuals seeking our services. These individuals may be working, but need higher wages, or a second job.”
At all 11 Job Connection Centers across Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard and Volusia counties, job placement specialists work with participants to assess their skills and strengths, build an employment plan, help with resume writing and prepare for a job interview. Goodwill also connects people with education and certification opportunities, such as computer training and teaching English as a second language.