LONG BEACH, CA — MAY 6, 2013 — As the economy continues its slow recovery, many people continue to struggle to find and keep good jobs. Even in the toughest of times, however, Goodwill Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (Goodwill SOLAC) has reason to celebrate.
Last year, more than 8,300 people in the southern Los Angeles County area accessed our services. Our workforce development division served over 4,700 individuals through our various training programs. Goodwill SOLAC placed 172 job seekers into community jobs in southern Los Angeles County and whose average hourly wage per placement was $16.12 and working an average of 40 hours per week.
The ripple effect of those jobs throughout the economy generated an additional 71 jobs for a total of 243 jobs with total wages of $9.5 million and a total economic impact of $21.9 million. The fiscal impact generated by Goodwill SOLAC by these total placements last year was $751,592 for the State of California.
“The revenue generated through the sale of your donated goods helps us provide individuals with barriers to employment with job training programs and access to employment opportunities that lead to economic self-sufficiency and family sustaining wages,” said Janet McCarthy, President & CEO of Goodwill SOLAC.
Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada are celebrating this week as Goodwill Industries Week, a commemoration that celebrates new jobs and changed lives. As is tradition, Goodwill agencies from May 5 – 11 will host a variety of events. On May 8, Goodwill SOLAC will hold a Community Job Fair to provide employment opportunities for individuals living in southern Los Angeles County.
In addition to our Healthcare and Loss Prevention Training programs, Goodwill SOLAC provides job preparation and employment placement services for individuals and families who are homeless or who are about to be homeless at the Long Beach Multi-Service Center.
As one of North America’s top five most valuable and recognized nonprofit brands and the leading nonprofit provider of employment programs for people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others who face challenges to finding employment, Goodwill SOLAC has been helping people gain the opportunity to become self-sufficient through the power of hard work for 84 years.
“Thank you for your ongoing support as we celebrate Goodwill Industries Week,” said McCarthy. “Together, we are preparing people for new jobs and changing lives.”
Goodwill SOLAC serves the people of southern Los Angeles County including the city of Long Beach and its surrounding communities and the cities of the South Bay. Through the sale of donated goods, Goodwill provides education, skills training and job placement services for people with barriers to employment. Its career-track Healthcare and Loss Prevention Training programs offer graduates the chance to achieve economic self-sufficiency. To learn more about Goodwill SOLAC’s career-track training programs visit www.thinkgood.org. Like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/thinkgoodwillsolac; follow us on www.twitter.com/thinkgoodwill.