Within the past two years, Goodwill has retrained 28,000 people and put 15,000 of those back into the workforce. Goodwill has a 100,000-square foot warehouse off of Grand River Avenue that is a Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry. Goodwill also employs people at a Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream shop downtown Detroit, where they train people to sell, practice good customer service, and earn a paycheck. These workers are making minimum wage, which is $7.40 per hour, but it is better than sitting at home, not collecting anything.
The Clean Downtown program employs 100 individuals, which maintains the beauty of the city and keeps the streets free from garbage. Goodwill has also worked with DTE Energy and its recycling facility which employs 45 individuals.
Recently, Goodwill branched out to the younger generation and created a program called “Dollars For Jobs.”
The nonprofit organization has partnered with Huntington Bank and STATE CHAMPS to promote high school students collecting money that goes directly into Goodwill’s training program for the unemployed.
From today through April 22, students from 30 local high schools in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties will be passing around envelopes collecting $25 in each. Goodwill then collects the envelopes and uses the “Dollars for Jobs” to help those in need of employment. The metro Detroit communities where our 49 branches are located have all been touched by the unemployment crisis, so supporting ‘Dollars for Jobs’ is a natural fit for Huntington.”
Program details are available at http://www.GoodwillDetroitPassItForward.org.