Shreveport, LA - On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will team up with The Service Companies to host an onsite job fair at its Job Center located at 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport.
The Service Companies will be accepting applications, doing interviews and hiring on-the-spot for more than 100 open positions. The event is free and open to the public from 9am to 4pm, but appointments are required.
"Now that the extra $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments has ended, we know many individuals find themselves desperately seeking employment," Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development says. "With this in mind, Goodwill is focused now more than even on helping individuals in the Shreveport Bossier area get back to work.".
Applicants will be required to wear a mask, answer a health screening and have their temperature checks as part of the application process.
To obtain an appointment time, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EAFA82BA6FE3-goodwillservice or call 318-868-4701. Goodwill is hosting weekly job fairs and the next one will be on August 4th.
Young adults who have had a brush with the criminal justice system and want to bring their lives back into focus can now get help, thanks to the Caddo Parish District Attorney and Goodwill Industries.
Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. and Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana have partnered in the Life Launch Re-entry Program, designed to help low-income young adults take part in the DA's pre-trial diversion program. This gives some first-time offenders a second chance through up to a year of counseling, restitution and community service. Participants must be age 18-24, live in a low-income Census tract area of Caddo Parish, be involved in the criminal justice system and not be a sex offender.
"I want to thank Goodwill Industries for their partnership in this endeavor," said DA Stewart. "I do not want any young person to ever mistakenly believe that administrative costs of our pre-trial diversion program will prohibit them from participating in the program. I do not want any eligible young person to miss out on pre-trial diversion opportunities being offered to them due to lack of funds. The program is rigorous but beneficial, and upon completion their charges may be amended or dismissed."
Goodwill Industries Life Launch Re-entry Program Manager Von Jennings echoed Stewart.
"We know he is extremely interested in uplifting the lives of young people in this community," Jennings said. "This initiative is one of five sites in the country and Goodwill is honored to bring it to Caddo Parish. This initiative will allow some young adults the opportunity and resources for a second chance."
The program currently has resources to assist up to 50 new participants. It can offer these people educational courses to earn the high diploma equivalency (HiSet), post-secondary education, on-the-job skill training, job readiness, life-skill training and job-placement assistance. In addition, participants are eligible for supportive services such as clothing, bus passes, rental deposits, identification records and emergency assistance.
People who want to take part in the program should call Goodwill Industries and ask for Life Launch at (318) 868-4701, or contact the Caddo Parish District Attorney pre-trial diversion department.
Shreveport, LA - On Tuesday, July 21, and Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will be hosting a job fair for Retail employees at the Airline Drive Retail Store, located at 4000 Airline Drive, Bossier City.
Goodwill staff will be accepting applications and conducting interviews for several open positions in our retail stores. The event is free and open to the public from 10am to 1:30pm, but appointments are required.
"To help facilitate our retail store needs, expand our store hours open to the public and continue processing the generous amount of donated goods, we are seeking new associates to join our team," says Melissa Wahl, Director of Retail.
Applicants will be required to wear a mask, answer a health screening and have their temperature checks as part of the application process. To obtain an appointment time, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EAFA82BA6FE3-goodwill3 or call 318-868-4701.
Goodwill Industries will be teaming up with The Service Companies to host another Job Fair on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Shreveport, LA - On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will team up with HireQuest Direct to host an onsite job fair at its Job Center located at 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport.
HireQuest Direct will be accepting applications, doing interviews and hiring on-the-spot for many open positions. The event is free and open to the public from 10am to 3pm, but appointments are required.
"In just a few short weeks, the extra $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments will be ending, and many individuals are going to find themselves desperately seeking employment," Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development says. "With this in mind, Goodwill is focused now more than even on helping individuals in the Shreveport Bossier area get back to work.".
Applicants will be required to wear a mask, answer a health screening and have their temperature checks as part of the application process.
To obtain an appointment time, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EAFA82BA6FE3-goodwillhirequest or call 318-868-4701. Goodwill will host another Job Fair with Sabre Industries on July 15th.
Shreveport, LA - On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will host a job fair at its Job Center located at 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport.
Teleperformance will have representatives accepting applications, doing interviews and filling open positions by job fair attendees from 10am to 3pm. This event is free and open to the public, but appointments are required.
"Goodwill is focused on helping individuals get back to work," Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development says. "COVID has definitely impacted our community and many of our employer partners are seeking new employees. This is the first of several industry-based job fairs Goodwill will be hosting over the next few months".
Applicants will be required to wear a mask, answer a health screening and have their temperature checks as part of the application process. To obtain an appointment time, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d45afa723a6fe3-goodwillor call 318-868-4701
Shreveport, LA- Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. has safely reopened four of its Job Centers to start rebuilding our community and workforce.
Goodwill Industries provides vital community services through its Job Centers and Placement staff. "Now more than ever, Goodwill will play a critical role in assisting the most vulnerable segments of our community who have been laid off or dislocated from employment," stated David Tinkis, President and CEO. "We will still offer job placement services virtually, if desired, but there are many in our community without access to technology. Opening our Job Centers will allow us to accomodiate these individuals."
The four open Job Centers are: 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport; 3158 Louisville Avenue, Monroe; 311 South Drive, Natchitoches; and 6501 Coliseum Blvd #700-C, Alexandria. Job Centers are open Monday though Thursday 8am to 5pm and Fridays 8am to Noon.
Goodwill is following CDC guidelines and reconfigured the computers to be 6 feet apart, along with limiting the number of job seekers inside each Job Center and sanitizing after each use. Individuals will be required to wear a mask, answer a health screening and have their temperature checked.
Goodwill will continue to provide help with immediate needs such as employment registration, community needs referrals, job search assistance, resume writing, interviewing skills and preparation and one-on-one case management. Goodwill can even connect you to free skills training as requested.
Providing these community services requires funding, and the Goodwill Retail Stores provide a direct financial source to support Goodwill programs and the Job Centers. Goodwill Retail Stores began reopening in May. For a list of store locations that are open, visit: https://goodwillnla.org/shopping-locations/.
Did you know that nearly all tobacco usage begins before an individual's 18th birthday? For decades, underage smoking and second hand smoke has been a major health threat among children and teens. According to Medline Plus, nearly 25 percent of high school students are smokers, and an additional 8 percent use smokeless tobacco products, such as snuff and dip. And with increase in vaping products and the lack of knowledge in teens about such products, the numbers which was slowly decreasing, has significantly increased. Today, 21% of all high school students use e-cigarettes.
In July 1992, Congress enacted the SYNAR Amendment, named after the Oklahoma Congressman Mike SYNAR. This act required states to implement and enforce legislative laws with the goal of barring tobacco products to those under 18. It also requires random, spontaneous checks be performed and an annual printed report produced explaining how the checks were performed and the outcomes of those visits. Last year, legislation was revised and raised the age limit to 21, based on data from the National Academy of Medicine stating this could save more than 223,000 lives and reduce lunch cancer deaths by 50,000 annually.
Louisiana has already seen a dramatic reduction of tobacco access to those under the age of 21. The rates of underage youth who purchased tobacco products from retailers has decreased by more than 25% and the rates of retailers in violation has decreased more than 32% overall. There has also been a major decrease in the number of underage smokers.
In 2015, the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) and Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana (GINLA) formed a partnership to help address the issues with underage tobacco use in North Louisiana, as well as to perform the required compliance checks.
From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, more than 400 stops at retailers, such as drug stores, supermarkets, gas stations and franchise discount stores, were attempted or made in the 12 parishes of Northeast Louisiana. Goodwill Industries contracted with several youth who attempted to purchase a variety of tobacco products including cigars, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products, such as e-vaper or chewing tobacco. Of these stops, only 5 were willing to sell tobacco products to underage youth.
Although there is no dedicated federal source of funding in implementing the SYNAR requirements, the partnership between NEDHSA and GINLA has been able to provide the data to the state to demonstrate the overall success in reducing youth access to tobacco products, and prevent youth tobacco use.
Goodwill Industries is proud to spotlight National Prevention Week and partner with NEDHSA in implementing comprehensive strategies to reduce usage of tobacco products. Without the SYNAR program and the random merchant inspections conducted throughout all of North Louisiana, we know that many more youth would have access to these products and the numbers would be even higher. If you are interested in learning more about how to quit, the SYNAR program or how you can get involved, please contact the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority at 318-362-3270.
To our Goodwill Donors, Friends, Employees and Customers,
The COVID-19 crisis is a sobering reminder of the vulnerability that we all share as human beings. Our thoughts are with those who have been personally impacted by the virus, especially those who have fallen ill. As an important person to our organization, we wanted to remind you that today begins the Community Foundation's 2020 Give for Good Advance Giving Campaign and your support of Goodwill truly matters now more than ever!
For the past three weeks, our retail stores and Job Centers have all been closed due to the stay-at-home mandate of our staff and the public. Our administrative and programmatic staff have all been working remotely to ensure our essential business operations and clients' needs have all been addressed during this uncertain time. As a social enterprise organization, the closure of our stores created new revenue challenges, but we knew the best way for Goodwill to help during this difficult time was to continue fulfilling our mission, "Improving People's Lives Through the Power of Work".
We thank you for your continued trust and partnership as we walk through these uncertain times together. As the health crisis seems to be plateauing and the possibility of life returning to the new normal, we know our mission will be more important than ever as the days unfold. We hope you will take advantage of the Community Foundation's Give for Good campaign and choose to support Goodwill as one of your philanthropic choices.
Thank you for making our mission, your mission!
David Tinkis, President & CEO
Shreveport, LA- Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. announces the appointment of five new members of its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2020-2021.
Joining the Board of Directors are Mario Chavez, Lisa Janes, Trey Lutrick, Carolyn Tillman and Doug Warner. "Our new Board Members are a talented group and passionate about the Goodwill mission. The addition of this group will continue to strengthen our accomplished leadership. We are very fortunate to have them join Goodwill as we continue to serve the North Louisiana community. " stated Gloria Washington, Goodwill Board Chair.
The Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana Board of Directors elected the following members as Board Officers for 2020-2021: Gloria Washington - Board Chair, Kevin McCrary- Vice-Chair, Aylwin Holmon - Board Treasurer, R.J. Johnson - Board Secretary and Charles Coleman - Past Chair.
The remaining 2020-2021 Board of Directors are:
To Our Donors & Customers,
Over the past few weeks, it's become clear that the world and our community is facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you, we are deeply concerned and want to do what we can to help keep our community and our families safe and healthy.
On behalf of Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc., I wanted to send a personal note to you to let you know how we are responding to the situation. We are humbled by your loyalty, and we take our responsibility to our customers, our donors, and our employees very seriously.
From the onset of this situation, we have been listening to the appropriate sources for accurate and up-to-date information, and our preparedness plan reflects those inputs. As things evolve, we are actively monitoring the situation and assessing risks, and are ready to implement immediate changes to ensure a high level of safety. We will continue to communicate with you in a timely and transparent way so you can continue to shop with us with confidence.
What We're Doing:
Shreveport, LA - On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana and Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College will host a job fair at the NLTCC-Shreveport Campus located at 2010 North Market Street, Building E, Shreveport.
Union Pacific Railroad, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., City of Shreveport, Always Best Care, Storer Services, AAFES Exchange, The Service Companies and Red River Sanitors are just a few of the companies that will have representatives accepting applications, doing interviews and filling open positions by job fair attendees. This event is free and open to the public and will be from 10am to 1pm.
"Goodwill's focus is on putting people to work in stable, competitive employment and giving them the skills needed to stay in those jobs," Darelene Robinson, Open Placement Manager says. "A job fair is a great way to introduce our clients to employers who are needing to fill positions, and hire the right people on the spot."
Goodwill believes that giving people a hand up is much more valuable than a hand out. Opening doors to people who need jobs, not only empowers the citizens of Shreveport and all of the communities we serve to succeed, but also helps the city as a whole by providing a well-trained and inspired workforce.
About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana
Goodwill is a nonprofit leader in providing education, training and career services to individuals who face barriers, disadvantages or have a disability. Goodwill has been on Forbes' list of top 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years, the only nonprofit featured on that list. Since 2010, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana helped place more than 50,000 individuals people into employment.
Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana's, ten retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also employment to those in need, and a revenue stream to support Goodwill's charitable mission. In addition, a wide range of business services, including janitorial and grounds maintenance, allows Goodwill to expand further employment opportunities by contracting with federal, state, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Goodwill also offers multiple job resource centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.
For more information on Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana programs or services, or to find a location near you, visit www.goodwillnla.org.