October 10, 2022

October 10, 2022

Goodwill Industries Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

North Louisiana, LA - Throughout October, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana joins employers, government agencies and nonprofits in honoring the contributions of workers with disabilities by celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

As our economy works to recover from the effects of the pandemic, companies have a critical need for skilled and reliable workers of all backgrounds. To help companies recover, Goodwill Industries is calling on employers to consider hiring people with disabilities and adopt inclusive policies and practices in the workplace.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that just over 22.5% of Americans with disabilities participate in the labor force. That compares with more than 67% of people in the general population who are working.

Goodwill wants to ensure that all individuals who want to work can work, and that they have access to services that enable them to do so. Further, people with disabilities are a dependable and valuable workforce who have higher rates of employee retention, which reduces hiring and training costs.

In 2021, Goodwill organizations across North America placed more than 140,000 people with disabilities into employment. Goodwill organizations also provide support services like rehabilitation programs for people with injuries or illnesses, occupational skills training, and job readiness and soft skills training.

To commerate the importance of this month to the community, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will be hosting an Inclusion Job & Resource Fair on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 10am to 2pm. The event is being sponsored by Healthy Blue Louisiana.

Goodwill's Job Centers operates daily to assist those with disabilities find employment or move up the career ladder. For more information, contact us today at 318-868-4701or visit www.goodwillnla.org.


About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana:
Founded in 1926, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is provide education, training and career services to individuals who face barriers, disadvantages or have a disability. Since 2005, Goodwill has helped 50,000 achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.

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.

September 6, 2022

Goodwill Industries Celebrates National Workforce Development Month

Contact: Lynn Stevens, lstevens@goodwillnla.org

North Louisiana - Throughout September, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is celebrating National Workforce Development Month - which recognizes the hard work and significant impact made by workforce professionals in advancing national and local economies today.
"From résumé building and interview preparation to connecting job seekers to local employers and community colleges, Goodwill provides a range of services to help job seekers find good, sustainable jobs," said Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development. "Since Goodwill's inception, the revenue generated from the sale of donated items has helped fund job training and employment programs for individuals throughout all of North Louisiana."
Currently, in partnership with Indeed and Goodwill Industries International, Goodwill is distributing 191 computer devices, providing 825 Lyft rides and funding costs for 20 expungements to help more individuals find employment today. Additionally this month, Goodwill has partnered with Ouachita Workforce 81, the Cities of Monroe and West Monroe, and the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to sponsor the Job & Career Expo on September 21, 2022, from 10am to 7pm.

At a time when millions of people across the nation are still looking for work, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is working to help people in our local community obtain the needed job skills and training to secure employment and obtain self-sufficiency and upward economic mobility. In 2021, the services at Goodwill's Job Centers helped 1,510 individuals' throughout North Louisiana with job training and job placement services, while helping 472 of those secure employment among 224 local employers.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's latest jobs report, nationally, unemployment has remained the same and wages are growing; however, millions of workers across the country still struggle with underemployment and low wages and more than 11 million jobs currently remain unfilled.

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is committed to doing its part in responding to the gap in employment and skills training, and supporting those individuals in North Louisiana. To learn more about the workforce programs Goodwill offers, visit https://goodwillnla.org/programs/.

July 26, 2022

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana Teams Up with City of Shreveport to Offer "Reality City" Experience to Summer Intern Program

Shreveport, LA - On Friday, July 29, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will facilitate a hands-on "Reality City" experience to the youth from the Future Leaders of Shreveport Summer Internship program. The event will take place at Riverview Hall beginning at 9:30am.

"Reality City "gives the youth an opportunity to experience a real life simulated scenario of balancing career, family and the pressures of every day life. Several community and corporate partners will also be in attendance helping to to make this event possible. Mayor Adrian Perkins will be onsite at 9:30am to participate and interact with the youth.

Additionally, Sheriff's Safety Town will be onsite with their simulated impairment goggles to help the youth understand the effects of drunk driving.

This is the second time that Goodwill has been able to team up with the City of Shreveport to offer such an event. "Teaching the local youth the importance of employment and resilence to obstacles in life is essential to making them better citizens", stating Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development. "It's events like this that will help make our community stronger".

In addition to the job training and placement services offered at one of its six Job Centers, Goodwill provides outreach and training opportunities to the public throughout the year. For more information on this or other Goodwill programs and services, please contact 318-868-4701.

About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana:
Founded in 1926, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is provide education, training and career services to individuals who face barriers, disadvantages or have a disability. Since 2005, Goodwill has helped 50,000 achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.

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.

All applicants will be required to complete a health screening form and those who not vaccinated, masks will be available onsite. Since the COVID pandemic began in March 2020, Goodwill has sponsored numerous job fairs.

July 22, 2022

July 22, 2022

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES TO HOST MULTI-COMPANY JOB FAIR

Shreveport, LA - On March 30th, 2022, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will host an in-person Job Fair at its Job Center located at 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport.

Companies will be onsite accepting applications, doing interviews and hiring on-the-spot for more than 300 open positions. The event is free and open to the public from 10am to 2pm.

"More and more individuals have started coming back to our Job Centers knowing that the increased unemployment assistance is ending this month. We are focused on making it easy for them by having many employers onsite to help ease this process and get individuals back to work," stated Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development.

All applicants will be required to complete a health screening form and those who not vaccinated, masks will be available onsite. Since the COVID pandemic began in March 2020, Goodwill has sponsored numerous job fairs.

June 30, 2022

Goodwill Industries Recipient of Indeed Gift to Aid Job Seekers Facing Employment Barriers

Louisiana - Indeed, the world's number one job site, recently announced it is investing $10 million to launch the "Essentails to Work", a multi-prong investement to help struggling job seekers in the US get access to technology, transportation and criminal record-clearing services, and is in support of Indeed's ESG/Social commitments to help 30M job seekers facing bariers get hired.

As part of the program, Indeed is investing $5M and partnered with the national nonprofit PCs for People to provide computer devices and deploy mobile hotspots to 10,000 income-eligible indivdiuals at no cost to program participants. Additionally, Indeed is also investing $1.5M in partnership with Lyft's Jobs Access Program to provide access to rides to job seekers who need reliable transportation to get to job training, interviews, or for the first couple of weeks of a new job. Finally, Indeed pledged $2.5M to provide legal record-clearing services for job seekers who have prior arrest or convictions that are eligible for expungement.

To execute the Essentials to Work program, Indeed partnered with 24 Goodwill organizations across the country to fulfill these goals. Locally, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana was selected as one of these locations, and as part of this initiative will distribute 191 computer devices, provide 825 Lyft rides and fund costs for 20 expungements.

"By partnering with Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, a leading workforce
development provider, we are able to connect to job seekers who face a myriad of barriers that make finding quality work difficult. Job seekers struggling economically need high-quality work options now, and Indeed can help - that's what we do," said Parisa Fatehi-Wees, a Senior Director of Global Impact at Indeed.

As part of this initiative, thousands of job seekers will also have the ability to create Indeed accounts, resumés and complete interviews through the job site. Indeed aims to help more of these individuals get hired.

To learn more about the Essentials to Work program services that Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is offering, please call the main Goodwill Job Center at 318-868-4701 and we will connect you to the appropriate Job Center and staff member.

About Indeed
More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world (comScore, March 2020) and allows job seekers to search millions of jobs in more than 60 countries and 28 languages. Over 3M employers use Indeed to find and hire new employees, making Indeed the largest job site in the US, Canada, and the world. More than 250 million people each month search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies on Indeed, and Indeed delivers 2.5X more hires than other branded job sites combined (BreezyHR, 2019). For more information, visit indeed.com.

About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana:
Founded in 1926, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is provide education, training and career services to individuals who face barriers, disadvantages or have a disability. Since 2005, Goodwill has helped 50,000 achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.

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.

All applicants will be required to complete a health screening form and those who not vaccinated, masks will be available onsite. Since the COVID pandemic began in March 2020, Goodwill has sponsored numerous job fairs.

May 18th, 2022

May 18th, 2022

Goodwill Industries to Host Multi-Company Job Fair

Shreveport, LA - On March 30th, 2022, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will host an in-person Job Fair at its Job Center located at 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport.

Companies will be onsite accepting applications, doing interviews and hiring on-the-spot for more than 300 open positions. The event is free and open to the public from 10am to 2pm.

"More and more individuals have started coming back to our Job Centers knowing that the increased unemployment assistance is ending this month. We are focused on making it easy for them by having many employers onsite to help ease this process and get individuals back to work," stated Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development.

All applicants will be required to complete a health screening form and those who not vaccinated, masks will be available onsite. Since the COVID pandemic began in March 2020, Goodwill has sponsored numerous job fairs.

March 30th, 2022

March 30th, 2022

Goodwill Industries to Host Multi-Company Job Fair

Shreveport, LA - On March 30th, 2022, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will host an in-person Job Fair at its Job Center located at 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport.

Companies will be onsite accepting applications, doing interviews and hiring on-the-spot for more than 300 open positions. The event is free and open to the public from 10am to 2pm.

"More and more individuals have started coming back to our Job Centers knowing that the increased unemployment assistance is ending this month. We are focused on making it easy for them by having many employers onsite to help ease this process and get individuals back to work," stated Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development.

All applicants will be required to complete a health screening form and those who not vaccinated, masks will be available onsite. Since the COVID pandemic began in March 2020, Goodwill has sponsored numerous job fairs.

March 25th, 2022 at 11:30am

March 25th, 2022 at 11:30am

Goodwill Industries To Host Women's History Month Discussion Event Providing Healing and Promoting Hope

Shreveport, LA - In celebration of Women's History Month, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will host a free, virtual discussion on women in leadership and honor the contributions women have made to the community and society.

The webinar will take place on Friday, March 25, 2022 beginning at 11:30am and is open to the public. Featured panelists include:
Sarah Giglio, President of the Junior League of Shreveport Bossier
Dr. Evelyn Baraco Pryor, Medical Director at Ochsner LSU Health Ambulatory Care Center and Internal Medicine
Anjanette Brundrett, Human Resources Director at Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana

Marquel Sennet, Director of Communications for the City of Shreveport, will moderate the lunch hour event, which is being sponsored by Goodwill's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

Registration is free and capacity is limited. To register to participate, please visit: https://bit.ly/DEIWomensHistory.

March 16th, 2022

March 16th, 2022

Goodwill Industries to Host Multi-Company Job Fair

Shreveport, LA - On March 16th, 2022, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will host an in-person Job Fair at its Job Center located at 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport.

Companies will be onsite accepting applications, doing interviews and hiring on-the-spot for more than 300 open positions. The event is free and open to the public from 10am to 2pm.

"More and more individuals have started coming back to our Job Centers knowing that the increased unemployment assistance is ending this month. We are focused on making it easy for them by having many employers onsite to help ease this process and get individuals back to work," stated Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development.

All applicants will be required to complete a health screening form and those who not vaccinated, masks will be available onsite. Since the COVID pandemic began in March 2020, Goodwill has sponsored numerous job fairs.

February 24, 2022

February 24, 2022

Goodwill Industries to Host Multi-Company Job Fair

Shreveport, LA - On February 24th, 2022, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will host an in-person Job Fair at its Job Center located at 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport.

Companies will be onsite accepting applications, doing interviews and hiring on-the-spot for more than 300 open positions. The event is free and open to the public from 10am to 2pm.

"More and more individuals have started coming back to our Job Centers knowing that the increased unemployment assistance is ending this month. We are focused on making it easy for them by having many employers onsite to help ease this process and get individuals back to work," stated Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development.

All applicants will be required to complete a health screening form and those who not vaccinated, masks will be available onsite. Since the COVID pandemic began in March 2020, Goodwill has sponsored numerous job fairs.

February 2nd, 2022

February 2nd, 2022

Goodwill Industries to Host Multi-Company Job Fair

Shreveport, LA - On February 2nd, 2022, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will host an in-person Job Fair at its Job Center located at 800 W. 70th Street, Shreveport.

Companies will be onsite accepting applications, doing interviews and hiring on-the-spot for more than 300 open positions. The event is free and open to the public from 10am to 2pm.

"More and more individuals have started coming back to our Job Centers knowing that the increased unemployment assistance is ending this month. We are focused on making it easy for them by having many employers onsite to help ease this process and get individuals back to work," stated Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development.