Seminar to Help Veterans is Rescheduled at Goodwill

Due to recent inclement weather, the "Get Back to Work" seminar originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 29 has been moved to Wed., Feb. 5 at 10:00am at Goodwill Industries' 2701 University Parkway location in Winston Salem.

The seminar is part of the Operation: GoodJobs initiative which helps post-9/11 Veterans and their families obtain employment and increase their financial stability.  To accomplish this mission, Goodwill is collaborating with strategic business partners and local community agencies to successfully serve veterans and their families.

Services being offered by Goodwill include:
*             Career assessments to help identify suitable occupations
*             Referral to community resources as needs are identified
*             Skills training, including resume writing and LinkedIn profile creation
*             Financial strengthening through financial education
*             Job placement services and employer networking opportunities
*             Job retention, and ongoing follow-up for a year

Operation: GoodJobs is funded by a special three-year grant from the Walmart Foundation, allowing Goodwill to connect program participants with the training, financial education, credentialing opportunities, retention support, and case management resources they need to re-enter the workforce and advance their careers.  The program is unique because it is open to veterans, as well as military spouses and adult  dependents (ages 18-24). There will also be a focus on helping women veterans.

In order to take part in the program, qualified veterans must register during the February 5th open house which precedes the seminar. Goodwill will work with business partners to match participating veterans with potential employers. Goodwill will also provide participants with free job search assistance and employment placement, screening, and support services.

“The goal of Operation: GoodJobs is to smooth the transition from military service to the civilian workforce,” said Jaymie Eichorn, Vice President of marketing and communications for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. “These heroes stood up for America in our time of need, and now Goodwill and the Walmart Foundation are standing up for them.”

The program not only helps veterans and their families, but it also benefits area employers. By hiring veterans who have participated in Operation: GoodJobs, businesses will be assured of having highly skilled and mission-ready military veterans in the workforce.

“Our veterans have many great skills to offer the current job force, and with one million veterans slated to return home in the next five years, we need to ensure they have the opportunity to put those skills to work,” said retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Gary Profit, senior director of military programs at Walmart. ”Goodwill is an essential partner in helping us fulfill our commitment to help veterans find jobs where they have the ability to live better lives and find success.”

Operation: GoodJobs launched last spring in Austin and Houston, TX, and Tacoma, WA, and has successfully served more than 800 veterans and families. The newly expanded program now includes nine additional Goodwill agencies in California, New York, North Carolina, and Texas where there are high concentrations of veterans.

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