SOURCE: Goodwill Industries International

May 19, 2008 10:57 ET

Mott Foundation Grant to Fund Goodwill Staffing Services

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has awarded Goodwill Industries International a grant of $173,320 to help fund a national Goodwill staffing services project. The project aims to provide job seekers who have physical or mental disabilities, a non-violent criminal record, or lack of a high school diploma or GED, with employment.

"Through funding from the Mott Foundation, Goodwill agencies will be able to enhance existing Goodwill staffing programs and replicate those with a proven record of success," says Jim Gibbons, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Goodwill agencies across the country will be able to grow their ability to provide short- or long-term employment for those having a hard time finding and keeping jobs."

Goodwill staffing services recruit, screen and place qualified employees in a wide range of specialties and job classifications on a temporary, temp-to-hire or permanent basis. Goodwill's staffing programs also offer retention and supportive services so that workers can build their skills, improve their chance of success at work and move up the career ladder.

"Our goal is to help people learn marketable job skills and gain valuable work experience so that they can eventually move out of poverty," says Gibbons.

The Goodwill staffing services project grant is the second grant awarded to Goodwill Industries International by The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The Mott Foundation previously awarded Goodwill Industries a national Planning Grant for $35,000 to develop a micro-enterprise model that can be replicated at local Goodwill agencies nationwide.

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