Goodwill Industries was founded in 1957 to provide jobs for people with disabilities. As a private, not for profit Tennessee corporation, we are a member of Goodwill Industries International which assigns the territories for its members. Our territory extends within Tennessee borders from Crossville to Jackson, encompassing 48 counties. Our agency has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since the early 1990s.
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. had an operating budget of $530,134 for 2015. Ninety-eight percent of its operating budget was secured through the sale of donated goods. Goodwill employed approximately 2,246 individuals as of January 1, 2016. Of those individuals, 89% mission-related (had some type of barrier in initially becoming employed) and 17% of the employees are persons with disabilities.
In 2015, Goodwill served 36,081 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 15,412 people in jobs. Employees and persons served include those with disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping jobs. Barriers to employment include, but are not limited to, the chronically poor, high school drop-outs, teens at risk, the chronically unemployed, displaced workers, persons aged 55+, ex-offenders, and non-native English speaking persons. Goodwill invests 88% of its revenue into program services.
Goodwill provides a recreational, integrated day camp program for children ages 6-15 years old and diagnosed with autism. The day camps are conducted at Nashville Davidson County Metropolitan Park Community Centers and totally funded by Goodwill.
1. Served 36,081 Goodwill Career Solutions clients and placed 15,412 in jobs.
2. Hosted an average of 100 job fairs per month at Goodwill Career Solutions Centers.
3. Gave away two vehicles to employees through the Wheels-to-Work program.
4. Opened new stores and Goodwill Career Solutions centers in Nashville’s Bellevue community and Clarksville, TN. Relocated the store in north Jackson and opened a new Career Solutions center there as well.
5. Opened new Donation Express Centers in Rutherford, Davidson, Montgomery and Madison counties.
Goals for 2016
1. Career Solutions will serve 40,000 people, and place 16,000 people in jobs.
2. Goodwill’s retail revenue goal is to earn $73 million and to serve 1,874,134 donors. With this revenue and generous donors, Goodwill intends to continue to provide quality merchandise at a reasonable cost and to expand its vocational services to persons within this Goodwill's territory.
Continued flow of donated clothing and household goods to support our retail sales and mission-related services.
Establish new employer relationships to help the employer and the job seeker connect and fill vacant positions.
Financial support (housing, food, emergency needs,etc.) or partner agencies that can provide support for persons seeking assistance from Goodwill's Good Life program and job training programs.
Corporate financial support through the form of corporate sponsorship for special programs and/or events.
Provides training in job seeking skills (employer expectations, completing job applications, resume development, interview skills, finding job leads) and job retention support services for a minimum of 90 days after person begins employment. Individuals receiving these services are also offered options for digital literacy training. Nashville Career Solutions offices are located at 937 Herman Street; 2731 Lebanon Pike; 2101 Gallatin Road and 3538 Murfreesboro Road in Antioch. The Career Solutions offices in Franklin, TN located at 595 Hillsboro Road and the Columbia office at 405 South James Campbell Blvd. have English/Spanish speaking counselors to provide additional support for non-native English speaking individuals. Services are provided free of charge to persons served and Goodwill funds the majority of the services through the sale of donated goods.
Services are provided free of charge to persons served and Goodwill funds the majority of the services through the sale of donated goods.
Goodwill has a program to assist young people ages 17-25 who are exiting high school or who have already exited high school with or without a diploma. The goal of the program is to help these young adults re-engage with education, vocational training and/or employment.
Goodwill offers 3 distinct summer programs for children.
Goodwill Integration Program is for youth ages 6-15 that have been diagnosed with autism. The children participate in an integrated day camp program with children who are not classified as having disabilities for a fun summer of recreation. Adult supervision is designated to monitor the children and encourage them to participate in the summer camp activities.
The Goodwill Summer Work program serves youth in high school who are between the ages of 16-22. The program assists them with paid work training for up to 6 weeks during summer school break. The students may have an individual assigned to help train them on the job and have the opportunity to earn and train either with an employer in the community or at a Goodwill location.
Goodwill offers digital literacy training including two specific core computer skills training programs. Digital literacy provides a person with a basic overview of the computer, resume development, job seeking and setting up an e-mail address. This is free of charge to all persons served by Goodwill. Goodwill also offers Microsoft Certification Training in Word and Excel and serves as a Certiport testing site. Individuals completing any of these trainings will earn an industry recognized credential for employment. The Microsoft Office Certification training are approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Some individuals may be eligible for assistance with training costs and may contact Goodwill regarding this assistance. Individuals, employer groups or others are welcomed to inquire about the services as customized training may be an option at an affordable cost.
Challenges include: balancing mission needs expressed in growing numbers of individuals with disabilities and others with barriers to employment relying on our services in their job search; extending our services to all 48 Tennessee counties in our territory and maintaining sufficient donations of clothing and household goods to meet the increasing financial needs of our mission.
Other Standing Committees: Real Estate & Compensation (these were not options in the fields provided).
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
With global competition, technological changes and the growth of knowledge- and service-based economies, even entry-level jobs require more advanced skills than they did several decades ago. There is great demand for workers with education, skills training or both, but jobs that require only a high school diploma are disappearing, or the wages they pay are dropping. Schools offer limited vocational training, and graduates often lack the practical job skills employers need.
If you can read this, you can fill out an application, write a check, shop for groceries, read to a child, and understand the bus schedule. What if you couldn’t? On top of that, what would happen if you couldn’t speak English? Renting an apartment and going to the doctor would be come terrifying and overwhelming. 44 million adults in the United States are unable to even read a simple story to a child, and 1 out of 5 Nashville adults is functionally illiterate.
All Tennessee families should have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate child care and after-school programming for their children, regardless of income level.
In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
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