Goodwill and Walmart Teaming up to Help Women Succeed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut has been selected as one of 49 Goodwill agencies across the country to participate in an innovative program designed to help women succeed in the workplace. In the next two years, Goodwill will help 230 local women who are unemployed or under-employed through the Beyond Jobs Program, funded by the Walmart Foundation.

The Beyond Jobs Program empowers women with all the tools they need to find employment, succeed in the workplace and support their families. Each woman in the program receives a complete career assessment including job training, placement services and additional support to help them achieve economic security, advance in their careers and support themselves and their families in the long-term.  Among the tools provided by the Beyond Jobs program are continued financial education, family strengthening services, early education and child care assistance and connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives.

Yoskary, a single unemployed mother, is one of the programs first participants. When working for a temp agency didn’t meet her needs, Yoskary decided to find a new career. She was referred to Goodwill’s Bridgeport Career Center for assistance in finding employment and it was here she learned about the Beyond Jobs Program. While she works at the Goodwill Career Center almost daily to improve her typing and computer skills, the Beyond Jobs Program is assisting her with education, money management, career planning, customer service certification and job-seeking skills. Once she finds a job, Goodwill will provide follow-up services to help her succeed and advance. “At Goodwill, I found the support I needed so I didn’t give up,” Yoskary says.

The Beyond Jobs Program is a key element in Walmart achieving the goals of its Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, one of which is to help 200,000 U.S. women from low-income households with workforce readiness through job training, education, career counseling, and mentoring. Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut is a non-profit organization that provides employment and support services to the community. Through a variety of programs that offer people the opportunity to develop the skills they need to obtain employment, Goodwill helps the individuals it serves gain hope, dignity and financial independence. Last year, Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut provided services to over 15,500 people.

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