$5 Million Walmart Foundation Grant Helps Goodwill® Grow Jobs Program For Veterans And Their Families

  $5 Million Walmart Foundation Grant Helps Goodwill® Grow Jobs Program For
                         Veterans And Their Families

PR Newswire

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 16, 2013

Operation: GoodJobs Learns from Pilot Program and Expands to Four States with
High Concentrations of Veterans

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Walmart
Foundation has granted $5 million to Goodwill Industries International to
expand Operation: GoodJobs, an initiative that equips military veterans and
their families withthe tools they need to earn employment and ensure
long-term financial wellness for themselves and their families. Building upon
effective practices developed via the Operation: GoodJobs pilot, Goodwill will
scale the program to serve more than 4,000 veterans and military families over
three years.

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Operation: GoodJobs originally launched in the spring of 2012 at Goodwill
agencies in Austin and Houston, Texas, and Tacoma, Wash., with a $1 million
grant from the Walmart Foundation. After successfully serving more than 800
veterans and families, Goodwill and the Walmart Foundation will expand the
program to include nine additional Goodwill headquarters in four states with
high concentrations of veterans: California, New York, North Carolina and

"Operation: GoodJobs not only assists veterans and their families with job
training and placement and skills attainment, but also plans for each
participant's continued success by designing individualized, comprehensive
plans that support the needs of the entire family, including spouses and adult
children, and helps ensure their economic stability in the long term," said
Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Each
participant in Operation: GoodJobs receives a complete career assessment and a
development plan that includes a range of family needs, from basic needs such
as child care, nutrition and shelter, to specific job training identified in
the assessment process."

The program connects veterans and their families with opportunities to earn
certifications, market-value credentials and degrees that will help them with
their careers. In addition, Operation: GoodJobs provides soft skills training,
including résumé writing skills, career testing, and translating military
skills to civilian language. Goodwill works with hundreds of business partners
to find the right match for both participants and businesses. Through
Operation: GoodJobs, Goodwill also offers employers free placement and
screening services, and post-placement support.

One example of a success story comes from Juanita Williams in Houston, Texas.
Williams joined the Navy in 2001 and worked as a radarman and operations
specialist until 2009. She struggled with the effects of service-related
injuries and spent three full years actively seeking work, without success. At
Goodwill, Williams received assistance with business dress, etiquette,
housing, job training and placement, job fairs and hiring events, and child
care for her daughter. Through Operation: GoodJobs, Williams found employment
as an ophthalmologist assistant — a career for which she did not previously
have the training. Currently, Williams is pursuing pharmacy tech and plans to
obtain her master's degree within the next year. Williams will also be
purchasing a new home for her and her daughter.

"Veterans return home as proven leaders who have demonstrated their work ethic
and commitment to achieving results as part of a team," said retired U.S. Army
Brigadier General Gary Profit, senior director of military programs at
Walmart. "Knowing we will have more than one million veterans returning home
in the next five years, Operation: GoodJobs will help us serve enlisted
veterans under the age of 34 who need help transitioning back into the
civilian workforce. Goodwill will provide the necessary career counseling and
training so that these veterans can obtain employment, and, in turn, employers
can benefit from their skills and talents and match them with meaningful
employment opportunities."

The three Operation GoodJobs pilot sites will continue to strengthen their
programs and help lead the expansion of this work, as Goodwill Industries
International competitively selects nine additional Goodwill subgrantees to
implement the program during a three-year period. Preference will be given to
Goodwill agencies that currently serve U.S. Guard and Reserve populations.
Further preference will be given to agencies with existing veteran engagement
and strong local partnerships directly linked to service members, veterans and
their families. In particular, applicants will be chosen based on their
ability to directly connect with service members as they exit active duty to
provide them and their family members with financial strengthening services,
including financial education and coaching, job training, and family and
housing counseling.

The selected subgrantees will be announced in late October and will serve at
least 15 percent of women veterans as part of Goodwill's commitment to connect
3,000 women veterans to stable employment over the next two years. Research
shows that women veterans are three times as likely as women non-veterans to
become homeless, while male veterans are twice as likely as male non-veterans.
Through Operation: GoodJobs, Goodwill will leverage understanding of this
population to serve them and provide supports that lead to economic

If you know of a veteran who would benefit from these services or have
questions, please call 800-GOODWILL or email contactus@goodwill.org.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies
in the United States and Canada with affiliates in 13 other countries.
Goodwill is one of America's top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes).
Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund
job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based
programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700
stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill agencies also build
revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to
provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly,
food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2012, more
than 6.7 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from
Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues
directly into its programs and services.

To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at
www.goodwill.org or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl
and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better
through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally,
Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it
serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving:
Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women's
Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight
against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015.
Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the
country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit

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