As you spend a few minutes reading this annual report, you’ll see evidence of the impact we’ve made together. Through personal stories, you’ll hear how the Goodwill family helped people overcome barriers and achieve their goals.
“Breaking barriers” is our theme because it represents students’ progress and success. They overcame barriers such as limited English, lack of job history and adjusting to a new culture.
In 2014 - 2015 fiscal year, more people took steps forward through our new training programs and workshops. We added warehouse logistics and industrial vehicle classes to meet an increased demand for jobs in those areas. Another example is digital literacy, which is no longer just a Goodwill class. It is incorporated into our job training programs, job placement and support services assistance.
Seattle Goodwill’s programs have developed throughout the years since our founding in 1923. We strive to respond to the needs of a changing community and emerging employment trends while staying true to our mission of helping people find jobs.
In our 2013-2014 fiscal year, we focused on efforts on:
- Enhancing and expanding job training programs and other services for populations with the most significant barriers to employment.
- Building further upon the high quality of Goodwill’s job training programs and other offerings.
- Growing and strengthening partnerships with businesses, community colleges and other community organizations so that Goodwill can maximize its impact for those who need us most.