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Turning your jeans into jobs

January 5, 2012

Program participant Rick Jones interviewed at our South Blvd. Goodwill location

If you have recently donated clothing, shoes, household items, electronics or books to Goodwill, you have helped people in our local community find hope.

People like Rick Jones, who is now employed after years of struggling to find a path to a better life after he made some poor choices as a teenager.

Rick graduated from our Occupational Skills Training course in construction this fall, and he credits his success to the donors and shoppers who made the program possible.

“Just by donating and giving, it keeps people like me motivated and gives us a place to go where someone can help us find out way,” Jones said.

Click here to watch the story that WSOC aired last week featuring Rick’s story.

We love sharing stories like Rick’s with our you, but we know that we still have a lot of work to do before we can fulfill our mission to change lives through the power of work in our community.

Today, the Charlotte Observer reported that Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate fell to 9.8% in November. However, there are still more than 44,000 people in the county who are still unemployed, and many people who are simply dropping out of the employment hunt.

Together with our community workforce partners, our shoppers and our donors, we are working to combat unemployment and generate even more hope in 2012. Thank you for your support!

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