Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette provides vocational opportunities to people with barriers to employment.

Background Information

Job Connection is a free job search and referral program designed to help job seekers find employment that fits their needs and abilities within 30 days. However, an individual’s job search assistance is available for up to nine months.

Current Program Funding

We fund our mission services through revenues generated by our retail program.

Outcomes and Success Rates

In 2013, Job Connection supported over 32,000 individuals in their job search. There were over 13,000 employment success outcomes reported during 2013 for those served.

Program Model

  • Job Connection program participants are assigned an Employment Specialist (ES) to work with one-on-one during their job search.
  • The ES assists with developing employment goals, creating an effective resume, and developing interview skills.
  • Services include: identifying immediate job openings and potential employers with openings that match the skills and goals of participants; assisting with local community services; and providing computer support usage within the offices of Job Connection.