This Labor Day we honor the American labor movement, and take time to appreciate all those who have contributed to the prosperity and well-being of our country. Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend continually supports all individuals’ right to work through their mission to provide job training, education, and career opportunities to those with disabilities and other barriers to employment. In the Big Bend area alone, the nonprofit currently employs more than 850 individuals and has 26 retail stores, 14 attended donation centers, nine career-training centers and 13 residential communities. The organization is proud of their successful partnerships with local Big Bend businesses, allowing them to offer a contract services division with the objective of providing quality and sustainable employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities.
Goodwill Contract Services works with federal, state and local agencies, as well as commercial businesses, to train reliable, skilled employees that can provide professional services with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. Some of the opportunities that Goodwill contract services employees can apply for include landscape maintenance, sign maintenance, janitorial work, promotional products, retention pond assistance, and general maintenance services.
It can be extremely difficult for those with disabilities to gain stable employment, so the fact that more than 75% of Goodwill’s total contract services workforce is disabled showcases a winning combination both for the disabled community as well as the businesses that are able to benefit from their training and unique skills.
This year, join us in celebrating Labor Day while also promoting Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend’s efforts 365 days a year to promote sustainable career opportunities for individuals with disabilities, allowing them to live independently and provide for themselves while also assisting local businesses.