More Than 11,000 Job Seekers Assisted By Goodwill In 2018


AKRON, Ohio — Jan. 22, 2019 — In 2018 Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties helped 11,075 individuals through a number of services that offer assistance to people struggling to find employment, including: career exploration and advising; resume and interview preparation; skill identification; work experience opportunities; skills training, as well as job coaching, development and placement.  The agency even provides support to local businesses in terms of recruiting, applicant screening and skill assessments.  These services are possible through the generous donations of treasures received from more than 457,000 donors and 941,000 Goodwill shoppers that support the mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment.  The agency will formally present 2018 service numbers at its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions event on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

“We are grateful to our generous donors as well as shoppers in the counties we serve – their support enables us to continue our mission of helping individuals prepare for, find and retain employment,” said Gregory Morton, vice president, mission services & public relations, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties.

Key Figures

  • Served 11,075 individuals
  •  Placed 493 individuals in employment
  • Provided 311 individuals with valuable training and work experience within Goodwill’s Retail and Contract Services operations, including 235 in work experience and 76 youth program participants

Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions Event Details
Please join the agency as it honors successful program participants during its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time:  5:00 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. Program
Location: Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, OH  44319
Tickets: $30 each
Register:, Text GIAAnnualMtg to 51555  or by calling 330-786-2519

About Goodwill Industries Serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland Counties

The Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find, and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland, the agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and industrial services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.


Jennifer Bako
(330) 786-2519