Nearly 9,200 Job Seekers Assisted by Goodwill in 2016


 AKRON, Ohio — Jan. 27, 2017 — In 2016, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties helped 9,189 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 nearly 460,000 donors and 960,000 Goodwill shoppers that support the mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment.  The agency will formally present 2016 service numbers at its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions event on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

“We are grateful for the support of our generous donors as well as shoppers in the counties we serve – this 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. “As an agency, we strive to offer services as well as support that help remove barriers individuals may experience to finding employment on their path to a successful career.”

Key Figures

  • Served 9,189 individuals
  • Placed 366 individuals in positions at area businesses
  • Provided 312 individuals with valuable training and work experience within Goodwill’s Retail and Contract Services operations, including 207 in work experience programing and 105 youth program participants


Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions Event Details
Please join Event Chairs, Dr. Pleas R. Chambers III and Andrea Chambers, as the agency honors successful program participants during its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions.

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time:  5:00 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. Program
Location: Jilly’s Music Room, 111 North Main Street, Akron, OH  44308
Tickets: $30 each
Register: or by calling 330-786-2547

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