Record Program Growth Helps Goodwill Serve Nearly 12,500 in 2019


AKRON, Ohio — Jan. 23, 2020 — In 2019 Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties helped 12,486 individuals through record program growth. The agency will formally present 2019 service numbers at its Celebration of Champions event on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

“At the heart of our mission is helping people,” said Gregory Morton, vice president, mission services & public relations, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties.  “I am proud we were able to expand our reach by providing more virtual services around job search and resume assistance while continuing to support intensive services such as job coaching, work experience and evaluations.  Whatever level of service needed, we want to be known as a safe place for those with barriers to employment build skills, gain work experience and receive job search assistance. Our services are possible through the generous donations of treasures received from more than 444,700 donors and 948,600 Goodwill shoppers that support the mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment.” 

Key Figures

  • Served 12,486 individuals.
  • Assisted 9,207 with job search assistance and employer services including: resume assistance, interview preparation, recruitment, screening, testing, training and outplacement, etc.
  • Provided a hand up to 2,330 through our Elizabeth Clark Emergency Fund with clothing and housewares assistance as well as bus passes.
  • Placed 420 in employment.
  • Provided 291 with valuable training and work experience within Goodwill’s Retail and Business Services operations, including 188 in work experience and 103 youth program participants.

Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions Event Details
Please join the agency as it honors successful program participants and presents 2019 service numbers.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
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 business services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.     


Contact:    Jennifer Bako
                  (330) 786-2519