Nearly 8,700 Job Seekers Assisted by Goodwill in 2015


AKRON, Ohio — Jan. 28, 2016 — In 2015 Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties helped 8,691 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 470,000 donors and 960,000 Goodwill shoppers that support the mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. The agency will formally present 2015 service numbers at its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions event on Thursday, March 31, 2016.


“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 8,691 individuals
  • Placed 327 individuals in positions at area businesses
  • Provided 368 individuals with valuable training and work experience within Goodwill’s Retail and Contract Services operations, including 222 in work experience programing and 146 youth program participants


Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions Event Details

Dr. Pleas Chambers and Andrea Chambers

Dr. Pleas R. Chambers III and Andrea Chambers

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.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

5:00 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. Program

Portage Country Club, 240 North Portage Path, Akron, OH  44303

$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