EXECUTIVE: Bill Oakley, President and CEO
LOCATION: Headquartered in Orlando, FL
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has served local residents since 1959. The nonprofit provides job training and placement for people with barriers to employment, such as those with disabilities, the chronically unemployed, military veterans, the homeless and those returning to society after incarceration. Through its 10 Job Connection Centers, Goodwill aided nearly 50,000 individuals and found jobs for more than 8,500 in 2016.
These services are funded by the sale of donated items throughout Goodwill’s network of 29 retail stores and conveniently located Donation Xpress Centers throughout Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Volusia counties. Constantly looking to extend its reach, the local Goodwill has expanded at twice the average rate of Goodwill organizations nationally. Two recent openings include Job Connection Centers in Apopka and South Orlando, areas that have been historically underserved for job seekers.
Goodwill pursues its mission of “Building Lives That Work” by providing tools that job seekers need to discover and use to enhance their skills and abilities. One of its ongoing initiatives is evaluating, training and placing homeless job seekers through a temporary staffing program, GoodSource Staffing Services. Goodwill also provides academic support and mentoring to at-risk youth in partnership with Orange County Public Schools.
Led by a 19-member board of directors that meets quarterly, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida receives more than 1.1 million individual donations annually.
“Beyond the numbers, we focus on helping individuals achieve self-worth and self-sufficiency through the world of work,” said Bill Oakley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “We’re proud to partner with local employers to extend these opportunities to our neighbors.”