At Goodwill we know no one organization can serve the community alone. We collaborate with other community service providers and non-profits throughout our service area to insure that every community member has their needs met through income supports, housing, financial assistance, parenting & childcare, food, clothing and more. With basic needs met, clients can focus on finding steady employment through Goodwill’s job training programs and placement services, allowing them to reach their full potential.
A partnership between Pierce County Economic Development, WorkForce Central, and Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region has come together through a CARES Act initiative to create paid internship positions for young people in the community.
The Recovery Corps young adult internship program has already formed over 70 positions across 44 local employers, offering a diverse range of positions. Young adults, within the ages of 16-25 in the Pierce County area who are seeking work experience and the opportunity to serve their community to stimulate social and economic recovery are encouraged to apply now.
Participants will work alongside nonprofits and other businesses in a paid work experience to support the organizations as they recover from the effects of COVID-19. The positions being offered include 20 hours of work per week, for a minimum of four weeks with a range of pay rates. Successfully hired interns will also receive success coaching to support planning for the future, earn certifications, and will add marketable skills to their resumes.
The positions also include safety training and necessary equipment provided. Transportation, work attire, and other support services are available. There are also opportunities to receive additional training, increased number of hours, and an extended duration of program.
Interested participants are encouraged to apply here or for more information, contact Angela Whittier or call 360-353-6660.
Goodwill and United Way partner together for the Centers for Strong Families (CSF) program. CSF funding comes through United Way which is granted by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). This unique initiative provides program participants bundled services focused on employment, income support and financial management skills that make significant, lasting progress. Participants who access a range of services, have more success meeting their financial goals than people in programs offering employment assistance alone. Their gains include landing and keeping a job, growing credit and increasing annual earnings.
The Financial Education classes are provided through Goodwill’s Financial Opportunity Center
Additional partners through United Way / CSF
The Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness is a network of individuals, non-profits, government agencies, and community businesses working together to serve people experiencing homelessness. Our end goal is to help folks establish safe housing as quickly as possible and help them to retain that housing so their homeless episode is short and never repeated. Through this collaborative effort we work to address many of the factors that drive homelessness.
Ending Homelessness One Job at a Time!
The Pierce Coalition to End Homelessness started a quarterly hiring event in 2018 to focus on the community members experiencing homelessness to provide easy access to employment and job training opportunities and community service providers. It quickly became Pierce County’s largest hiring event with more than 600 attendees.
- On the spot interviews and hiring
- Employment opportunities for all including those with disabilities and criminal records
- Access to community service providers to help establish financial assistance, transportation, childcare, housing, medical care, job training and more.
- Assistance with online applications available
WorkForce Central convenes industry experts to partner in addressing sector-specific workforce challenges such as building a pipeline of skilled workers ready to meet anticipated demand. We utilize cross services to insure that every participant is connected to employers, Career Boost opportunities and various workshops offered through WorkSource Pierce.