Our Community Partnerships

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.

United Way

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

Do You Need Help?

Are you experiencing:

  • Homelessness
  • Food shortages
  • Domestic Violence
  • Behavioral health issues

South Sound 2-1-1 is your free connection to basic needs as well as a number of other community resources. Information and referral specialists offer compassion, understanding and advocacy to callers from Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties. All calls are confidential.

To find the resources you need, simply dial 2-1-1.

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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

Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness

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.

WorkForce Central

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.

Pierce County Community Engagement Taskforce

This taskforce brings together several partners with a specific focus on equitable service delivery to the many communities within Pierce County.


Not only is Goodwill a Worksource affiliate, which allows us to offer Worksourcewa accounts and have access to an extensive Hot Jobs list, we also partner together to bring employers to our participants for access to hundreds of job openings. Worksource Pierce is also a partner in Hire 253.

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Washington State Department of Health & Human Services (DSHS)

In a partnership with DSHS, Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region offers opportunities for education and career development to low income-students who qualify to receive, or are currently receiving, federally issued basic food benefits through the Basic Food Employment and Training program (BFET).

Other Partnerships

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