Goodwill Industries of Kentucky

Goodwill helps Kentuckians with disabilities or other challenges achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. With 64 stores and more than 1,200 employees, Goodwill provides job preparation and placement services for people who have disabilities or challenges such as a language barrier, criminal background, and limited education or work history. Through these services, Goodwill helps Kentuckians overcome barriers, with a focus on helping individuals climb out of poverty.

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Address: 130 W New Circle Rd, Ste 110
Lexington, KY 40505
Phone Number: 859-277-3661
Through its programs in 2017, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky provided employment and training services to more than 20,862 people, made 3,344 job placements, and paid more than $13.8 million in mission-related wages to Kentuckians with disabilities or other challenges. Goodwill partnered with more than 700 employers to place Kentuckians into jobs. Some of these programs positively impacting the Fayette County region include:

Goodwill Works - Goodwill is dedicated to helping motivated job seekers participate in the workforce. Preparation and opportunity are the keys to success, and Goodwill offers a Work Ready Certificate to graduates of Goodwill's Soft Skills Academy. Currently, participants study and practice six concepts that significantly impact the ability to find and maintain employment: attitude, conflict resolution, dependability, safety, self-presentation, and team building. Further, through partnerships with employers across the state - and by matching job seekers with long-term career coaches - Goodwill is connecting Kentuckians with meaningful opportunities to find a career path and climb the ladder out of poverty.

Career Coaching - created in the 1990s as a service for Goodwill employees who need extra support maintaining employment, Career Coaches provide the following: job coaching, soft skills training, job retention assistance, disability accommodations, career planning, job search assistance, and job improvement assistance. In 2017, the program was expanded to give all employees the opportunity to enlist the help of a Career Coach for any number of other reasons, including assistance with tuition reimbursement, criminal charge expungement, benefits and financial counseling, crisis management, health and wellness, referral to other community resources, and much more.

Vocational Evaluation - Through test materials and/or hands-on work, Goodwill helps individuals identify vocational strengths and weaknesses. A trained vocational evaluator helps job seekers identify appropriate career options and achieve vocational goals.
Since 1923, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky has accepted donations for resale to fund our job training, employment counseling, and adult education services. Each year, our programs benefit thousands of Kentuckians with disabilities or other challenges.

Revenue from Goodwill's donation centers and retail stores support community-based workforce development programs. Approximately 88% of revenue is spent directly on programs that help people find and keep stable jobs. With Goodwill's help, Kentucky communities prosper. People once relying on government assistance (taxpayer dollars) become taxpayers themselves and contribute to the economic vitality of their communities.

Your donations of clothing and other household items help Goodwill provide hands-on job training, employment counseling, and adult education opportunities for people with disabilities or other challenges.