GOODWILL OPENS DEDICATED VETERANS ASSISTANCE CENTER
Starbucks, Walmart Foundation and JPMorgan Chase supporting Goodwill employment services for veterans
SAN ANTONIO, TX (June 12, 2014) – Goodwill Industries of San Antonio is celebrating the grand opening of its Veterans Assistance Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 25th at 9:00 a.m. at 3730 N. Loop 1604 E. at Bulverde Road. The VFW Post 76 Honor Guard will present the colors, followed by a flag presentation by the office of Congressman Lamar Smith. The Honorable State Representative José Menéndez, Chairman of the House Defense and Veterans Affairs, and District 10 Councilman, Mike Gallagher, will speak. Representatives from the San Antonio Chamber, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber and Alamo City Chamber will also be in attendance.
The new center is designed to assist military veterans and their families transition smoothly into civilian life. Programs and services to be offered at the center will be tailored to translate military skills into a meaningful civilian career, and will include informational seminars, assessments of military skills that transfer to civilian work, resume and interview preparation and job search assistance.
Partnerships with Starbucks, the Walmart Foundation and JPMorgan Chase are also helping Goodwill provide services to help veterans transition into the workforce.
“These partnerships in combination with our new center will allow us to reach more veterans with employment services that help them start a new and fulfilling career,” says Goodwill President and CEO Marla Jackson. “They have served our country with their expertise, so it is a privilege to use our expertise in employment to help them successfully move into civilian life.”
A partnership with Goodwill is part of Starbucks’ strategic commitment to develop a comprehensive hiring platform for veterans and active duty spouses nationally. Starbucks opened a Community Store at 8227 State Highway 151, which will share a portion of each transaction with Goodwill in support of its local Veterans Outreach Programs. Along with a store in Lakewood, Wash., the San Antonio store is the first of five stores planned for communities near military bases around the United States.
In addition, Goodwill will work with Starbucks to secure hiring opportunities for veterans, from full-time careers to part-time jobs with flexible schedules for veterans enrolled in continuing education or training.
Goodwill Industries of San Antonio is one of 10 Goodwill agencies across the country to receive a portion of a $5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to expand Operation: Good Jobs, an initiative that equips military veterans and their families with the tools they need to earn employment and ensure long-term financial wellness for both themselves and their families. Each participant in the Operation: GoodJobs program receives a complete career assessment and an individualized development plan.
JPMorgan Chase is also supporting Goodwill’s efforts to serve veterans by providing funding to expand existing programs to connect veterans with education, career opportunities and services to successfully transition into the workforce.
For more information on Goodwill services for veterans or to find the nearest Goodwill retail store or Donation Station, visit Goodwill online at goodwillsa.org or call (210) 924-8581.
About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you’re funding educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, training, educational opportunities and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year. In addition to operating 18 retail stores, more than 25 donation stations and 10 Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, Laredo and surrounding areas, Goodwill operates 3 Good Careers Academies and handles 17 contracts for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.