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Partnering with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is Good for Your Business & Community

 

Partnering with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is Good for Your Business and the Community

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont opened its doors in 1965 with fewer than 20 employees. Today we are proud to be a 21st century leader in regional workforce development and employer of more than 800 individuals. Thanks to your donations throughout the years, we have provided critical employment services to more than 150,000 individuals and business partners in the greater Charlotte region.  Our territory spans an 18-county area in the Carolinas, including Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Polk, Richmond, Rutherford, Scotland, Stanly and Union counties in North Carolina and Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster, Marlboro and York counties in South Carolina.

As a social enterprise Goodwill has several business solution services that might be right for you.  This include screening for qualified candidates to fill your open positions, temporary staffing services, electronic recycling services, and construction services

In today’s evolving workplace, it takes time to recruit, screen, and train new employees. Goodwill makes the process easier.  Goodwill opens doors to jobs by bridging the gap between employer needs and highly motivated candidates. Whether you need qualified employees to fill vacancies or seek innovative workforce solutions to boost your bottom line, partnering with Goodwill is a cost-effective way to meet your business needs while enhancing the quality and dignity of life for individuals and families. We help employers quickly find the workers they need. In addition to having access to a broad pool of qualified workers, Goodwill has the ability to screen and pre-qualify applicants, schedule interviews, organize employer job fairs, and provide proficiency testing.

To meet your temporary staffing needs, GoodWork Staffing is a division of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont and specializes in providing industrial, clerical, and management employees to a wide variety of companies. Our menu of offerings covers an extensive spectrum of staffing needs, including: Temporary, Temp to Hire, Executive Recruiting, Outsourcing, Direct Hire, On-Site Management and Payroll Services.

What makes us different from other staffing companies is the social enterprise element behind our mission. The revenue generated by GoodWork Staffing placements goes back to Goodwill to directly support the free job training and employment services that we offer participants. Our innovative approach benefits your business by providing pre-screened and motivated workers, while also contributing to the development of a robust and highly-skilled local workforce.

Do you want to create community impact with your overstock, outdated and unwanted merchandise and electronics?

Goodwill can be your solution partner and welcomes these items.  Partnering with Goodwill can benefit your business in the following ways:

  • Cost savings: Donations to Goodwill are tax-deductible expenses. Making an in-kind contribution also reduces storage or disposal costs associated with surplus inventory. Be sure to discuss the tax benefit of donating to Goodwill with your accountant.
  • Convenience: FREE and easy on-site pickupof your items.
  • Community impact: Donations fund Goodwill’s programs to help individuals improve their lives by obtaining family sustaining employment.
  • Environmental impact: Recycling used or depreciated office equipment, computers and electronics supports Goodwill’s initiatives to keep materials out of landfills and dispose of unwanted merchandise in a green, socially conscious way.  Department of Defense standards are used for data destruction.
  • Positive publicity: Partnering with Goodwill adds philanthropic value to your corporate image and bolsters community support.

Goodwill Construction Services is a licensed general contractor specializing in renovations and additions in residential and commercial markets. Whether you want to remodel or add on to your property, we offer affordable construction services customized for your specific needs.

Our goal is to add value to your business or home by helping you create a space that is beautiful, functional and energy-efficient. From concept to completion, Goodwill Construction Services partners with you through every step of a residential or commercial construction process.

With a fully-bonded and insured team of professionals that has over 100 years of combined construction experience, Goodwill Construction Services will add value and expertise to your next project.

When you partner with Goodwill, it is not only good for business.  It transforms lives.   Learn more by reading below about Rohan and Anita Goodesign

As a young man, Rohan thought about going to college but didn’t know what he wanted to do with a degree and he didn’t want to go in to debt to pay for it.

One day in 2011 as he was giving plasma to make some cash, he heard about the job training and placement services Goodwill offers.

He walked in to Goodwill’s Job Connection on Freedom Drive where he met with a career counselor who recommended that Rohan enroll in the Goodwill Construction Services Training. Rohan completed the seven-week training program and gained forklift and NCCER certifications. He began working on a housing project in partnership with Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity. Once the project was complete, he went back to Goodwill to find more work opportunities.

This time Rohan was directed to Goodwork Staffing, Goodwill’s temporary-to-hire staffing agency. There was an opening at Anita Goodesign, an embroidery design company. Rohan started at Anita Goodesign in 2012 on a temporary basis, packaging marketing software materials. Rohan’s quota was to package 1,000 CD’s every day, but he clearly exceeded the company’s expectations and would package 2,000 CD’s a day. Rohan knew that if he pushed himself, he would demonstrate his value to the company.

“I wanted to give my all today so that my employer wanted me tomorrow, the next day and eventually full time,” said Rohan.

Rohan’s hard work did capture the attention of owners Steve and Aundrea Wilson.

“Rohan is diligent and always has a smile on his face. He approached me and emphasized that he appreciated the work and wanted to know if there was more he could do,” said Aundrea.

Rohan inquired about design because he liked to draw. Aundrea and Steve agreed to give Rohan the opportunity to be a machine operator and to learn the steps for embroidery.

“I never thought ‘needle and thread’” smirked Rohan.

However, he spent the next nine months learning how to work the embroidery machine. He learned about the various threads, style and embroidery fabrics. This hands-on work experience helped to propel him to his next step of becoming a digitizer.

The digitizer is an important position in Anita Goodesign’s company. The digitizer takes the pattern designed by the creative department and digitizes it in to an easy-to-follow pattern for the customer to then follow to create the pattern. Rohan is one of three digitizers in the company. Steve, the CEO and founder, is one of the others. It was important for Rohan to learn how to work the embroidery machine first so that he could digitize a pattern that would work easily for the embroiderer.

“What he didn’t learn in school, he more than worked to learn here,” said Steve. “He has a strong work ethic and determination and he always has a positive attitude.”

Since Rohan started as a temporary worker two years ago, he has worked his way from an hourly position to a salaried position with health benefits and a 401K. In addition, he has developed a valuable and highly specialized skill.

“He has a skill I can’t hire. It’s not a skill you learn in design school or college or have on your resume. You need to be trained in the process from design to the end product” said Steve. “It’s people like Rohan that make businesses grow.”

Anita Goodesign recently released a new pattern and couldn’t think of a more appropriate name than “Rohan’s Roses.”

We invite you to tour the Leon Levine Center on the Goodwill Opportunity Campus to see how we can partner to create mutual benefits for individuals such as Rohan and businesses like yours.  Goodwill has proven that we can be good for your business.

For more information about any of Goodwill’s business solutions, please contact Phillip Boger at (704) 919-1683.

Chris Jackson, President & CEO

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