Collaboration is paramount to empowering people to work. The individuals who walk through our doors often face multiple challenges to employment. While Goodwill is able to address many of their concerns, partnerships within the community ensure that everyone receives well-rounded services.
For example, when a client facing homelessness needs shelter, food, or access to healthcare, we work with community partners to collectively provide them a path to independence. These organizations include Caritas, City of Austin, Foundation Communities, Front Steps, LifeWorks, and Travis County Sheriff’s Office. They are experts in their respective fields, and our cooperation allows us to build on each others’ strengths, creating a continuum of community service.
We put boots on the ground to “meet people where they are” by offering multiple points of entry through referrals and job-help centers. Additionally, Goodwill staff is embedded at various service agencies, and we colocate with Workforce Solutions at the Goodwill Resource Center. Our spirit of collaboration also extends to our Goodwill family. We work with University Federal Credit Union to offer financial literacy and second-chance banking. Additionally, our relationship with St. Edward’s University gives our employees access to subsidized higher education. Collaborating with these established entities strengthens the Goodwill team and enhances our collective efforts to serve our community.
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronic products, Dell has joined together with Goodwill Industries®, to create Dell Reconnect. This program makes getting rid of old technology easy and free - simply pack your old computer equipment into the car with other household donations and drop it off at a participating Goodwill® location.
Goodwill Central Texas has joined the new portfolio of the venture philanthropy organization REDF, backed by the federal government’s Social Innovation Fund. Goodwill Central Texas will receive multi-year grant funding and business advisory services, contributing to our vision of empowering 100,000 Central Texans to transform their lives through work. This funding will help Goodwill connect their job-ready program participants with employers in Hays and Williamson Counties.
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