Oklahoma City — Recently, Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma (Goodwill) released a compilation of annual statistics, a business overview for 2021.
The information reflected the nonprofit’s commitment to its mission of helping people overcome employment challenges, while practicing as a sustainable social enterprise.
In 2021, Goodwill reports the following from central Oklahoma:
* 655,414 donations were received from the local community to fund the services
* 1,644 clients were served by Goodwill Employment Services
* 10,579 services were provided to veterans and 308 veterans were housed under the federal Veterans Family Support Services (VFSS) program
* An estimated 25,470,550 pounds of clothing, shoes and household items were kept out of landfills
* 132,344 pounds of computer and electronic equipment was recovered through the Dell ReConnect program
* An increase of more than 20% in the starting salary of Goodwill associates
75% of Goodwill contract services employees identified as having a disability
“Seeing a condensed list of annual statistics gives us a holistic view of how Goodwill is making a difference in our communities,” said Jim Priest, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma.
“These statistics are powerful and impactful indicators of the results of our mission-driven services and the goal of transforming lives through the power of work.”
In addition to the aforementioned statistics, 2021 saw an increase in Goodwill’s Begin at Home program, which originally launched in 2020. Begin at Home works with partner organizations and companies to ensure employees have what they need to succeed. at work, such as childcare or transportation to and from work. Last year, the program served a total of 155 employees and provided 2,912 client services.
Goodwill partners with the federal SSVF program to help provide temporary support services to families of low-income veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In 2021, Goodwill saw a 96% increase in the number of people placed in jobs through the SSVF program.
Goodwill’s Job Connection Center program offers assistance in applying for a job, conducting skills assessments, writing a resume and connecting with potential employers. The Job Connection Center helped 16% more people find jobs in 2021 than in 2020.
“When we say we help people get back on their feet, we really mean it and we want to show it through our services,” Priest continued.
“The annual statistics report tells us that we remain on track with our goal of serving the community and those in need.”