June 28, 2012
Louisville, Ky.—Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is pleased to announce a $50,000 gift from The Hearst Foundation, Inc. toward its campaign to renovate and expand Goodwill’s campus at 909 East Broadway. The Hearst Foundation’s gift coincides with the onset of construction, which is cleared to begin after Goodwill recently received formal approval of a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“There’s never been a more critical time to devote resources to job creation and training,” said Roland R. Blahnik, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. “Thanks to this gift from The Hearst Foundation and all of our campaign contributors, Goodwill will have the ability to achieve bigger and better results in job placements and employment counseling.”
Project bids have been received and are being reviewed, with construction expected to begin this summer and anticipated completion in early 2013. The project has four major goals:
- Expansion of the Adult Learning Center.
- Modernization of Goodwill’s employment counseling facilities.
- Renovation of the Broadway donation and retail center.
- Expansion of a recycling/reuse program to create “green” jobs.
Dubbed the Broadway Beacon Initiative, the project seeks to transform Goodwill’s East Broadway campus into a citywide destination for jobs and job training services for people who face barriers to employment. The Hearst Foundation’s gift is the most recent of the fundraising campaign, which began in October 2010 and surpassed its initial goal of $1.1 million in just one year. To date, the Broadway Beacon Initiative has raised nearly $1.5 million to support renovations and improvements at Goodwill’s donation and retail center, Adult Learning Center, workforce development facilities, and warehousing operations.
About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
As one of the largest Goodwill member organizations in the country, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky “turns jeans into jobs” by providing hands-on job training for individuals with disabilities and other disadvantages. The nonprofit, 501(c)(3) agency operates 60 donation and retail centers and provides job counseling, supported employment, and adult literacy programs, helping people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. In the first six months of the 2012 fiscal year, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed Kentuckians into 1,422 jobs and paid nearly $8 million in mission-related wages. Goodwill accepts a variety of donations, including gently-used clothing and other household items, which are tax deductible. To find the nearest location, visit www.goodwillky.org.
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