Lexington, KY— Goodwill Industries of Kentucky has hired Lori H. Collins as Vice President of Program Services, East Region. Based in Lexington, Collins is charged with growing Goodwill’s employment services and job training and preparation programs in 61 counties that make up the eastern half of Goodwill’s territory in Kentucky.
Collins brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. She most recently worked for Kentucky’s Office of Employment and Training where she had oversight for U.S. Department of Labor-funded employment and training programs. Collins also previously worked for the Bluegrass Area Development District, serving the 17-county workforce development board. Since 1993, she has been involved with workforce development programs, including those that support targeted populations such as individuals with disabilities and recipients of public assistance.
Collins will have the opportunity to build on Goodwill’s recent success. The statewide nonprofit organization placed Kentuckians into more than 3,400 jobs in 2015, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous fiscal year. Goodwill partnered with 694 employers across the state to match job seekers with opportunities to earn a paycheck. In addition, Goodwill paid nearly $18 million in wages to Kentuckians with disabilities or other barriers to employment.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work for Goodwill and help to create opportunities for economic prosperity for all Kentuckians,” said Collins.
She is a native of Ashland, Ky., and graduate of Georgetown College and the University of Kentucky.
About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
As one of the largest Goodwill organizations in the country, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky accepts a variety of donations, including clothing and other household items, which are sold locally in its stores. Donations are tax deductible and receipts are available. In fiscal year 2015, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed Kentuckians into 3,434 jobs and paid nearly $18 million in mission-related wages. Kentucky’s Goodwill has 64 stores throughout the state that provide jobs and hands-on job training. Goodwill also provides employment services and post-employment support to help people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. For your nearest donation center and retail store, visit www.goodwillky.org.