Feb 14, 2013
DETROIT - Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit and Walmart encourage women from across Wayne County to learn about Beyond Jobs, a Goodwill program aimed at helping local women find employment, advance in their careers and ensure stable futures for their families, during a “Ladies Night Out” event . The event will take place Thursday, February 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Walmart located at 29574 Seven Mile Road in Livonia. Participating Wayne County women will have the opportunity to register for the Beyond Jobs program, meet program graduates and interact with current program participants.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s Flip the Script Women’s Services has been selected as a Faculty Site by the Walmart Foundation and Goodwill Industries International to showcase the National Beyond Jobs project. Flip the Script launched Beyond Jobs in 2011 providing employment training and financial guidance services to single mothers residing in the City of Detroit.
Goodwill Industries International and the Walmart Foundation have publicly announced the expansion on Beyond Jobs, which is designed to advance the careers of women across the United States. In 2012, The Beyond Jobs program served 1,250 women.
“Seventy percent of Detroit households are run by single mothers searching for ways to strengthen their family structure with financial and employment stability, and the generosity of the Walmart Foundation comes at a crucial time for our region” said Jaycee Memminger, coordinator of women’s services for Goodwill’s Flip the Script program. “The Beyond Jobs program and Goodwill Industries are going to make a significant impact on the lives of women and their families across the Detroit area.”
Striving to expand the program and create a global impact, the 2013 Beyond Jobs program will serve women who are unemployed, underemployed, seeking to develop new careers or obtain career advancement. The $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation provides tools women need to find employment succeed in the workplace and permanently support their families. The funding will help broaden Walmart’s efforts to strengthen families by serving an expected 12,250 women in 45 communities.
“As a company, we operate globally but look for opportunities to give back locally,” said Shelly Lehman, market manager for Walmart. “Walmart and our Foundation are proud to support Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s Beyond Jobs program in providing those in need the tools to find employment and succeed in the workplace.”
About Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is the only organization in Southeast Michigan solely dedicated to helping local individuals overcome challenges and secure employment. In just the past two years of the organization’s rich history, Goodwill Industries has placed more than 2,400 Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county individuals into new jobs and provided job training, education and placement services to more than 39,000 individuals in the region. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has been helping Metro Detroiters become Trained, Trusted and Ready to Work for more than 90 years. For information, visit http://www.goodwilldetroit.org
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that align with the company’s core business strengths. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
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