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Goodwill announces new programs, expanded services

Goodwill officials said Tuesday that its stores will continue to get updates, like the Tacoma store did in January.
Goodwill officials said Tuesday that its stores will continue to get updates, like the Tacoma store did in January. Staff file, 2016

Tacoma-based Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at greater outreach to clients and customers and easier access to services.

Goodwill President and CEO Terry Hayes offered a look at “the next round of reinventing ourselves” at the agency’s annual Ready to Work luncheon at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

Among the announcements and initiatives:

▪ Goodwill has received a grant to help low-income families through United Way’s first Centers for Strong Families.

▪ The agency has added a two-year program funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation called “Women 2 Work.”

▪ Expanded GED/high-school completion outreach for at-risk young adults in Yakima.

▪ Continued evaluation of job-training programs, including the “Online & Upward” job-training program in Lewis County and in Tacoma.

▪ Updated retail stores that will feature faster checkout, new signage and attention to merchandising.

▪ A new “small box store” concept will be introduced next month in Graham. New stores, with a 6,000-7,000-square-foot footprint, will allow “more access for potential shoppers” in areas currently underserved.

▪ Expansion of online sales that will allow customers to reserve and purchase items that will be shipped from stores.

▪ To better gather stock for retail sales, look for expansion of home pick-up services “to make donating more convenient.”

▪ Continued emphasis on on-the-job training and career-advancement assistance.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

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