While Congress may have averted the fiscal cliff for now, the new Congress will have its work cut out for it with a number of diverse policy issues vying for attention. In the midst of these discussions, organizations like Goodwill continue to take advantage of opportunities to educate new members about our mission of providing job training and other community based programs to people with barriers to employment.
Last Friday, December 7, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a mixed monthly jobs report. While the report noted that the November unemployment rate had dropped to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent and that more jobs were created than expected, DOL also found evidence that many jobs seekers have given up looking for work.
Bottom line: the report demonstrates that the economy is recovering, albeit very slowly, from the worst recession experienced since the Great Depression.
This week, hundreds on nonprofit advocates met with lawmakers and staff in order to protect charitable giving incentives, which are being threatened during discussions pertaining to the fiscal cliff. Goodwill Industries®, along with over 1.2 million other organizations, are part of a diverse charitable and philanthropic community working daily to provide programs and services that change the lives of individuals and strengthen families and communities.
As President Obama and Congressional leaders meet for the first time tomorrow to begin negotiations about avoiding the fiscal cliff — the combination of spending cuts and tax increases that will go into effect in 2013 if Congress does not act to avert them — Goodwill Industries International is monitoring the developments to see how key workforce programs and other services that support people we serve fare in the proposed solutions.
More Americans are going back to school, and more students than ever are qualifying for Pell Grants, the primary federal grant program that provides funding for low- and moderate-income students.
Recent studies released by the College Board found that a record 9.4 million students — 37 percent of all those in higher education — received a Pell Grant in the 2011-12 academic year.
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