Workforce Development

 

Goodwill of Greater Washington provides a number of training and employment services to people with disabilities and disadvantages in the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, at no charge to students . Read below for a brief overview of the services we offer:

 

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  • Training and Services
    Training and Employment Services

    For over 75 years, Goodwill of Greater Washington has provided vocational services and employment to individuals with disabilities and disadvantage. Our growth is focused on building the employment outcomes of individuals. Learn more about the services we offer.

    Goodwill of Greater Washington pays all of its employees above both local and federal minimum wage standards.

  • Course Descriptions

    Goodwill of Greater Washington's Workforce Development Division currently provides three Employment Training Courses, Security & Protective Services Training Program, and our Career Navigation Training Program. Learn more about these opportunities.

  • Apply for Training Programs

    To participate in our training and job placement services program, call (202)636-4225  or (703)769-3706 to schedule a date to complete an application for services and orientation/interview. Click here to download an application.

  • Employer Solutions
    Whoever said good help is hard to find knew what they were talking about. In today's busy world, it takes time to recruit, screen, and train new employees. Goodwill can help. Our Goodwill has provided job training and placement programs since 1935. And that means your job just got a little easier.
    Once a client has gone through our training programs, they have the skills you need. Better yet, we can provide pre-screening services, set up interviews and get police clearances. And if for some reason you have difficulties with your new employee, we're here for support. Our job fairs let you meet dozens of prospective employees at once.
    Plus, when you hire one of our graduates, you may be eligible for a Work Opportunity Tax Credit of up to $9,000.
    If you're interested in hearing more about our programs and how they can help you, contact Goodwill at (202) 636-4225. With your help, we can keep America working.
    Employer Solutions

    Whoever said good help is hard to find knew what they were talking about. In today's busy world, it takes time to recruit, screen, and train new employees. Goodwill can help. Our Goodwill has provided job training and placement programs since 1935. And that means your job just got a little easier. Goodwill can improve your employment process (PDF).

    Once a client has gone through our training programs, they have the skills you need. Better yet, we can provide pre-screening services, set up interviews and get police clearances. And if for some reason you have difficulties with your new employee, we're here for support. Our job fairs let you meet dozens of prospective employees at once. 

    Plus, when you hire one of our graduates, you may be eligible for a Work Opportunity Tax Credit of up to $9,000. 

    If you're interested in hearing more about our programs and how they can help you, contact Goodwill at (202) 636-4225. With your help, we can keep America working.

     

  • Disability Services

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    Goodwill of Greater Washington is a member of the National Youth Transitions Collaborative, a community of organizations that share the goal of empowering youth and young veterans with disabilities to create a self-directed path to adulthood and employment. The Collaborative has formed an Alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy to work together to promote a national dialogue on the employment of people with disabilities.

    For over 75 years, Goodwill of Greater Washington has provided vocational services and employment to individuals with disabilities and disadvantages, including specialized training on cultural diversity and disability awareness.

    Workforce Development Disabilities Services is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and the District of Columbia Rehabilitative Services Administration (RSA). Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

    Recognized as one of the leaders in vocational rehabilitation, Goodwill offers a comprehensive continuum of vocational services and employment opportunities. Read more about a particular service:

    Download Disability Services Menu of Services (PDF)

  • Career Center Locations

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    District of Columbia
    Career Center

    2200 South Dakota Ave. NE
    Washington, DC 20018

    Phone: (202) 636-4225

    Career Center Hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

    Metro Accessibility
    The District of Columbia Career Center is accessible from two Metro stations.
    - From the Rhode Island Avenue station (Red line) take the B8/B9 Bus.
    - From the Brookland Metro station (Red Line) take the H6 Bus.

    Foggy Bottom
    Career Center

    2013 H Street, NW Suite 402
    Washington, DC 20006

    Phone: (202) 595-3658

    National Youth Transition Center:
    Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

    Career Center Hours:
    (By Appointment Only)
    Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Metro Accessibility
    The Foggy Bottom Career Center is accessible a couple blocks West of the Foggy Bottom/ GMU Metro Stop.
    - From the Foggy Bottom/ GMU Metro station travel South on 23rd Street and make a left onto H street and it's .2 miles on the left.

    Arlington
    Career Center

    10 South Glebe Road
    Arlington, VA 22204

    Phone: (703) 769-3706

    Career Center Hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Metro Accessibility
    The Arlington Career Center is accessible from one Metro station followed by a choice of two Metro Bus routes.
    - From the Ballston Metro station (Orange line) take the 10B Bus or 23A/23C Bus routes.

  • Impact 2013
    Impact 3013, The Road to Self-Sufficiency, Goodwill of Greater Washington

    Supplying the community with hope and dignity.

    198

    The number of people Goodwill has placed into NEW jobs in 2013.

    1

    Goodwill of Greater Washington retail stores opened in 2013.

    61

    NEW Goodwill employees hired in 2013.

    The Goals

    We have set a number of goals for our work so that 2013 is the year many of our most vulnerable neighbors find hope and dignity through work. Here are just a few of those goals that, with your help, we expect to meet:

    Place 220 people into NEW jobs right here in our community;

    Create approximately 30 additional jobs through the opening of at least one new retail store;

    Further solidify our RISE Coaching program that helps Goodwill associates overcome barriers as they strive to gain skills and progress in their careers.

    Impact 2013

    In 2013, there will be hundreds, even thousands, of people in our region in need of Goodwill’s services. These are people trying to break the cycle of poverty. People who might have a lifelong disability. People who may have made some bad choices earlier in life and need a fresh start.

    We are kicking off IMPACT 2013: The Road to Self-Sufficiency with you and our other partners – individuals, businesses, and foundations – to help us serve as many people as we can.

    The journey toward self-reliance is not always clean and simple for the folks who come to Goodwill. We understand this road. We know how difficult it can be.

    But there is no quick and easy solution. They need a team like you and Goodwill to stand with them as they journey toward lasting self-sufficiency.

    Your gift today will provide free education and job training services in a variety of industries so people are qualified for good jobs. And it will help place people into jobs and follow them to ensure a smooth transition and a positive, long-term outcome.

    Donate to support Goodwill's Free training programs

    Help support Goodwill's training programs.

    Can we count on you today? Join us as we journey The Road to Self-Sufficiency.

    Goodwill Success Stories | See Goodwill's Impact

    Milton Ridgeway: “Before Goodwill, I had nothing…”

    Milton: “Before Goodwill, I had nothing…”

    Ability One Contracts Employee

    Milton came to Goodwill 16 years ago. He was homeless and living on a park bench ...read more

    Patricia's Optimism Leads to Employment

    Patricia's Optimism Leads to Employment

    Free Green Pathway Construction Program

    Patricia didn’t know if the training would lead to a job...read more

  • Jobs in '12

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    220

    The number of people Goodwill placed into jobs in the local economy in 2012.

    The Goals

    Train, equip and place nearly 200 people into new local jobs that support the local economy during 2012; and

    Continue providing 600+ jobs to local residents currently employed through our retail stores, janitorial contracts, and Goodwill’s administrative and support divisions, many of which are filled by people who face significant disabilities or other barriers to employment

    Donate to support Goodwill's Free training programs

    Help support Goodwill's training programs.

    You Did It!

    Goodwill's Jobs in '12: Putting Greater Washington Back to Work

    Here at Goodwill of Greater Washington, we have been working to meet the growing need for jobs in our community. In early 2012, we launched our Jobs in ’12: Let’s Put Greater Washington Back to Work campaign.

    The generous financial support of thousands of individuals, companies, and foundations has enabled Goodwill not only to meet those goals, but far exceed them! In 2012, our workforce development team trained, equipped and placed 220 people into jobs in the local economy! 220! And Goodwill was fortunate enough to provide over 660 jobs to local residents jobs through our retail stores, janitorial contracts, and our administrative and support divisions.

    These are tremendous accomplishments and one that all Goodwill supporters should celebrate. Thank you for making a difference... YOU DID IT!

    The work of Goodwill never stops. There will be many more that we need to help in 2013, and soon we’ll be launching another effort to empower greater impact in our community, leading to self-sufficiency for many more. But in the meantime, please pause and celebrate this “good news” from Goodwill.

    Goodwill Success Stories | Meet some of the Graduates

    James Finds His Potential to Learn

    James Finds His Potential to Learn

    Free Security & Protective Services Training

    Before coming to Goodwill, James was working day to day just going through the motions of life...read more

    Patricia's Optimism Leads to Employment

    Patricia's Optimism Leads to Employment

    Free Green Pathway Construction Program

    Construction program and encouraged her to apply. Patricia didn’t know if the training would lead to a job...read more

  • Clothing Voucher Program

    Goodwill of Greater Washington launched the Good Samaritan Program in 1990 to partner with local government and community-based organizations to help people in need in the community. The clothing vouchers allow people to shop for up to $40 worth of clothing and shoes at any of our 13 of Goodwill of Greater Washington's retail stores.

    Since 1990, our Good Samaritan Program has quietly returned $1.8 million dollars worth of clothing to more than 300 social service providing agencies. Last year, 97 government and nonprofit social service agencies, churches and schools helped us distribute 2,437 Good Samaritan clothing vouchers to people in need in the community. The vouchers were redeemed for $36,000 worth of clothing and shoes at Goodwill's nine area retail stores.

    All government and private social service organizations, churches and schools are eligible for Good Samaritan Program membership at absolutely no charge. Our only request is that the vouchers be redistributed to your most neediest clients.

    Lost, stolen, or expired vouchers cannot be replaced. Goodwill of Greater Washington reserves the right to change or alter this program at any time.

    For additional information or to sign up as a partner, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at: (202) 715-2638

  • Jobs in 2014 | Let's Get to Work!

    Jobs in 2014, Goodwill of Greater Washington

    The success of Goodwill’s mission to transform lives through the power of education and employment is rooted in the trust and support from our community—financial investors, used-goods donors, retail shoppers, students, and associates.

    In 2014, Goodwill’s goals will be focused on helping the most disadvantaged people in our community find and keep employment and we need your help. Let’s Get to Work!

    Make a financial investment, donate your gently used goods, and volunteer with Goodwill this year, and help local people facing unemployment or underemployment, and people with disabilities achieve the following:

    A Meaningful Career

    185 individuals will achieve meaningful employment in the community through our sector-specific (hospitality and security and protective services) and general workforce development programs.

    Sustained Employment

    Our goal is to dramatically impact job retention for the people Goodwill places into employment so that their new careers become permanent.

    RISE Coaching

    Those who achieve employment at one of DC Goodwill’s 15 stores will have access to ongoing coaching and resources to help them advance in their careers, including: professional development, child care, housing, and food assistance.

    Transportation Stipends

    All students enrolled in programs can earn $10 daily travel stipends through good class attendance.

  • Together we can combat the biggest barrier to achieving independence—education and employment. We look forward to partnering with you to transform lives and communities this year. For questions about how to get involved with Goodwill’s programs, contact Janece Kleban at (202) 719-1226 or by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Let’s Get to Work!

    Help Support Jobs in 2014!


    Goodwill of Greater Washington | Jobs in 2014 Advocates

    “I support Goodwill because I want to help others by creating paths to success through hard work and perseverance. Join me and Let’s Get to Work!”

    - Joshua Carin, Proprietor, Geppetto Catering, Inc.

    “I support Goodwill because I want to help equip people with tools and travel stipends so they can successfully gain employment. Join me and Let’s Get to Work!”

    – Samantha Penabad, Accenture

    “Goodwill has given me—and so many people like me—hope and a second chance in life. This is why I give back to Goodwill. Join me.”

    –Charlie Sheets, Data Administrator, DC Goodwill

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