Goodwill Analysis

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Background Goodwill industry is a non-profit organization that provides training, employment assistance, and education to those experiencing difficulty entering the job market due to lack of education, proper training, or disabilities. A central agency coordinates the activities of over 200 independent regional branches. Most of Goodwill’s revenue is generated through the sale of donated items at its retail stores, which number over 2,000. These revenues are used to fund its employment and educational services. Goodwill Industries was founded in Boston in 1902 by Reverend Edgar James Helms. Originally called Morgan Memorial Cooperative Industries, its purpose was to provide assistance to the city’s unemployed through job skills training programs and placement services. The current name of Goodwill Industries was adopted from a 1915 Christmas homily. During the Great Depression, the general focus of Goodwill Industries shifted from helping the unemployed to providing services for the disabled. Goodwill Indiana operates under the leadership of James McClelland with a goal to assist 20 million individuals and their families achieve economic self-sufficiency by the year 2020. In addition to its standard services, in 2004 Goodwill Education Initiatives opened a school in Indianapolis to fulfill the education needs of junior high and high school students who have not succeeded in the traditional school environment. Currently Goodwill Indiana is developing a survey to gather data from its employees to better assist them to improve their own economic self-sufficiency. Services Goodwill has created a wide array of services to help its employees prepare for jobs, find jobs and keep jobs. Programs are designed to provi... ... middle of paper ... ...erging liability issues." LegalTrac. Employee Relations Law Journal 17.4. 1992. (accessed June 20, 2010). Soto, Catalina. "Employee Assistance Program Liability and Workplace Privacy." Springer. Journal of Business and Psychology, Vol. 5, No. 4. Summer 1991. (accessed June 20, 2010). U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual With a Disability. March 05, 2005. your employer cannot require that you take a medical examination or ask questions about your disability unless they are related to your job and necessary for the conduct of your employer's business (accessed 06 29, 2010).
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