Goodwill Beyond Jobs
Rachal Underwood is a single mother and wanted a fresh start to support her son.
With a $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, the Goodwill Beyond Jobs program is expanding to 45 communities across America. And helping mothers like Rachal support their families.
Connecting Americans with work opportunities
For our communities, living better means greater access to opportunity. The Walmart Foundation supports many initiatives that provide opportunities through job training and placement, career advice and greater access to the resources that help people become self-sufficient.
Empowering 5,000 women through job and career skills
Dress for Success is focused on helping low-income women develop the skills they need to re-enter and advance in the workforce. In 2013, the Walmart Foundation awarded $2.5 million to Dress for Success to provide job search assistance and career counseling, workforce readiness training and encouragement for thousands of women, helping them develop professional skills and personal habits that improve their job placement and career prospects.
Last year the Foundation awarded $2 million to activate the Going Places Network within 60 Dress for Success affiliates across the United States. This specially-designed program helps unemployed and underemployed Dress for Success clients gain professional skills, accelerate their job searches and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching and networking in a supportive environment. The new grant seeks to expand the range of services and work supports including, improving access to childcare, enhanced labor market research and partnerships with job referral agencies to better match GPN clients with employers looking to fill positions.
Helping 2,000 low-income adults become workforce-ready
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, unemployment rates among low-income urban adults exceed the national average. This is where we can help. The Walmart Foundation is supporting programs that provide low-skill adults with service industry-focused workforce readiness training and job placement services that improve their opportunities for employment and self-sufficiency. Initiatives such as Walmart Washington@Work is helping 2,000 low-income, low-skill adults in the nation's capital develop the English, math and computer literacy skills, customer service skills and personal work attributes that employers are looking for in job candidates. Our goal is helping the long-term unemployed re-enter the workforce, as well as helping young adults obtain their first job and maintain sustained employment.