Goodwill Industries opened its new Aiken campus Friday, with a retail store, donation center and Job Connection.
“The Aiken Community has been very generous with their support,” said James Stiff, the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the CSRA and Middle Georgia. “This was the largest turnout we’ve ever had at a Goodwill function.”
This new campus will be replacing the Goodwill retail store on Whiskey Road, which will be phased out in a few weeks. The new Goodwill is at 1015 Pine Log Road in Aiken and will employ 50 people. Goodwill estimates that the store will generate more than $100,000 in sales taxes.
Goodwill uses 84 cents out of every dollar raised to underwrite job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service area.
Jennifer Hart, the Aiken community director for Goodwill, said she was looking forward to the role Goodwill can play in improving Aiken’s employment sphere.
“I am delighted to serve at Goodwill Industries where I am passionate about the hand-up mission to help people discover and develop their God-given gifts and navigate a career path to fully experience the American dream,” she said.
The Job Connection works to train and equip unemployed individuals and place them in meaningful employment. In the past year, Goodwill Works has found jobs for more than 2,000 people.
Employees estimate this Job Connection will find work for 500 people in their first year.