The Walmart Foundation presented Goodwill Industries and other Central Illinois organizations with $280,000 in grants last month.
The awards were presented and funded by the Foundation’s State Giving Program.
Goodwill Industries was awarded $30,000 for its service to the Central Illinois area. The organization will use the funds to continue work in the community, which includes supporting veterans with help finding employment.
“It is so important to support these men and women who have given so much for our country,” Don Johnson, Goodwill of Central Illinois’ president and CEO, said in a company news release. “We are very grateful to Walmart for their contribution to the ongoing support of our veterans.”
The program allows veterans to learn computer skills, interpersonal skills, craft resumes and access an OSHA certified forklift operation program. Goodwill also provides job search assistance and counseling.
There are several other initiatives the nonprofit hopes to accomplish with the grant.
Goodwill is supported by its 11 retails stores in the Central Illinois area. For more information on the organization, visit www.goodwillpeo.org.