GOODWILL® CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF
PROGRESS FOR AMERICANS WITH
The passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was
an important milestone for Goodwill's ongoing dedication to employment for all.
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Signed
into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with
disabilities in employment, education, public accommodation and more. Goodwill is
proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this truly groundbreaking civil
rights legislation that promotes equality for all American citizens.
inception more than 113 years ago, Goodwill Industries International has been
devoted to providing employment opportunities to job seekers with disabilities
and specialized circumstances. Today, through the tireless efforts of its 165
local agencies, millions of people access Goodwill services each year. Last
year alone, 426,000 men and women with disabilities in the United States
and Canada used Goodwill’s intensive one-on-one career services to prepare for
Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc. are committed to supporting the
spirit of the ADA, and we are dedicated to empowering Americans with
disabilities in their employment endeavors with job training, mentoring and placement
services as well as job opportunities at our facilities," said Ruth Koontz,
director of community relations and marketing. “We look past disabilities to
see each person's abilities, and we wholeheartedly support their contribution
to the workplace."
the advances spurred by the ADA, finding meaningful employment continues to be
challenging for people with disabilities. According to Bureau of Labor
Statistics data released in June, the unemployment rate for people with
disabilities was 12.5 percent in 2014, more than double the figure for those
with no disabilities (5.9 percent).
to Goodwill support the broad range of services we provide to assist men and
women with disabilities in their vocational pursuits. The simple act of clearing clutter and donating items helps
create jobs right here in northeast Indiana,” Koontz said. “Please join the more
than 90 million donors who contribute to Goodwill agencies across the country,
making lives better for millions of individuals and families."
Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc.
Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to
ensuring that people with disabilities and employment barriers find and keep
jobs. The revenue generated from selling donated goods in its nine northeast
Indiana stores supports Goodwill’s employment services. Since 1937, Goodwill
has been a good steward of the communities’ valuable and appreciated
donations. Ninety cents of every dollar
earned is reinvested into Fort Wayne and surrounding communities for programs,
services, jobs and related costs that help people find and be successful in
competitive employment. For more information on how you can schedule a home
pickup or a donation drive at your place of employment, please call
260-478-7617 ext. 1016. Visit us on-line at fwgoodwill.org, Facebook or Twitter. Donations are tax deductible.