For more than a decade, Truist has partnered with Goodwills across the country to create successful workforce initiatives in service to individuals and communities in need.
In 2021, Truist Foundation awarded grants to Goodwills nationwide to support the empowerment of vocational training for adult learners and individuals experiencing barriers to obtaining and sustaining meaningful employment.
Bolstering E-Commerce Skillsets
Partnering with Gulfstream Goodwill (GGI), headquartered in West Palm, FL, Truist Foundation provided a $15,000 grant for Goodwill’s Microenterprise Program. This program seeks to address significant barriers to employment and economic disability for persons living with disabilities through substantive training in a self-sustaining e-commerce micro business.
The 30 million tons of household donations that GGI receives annually helps to provide trainees with textiles and tools to learn to upcycle, list, market sell, and ship under the Goodwill’s Microenterprise label. Lisa Mason, Senior Director of Employment Related Services explains, “Our program is focused on choice, which is critical to anyone’s programming, and we respect everyone has different capacity.”
Gulfstream Goodwill’s Good Prints print shop offers program participants the opportunity to learn an industry-recognized skill while being paid the prevailing minimum wage. Participants currently learn screen printing and design, order fulfillment, inventory management, and more. Florida is an Employment First state, which is committed to compensating persons with disabilities minimum wage, rather than the subminimum-wage training opportunities.
One of Many Victory Stories – Amadu
Amadu’s story captures the mission of Goodwill of Greater Washington’s programs and how this work helps to transform lives by putting people on the road towards financial stability. Building a better life for his family was Amadu’s motivation to enroll in Goodwill’s Energy and Construction Training Program.
“With my resume, strong interview skills, and a career fair under my belt, I’m excited to go out and seize more opportunities. Goodwill gave us all the foundation, support, and encouragement – but we have to do the work ourselves to succeed.” - Amadu Dainkey
Amadu Dainkey's motivation to provide for his family and financial stability was what led him to enroll in Goodwill's Energy and Construction Training Program.
A Long-Term Partnership to Foster Economic Mobility
Truist Foundation’s partnership with Goodwill assists communities in closing gaps in equity and fostering economic mobility via employment and training. Through a multi-pronged approach via training programs, Excel Centers, and career advancement opportunities, their work helps to connect individuals to the best pathways for achieving greater economic and personal success.
Together, we look to deliver successful workforce development initiatives to the under-employed, in order to create pathways to achieving greater economic stability and a better quality of life.
About Truist Foundation
The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity.