We are the Goodwill Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County, WOC of Cowlitz County for short.

first things first

Goodwill Industries is a unique, self-supporting 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Goodwill Donation Sites take textiles and home goods, and recycles them either into one of the Goodwill Retail Stores, Online Sales or salvage.

From these retail profits, more than 91 cents of every dollar earned our Goodwill then uses to fund vocational programs for the community. These programs are made for the public and aim to assist the local community in the Goodwill mission to eliminate barriers to employment.

It is estimated that recyclers like Goodwill keep 3.8 billion pounds of post-consumer waste out of land fills.

secondly

A sub-section to Goodwill Industries, a Work Opportunity Center (WOC) is the site where the vocational services are available to the public. Each is a little different then the next because each community is unique.

Goodwill WOCs have the advantage of adaptability. Many of the vocational programs can be customized to fit an individuals’ professional goals, or to match the needs of a local employer. Also, if the community’s vocational demands change, Goodwill WOCs are often on the forefront of meeting the new needs of their region.

A few examples of vocational programs and activities include (there are too many to count!):

  • Computer Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Forklift
  • Flagger
  • Hiring Events
  • Internships
  • OSHA 10
  • Warehouse & Logistics
  • Workshops

Vocational services are free to anyone experiencing a barrier to employment who qualify for the program.

Partnerships with vocational programs are also free for local employers and Goodwill WOCs encourages as much involvement and feedback from community business leaders as possible.

The aim is for each participant to achieve gainful employment through learning, certifications, guidance and support.

The method is “A hand up, not a hand out.”

what's

The Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County is one of three locations of the Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region.

In 2015, Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region partnered with more than 1,300 employers to place over 3,000 people in jobs. It is estimated that those job placements resulted in an impact of nearly $25 million on our local economy, allowing those new job holders to get off Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or disability and become tax-paying wage earners.

There are lots of programs and happenings at your Cowlitz County WOC!

1. Work Readiness Workshops and Resources –

  • Resume Building Assistance
  • Mock Interviews
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Career Exploration
  • Customer Service
  • Financial Education
  • Goal Setting
  • Professionalism

2. Technical Skills Training

  • Computers
  • Local Internships
  • Warehouse & Logistics
  • Workplace Safety

3. Job Placement Services

  • Job Search Assistance
  • Job Search Room (access to computers)
  • Job Fairs
  • Hiring events
  • Internships and Work Experience Programs
  • Programs for targeted populations (e.g., Opportunity Youth, Low-Income Seniors, etc.)
  • Career Development

4. Support Services

  • Case Management
  • Retention Services
  • Store Vouchers
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Job Coach/ Supported Employment

If you want to learn about the great things at your Goodwill Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County, please contact us at 360-501-8340 or email our Navigator at Navigator@goodwillwa.org .

Data source from Goodwill of the Olympic and Rainier Region at www.goodwillwa.org

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