Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries recently received a $7,500 grant from Chemical Bank to support Goodwill’s sheltered employment program. Goodwill’s sheltered employment program currently provides employment to 46 individuals with disabilities who have the support of a program manager and the opportunity to attend classes at Goodwill. “Chemical Bank is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. With this donation, we know that Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries will provide individuals with disabilities meaningful work opportunities,” says Kyowa Pegues, CRA market manager of Chemical Bank. “By investing in this great organization we are improving lives and strengthening families.”
The funds will allow Goodwill to continue to employ individuals with disabilities that impact work productivity in areas of quality, quantity and behaviors. More opportunities to participate in living skills classes such as budgeting, cooking, computer use, drivers permit and classes in job seeking skills and World of Work will be provided.
“We’re so grateful for community partners like Chemical Bank who fund outstanding programs in our community,” says Jim Freeze, executive director of Goodwill. “Without their support and the support of everyone in the community who donates items or shops in our Goodwill stores, we could not continue to employ people in our community with disabilities.”