(JESUP, GA) Goodwill of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce the opening of the newest Goodwill Retail Store and Job Connection location in Jesup at 990 North Macon Street on Thursday, December 5th at 10 a.m.

Goodwill’s expansion of services to Wayne County comes as a welcome relief to many in the community. Goodwill plans to serve the community with a retail store, convenient donation center and Job Connection center.

The Jesup Goodwill will serve as the sixteenth retail location with a nearly 12,000 foot facility. Goodwill is expected to employ about 25 new employees from the local area.

This will be Goodwill’s eighth Job Connection Center in the region.

The Jesup Center offers job seekers access to job leads and provides the technology resources to prepare the job seeker for a successful job search. The Center Manager serves as an onsite coordinator that works with individuals to explore different career interests and develop a plan based on the individual’s personal job goals.

There is a definite need for these services with Georgia’s unemployment rate at 8.4 percent, well above the national average. The job connection center offers assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, health and wellness education, financial literacy, and many other classes. Career fairs and other networking opportunities are open to the public. Free computer and internet access enables applicants to view job postings and submit their job history online.

When community members donate, shop, or make a monetary contribution Goodwill is able to serve more individuals. In 2012, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire placed into meaningful employment more than 1,400 people.

About Goodwill of the Coastal Empire:
Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. The not-for-profit organization employs nearly 600 employees throughout the area. In 2012, Goodwill provided services to 24,427 people and placed 1,406 people into employment through various programs offered throughout the region. Goodwill of the Coastal Empire serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, operating 15 retail locations and six Job Connection Centers in the region. Goodwill accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, computers, and car donations, as well as operates an online store at www.shopgoodwill.com. For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org. Find us on Facebook: Goodwill Savannah or follow us on Twitter: @SavGoodwill.

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