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Goodwill’s Bold Vision To Address Poverty In Our Region

Goodwill’s Bold Vision To Address Poverty In Our Region

There has been an increase in poverty levels in our region in recent years. In fact, there are close to 160,000 Mecklenburg residents living in poverty and more than 300,000 in our region living below the poverty line. In addition, according to a Harvard study, it will be extremely hard for those in our state to move out of poverty. Today, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, a leader in the workforce development industry in our region, announced its bold vision to change the trajectory of poverty and dependence in our area during a Growing Opportunity Celebration.

The celebration was the organization’s public announcement of their vision and the capital campaign to assist with building a new 160,000 square foot campus on 18-acres of land located off of Wilkinson Boulevard. This facility, the Goodwill Opportunity Campus (GOC), will provide a comprehensive collection of resources and opportunities for job training, job placement and job creation for individuals facing multiple barriers to employment. Construction will start in the beginning of 2015 with occupancy in the new building anticipated to occur in 2016.

Making the Goodwill Opportunity Campus a reality will require an investment of $20 million. Goodwill has committed $12 million of its own funds and has embarked on a capital campaign to raise $8 million from the community. In the quiet phase of the campaign, which began at the end of last year, $4.5 million has been raised including a $1.2 million grant challenge from the Leon Levine Foundation and a $500,000 pledge from Bank of America, which is the largest corporate donor to date. To pledge your support and view a full list of donors please visit www.goodwillopportunitycampus.org.

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