Only weeks after announcing a partnership to match local talent with available positions in Bowling Green and Warren County, the Chamber and Goodwill Industries of Kentucky’s Job Junction program are already celebrating not only many successful job placements in our local businesses but also inspiring stories of courage and spirit.
One young man – we’ll call him Frank – was recently placed in a local company through the partnership. By all accounts, Frank is an outstanding, motivated worker who has never been absent or tardy. On its face, this is already a story of success for the partnership, as an open position in one of the Chamber’s targeted local businesses was filled and an unemployed job seeker secured full time employment. But the story gets even better from there.
The workforce development team at Goodwill Industries learned recently that Frank was walking seven miles each way to his new job every single day in order to provide for his young family. Through their partnership, the Chamber and Goodwill were able to find a partner in the community to donate a bike for Frank to use on his commute. Frank reports that the bike is saving him five hours on his commute each day. Frank is already reaching milestones at his new company, and hopes to have a long career there.
Stories like Frank’s are inspiring, and highlight the importance of partnerships like the one between the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and the Goodwill Industries of Kentucky’s Job Junction. According to Chamber Board Chairman John Mark Fones, “the Bowling Green and Warren County economy is strong which also means our talent needs are growing. Through the Workforce Coordinator position that the City and County so generously funded, we have already identified 40 companies with over 300 openings. We are thankful for partners like Goodwill who can connect our businesses with qualified job seekers like Frank. We are also very proud of the partners in our community that are willing to step up and help provide when a need is identified. It truly shows what a great place we have to live and work. We look forward to many more successful stories through our growing partnership with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.”
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce currently serves over 1,200 partners in the community, representing over 30,000 jobs. According to a recent study completed in 2013, South Central Kentucky will face 4,500 open positions in manufacturing by 2015 and 9,000 by 2020 just through natural attrition. Additionally, Bowling Green and Warren County continue to have strong economic development success with over $180 million in investment and 275 new jobs announced in just the first half of 2014.
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky’s Job Junction program is a free resource that connects employers with qualified job candidates. Job seekers receive free job search assistance; resume development, mock interviewing, career counseling, and free access to computers and the internet, and assistance with finding employment that meets their needs. Employers can list jobs, review applicants, hold job fairs, and work closely with Job Junction staff to connect with qualified job candidates—all free of charge.
According to Workforce Development Manager T.J. Shockley-Hunt, “Job Junction is a great place for job seekers to connect with area employers and their open positions. We are working directly with the Chamber and with business and industry partners to identify open positions, and then providing a direct connection with job seekers. Frank is a true success story. He came to Job Junction looking for a job, but lived in the county and had no transportation. He, like so many others in our community, faced a huge transportation barrier. We were able to assist him with finding full time permanent employment. Our community partners stepped up and through our partnership offered much needed help, thus improving the quality of life for Frank and his family. This is what partnership all about…. coming together for the common good of community and the people who reside here. If you are interested in learning about the Chamber partnership or becoming a part of our ever-expanding applicant pool, we look forward to serving you at Job Junction.”
For more information about the partnership between the Chamber and the Goodwill Job Junction, or to apply for positions available through our partnership visit:
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,100 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.
About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc.:
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. In 2013, Goodwill placed 2,470 Kentuckians into jobs and provided more than 14,000 employment services or referrals. Goodwill operates 63 donated goods centers across the state and in 2013 paid nearly $18 million in wages to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. Donations are tax deductible. For more information or to find your nearest location, visit www.goodwillky.org.
For more information regarding Job Junction please visit 1806 US 31W Bypass, Bowling Green, KY. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Call (270) 781-4930 for additional information.