FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
City of Orlando Announces Partnership
with Goodwill Industries
Public-Public Partnership to Help Local Job Seekers Access Services
and Find Employment
ORLANDO, FLA. — Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and William
Oakley, CEO and President of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida,
today announced a new public-public partnership to help local job
Through the effort, workers who are registered with the City of
Orlando’s BLUEPRINT Employment Office are eligible to receive free
information and referral services from Goodwill to help them resolve
personal and lifestyle issues. In addition, Goodwill will be providing
important ‘employability’ skills training and access to a network of
critical social services – which are often needed to get better paying
“These services will help job seekers gain the essential skills needed
to find work through the BLUEPRINT Employment Office,” explained Mayor
Dyer. “The BLUEPRINT Employment Office has already placed nearly 2,000
people in temporary and/or permanent jobs, and we look forward to
helping many more.”
The BLUEPRINT EMPLOYMENT Office serves many people, but it focuses on
those who are homeless, ex-offenders, and Parramore residents.
Once hired through the BLUEPRINT Employment Office, workers will receive
a voucher from Goodwill for a free set of work clothes. Any candidates
who are pursuing work through the BLUEPRINT Employment Office may
receive free services through Goodwill.
“This partnership is truly a win-win-win for the City of Orlando,
Goodwill Industries and the people that the BLUEPRINT Employment Office
is committed to helping find jobs in this very tough environment,”
Goodwill’s Oakley said. “In addition, we will refer applicants from our
Orange County Work Release Program to BLUEPRINT Employment Office for
Part of the new partnership also involves “Mayor Dyer’s Clothesline: The
Right Fit,” a month-long clothing drive that will provide job seekers
with free apparel that’s suitable for job interviews.
Clothing collected during the drive will also assist Goodwill in filling
its retail stores. Monies earned from selling donated goods support the
Agency’s programs that are provided free of charge.
“Mayor Dyer’s Clothesline: The Right Fit” kicks off tomorrow at City
Hall, CNL Bank and Balfour Beatty for one week, with donations being
collected at the City Hall Rotunda, at the City/CNL parking bridge and
the Balfour Beatty downtown office. After the first week, collection
locations will move among the offices of local partners including Wells
Fargo, SunTrust and OUC for the next three weeks.
About the BLUEPRINT Employment Office
BLUEPRINT is a plan spearheaded by Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 5 City
Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum to ensure that companies and local residents
have opportunities to benefit from the construction and development of
Community Venues — the Amway Center, the new Dr. Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts, and the Citrus Bowl renovations. The BLUEPRINT
Employment Office helps job seekers, specifically the homeless,
ex-offenders, and Parramore residents, find work related to the
construction of Venues, along with other areas. Job seekers may visit
the office at 1200 W. South Street in Orlando between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday. The office can also be reached by calling
About Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc. uses monies earned from
selling donated goods to support free employment and training programs
for people with disabilities or barriers to employment. The organization
serves Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties.
Today, Goodwill has 25 stores, five attended donation centers, and eight
Self-Sufficiency Job Centers. For more information, visit http://goodwillcfl.org.