Goodwill Industries President Jim Gibbons is on a mission to help America’s military veterans. How? By helping their families. In a recent article, he notes:
At Goodwill Industries, we raise money by selling donated items in more than 2,500 retail stores and online, and we use the revenue to fund job training and placement programs, including placing workers in positions at our own stores. In response to the Obamas’ call to action, Goodwill Industries International has launched Goodwill for America’s Heroes and Their Families, an initiative that extends Goodwill’s existing programs to military spouses and families. We will also target more than 20 percent of our new positions this year (1,300 jobs) to military spouses, veterans and their families, and we will provide career counseling and family strengthening services to thousands more.
This is just one approach to better supporting our military families. There are many more ideas out there — ideas that you can be a part of and help to implement.
We all like to say we support our troops. Now it’s time to take it one step further and actually support them by first helping their families.
A great example supporting a great cause. What can you do to help a military family today? Maybe you’re already doing it. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
DILLON BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith. Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J. Powell), and Thirst No More (October). Discover more at ActivistFaith.org.
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