June 30, 2022 (AIKEN, S.C.) — Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA (GIMG) joined the South Carolina Veteran Coalition by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs (SCDVA), becoming part of a statewide network of veteran resources.
GIMG is the most recent member to join the coalition that the SCDVA formed in April, bringing together organizations and agencies committed to supporting and educating veterans, service members and their families.
The MOU formally commemorates the long-standing service referral partnership between SCDVA and Goodwill Industries that provides wrap-around services to veterans and military family members seeking employment.
“Signing this MOU connects our Goodwill with a network of organizations with services that complement ours, providing wholistic case management to better serve our veteran community,” said GIMG President James K. Stiff, who was present to sign the formal MOU. “It’s critical we stand together to support our veterans during their transition from the military, doing all we can to help them on a trajectory of success in the civilian workforce.”
The MOU signing took place at the Aiken Goodwill Job Connection Career Center, which serves as a hub for local job seekers and employers to connect through Goodwill’s workforce development services.
Director of Operations David Rozelle signed the MOU on behalf of SCDVA.
“It’s important that we get partners in our system so we can refer our veterans to the best resources and care in the state,” Rozelle said. “Even more important is having partners we can trust. And I know that if we refer people to Goodwill, they’ll not only follow up but stay with our veterans throughout [their job search].”
GIMG is the first of the three Goodwills that serve South Carolina to join the coalition, with Goodwill Industries of Upland/Midlands South Carolina joining in the coming weeks.
About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Inc., a non-profit, 501c3 charity, builds lives, families, and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work, and career services. More than 86 cents of every dollar of Goodwill revenue underwrites job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Inc. is accountable to local Board of Directors, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. To learn more about services and individuals served by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Inc. visit goodwillworks.org.