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Goodwill receives grants for job skills programs

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (April 22, 2024) – Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont announces that it has received $8,500 in grants from Berkshire Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union and MountainOne Bank to support its Soar for Success employability skills program. The nonprofit social services organization received an additional $2,500 from Greylock Federal Credit Union toward promotion and other costs associated with its annual meeting in October.

Goodwill’s Soar for Success program focuses on job training in custodial skills, customer service, employability skills guidance for individuals preparing for job interviews, and provides interview and work attire. The program is offered free of charge to all Berkshire County residents. Services are provided at Goodwill’s Career Centers in Pittsfield and North Adams and online. Goodwill sells donated clothes and other household items at a discounted price to aid in funding training and educational programs for individuals seeking employment.

“We are grateful for these generous contributions to Goodwill’s Soar for Success program. Grant funding has been instrumental in Goodwill's ability to provide members of our community with essential employment skills, gain access to interview and work-appropriate clothing and secure meaningful work,” said Senior Director of Mission Services Kelly Brennan.