The Issue: Opportunities Limited by Transportation Access
Lack of access to transportation is one of the greatest barriers to obtaining employment in the Detroit metropolitan area, according to Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. The organization provided employment and training services to 17,038 people in the Detroit area in 2011, and as part of its efforts to combat unemployment, it provides bus passes to its clients.
The Campaign: Providing Bus Transportation to Work
If this Grassroots campaign raises $300, then Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit can provide five-day bus passes to 30 people undergoing training in its employment program with its Rides for Jobs program. Each additional $10 raised will fund a five-day bus pass for another client. The employment-training program prepares people for jobs around the city and helps place them in positions where they can learn to become self-sufficient. The bus passes help them travel to and from work every week.
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Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
Minister Edgar J. Helms founded Goodwill at the turn of the 20th century to support the unemployed immigrant population of Boston. He gathered unwanted household items and hired the immigrants to refurbish them for resale. Over time, the operation grew into a comprehensive job-skills training and placement program. In the past 90 years, Goodwill Industries has placed nearly 90,000 individuals into jobs.
The Reverend Dr. John E. Martin founded what would become Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit in 1921, focusing on supporting the elderly and those with physical disabilities. Today, the organization continues the work of addressing the root causes of poverty and dependence by providing job training and employment opportunities for individuals in need. In 2011, it provided employment and training services to 17,038 people in Metro Detroit.