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LetterToTheEditor ó Remember Goodwill Industries Week, Rosenbaum asks

Dear Editor:

With more than 8.5 million Americans out of work, many people and their families are facing tough economic times. At Goodwill Industries, we know that the most effective way to help people is to provide them with the means to earn a paycheck and support their families long-term.

Last year, more than 616,000 people benefited from Goodwill job-training programs and career services worldwide. Goodwill placed someone into a good job every 92 seconds of every business day during 2003: more than 99,000 individuals were placed into competitive employment internationally.

That person might be the teller at your bank, the teacherís aide at your childís school, or the administrative assistant in your office. And they could not have made it without the support of the thousands of people who donated to Goodwill and shopped in Goodwill stores. Approximately 50.3 million people donated to Goodwill in 2003, making it possible for over 200,000 people to receive job placement services.

For more than 30 years, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. has been serving those with barriers to employment in a 15-county service area. In 2003, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. served more than 2,790 individuals, experienced more than 1,455 positive program closures and placed roughly 50 people into competitive employment.

As we celebrate Goodwill Industries Week 2004, we renew our mission to provide vocational services and employment opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment.

At Goodwill Industries, we believe that productive workers create the economic energy that builds stronger communities. By investing in the American worker, we are investing in the American economy. Letís go to work!

Sincerely yours,

Robert G. Rosenbaum, Ed.D.

President & CEO


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