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Celebrations Set for Goodwill Week, May 4-8, in Rutherford County

In celebration of Goodwill Week May 4-8, the two Goodwill Career Solutions centers in Murfreesboro will host 13 events, including multiple-employer job fairs, a couponing class and a stopover by a mobile career lab.

Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada celebrate the power of work through local promotions. This year, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee plans about 140 events, including dozens of job fairs, at the 27 Goodwill Career Solutions centers across Middle and West Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation recognizing Goodwill Week statewide.

In Rutherford County, one job fair will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 710 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro. At least 12 employers will participate, and more than 100 positions in areas such as manufacturing, forklift and hospitality are available. Participating employers include ViJon, Centaur Building Services, Arby’s, Simos for Americold, SMX, Staffmark, Speedway, Alliance HR, Malace HR, Hamilton-Ryker, Embassy Suites and Acceptance Now. Pay rates range from $8-$14 per hour.

JOB FAIR FOR AT LEAST 14 EMPLOYERS

When: Tuesday, May 5

            10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Goodwill Career Solutions

            710 Memorial Blvd.

            Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Another job fair will be from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, May 6, at the Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 2955 S. Church St., Murfreesboro. At least four employers will participate, and more than 25 openings in areas such as quality engineer, maintenance supervisor and fast food are available. Pay rates start at $8 per hour.

JOB FAIR FOR AT LEAST FOUR EMPLOYERS

When: Wednesday, May 6

            9 a.m. – noon

Where: Goodwill Career Solutions

            2955 S. Church St.

            Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Representatives from these companies will be on site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate.

A Couponing Class taught by Ann Haney of Living in Abundance Missions will be from 9-10 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 2955 S. Church St. Participants will learn to save money on groceries and necessities and maximize coupon value.

COUPONING CLASS

When: Thursday, May 7

            9 – 10 a.m.

Where: Goodwill Career Solutions

            2955 S. Church St.

            Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Tennessee Career Coach, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s mobile center, will be at the Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 710 Memorial Blvd. in Murfreesboro from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. The coach features a computer lab with Internet access, job readiness workshops including resume assistance and interviewing skills and a recruitment center for companies moving to Tennessee.

TENNESSEE CAREER COACH

When: Thursday, May 7

            10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Goodwill Career Solutions

            710 Memorial Blvd.

            Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Other Goodwill Week activities in Rutherford County will include community resource fairs, LinkedIn workshops, an Employer Appreciation Luncheon and Customer Appreciation Day. Details about these and other events taking place across Middle and West Tennessee during Goodwill Week can be found online at www.giveit2goodwill.org/goodwillweek.

About Goodwill Week

Since 1951, Goodwill agencies across the U.S. and Canada have marked the first full week of May as Goodwill Industries Week, a commemoration that celebrates the organization’s mission of enhancing the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating challenges to finding employment and providing opportunities through job placement and training programs. Goodwill Industries Week is a time to raise public awareness about the service Goodwill provides to help people with disabilities and disadvantages reach their fullest potential through the power of work.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2014, Goodwill served 28,159 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 9.558 people in jobs. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at  www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231.