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Horizon Goodwill is setting the bar high when it comes to helping veterans get back into the workplace. Goodwill has partnered with AMVETS to reduce the number of veterans who are unemployed.

Ciara Robinson is an AMVETS Career Center Manager who works in close collaboration with organizations nationwide to get veterans on a new career path.

“We are funded through the Call of Duty Endowment. I manage the program that helps veterans to gain employment by connecting with various organizations nationwide, groups like Goodwill. We also have right now we have about 30 career centers across the country.” Says Ciara Robinson from AMVETS.

According to the Call of Duty Endowment Program, more than13% of young veterans in the U.S are unemployed, that’s more than twice the national average

Horizon Goodwill Industries, whose mission is “Removing Barriers, Creating Opportunities,” is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to employment despite significant obstacles. Horizon Goodwill serves over 5,000 clients annually in a 17 county region that includes parts of the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

“We started working with Goodwill about a year ago, and we are thrilled that they have succeeded the number of placements they were assigned. We have to shine a spotlight on one of Goodwill’s team leaders Lindsay Tosten. She is the team leader for Goodwill in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. She is working closely with veterans to find them jobs she provides bi- weekly reports and keeps a close eye on those who are facing barriers to getting back to work. In 2016, more than 20 veterans headed back to work thanks to Goodwill and Lindsay’s strong work ethic, adds Robinson.

The positions found for veterans vary from full- time to part-time some may even incorporate training work therapy programs. Job types range from construction to soft labor and clerical positions.

“We are thrilled to be part of a group chosen to help our nation’s heroes. We need to realize that many of the skills required for even a basic clerical position today require computer skills, email access, and knowledge. Many of the veterans we work with don’t have that. We help them with resume writing and computer skills, we break down the barriers that prevent them from being successful” says Catharine Fleming,‎ Director of Mission Services at Horizon Goodwill.

“Nationally we were set a goal by the Call of Duty Endowment to find jobs for 450 veterans, at the end of 2016 that number stood at almost 470. Without organizations like Goodwill, this wouldn’t be possible. This success allows us to apply for the funding again this year and helps more vets take home a pay-check. What is amazing is many of our team leaders like Lindsay are volunteers. Lindsay has been great; she is very responsive to emails and reporting challenges and working with employers to overcome them.” adds Robinson.

The Call of Duty Endowment provides grants to the best non-profits in the country that are getting unemployed veterans high-quality jobs.

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