Organizations like Goodwill NY-NJ partner with others to make the most of their limited resources. Not only nonprofit organizations seek to collaborate with others to reach as many individuals as possible. For-profit corporations do it too.

Shante Purcell and Naomi Owens came to Goodwill as interns from a Back to Work Program and were hired after completing retail training . from left to right (Sal Ciniglio-Store Manager, Utori Bowers-Third Key, Christine Acerno, Shante Purcell, Kimberly Ponton- Third key, Naomi Owens)

Shante Purcell and Naomi Owens came to Goodwill as interns from a Back to Work Program and were hired after completing retail training.
left to right: Sal Ciniglio-Store Manager, Utori Bowers-Third Key, Christine Acerno, Shante Purcell, Kimberly Ponton-Third key, Naomi Owens

Since joining Goodwill in March 2010, one of our store managers in Long Island, Salvatore Ciniglio, has partnered with local human service organizations to provide retail training to their program participants. Trainees include individuals with disabilities or those receiving public assistance. Sal has hired some of them after training them in our Bellmore and Massapequa stores in Nassau County. Others have find jobs with other retailers after “graduating” from Goodwill.

Sal says that he is fully committed to promoting Goodwill’s brand and supporting its mission of empowering individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work.

Ciniglio and Goodwill Certificate of AchievementEarly this month, The Jewish Child Care Association presented Sal and his staff at the Bellmore store with a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding community partnership. This summer, the Goodwill Bellmore store hosted an intern with disabilities from this Long Island organization, one of the nations largest home based child care providers. Its Compass Project is designed to help teens and young adults with learning differences, executive functioning and social communication challenges, Autism Spectrum disorders, and related disabilities transition to work and live productive, independent lives.

Goodwill plans to train additional participants from this organization.

On the other hand, Home Goods has signed off to hire two interns with disabilities from our Intensive Supported Employment Programs in New York City. Job Developer Karaneh Ashourizadegan led this effort with the Employment Training Program team. The interns will work in two Manhattan and one Brooklyn locations.

Karaneh joined Goodwill’s Project Possibilities five years ago and moved to her current position three years ago.

For more information about Goodwill’s Intensive Supported Employment Programs, please contact Betty Jackson at (718) 392-7072 x3203 or bjackson@goodwillnynj.org

Bellmore Goodwill Store:
2736 Merrick Road; 11710
P: (516) 409-5951

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