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Our Mission

We Put People to Work

At Goodwill of North Georgia, our mission is a simple one: We Put People to Work. We use the funding generated through donations and our stores to operate 14 career centers and our virtual career center, Career Connector. Here, we provide job training and placement services to anyone who wants it. With the support of donors, shoppers and community partners, we help local job seekers overcome the barriers to employment. Last year, we helped connect more than 16,000 individuals with jobs.

How We Put People to Work

Our Career Centers

We have 14 career centers where we offer abundant resources. You can get free access to job boards, resume software, computers, job fairs and support from a career coach.

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CareerConnector.org

With Career Connector  job seekers can access virtual career services free of charge. Upon registering for the site, visitors gain access to an abundance of job search resources.

Start With Career Connector

Training Programs

Our training programs give you an edge. Upon participants’ successful completion of our training programs, we’re there to assist with job placement and retention services.

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Targeted Programs

In addition to our training programs, we offer special programs focused on targeted audiences such as youth, returning citizens, people with disabilities, and more.

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Facility Services

We provide top-notch building and grounds management services for government organizations and businesses. This allows us to provide jobs for 200 plus people with severe disabilities.

Learn About Facility Services

Careers at Goodwill

Join our team and be a part of a movement that is making a difference. We’re looking for talented, dedicated employees in a variety of areas.

See Goodwill Careers

Donations

By donating gently used items, giving a monetary contribution or volunteering with us, you are fulfilling our mission to put people to work. Every donation, big or small, is impactful and provides jobs for tens of thousands of North Georgians.

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Meet Veronica

A native of Fulton County, Veronica Lightburn graduated from Arabian Mountain High School and began her college studies at Oglethorpe University. Unfortunately, rising tuition costs prevented Veronica from completing her degree, and she began bouncing around in call center and other customer service roles. During this time, she became more interested in technology and had thought about learning to code, although the idea terrified her.

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Meet Aleese

Aleese Ingram, a lifelong resident of Snellville, has always had a passion for sports. Upon graduation, she enrolled at Kennesaw State University with plans to major in business. In May 2021, a friend alerted Aleese to a Facebook post promoting Goodwill’s summer internship opportunity with the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, made possible by the Bank of America grant.

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Meet Akin

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Akin lost his sales job in the transportation industry. His ensuing job search proved unsuccessful, so he decided to move his family to Georgia. Settling in Douglasville, he began looking for work and spent six months completing applications and going on interviews to no avail.

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Meet April

Although her educational background was in the arts, April Dean Hunter always had a passion for science fiction and artificial intelligence. During her years as an administrative assistant, her interest in computers grew and she began teaching herself web development. As her knowledge of IT increased, April considered a shift to a technology career because the industry is characterized by flexibility. Goodwill helped her make the move to the IT industry.

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Meet Deja

SNAP referral Deja Trotter came to Goodwill in September 2019 because she was determined to become a welder. During her initial days in training, while she was assisting with administrative tasks, she told Case Manager Candace Davis that she hoped to be chosen for the Welding program, as she knew it would change her life.

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Meet Octavious

When Octavious saw an ad about Goodwill’s Technology Careers Program, he decided to visit the Smyrna Career Center to learn more. With his career path taking more twists and turns than he anticipated, he thought pursuing this program would lead him in a new direction – and the program seemed tailor-made for him.

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Meet Alexa

Gainesville resident Alexa Resendiz came to Goodwill’s Oakwood Career Center in August 2021, just a few months before her 19th birthday. She had completed high school in July and was ready to enter the workforce to earn money to help her family. Alexa shared with Case Manager Alex Balla that she wanted to overcome her shyness and build self-esteem. She also needed to find a job that would allow her to be home in the mid-afternoon so that she could watch her younger siblings while her parents were still at work.

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Meet Tony

Lawrenceville native Tony Ekeweme is a graduate of Central Gwinnett High School and Georgia State University. An industrious young man, he worked at Georgia State during college and when he completed his degree, he secured a production management position at Ricoh Electronics. Tony’s experience next led him to Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he handled inventory. During this time, he concluded that his interest in business operations called for more in-depth knowledge.

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Meet Quandarious

“In 2010, I walked into the South DeKalb Goodwill Career Center as a jobless 18-year-old father,” shares Quandarious Brinkley. Those fateful steps began an 11-year journey with Goodwill. In what he describes as a truly amazing experience, thinking back to that day, he could never have imagined the impact Goodwill would have on his life.

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Meet Katherine

Snellville native Katherine Dobbs had been living in Florida with her husband when the COVI0-19 pandemic hit. As a result of the pandemic both her and her husband loss of their jobs. They decided to returned to Gwinnett County and settled in Grayson in October 2020.

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Meet Nathan

Gainesville’s Nathan Oliver joined the Marines right out of high school. He served for about six years, which included a combat tour in Iraq. Veterans often have challenges as they readjust, and Nathan’s issues unfortunately resulted in incarceration. Upon his release, he was referred to Goodwill by the Veterans Court.

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Meet Veronica

A native of Fulton County, Veronica Lightburn graduated from Arabian Mountain High School and began her college studies at Oglethorpe University. Unfortunately, rising tuition costs prevented Veronica from completing her degree, and she began bouncing around in call center and other customer service roles. During this time, she became more interested in technology and had thought about learning to code, although the idea terrified her.

Read More

Meet Aleese

Aleese Ingram, a lifelong resident of Snellville, has always had a passion for sports. Upon graduation, she enrolled at Kennesaw State University with plans to major in business. In May 2021, a friend alerted Aleese to a Facebook post promoting Goodwill’s summer internship opportunity with the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, made possible by the Bank of America grant.

Read More

Meet Akin

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Akin lost his sales job in the transportation industry. His ensuing job search proved unsuccessful, so he decided to move his family to Georgia. Settling in Douglasville, he began looking for work and spent six months completing applications and going on interviews to no avail.

Read More

Meet April

Although her educational background was in the arts, April Dean Hunter always had a passion for science fiction and artificial intelligence. During her years as an administrative assistant, her interest in computers grew and she began teaching herself web development. As her knowledge of IT increased, April considered a shift to a technology career because the industry is characterized by flexibility. Goodwill helped her make the move to the IT industry.

Read More

Meet Deja

SNAP referral Deja Trotter came to Goodwill in September 2019 because she was determined to become a welder. During her initial days in training, while she was assisting with administrative tasks, she told Case Manager Candace Davis that she hoped to be chosen for the Welding program, as she knew it would change her life.

Read More

Meet Octavious

When Octavious saw an ad about Goodwill’s Technology Careers Program, he decided to visit the Smyrna Career Center to learn more. With his career path taking more twists and turns than he anticipated, he thought pursuing this program would lead him in a new direction – and the program seemed tailor-made for him.

Read More

Meet Alexa

Gainesville resident Alexa Resendiz came to Goodwill’s Oakwood Career Center in August 2021, just a few months before her 19th birthday. She had completed high school in July and was ready to enter the workforce to earn money to help her family. Alexa shared with Case Manager Alex Balla that she wanted to overcome her shyness and build self-esteem. She also needed to find a job that would allow her to be home in the mid-afternoon so that she could watch her younger siblings while her parents were still at work.

Read More

Meet Tony

Lawrenceville native Tony Ekeweme is a graduate of Central Gwinnett High School and Georgia State University. An industrious young man, he worked at Georgia State during college and when he completed his degree, he secured a production management position at Ricoh Electronics. Tony’s experience next led him to Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he handled inventory. During this time, he concluded that his interest in business operations called for more in-depth knowledge.

Read More

Meet Quandarious

“In 2010, I walked into the South DeKalb Goodwill Career Center as a jobless 18-year-old father,” shares Quandarious Brinkley. Those fateful steps began an 11-year journey with Goodwill. In what he describes as a truly amazing experience, thinking back to that day, he could never have imagined the impact Goodwill would have on his life.

Read More

Meet Katherine

Snellville native Katherine Dobbs had been living in Florida with her husband when the COVI0-19 pandemic hit. As a result of the pandemic both her and her husband loss of their jobs. They decided to returned to Gwinnett County and settled in Grayson in October 2020.

Read More

Meet Nathan

Gainesville’s Nathan Oliver joined the Marines right out of high school. He served for about six years, which included a combat tour in Iraq. Veterans often have challenges as they readjust, and Nathan’s issues unfortunately resulted in incarceration. Upon his release, he was referred to Goodwill by the Veterans Court.

Read More