Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Goodwill and Indeed Aim for 1 Million New Jobs




In its nearly 120-year existence, Goodwill Industries International, Inc. has sought to break down barriers and provide job opportunities to people across the country and around the world. Through its initiatives, the organization helped nearly 22 million people in 2020. The year before, the group announced a partnership with the online job search engine Indeed in order to boost their efforts to help individuals find work, with additional cooperation from major employers like JPMorgan Chase.


The Partnership


Both Goodwill and Indeed share the same goals in that both hope to connect job seekers with sustainable employment. In teaming up, the two organizations set a goal of placing one million workers in secure jobs by 2024. To reach this goal, Indeed’s job-seeking tools and resources have been implemented throughout Goodwill’s 156 locations in the United States and Canada.


Skills Assessments


First, Goodwill applied an assessment tool available online through Indeed in order to help job seekers better understand their skills. A combination of tests that assess aptitude, personality, and skills gives job seekers the knowledge they need to strengthen their expertise and find roles that are a good match for their specific abilities.


Hiring Events


In addition to giving people more access to personal assessments, Goodwill and Indeed partnered with a number of hiring companies, including JPMorgan Chase. As it emphasizes diversity in hiring, the financial services giant chose to work with Goodwill by organizing Indeed Hiring Events at various locations. By participating in the program, the company accesses a diverse pool of candidates, including veterans and neurodiverse individuals.


Training


Finally, Goodwill’s partnership with Indeed also opened the door to more training opportunities for job seekers. Those who go to Goodwill to search for employment have the option to use Indeed’s training tools and build on their existing skill sets to improve their job options.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

How a Coalition Improves Opportunities for Women in Health Care

 



As part of Goodwill International Industries, Inc. initiative to assist individuals with finding sustainable employment, the organization has teamed up with the Anthem Foundation, a philanthropic division of health benefits company Anthem, Inc. Together, the two companies hope to provide services to female healthcare professionals that will allow them to claim jobs in the healthcare industry.



Rising Together



The partnership between Goodwill and the Anthem Foundation established the Rising Together coalition and its offshoot, Goodwill Healthcare CareerLaunch. Through these initiatives, the companies expect to train 1,700 job seekers, primarily women, and assist them in finding work over the next two years.



The Anthem Foundation’s Contribution



An organization dedicated to advancing communities and enhancing lives, the Anthem Foundation invests in social programs that promote equity among citizens around the country. Anthem plans to contribute $750,000 to Rising Together, which will go toward retaining resources and funding training for participating job seekers. 



Goodwill’s Services



For its part, Goodwill intends to host job training specific to the healthcare industry. Eight Goodwill organizations across the country will be a part of the initial cohort, including locations in Georgia, California, and Tennessee. The training will focus on providing job seekers the tools they need to pursue careers as phlebotomists, nursing assistants, and other healthcare positions that pay up to $19 per hour.



Additionally, Goodwill seeks to assist those in need of additional services, such as child care, housing, and transportation. Primarily, these services benefit women, who disproportionately carry the responsibility for family and child care. 



More about Rising Together


Other organizations involved in the Rising Together coalition include Google, Indeed, Lyft, and Coursera. They will award scholarships to qualifying job seekers, looking to boost skilled employment across a variety of industries, including health care.


Monday, October 18, 2021

American Heart Association Teaches CPR to Save Lives

 



In 1924 six cardiologists established the American Heart Association (AHA) to find new ways to treat heart disease and stroke. Since its inception, the organization has developed several programs to educate and spread the word about heart disease and related conditions, including cardiac arrest, which results in 475,000 deaths each year. As part of its efforts, the AHA offers training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through its Emergency Cardiovascular Care program. 



Goals of CPR Training



Every year, the AHA trains over 23 million people worldwide in CPR. The procedure can provide life-saving measures in the event of cardiac arrest. By training healthcare providers as well as members of the public to perform this service, the American Heart Association hopes to increase the chances that an individual who experiences cardiac arrest survives even if it happens outside of a hospital.



How to Get Trained



Those interested in learning about and becoming certified in CPR can seek out AHA classes or training centers all over the world. Additionally, employers may choose to set up training sessions for employees. Often, schools organize CPR training through the AHA for faculty, staff, and students. The AHA also offers a CPR in Schools Training Kit designed specifically for helping students learn CPR. Using the kit, educators can coach 10 to 20 students during a single class period.



Who Are the Trainers?



Individuals who have already obtained CPR training may opt to become an instructor for the AHA’s CPR classes. To do so, they must turn in an application, exhibit their proficiency in the discipline, take a dedicated course, and complete monitored teaching sessions. 


Disclaimer: This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. This information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy or validity of any statements or information provided on this website. Do not rely on this information as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or another professional health-care provider. You should seek immediate medical attention if you think you are suffering from a medical condition. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Boys & Girls Clubs Partnership Aims to Stop Bullying and Judgement



The Boys & Girls Clubs of America originated in 1860 to help young people in Hartford, Connecticut, build character and find safe alternatives to the streets. Today, the organization continues supporting young people nationwide through programs and partnerships, like the one they’ve launched with Planet Fitness. 

In 2016 Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Planet Fitness launched Judgement Free Generation, an initiative meant to reduce instances of bullying and judgement and boost acceptance in America’s youth. To reach its goal, the program awards scholarships to deserving young people, hosts training sessions, and offers judgement-free fitness centers to members of regional clubs.

Scholarships


To promote kindness and acceptance, each year Planet Fitness awards $5,000 scholarships to 30 active members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America who exhibit the values of the Judgement Free Generation initiative. Qualified candidates must demonstrate how they’ve spread goodwill among their peers while also preventing bullying and judgement. High school seniors involved with their local Club who wish to apply must receive a recommendation from a Club staff member, complete an essay, and fulfill certain other academic and eligibility requirements.


Training Sessions


The initiative provides training sessions meant to equip both students and Boys & Girls Clubs of America staff members with the tools they need to promote acceptance and end bullying. Through these sessions, the program has reached upwards of 1,200 Club members.


Judgement Free Zones

As part of its partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Planet Fitness built fitness centers within certain Clubs around the country. To date, the initiative has established 30 Judgement Free Zone fitness centers. Young people who belong to participating Clubs can work out at these fitness centers without fear of judgement.
 




Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Warriors Gain Resiliency Thanks to 12-Week Program


Supporting service members and veterans who experienced an injury, either mental or physical, while serving, the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has launched a number of initiatives to achieve its mission. To that end, the organization developed Project Odyssey, a program aimed at providing veterans with the mental health skills and resources they need to carry on with a healthy and productive life.

Occurring over 12 weeks, Project Odyssey invites veterans to take part in a program that focuses on their mental health. The program employs adventure-based learning to empower veterans, strengthen their skills to remain resilient, and help them overcome any emotional wounds incurred during their military service.

Veterans who take part in Project Odyssey start with a mental health workshop lasting five days. During the workshop, participants remove themselves from their everyday routines, taking a step outside of their comfort zones. The experience includes therapy and rehabilitation with professionals who can help veterans strengthen their communication and coping skills.

The skills veterans learn during the initial five-day workshop are reinforced and enhanced over the following 11 weeks of the program. After completing Project Odyssey, veterans are encouraged to stay engaged with WWP to continue receiving ongoing support.

Project Odyssey and the many mental health programs offered by WWP seek to help veterans experiencing a wide range of conditions. According to the organization, one in three veterans experiences post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while others live with traumatic brain injury or other brain-related syndromes. At the same time, one in three veterans also feel they do not have access to the mental health care they need.

WWP, with support from donors, has stepped in to fill this gap: the organization has provided more than 42,000 hours of outpatient care and therapy sessions to help our country’s wounded warriors.


Disclaimer: This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. This information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy or validity of any statements or information provided on this website. Do not rely on this information as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or another professional healthcare provider. You should seek immediate medical attention if you think you are suffering from a medical condition. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Triple Play: Three Essential Lessons for Healthy, Active Kids


The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) operate in communities all across the country with the aim to provide youth with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. As part of that goal, the organization provides a variety of programs for children and young adults, including Triple Play: A Game for Mind, Body, and Soul. The initiative emphasizes health and wellness education for kids and teenagers.

With the objective of teaching lessons that promote healthy living, BGCA partnered with Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic division of Anthem, Inc., in 2005. Together, the organizations designed Triple Play as a way to deliver comprehensive wellness education to young people in three parts. 


Mind: Healthy Habits

The first component of the Triple Play curriculum covers healthy habits. This section covers the psychological elements involved in making healthy choices, such as eating well and being active. The course incorporates positive modeling that shows students how to make better choices. It also introduces nutrition education and exercises that help students understand how to follow healthy behaviors.


Body: Physical Activity

Next, Triple Play encourages physical activity through daily challenges. As part of this component of the program, students not only take part in physical activities, but earn a level of physical literacy as well. This includes strengthening their abilities in basic fitness and movement, building confidence in sporting skills, and motivating them to stay active throughout their lives.


Soul: Healthy Relationships 

Finally, the Triple Play initiative focuses on what it calls “social recreation.” Kids who participate in the program learn how to create and keep healthy relationships with others and with themselves, while also discovering how to make responsible decisions and regulate their emotions. The activities and materials intend to help students develop the social, emotional, and behavioral skills they need to live healthy, productive lives and get along with their peers. 


Disclaimer: This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. This information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy or validity of any statements or information provided on this website. Do not rely on this information as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or another professional healthcare provider. You should seek immediate medical attention if you think you are suffering from a medical condition. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Job Seekers Gain Digital Skills with a Little Goodwill

 Aiming to provide the training and support people need to earn and keep good jobs, Goodwill Industries International partners with companies to reach these goals. In 2017, Google collaborated with Goodwill to launch the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator. 

Part of the Grow with Google initiative, established the same year, the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator aimed to help Google reach its goal of training and providing resources to Americans to give them the digital tools and resources they need to find jobs. The initiative awarded a $10.3 million grant to Goodwill to start a digital training program. Goodwill also received support in the form of Google’s resources, talent, and tools. 

With a goal to reach over one million job seekers and teach them the digital skills they need to get a job, the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator identified five levels of digital skills and set about creating training programs for each. 

The program’s digital skill levels include: 

  • Digital skills awareness for individuals needing an introduction to computers and other digital topics; 
  • Basic digital skills training, targeted at those who have some knowledge of computers but need help with email, social media, and keyboarding; 
  • Productivity software skills, courses that provide instruction on using spreadsheets, word processing software, and similar tools; 
  • Entry-level digital skills for those looking to gain basic programing or computer support skills; 
  • Mid-level and occupation-specific digital skills, created for people looking to work with technology in specific fields, such as healthcare or marketing. 

Google also pledged to send more than 1,000 volunteers, including seven Google.org Fellows who worked full-time with Goodwill at one of the organization’s nationwide locations.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

2 Inspiring WWP Fundraising Stories

 Fundraising is vital to organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), which relies on community contributions to provide life-changing services to America’s veterans. Recently, the organization made headlines for a few fundraising efforts that saw dedicated supporters using some truly creative methods.  

Let’s look at two of the most inspiring WWP fundraising stories:


Stormtrooper 10k ruck

One Navy hospital corpsman put his own spin on WWP’s virtual Carry Forward event this past year by gearing up with a full set of Star Wars stormtrooper armor for his own 10-kilometer ruck (a fast march carrying weight). The man, Jeffrey Priela, walked along Highway 101 in Carlsbad, California, in late August 2020 to raise money for WWP in a year when veteran demand has risen sharply due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Priela has been wearing stormtrooper armor during fundraisers since 2016 and says that the outfit always garners smiles and attention from passersby. Though the armor is unforgiving, he says it’s well worth it to raise money for the causes he supports.


A veteran’s walk across the country

In 2019, Air Force veteran and Minnesota resident Jerry Meadows set off on a cross-country journey to raise money for WWP. He selected the organization because of its focus on the needs of both veterans and their families. Meadows, who recently underwent triple bypass surgery and brought an oxygen tank along for the journey, aimed to walk more than 1,200 miles from Minnesota to WWP headquarters in Florida for the fundraiser. His wife, Virginia, followed behind him in the family van to make sure he was safe and keep him supplied with his medication. 

Meadows said the journey was challenging, both physically and mentally, but the enthusiasm of passersby kept him going—that, and the worthy cause he was raising money to support.


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

3 Criteria for Selecting a Charity to Support

 As of 2018, there were nearly 1.6 million nonprofits registered in the United States. Wonderful though it may be for all the causes these organizations support, the sheer number of available charities can make it difficult for the average American to choose which to align with. If you’re looking for a nonprofit to support, the following tips can help you make a decision. 


1. Outline your philanthropic goals. 

The first and most important step in selecting a charity to support is to determine your goals for donating or volunteering. Start by looking at your values and interests. Are you passionate about animal welfare? The arts? Helping veterans? Write out a brief mission statement—this can help you narrow down your focus and make it easier to find an organization that not only aligns with your goals, but also has the biggest impact on your favorite cause.


2. Get to know its mission. 

Once you start to research potential charities, you should look closely at each of their missions. Pay close attention to the way they present their values and goals. You should be able to understand exactly what they are trying to accomplish and how their programming and policies are helping them achieve that end. 


3. Research potential choices.

At some point, you should narrow your choices down to a few nonprofits. Now is the time to conduct more in-depth research about each organization. Your due diligence will ensure that your money will make the greatest impact possible, and that there isn’t anything fishy going on with the organization you choose to support. To this end, look into the nonprofit’s finances, governance, and history. You can also use popular charity vetting sites like Charity Navigator and GuideStar to help with your research.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

3 Big BGCA News Stories from 2020

2020 was a momentous year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Despite the numerous changes that the COVID-19 pandemic brought, the organization strived to continue serving kids and teens across the country in any way that it could. From launching new virtual programs to engaging in fundraising efforts, BGCA found new ways to further its mission and build stronger community ties along the way.

Here are three of BGCA’s most significant news stories from 2020:

1. BGCA establishes a COVID-19 relief fund.

In early April, BGCA announced it would be launching a relief fund that would allow it to bolster its response to COVID-19 in the communities it serves. Proceeds from this fund have enabled the organization to transition much of its programming online to keep youth engaged in Club programming while ensuring their safety. BGCA has also used its COVID-19 Relief Fund to supply meals to Club kids and provide for those with front-line healthcare workers in their families. 

2. BGCA receives much-needed funding

As 2020 came to a close, the president of the Larson Family Foundation announced that the organization would be providing $30 million in funding to BGCA. On an immediate basis, this money will help BGCA broaden the scope of its COVID-19 response to communities it may not have otherwise been able to reach. This funding will also set the organization up for the future by allowing it to train employees, develop new programs, and provide more resources to its Club kids.

3. BGCA launched a partnership to provide online STEM learning.

BGCA recently joined forces with Thermo Fisher Scientific to expand its virtual programming. This partnership has allowed the organization to develop an interactive online STEM curriculum known as “DIY STEM,” which is available to youth across the globe.  

Friday, January 15, 2021

3 of the Ways the AHA is Responding to COVID-19

 

As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, medical organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) have launched ambitious responses to minimize the impact of this novel virus. Let’s look at three of the ways in which the AHA is responding to COVID-19 in 2020:



1. Connecting patients with educational resources.

The AHA has built a comprehensive COVID-19 resource center for both heart patients and the general population. These resources not only help keep individuals informed on how to take the right precautions against the disease, but also outline which heart patients are most at risk for developing serious symptoms. The organization also has resource sections that help educate the public about staying healthy, active, and stress free during these difficult times.


2. Helping frontline health workers.

As COVID-19 began to spread across the US, the AHA responded quickly in an effort to provide training and resources to the nation’s healthcare workers. The organization has begun offering free educational courses on oxygenation and ventilation and has launched a new podcast series on COVID-19 Clinical Guidance. Moreover, the AHA has collaborated with other organizations to improve remote-patient monitoring systems and help ease the burden on hospital workers. 


3. Conducting important research.

This year, the AHA is pledging at least $2.5 million to the research of COVID-19 and its effects on patients with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular conditions. This money is helping fund research grants that seek to enhance our understanding of COVID-19 and its effect on these diseases, with a focus on preventing and treating the virus. The AHA is also setting aside money for its Health Technologies and Innovation Strategically Focused Research Centers, which are creating solutions to help those in the medical field get a better handle on the pandemic.

 

Disclaimer: This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. This information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy or validity of any statements or information provided on this website. Do not rely on this information as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or another professional healthcare provider. You should seek immediate medical attention if you think you are suffering from a medical condition. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

Monday, January 4, 2021

This Is How the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Promotes Fitness

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has spent more than 150 years providing kids of all backgrounds with access to the resources they need to lead successful lives. Aside from its focus on academics and leadership, the organization also helps kids and teens achieve their potential by promoting fitness from a young age.

To this end, BGCA operates several programs aimed at keeping youths fit, minimizing their stress, and bonding with their peers:  

 

1. ALL STARS

With support from sponsor Buffalo Wild Wings, BGCA runs the ALL STARS sports league. It encourages kids between the ages of 6 and 18 to play flag football, soccer, and basketball.

Over a quarter of a million Club members played on ALL STARS teams in 2018, building teamwork skills and learning about good sportsmanship along the way. These teams also give kids a structured environment in which they can make friends and stay active.

 

2. Triple Play

Marketed as “a game plan for the mind, body and soul,” Triple Play has advocated for good nutrition and physical activity among its Club youth since 2005. This program takes a multi-faceted approach to its mission.

By emphasizing health habits, Triple Play helps kids cultivate better health behaviors and teaches them about nutrition. The program also focuses on social recreation as a way of fostering both behavioral development among Club youth. Lastly, Triple Play uses daily challenges to motivate kids to get active and enhance their physical abilities.


3. PLAY BALL

In partnership with the MLB, BGCA’s PLAY BALL program gets Club youth involved in baseball and softball. Whether they play in a league or just for fun, members learn the basics of these sports while participating in a fun, new physical activity.

 

Disclaimer: This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. This information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy or validity of any statements or information provided on this website. Do not rely on this information as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or another professional healthcare provider. You should seek immediate medical attention if you think you are suffering from a medical condition. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.