Southern Oregon Goodwill® Industries rolls out an improved shopping experience for customers and an expanded employment and training center at a newly remodeled Goodwill at 3401 Washburn Way in Klamath Falls.
A grand re-opening will be held Aug. 25. Festivities will kick off with a Klamath County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m., then doors will open at 9 a.m. The first 100 shoppers to make a purchase will receive a free gift.
The building, originally constructed in 1996, has been completely updated inside and out. The remodeling project that started in June reconfigured the retail space to enhance the organization and efficiency of the sales floor. It also added a Job Connection, a free community resource center for people seeking work in the Klamath Basin.
Now located at the front of the store, the Job Connection offers free access to computers, a phone, fax and copier, as well as job leads posted daily by local and regional employers. Goodwill workforce development specialists give personalized help with resumes, cover letters, and interview skills.
“That’s going to connect our customers to our mission so they can see what we do,” Goodwill store manager Tracy Hoehn said of the Job Connection inside the store. Sales of donated goods fund Goodwill’s mission of enabling employment by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. Southern Oregon Goodwill spends 86 cents of every dollar it receives directly on programs and services for people in need.
“Some people see the Job Connection and think it’s a hiring center for Goodwill, but it’s a community resource connecting job seekers with area employers,” said Erin Young, Director of Workforce Development for Goodwill in Klamath and Lake counties.
The Goodwill Employment & Training Center in Klamath Falls also includes a Learning Lab, a state-of-the-art classroom for computer training for individuals and businesses. A series of basic computer classes to teach people how to use Microsoft Office programs will kick off in September and repeat monthly.
The Washburn Way location has a donation center and an As Is outlet store, which weren’t remodeled as part of this project.