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2019 Goodwill Power of Work Awards Lunch
The Power of Work Awards Lunch is an opportunity for individuals in the Kansas City and surrounding business communities to celebrate the success stories of inspirational clients and their employers. We’ll introduce you to amazing individuals and partners whose lives have been positively impacted through Goodwill’s programs and services. To help Goodwill kick off our 125th Anniversary and celebrate our future plans our guest speaker will be John McElligott, CEO of York Exponential and national speaker on exponential technology, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Location / Venue

Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas
In Support of Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas

Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas (Goodwill) empowers people to discover their potential and adapt for the future through the power of work. We help job seekers throughout the entire employment continuum; we support individuals in engaging the workforce, retaining work, gaining skills, and advancing their careers. In 2020, we served 12,065 individuals and placed 601 people into new employment.

Goodwill provides workforce development services, job training, and employment in 82 counties across western Missouri and eastern Kansas, focusing our programs in the following counties: Jackson, Clay, Platte, Wyandotte, and Johnson. We support individuals with different abilities and disadvantaging conditions, such as persons with physical challenges or cognitive disorders, limited education and work history, criminal backgrounds, underemployment or unemployment, or a situational barrier such as lack of transportation or housing.

We believe every person deserves the opportunity to work. Employment is more than a paycheck. It is independence, agency, dignity, and equality. Jobs empower people to support themselves and their loved ones, pursue life goals, and participate in their communities. 

Goodwill impacts lives through three strategies customized to meet participants’ unique needs:

● Our donated goods retail model provides employment, career planning, and upskilling through the recycling and reselling of material donations in our stores. 

● Our commercial and government contracts offer case management and employment for individuals with a different ability. 

● Our employment services and workforce development programs provide job training, job coaching, career placement, and ongoing retention supports for people with severe barriers to employment.

Over our 127 years, we have served over 630,000 people, provided over 23,017,000 services and secured over 203,000 jobs. 

For more information email kwood@mokangoodwill.org or call 816.842.7425.

Goodwill Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas: 800 E. 18th Street. Kansas City, MO 64108   www.mokangoodwill.org



Funds a student at Goodwill’s Quest Academy, a six-week course to prepare young adults for the workplace with classroom training, soft skill workshops, resume-building and interview skills along with on-the-job work experience in an area of interest.



Turns self-doubt into employment for job seekers by providing a Goodwill dream team with a single goal of empowering the individual to earn sustainable employment: a Career Scout to identify job opportunities with businesses that partner with Goodwill to build diverse and inclusive workplaces; a Career Navigator to provide guidance as they apply, interview and prepare to earn a job; and a Career Coach to provide direction, support and training to ensure success at the new job!



Provides a community member the ability to walk-in to any GoodWORKS Career Resource Center and receive free access to computers and a career professional to guide their job search.



Earns a job seeker one-on-one assistance to create a resume that highlights his or her skills, search & apply for jobs online and have effective follow-up with employers.



Allows a job seeker the opportunity to attend a resume or interview workshop presented at one of our GoodWORKS Career Resource Centers.



Gives a local job seeker a career professional to help guide their personalized job search.



Provides transportation for ten job seekers to attend interviews and job fairs.