Press Room

October 3, 2011

Goodwill Contact:
Katherine Ransom, Marketing & Communications Director
714.547.6308 Ext. 308, via email


## Goodwill of Orange County ##

Businesses Can Profit By Investing In Employees with Disabilities


(SANTA ANA, CA) – October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Goodwill of Orange County encourages the public and private sectors to hire applicants with disabilities and benefit from the unique talents they bring to the workplace.

Slow economic growth means businesses have to innovate to compete in a global economy. Communities need productive employees who will use their talent and creativity to produce results and grow our nation’s economy.

“In order to get the highest return on investment, Goodwill knows that businesses need to hire the right workers,” said Dan Rogers, President & CEO Goodwill of Orange County. “Employees with disabilities represent skilled workers in all industries, who are capable of confronting challenges and solving problems, and are receiving the training that businesses require.”

For nearly a century, Goodwill has trained and hired people with disabilities to work in Goodwill stores, donation centers, and emerging fields outside of Goodwill including healthcare, food service, assembly, green industries and administrative services. Today, nearly 200 local companies depend on Goodwill-trained workers expertise and this diverse workforce has helped our organization grow into a leading social enterprise that served more than 10,000 people in 2010.

Rogers notes that people with disabilities are a dependable and valuable workforce that has higher rates of employee retention, which reduces hiring and training costs. Employers can leverage tax benefits from hiring people with disabilities and attract a broader customer base for their goods and services. At the same time, employers can demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility by hiring people with disabilities or other barriers to independence.

Goodwill of Orange County is a nonprofit organization with its Main Campus located at 410 North Fairview in Santa Ana. Now in its 87th year, Goodwill of Orange County has provided thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers the opportunity to achieve their highest levels of personal and economic independence through competitive employment. Goodwill of Orange County has consistently received a four-star rating, based on organizational efficiency and organizational capacity from Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator. For more information on Goodwill of Orange County, please contact Katherine Ransom, Marketing and Communications Director at (714) 547-6308 ext. 308 or Information can also be found at