The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has approved a grant of $90,000 to Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region to support the May opening of a future “blue” boutique retail store on Main Street in Sumner.
This newest Goodwill retail location and format will provide employment, a unique shopping opportunity, and additional revenue for job training and job placement programs serving Sumner and 15 counties across Washington state.
“Thanks to our new partnership with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation we look forward to expanding our support to the unemployed in this region,” said Terry Hayes, President and CEO of Goodwill. “This year alone, Goodwill will help 9,000 people with limited income, disabilities and other disadvantages– about 13 percent of this region’s unemployed. While this is significant work in developing independent, self-supporting citizens, we still have much more to do.”
The grant check was presented today at the Tacoma Goodwill location at 2520 North Proctor St.
“This grant award leverages new Goodwill retail operations to significantly increase job training opportunities in culinary, retail, custodial, office, landscaping, construction, warehouse and logistics fields in this region,” said Cree Zischke, JPMorgan Chase Vice President of Global Philanthropy for the Northwest and Intermountain Regions. “We like Goodwill’s business model - an economic engine and workforce development program that effectively trains the unemployed and fast tracks them into jobs.”
The Sumner “blue,” Goodwill’s third boutique, will open its doors in May at 926 Main St. It will employ about six people, with a yearly payroll of about $150,000. Proceeds from the store will support Goodwill's training programs for about 100 people.