In 2016, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland counties helped 9,189 individuals through a number of services that offer assistance to people struggling to find employment, including: career exploration and advising; resume and interview preparation; skill identification; work experience opportunities; skills training, as well as job coaching, development and placement.

The agency even provides support to local businesses in terms of recruiting, applicant screening and skill assessments. These services are possible through the generous donations of treasures received from nearly 460,000 donors and 960,000 Goodwill shoppers that support the mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment.

The agency will formally present 2016 service numbers at its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Champions event March 23 at Jilly's Music Room, 111 N. Main St., Akron.

Networking begins at 5 p.m. followed by a program at 6. Tickets are $30 apiece.

"We are grateful for the support of our generous donors as well as shoppers in the counties we serve -- this support enables us to continue our mission of helping individuals prepare for, find and retain employment," said Gregory Morton, vice president, mission services & public relations, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties.

"As an agency, we strive to offer services as well as support that help remove barriers individuals may experience to finding employment on their path to a successful career."

Key Figures

Served 9,189 individuals

Placed 366 individuals in positions at area businesses

Provided 312 individuals with valuable training and work experience within Goodwill's Retail and Contract Services operations, including 207 in work experience programing and

105 youth program participants

Register at www.goodwillakron.org/annualmtg or by calling 330-786-2547.