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Chemical Bank aids Goodwill employment program

Representatives from Chemical Bank presented a check for $7,500 to Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries. The grant will help support Goodwill’s Sheltered Employment Program. Pictured are, from left, Kyowa Pegues, market manager at Chemical Bank; Jim Freeze, Goodwill executive director; Annette Brown, banking center officer at Chemical Bank; and Michael Schrock, regional manager, Chemical Bank. (Submitted photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries recently received a $7,500 grant from Chemical Bank to support Goodwill’s sheltered employment program. Goodwill’s sheltered employment program currently provides employment to 46 individuals with disabilities who have the support of a program manager and the opportunity to attend classes at Goodwill.

“Chemical Bank is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. With this donation, we know that Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries will provide individuals with disabilities meaningful work opportunities,” said Kyowa Pegues, market manager of Chemical Bank. “By investing in this great organization we are improving lives and strengthening families.” The funds will allow Goodwill to continue to employ individuals with disabilities that impact work productivity in areas of quality, quantity and behaviors. More opportunities to participate in living skills classes such as budgeting, cooking, computer use, drivers permit and classes in job seeking skills and World of Work will be provided.

“We’re so grateful for community partners like Chemical Bank who fund outstanding programs in our community,” said Jim Freeze, executive director of Goodwill. “Without their support and the support of everyone in the community who donates items or shops in our Goodwill stores, we could not continue to employ people in our community with disabilities.”

Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries employs and provides vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Also provided are Radio Reading services and various other social services. Through its services Goodwill helps people overcome barriers to employment and become independent, tax-paying members of the community. Goodwill operates eight stores and donation centers. All proceeds remain with Goodwill and stay in the community. For additional information about Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries contact goodwillyoungstown.org or 330-759-7921.

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