In September, Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia’s industrial services arm, Goodwill Services Inc. (GSI), began providing janitorial services under contract with the Virginia Department of State Police Headquarters. The contract employs four full-time and three part-time associates in North Chesterfield.
Goodwill provides industrial services through five federal contracts and other government and private contracts in Virginia, South Carolina, Washington D.C. and Maryland. Services range from janitorial to warehousing and supply fulfillment.
Industrial services are Goodwill’s second-largest social enterprise after donated goods. Its federal contracts are part of the AbilityOne program that requires that a minimum of 75 percent of the direct labor hours be paid to individuals with significant disabilities.
“Goodwill’s mission is in action every day through industrial services,” said Steve Huyck, director of Goodwill Services, Inc., Goodwill’s related entity for workplace solutions and government contracts. “People with disabilities want to and can work,” added Huyck. “We take great pride in meeting them where they are to help them perform their best on the job and develop skills for life.”
GSI also completed over a year of contract janitorial services for John Tyler Community College, which then renewed and extended the contract for five years based on strong performance the first year.
“A few things set Goodwill apart when it comes to industrial services,” said Huyck. “Learning, respect and integrity are among our core values, and these play out in our own in-house training program for janitorial service at Goodwill. We can work alongside new employees, adjust tasks as needed across the members of each crew, ensure adherence our green cleaning methods and move employees to permanent job sites when they are ready and demonstrate solid performance.”
In 2018, Goodwill provided training and job placement services to 6,868 job seekers. These services have life-changing impact and – thanks to the support of shoppers, donors and employers — are free of charge to job seekers.
Goodwill Re-Certified for its Green Cleaning Services
After undergoing a comprehensive assessment of operations, Goodwill Services, Inc., received re-certification with honors by ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (formerly known as the International Sanitary Supply Association), an international association of more than 9,000 companies in the professional cleaning industry. ISSA recognized Goodwill’s green cleaning operations and its demonstrated commitment to the delivery of environmentally preferable services.
Goodwill is dedicated to delivering excellent service and value through all its industrial services. Learn more about these services and how your workplace can partner with Goodwill at www.goodwillvirginia.org/business-solutions.