Keokuk, Iowa — April 25th, 2018 — Goodwill of the Heartland is opening a new resource center for job seekers in the Keokuk area. The Helms Career Center (HCC) will be located at 1226 Main St, inside the Keokuk Goodwill Store. The new center will host an official grand opening and ribbon cutting event at 1 pm at on Thursday, May 10th. The Keokuk Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will be on hand to join Goodwill in celebrating this new community resource.
The HCC will offer visitors assistance with career exploration; accessing community resources; computer and digital skill development; using online tools; interviewing; and completing resumes, cover letters and job applications. The center will also coordinate job fair events to connect area employers with job seekers. No appointment is necessary and the services are free. The Keokuk center will be open from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays.
This is the third career center of its kind for Goodwill of the Heartland. The other centers are located inside the Moline, IL Goodwill store and the Muscatine, IA Goodwill store and opened in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Those centers assisted 592 people last year who were seeking employment as a stepping stone to better their lives. The Helms Career Centers and other mission services offered by Goodwill of the Heartland are supported by community donations and proceeds from its Goodwill stores. The Helms Career Centers are named in honor of the national Goodwill founder and Iowa native Edgar J. Helms. Dr. Charles Helms, grandson of Edgar J. Helms, lives in Iowa City and serves on the Goodwill of the Heartland Board of Directors.
“The community has been incredibly supportive of the Helms Career Center opening at the Keokuk Goodwill Store,” said Annette Remick, Goodwill Program Director. “There is a lot of interest in the free, one-to-one assistance with job searches and the computer skills classes. We are excited about being able to assist people who are unemployed or underemployed with finding good job matches that are in line with their career goals.”
About Goodwill of the Heartland
The mission of Goodwill of the Heartland is to advance the social and economic well-being of people who experience barriers to independence. Goodwill offers life and job skill development, work experience, job placement assistance, day habilitation, supported community living, workforce services to employers and contract manufacturing, assembly and packaging. In 2017, Goodwill provided over 17,000 services to people with barriers in its 19-county service area. For more information, including retail, donation and service locations, please visit www.goodwillheartland.org or call toll free 1-866-466-7881.