LITTLE ROCK, AR – At 56.8 million people, or 17.6 percent of the total U.S. population, Hispanics make up the largest non-white ethnic group in the country, according to U.S. Census data.1 Expected to reach 61.6 million by 2020, it is alone one of the fastest-growing segments of our diverse nation.
Celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the culture and heritage of the Hispanic community and celebrates its accomplishments. During this special time, Goodwill salutes the hard work and determination of America’s Hispanic population and this year’s theme, “Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.”
Throughout its 114-year history, Goodwill has believed in the power of work to transform lives, driving long-term economic stability for individuals, families and the greater community. In fact, in 2015, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas helped more than 1,200 people of Hispanic origin obtain vital job skill training and employment services.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is proud to offer English as a second language courses (ESL) through its partnership with the Arkansas Department of Career Education’s Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE). In addition, Goodwill offers Spanish speaking assistance in career services at its Career Centers in Springdale and Jonesboro and Goodwill Resource Center in Little Rock.
“Our Hispanic population is an integral part of the Arkansas community,” said Brian Itzkowitz, President & CEO with Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. “At a time when local governments are challenged to meet community needs, Goodwill is pleased to convert donations of used items into important career-building services that support our Hispanic community and the entire state of Arkansas.”
“In Boston, at the turn of the 20th century—a time when newly arrived immigrants faced persecution and hardship—Goodwill founder Edgar Helms welcomed newcomers when he created Goodwill,” said Itzkowitz. “We’re pleased to continue that spirit of equality and acceptance to this day.”
Goodwill encourages people of all ethnicities and nationalities to take advantage of their invaluable job training and community services that help bring the American Dream to life.
About Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of changing lives through education, training and employment. Revenue generated through the sale of reusable donated goods at Goodwill retail stores is used to create jobs and fund these critical training programs for Arkansans. Last year, Goodwill offered 224,000 services to over 27,800 individuals in Arkansas. Information may also be found at GoodwillAR.org.
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1U.S. Census Bureau, Projections of the Population by Sex, Hispanic Origin, and Race for the United States: 2015 to 2060.