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Goodwill Hawaii receives $3 million grant

Goodwill Hawaii received a $3 million grant for the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Honolulu Career and Learning Center at 1075 S. Beretania Street, which began construction earlier this month.

“We are grateful for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for believing in our vision to expand our career advancement services to meet the growing needs of urban Honolulu residents,” said Laura Smith, Goodwill Hawaii President and CEO. “We’re excited for the opportunity to provide a new and enhanced experience for our program participants, shoppers and donors in Honolulu. None of it would be possible without the tremendous support from community and business partners like The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.”

The new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Honolulu Career and Learning Center is expected to be completed in 2020 and will provide more than 6,000 people with employment and educational services to help them secure higher paying jobs. Under the renovations, Goodwill will be adding a second floor with all-new classrooms, multimedia equipped training rooms, a state-of-the-art computer lab and community meeting space. On the ground floor, Goodwill’s flagship Store and Drive-thru Donation Center will also be all-new and expanded.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation was also instrumental in the construction of Goodwill’s Kapolei Career and Learning Center that opened in 2008 and provides more than 1,200 people each year with employment training, counseling, educational and financial literacy services and support. Across the state, Goodwill Hawaii serves more than 13,000 people annually, including low-income or income-limited families, at-risk youth, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, people transitioning from post incarceration and others with employment barriers.