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Honolulu, Hawaii – Congressman Ed Case has secured Goodwill Hawaii its first federal appropriation of $1 million for critical improvement projects needed at its Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Honolulu Career and Learning Center on Beretania Street, including:

  • $750,000 to install a PV carport on the second floor of the Honolulu Career & Learning Center that will provide enough energy to power all of Goodwill Hawaii’s operations from 1069 to 1075 S. Beretania Street including the Beretania Store and Donation Center, E-Commerce, and the Career Center.
  • $250,000 to fix the tarmac and a faulty railing on the rooftop parking at its 1069 S. Beretania building where E-Commerce operations are located.

“I was really happy to secure Congressional approval of my Community Project Funding request for $1 million to Goodwill Hawaii to assist with repair and renovation of its South Beretania donation center, store and Career and Learning Center,” said U.S. Congressman Ed Case (Hawai’i-First). “This funding, which arose from my visit to Goodwill Hawaii to understand their operations and see how I might help, not only upgrades critical facilities but allows Goodwill Hawaii to install solar power to create energy self-sufficiency and save costs. This investment will enable an organization we all know and appreciate to expand its mission to give people the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their lives.”

“This is the first time our organization is receiving a federal appropriation, and we are grateful to Congressman Case for believing in our mission and taking the time to advocate for this funding which ensures that we can continue providing quality programs and services to Honolulu residents for years to come,” said Katy Chen, Goodwill Hawaii president and CEO.

The funding was requested during the Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations process by U.S. Congressman Case. Goodwill’s Honolulu Career & Learning Center is home to its flagship retail store and drive-thru donation center, e-commerce operations, as well as employment and training programs that serve more than 2,000 low-income families, reintegrating individuals, at-risk youth, immigrants and adults with disabilities each year. Its mission is to help people reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

About Goodwill Hawaii

Goodwill Hawaii’s mission is to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. Supported by its retail operations and financial endeavors, its educational, employment and training programs have provided skills training, employment counseling, job placement and support services since 1959. To learn more about Goodwill Hawaii, visit www.goodwillhawaii.org.

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