SIKESTON -- Recent funding decisions in Workforce Investment Boards in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois awarded MERS/Goodwill eight new counties for youth services. Workforce Investment Boards are made up of local community leaders who are responsible for guiding state funding in order to help create a skilled, diverse, motivated and adaptable workforce. MERS/Goodwill is the largest social service provider in bi-state Missouri and southwestern Illinois.
MERS/Goodwill's current services include job readiness training and placement for youth, often including preparation for post-secondary education, leadership skills, volunteer experience and other techniques for transitioning into the next phases of their lives. The latest award adds Bollinger, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, and Dunklin counties in Missouri.
"We are very excited about the expansion award, allowing MERS/Goodwill to serve a greater number of individuals in a greater geographic area," said Jeff Cartnal, vice president for Program Development.
MERS/Goodwill's President and CEO, Lewis Chartock noted, "While we have already established a presence in these areas through our retail stores, the fact that we are now offering expanded career services enables us to enhance the commitment to the communities we serve."