Industry: Retails & Consumer Packaged Goods Partnership: Goodwill Big Rapids Workforce Development Office Business Need: Goodwill & Community, Recruiting & Efficiency

Kentwood Office Furniture supports its company, community, and economy by investing in Goodwill through employee volunteering, financial contributions, donation initiatives, and the hiring of Goodwill program participants.

"What I like about Goodwill is that Goodwill helps people. They take people who are really struggling in the economy, struggling to find a job or may have some barriers to employment, and they work with them, develop them, and train them to get a job. These workers become productive members of society and save the community, state and federal government money. They put people to work rather than placing them on welfare."
Art Hasse, Chief Executive Officer
Kentwood Office Furniture

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Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids will enhance the community’s understanding of the mission to serve individuals with barriers to employment toward self- sufficiency by providing individualized talent development services.

Goodwill’s focus is to help people obtain work and establish independence. Goodwill provides support and guidance at no cost to individuals to help them achieve their career goals. Goodwill helps people access the resources they need for success. A range of services are available to help people grow personally and professionally.


Kentwood Office Furniture was looking for more ways to cultivate change for individuals and their communities through the power of work.


By partnering with Goodwill, Kentwood Office Furniture gained access to a vetted pipeline of skilled, local, ready-to-work talent.


  • Successful entry-level recruitment strategy
  • Pipeline to skilled and vetted talent
  • Supports community’s economy and fulfills philanthropic goals


Source: Goodwill Legacy Award Winner Video. 2014.

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