August 21st, 2020 by Goodwill
GOODWILL STAFFING SERVICES PARTNERS WITH SECOND CHANCES FARM TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
WILMINGTON, DEL. (August 21, 2020) – Goodwill Staffing Services, a leading statewide provider of temporary and permanent staffing solutions to meet employer workforce demands, has entered into an agreement with Second Chances Farm to support its entrepreneurs-in-residence and other members of the farm operations team.
Under the new agreement, Goodwill Staffing Services, a program of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, provides payroll, taxes, healthcare and workman’s compensation coverage, unemployment insurance, 401k retirement plan with employer match, human resources support and a number of other benefits such as credit union membership and a 30 percent team member discount at Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County retail stores.
“For more than 20 years, Goodwill Staffing Services has provided Delaware employers across multiple industries with high-quality temporary staff,” shared Colleen P. Morrone, President and CEO of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. “Whenever we can connect someone to work, that contributes to our regional economy and in the case of our East Wilmington neighbors, Second Chances Farm, we’re also providing individuals a second chance at self-sufficiency and building their families and communities.”
Second Chances Farm exclusively hires formerly incarcerated individuals (termed “returning citizens”) in 10-person cohorts for a 16-week probationary re-entry program, funded by the State of Delaware. At the end of 16 weeks, if they qualify, returning citizens are offered a 52-week training/employment position and are dubbed, “entrepreneurs-in-residence.”
“Because we are a startup, we are not able to offer all the benefits that a more established organization can give,” says Ajit George, Second Chances Farm founder and managing director. “So, we went out looking for organizations that specialize in third party employment services. What the employee gets are better benefits and access to services only a larger employer could provide. We chose Goodwill because they have competitive benefits – everything from vision care to life insurance, and a retirement plan – which we could never afford to provide on our own. They also have a similar mission, which is a commitment to workforce training and second chances.”
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ABOUT GOODWILL DELAWARE & DELAWARE COUNTY
For nearly 100 years, the mission of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County has been to improve the quality of life for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency through the Power of Work! This mission is supported by proceeds from donations to our retail and e-commerce operations, our Industrial Services and Staffing Services. In 2019 alone, through our Workforce Initiatives programs, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County provided more than 19,300 services to individuals throughout the region. For information on our programs, services, stores and donation locations visit www.GoodwillDE.org.
ABOUT SECOND CHANCES FARM
Second Chances Farm was founded in 2017 by community leader Ajit Mathew George, who sought to find a way to fight the recidivism epidemic facing the nation while simultaneously addressing other serious issues like growing food locally, carbon footprint, climate change, quality of produce and food deserts. Second Chances Farm’s vision is two-fold: to reduce its carbon footprint by growing food locally 365 days a year, while replacing recidivism with compassionate capitalism and turning entrepreneurs-in-residence into agripreneurs.
Second Chances Farm plans to break the cycle of recidivism, while commercially growing local, pesticide- and herbicide-free produce in economically depressed areas and converting old buildings into eco-friendly plant factories.
Second Chances Farm, LLC, is a Qualified Opportunity Fund, a Certified Minority Business Enterprise, and a Delaware Public Benefit Limited Liability Company. For more information, visit www.secondchancesfarm.com. Investors wanting to invest in the Opportunity Fund should contact Jon Brilliant at firstname.lastname@example.org.