Goodwill Week celebration to include job fair, free classes

MIDDLE TENN. — In celebration of Goodwill Week, May 3-7, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee will host numerous events at its nine Career Solutions centers across the region, including a Job and Resource Fair with 14 employers and a cooking demonstration at its center in Cookeville.

Every year during the first full week of May, Goodwill organizations across the U.S. and Canada observe Goodwill Week to highlight the defining principle of Goodwill’s mission — transforming lives through the power of work. 

“This year — perhaps more than any other — there is reason to share the word about our nonprofit mission of changing lives through education, training and employment,” said Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee President and CEO Matthew Bourlakas. “As we emerge from the pandemic into a transformed economy, thousands of people in our communities will be in need of meaningful work. Goodwill can help, and Goodwill Week will demonstrate some of the many ways we do that.”

Goodwill Week activities planned by the Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 565 S. Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville include:

  • 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4: Spring Jam! Job and Resource Fair at The Bend Church, 1810 N. Dixie Ave. in Cookeville. Fourteen employers seeking to fill more 550 positions will participate, including Perdue Foods, Taco Bell/Pizza Hut, Randstad Staffing, New Hope, Silver Angels of Putnam, Home Instead, Academy Sports & Outdoors, J. Cumby Construction, ResourceMFG, Senior Solutions Home Care, Putnam County Schools, @Work Cumberland Staffing, Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Pacesetters Inc. Openings include caregiver, pipe-layer, assembly, direct support professional, food service, child care, janitorial and more. Pay rates reach $25 per hour. Various community resource agencies also will be present to discuss their services.
  • 1 -2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6: Cooking with a Few ‘Cents’ in the Kitchen at the Cookeville Career Solutions Center. Enjoy a food demonstration provided by the UT Extension and stay for resume assistance, tips on interviewing or help finding a job.

A complete schedule of Goodwill Week events can be found at More information about Goodwill’s mission services can be obtained at or by calling (800) 545-9231. The Cookeville Career Solutions center’s direct line is (931) 520-8789.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.For more than 60 years, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items.  Goodwill’s vision is that all people will have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential through the power of work. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be found online at or by calling 1-800-

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