Goodwill Contract Services-Big Bend Inc. started in 2010 with one contract and 6 employees. In less than two years the division has grown to five contracts and 38 employees – a total of 8 supervisors and 30 workers.
The majority of Goodwill Contract Services’ employees are people with verifiable disabilities and other barriers to employment. Goodwill Contract Services-Big Bend Inc. believes everyone has a right to work and earn a paycheck.
On January 1, 2010, Goodwill Contract Services, in partnership with Respect of Florida, began a contract with the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) in Bay County. The contract was to pick up litter on selected State Highways in Bay and Calhoun Counties, and mow the grass around DOT holding ponds. DOT liked the Contract Crew’s work so much that they approved a second contract, adding more highways to the list. This allowed us to hire more workers and an additional supervisor.
On October 1, 2010 Contract Services began a custodial contract with the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Our employees are responsible for keeping the airport clean 365 days a year, have regular contact with airport staff and passengers.
We also have a contract for grounds keeping at Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee, and a State Highways mowing contract for Bay County DOT.
Respect of Florida named Joshua Hull, Contract Services airport employee, the 2011 Rookie of the Year, and the airport’s David Laguna was recognized as an Outstanding Employee. They were selected from Respect employees all over the state. Litter Crew worker Reginald Daniels was given the 2010 Rookie of the Year award; Jazme Wells was awarded Outstanding Employee.
DOT Bay County gave the Litter Crew a 2010 end-of-the-year grade of 100%.
Airport authorities have expressed great satisfaction with the work of the Goodwill Contract Services Custodial Crew; they especially shined during the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Goodwill Industries- Big Bend, Inc. is confident that the Contract Services will continue to grow and provide additional employment for people with disabilities to help them attain economic self-sufficiency and personal empowerment.
Anyone interested in applying for employment with Goodwill Contract Services should fill out a Goodwill application at any Goodwill Store or online at http://www.goodwillbigbend.com/jobs/. For more information about Contract Services employment call Steven Burnett or Rebecca Zapata at (850)522-3900.
If you have any suggestions, questions, or would like to learn more about Goodwill’s Contract Services division please contact:
Stan Womble -Contract Director at 850-445-5154 or firstname.lastname@example.org