Marano Fellows Class of 2009

Name: Raeann Olander

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylania

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Primary Industry Sector: Healthcare/Life Sciences
Type of Organization: CBO

“I am excited that through collaboration we have the ability to create opportunities for marginalized populations to be successful and in so doing, reinforce diversity and inclusion in the workplace. ”

Organizational Mission: Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania helps people improve their quality of life through work and related services. Goodwill of Southwestern PA has been operating for 90 years.

Interest in Sector Work: Goodwill is involved in several projects in the healthcare industry. We operate a private licensed school that prepares students for careers in medical records, an incumbent worker training program designed to increase opportunities in professional nursing education among women and men from disadvantaged backgrounds, a training program for entry-level environmental services students recruited through the local Hispanic Center, and we are in our second year of operating ProjectSEARCH, a High School Transition model for students with disabilities. People with disabilities experience high rates of unemployment and poverty. We hope to build upon the success of Project SEARCH to expand it to provide employment opportunities for adults with disabilities while addressing the high demand for entry-level positions and high turnover rates in the Healthcare industry.